A Time to Kill & The King of Torts : Harry Rex Vonner

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by Michael Beck
  • Series: Harry Rex Vonner
  • 28 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Paul Cragin

The Undisputed King of Legal Stories

Would you consider the audio edition of A Time to Kill & The King of Torts to be better than the print version?

Yes and No. Yes, because it allows me to hear it anywhere - anytime and I love the talented voice of Michael Beck. No, because books allow my vivid imagination to roam. :)

Who was your favorite character and why?

A Time to King: Jake, Carl-Lee, Ozzie and the Judge (hahah!) - they all held my interest from start to finish; King of Torts: J. Clay Carter was the King of Torts. I like his character because he was young, inexperienced but learned fast among the big boys.

Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

Time to Kill: Same as above, I loved the Judge. Beck really work all of the characters. Must have been a mammouth task. Torts: Max Pace... lol!

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

Time to Kill: Of course! The raping and brutalizing of a 10 year old. Ugh!
The King of Torts: A powerful ending...though he lost much, he gained more.

Any additional comments?

Way before Audio Books: I've racked up about 15 books. Love me some John Grisham. Can somebody add me to his guest or visitor's list. I desire to meet him - shake his hand for helping so many of us to understand more about the legal world. What a writer!!!

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- Marva

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2006
  • Publisher: Random House Audio