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Two from the master of the legal thriller: A Time to Kill:The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.
For 10 days, with burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spreading through the streets of Clanton, Mississippi, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jack Brigance struggles to save his client's life...and then his own.
The King of Torts: When Clay Carter of the public defender's office reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week. But as he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts.
©1992 John Grisham; 1992 Random House, Inc.
The King of Torts 2003 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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By Paul Cragin on 11-05-12

Lively voices tell gripping plot

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Recommended for the reading by Michael Beck, who applies a seemingly endless variety of voices to characters in these intentionally-shocking tales of cold-blooded acts and even more frigidly sanguine lawyers. Grisham has a keen eye for what people do; and chooses not to often describe how they feel or what they themselves believe motivates them. "Irrelevant!" his storytelling seems to shout. If you can't parse it out from actions, you're not ready for Grisham. Most of us are ready.

What did you like best about this story?

Shocking events told in a style that's matter-of-fact, making them somehow more shocking.

What does Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't have as many "voices" in my head as Beck has in this throat. Great fun.

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By Jimmie Hughes on 08-09-13

John Grisham's greatest work plus another great!

If you could sum up A Time to Kill & The King of Torts in three words, what would they be?

Essential legal thrillers.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. The plots of the stories unfolded in such a way that you just had to keep going, impatiently waiting for what would come next. The way Grisham writes his characters makes you genuinely care what happens to them.

What does Michael Beck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Michael Beck is an amazing narrator. Beck sounds less like he is reading, and more like he is telling you a story. He seems to have an unlimited number of character voices, which really adds to the experience.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were moments in both books that moved me, but it wouldn't make sense to share them here, in a review, as that would lessen their impact for anyone that reads this and then listens to the books afterwards.

Any additional comments?

A Time to Kill is John Grisham's finest work, and one of the best novels of our time. I would very highly recommend it to anyone in audio format or in text form. It is an essential read.The King of Torts is another great compelling legal thriller from Grisham which I also highly recommend.You can get either of these titles individually in print or audio, but you can't beat this deal of getting them both in one place at the same time for one price.

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