The King of Torts

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by Michael Beck
  • 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The office of the public defender is not known as a training ground for bright young litigators. Clay Carter has been there too long, and, like most of his colleagues, dreams of a better job in a real firm. When he 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.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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The King of Torts

I gave this book 5 starts not because I think it will be an everlasting classic, but rather because it is a "complete" book. It covererd all the bases I look for in a book:holds my interest, good characters and good character development, story pulls me, and when it comes to an end leaves me wanting a bit more. By the end of the book I wanted to sit down with Clay Carter and talk to him about his experience. I believed he could be an actual person. I do agree with another review that there were some unanswered questions at the end, but I feel that it left the author a huge opening for another book with Clay.

Michael Beck (the reader) is superb. I could listen to him read me the ABC's and it would sound terrific. He does character voices so convincingly that the listener does not have to be told who is speaking after the initial introductions are made because he makes each character so distinct.

Bottom line: Not classic literature, but a really good story. Worth the time spent and the book credit.
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- Lisa

The King of Torts

Predictable, but enjoyable. I found that the characters were well developed, the story line very interesting and the reader supurb. My husband and I listened to this book in the car on a 15 hr road trip - we continued to listen each time we were in the car for the next week. Both of us found it entertaining but were letdown by the drop-off ending. We expected more information about the characters and their fate - but were left hi and dry. However, the reader, Michael Beck, was excellent - he managed to portray the different characters without a stilted or false sounding voice. Each character was distinctive and clear - he has a gift. Definately worth the purchase.
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- VH

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2003
  • Publisher: Random House Audio