Grisham's skillful consistency is incredible, a writer so creative and talented that you can depend on almost anything he publishes holding you in its clutches in a cold sweat until its conclusion. Before I read this book, I would have omitted the *almost* from the previous sentence. The Rooster Bar is one of those that is interesting... enough. It didn't grab me by the throat, but it does have the Grisham touch of excellence in structure and development, if not in its plot line. The characters around whom the story revolves are difficult to like unless you are one of the thousands that are buried to your elbows in debt from law school tuition. (If so...you will LOVE this). And, even though the author explains the origin of his idea for this plot, it's hard to swallow. The escape plan seemed drafted by Rube Goldberg, each new idea creating a domino effect both impractical and improbable. It's a stretch of imagination born of desperation to even begin to relate to these law school drop outs breaking the law in order to stick it to the man. (Stuff dreams are made of.) The characters and the motivation driving this plot might be too esoteric.
I wonder if this level of civil disobedience would really get so far...and that is exactly the thought that kept interrupting Grisham's hold on me while I listened. I did, however, find the discussion about the cost of a law degree (and many other college degrees) shocking and disgusting, and had to spend time looking up the cost of all the possible professions my kids might choose. It was terrifying and has me clipping coupons and considering coming out of retirement. Grisham fans will still be fans, but for an initiation to this author, or for those only mildly entertained by previous works by this author I have to say...Cock-a-doodle-don't.
58 of 61 people found this review helpful
This book rambles for about 9.5 hours and then very quickly ties up loose ends and quits. As someone who has been binging Grisham's books back to back, the decrease in the quality of his work over his career is stunning.
99 of 106 people found this review helpful
I usually love John Grisham books. This felt like a older mans opinion on how younger men think and act. Seemed forced and a little predictable. Ending wasn’t very satisfying.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
I think this book is a "bus book". In other words, it can be read on the train. When reading text, its possible to skim sections or speed read. Not so with an audio book, unless you like chipmunk voices. Got to chapter 14 of 44. Very slow and dull. Not very good writing. Very unimaginative writing. Gave up. Not a page turner in the audio form.
44 of 47 people found this review helpful
it's hard to connect with characters that really completely make bad decisions throughout all aspects of their lives. I honestly didn't care what happened to any of them... and it doesn't seem like anyone in the book received Justice.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I'm not entirely sure Grisham wrote this book - after 27 books I've thoroughly enjoyed each and every one but this one was a bit of a letdown. I had 2 issues with this book - first, without giving away the plot (and fully understanding this is a work of fiction) he's rewarding illegal behavior and creating reader sympathy for characters who are breaking the law. I even found myself feeling sorry for them - then remembering their behavior was illegal. Second - the first 3/4 of the book had no real story - you were just following the main characters through everyday life without any sort of mystery or plot development.
I would totally read / buy anything John Grisham writes - I've loved too many of his books to let a single one let me down. In the end it was just OK - I expected more. And again, I'm not sure he even wrote this because it's just not like him.
20 of 22 people found this review helpful