• by John Grisham
  • Narrated by John Grisham
  • 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.Now, as Coach Rake's "boys" sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake – or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach - and himself - before he can get on with his life, the stakes are especially high.


What the Critics Say

"[Grisham]'s a sure-footed story-teller with an undeniable mastery of plotting, pacing and tone." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great listen!

I didn't want to stop whatever I was doing while listening to this story! John Grisham turns his talents to a football coach and his players rather than lawyers. It was a marvelous tale and will be appreciated by all, but especially those who have involvement in high school psorts.
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- Patti


I read everything that John Grisham writes. I should have made an exception to this one. This was 4 hours of nothing but a group of x high school football players talking about there dying coach and drinking beer.
If I could, I would give a 00 rating to this book. It will make me think twice about reading any future Grisham books.

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- Audrey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-05-2003
  • Publisher: Random House Audio