Ford County

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by John Grisham
  • 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill.Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who's been locked away on death row for eleven years. It could well be their last visit.
Mack Stafford, a hard-drinking and low-grossing run-of-the-mill divorce lawyer gets a miracle phone call with a completely unexpected offer to settle some old, forgotten cases for more money than he has ever seen. Mack is suddenly bored with the law, fed up with his wife and his life, and makes drastic plans to finally escape.
Quiet, dull Sidney, a data collector for an insurance company, perfects his blackjack skills in hopes of bringing down the casino empire of Clanton's most ambitious hustler, Bobby Carl Leach, who, among other crimes, has stolen Sidney's wife.
Three good ol' boys from rural Ford County begin a journey to the big city of Memphis to give blood to a grievously injured friend. However, they are unable to drive past a beer store as the trip takes longer and longer.
The Quiet Haven Retirement Home is the final stop for the elderly of Clanton. It's a sad, languid place with little controversy, until Gilbert arrives. Posing as a lowly paid bedpan boy, he is in reality a brilliant stalker with an uncanny ability to sniff out the assets of those "seniors" he professes to love.
Clanton is rocked with the rumor that the gay son of a prominent family has finally come home, to die. Of AIDS. Fear permeates the town as gossip runs unabated.
Featuring a cast of characters you'll never forget, these stories bring Ford County to vivid and colorful life. Often hilarious, frequently moving, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.


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Customer Reviews

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Great listen!

Although I've not finished the book,I had to review this wonderful work. I love Mr. Grisham's reading of his work combined with his Mississippi accent lends a southern realism to the audiobook. Maybe it would be done differently with a professional reader, but I'm impressed that the author would even attempt to read his own work. Two thumbs UP!
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Sad But True

I have read almost all of Grisham's books and rarely have I been disappointed. The stories of Ford County were most enjoyable. The problem was the reading! I am sorry to say this, but the editor who let Grisham read his own book, should be demoted. He/she should have been strong enough to say "John, I love your writing, but fella, you can't read to save your life!!! If you want to sell this work, let someone else do the reading.
I have been an Audible listener for many years. This was the most difficult listen I can remember.
My strong recommendation is that you buy the book or download it to your Kindle and read it the old fashioned way.
I have never been so moved to write a review, but I felt compelled to save the listener the agony of the start and stop, naration that sounds as though it is the first time Grisham is reading an unfamiliar work, not one he wrote himself.
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- Alan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio