Camino Island

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by January LaVoy
  • 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author John Grisham stirs up trouble in paradise in his endlessly surprising new thriller.
Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

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What the Critics Say

"January LaVoy's expert narration engages listeners.... She finds outstanding, distinctive voices for the various charismatic characters - from writers to academics to FBI agents. The sardonic edge to the dialogue includes all those involved in the book business, and LaVoy appears to enjoy their parties and conversations." (AudioFile)

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Disappointed

John Grisham's attempt to get in touch with his feminine writing side? Didn't really work for me.
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- vitalrog

Someone is using Grisham's name

This book is totally unlike anything the real Grisham has written. The story--stolen manuscripts and can they be recovered--is very simple, with none of the twists and surprises of other Grisham stories. Many of the central characters are in the book business. Writers, book sellers/collectors, agents. And much of the dialog revolves around these people talking about the challenges of writing. Maybe that was a the author telling a little tongue-in-cheek joke. But the characters and their conversations about publishing were boring and had nothing to do with the story line. In fact, all of the characters were unappealing. In the end, I would have been happy enough if they would have all gone to jail.

Some of the writing seemed amateurish, not like something Grisham would have written. One example. Manuscripts are stolen in the first chapter of the book. Then some time goes by before one of the thieves returns to the story. In order to inform the readers what the thief has been doing in the meantime, the author has the thief tell all the details to a guy he is about to torture to find the locations of the stolen manuscripts. Really? Wouldn't it be more likely to just get on with the torturing? Maybe it was intended to torture us....

So, simplistic story, unappealing characters, not well-written. Look somewhere else for a summer read.
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- Tom Moore

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio