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At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage, and hired him a decorator. Mitch McDeere should have remembered what his brother Ray - doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail - already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

Now the FBI has the lowdown on Mitch's firm and needs his help. Mitch is caught between a rock and a hard place, with no choice - if he wants to live.

©2007 John Grisham (P)2009 Random House

Critiques

"Keeps the reader hooked... From the creepy first chapters... to the vise-tightening midsection and on to the take-the money-and-run finale." ( The Wall Street Journal)
"Irresistable...seizes the reader on the opening page and propels him through 400 more." ( Newsweek)

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  • Mark
  • 22/01/2013

One of the best thrillers ever!

After reading this addictive mystery-thriller many years ago, I decided to revisit this story through the audiobook. This audiobook was amazing. Great reading. Riveting plot. Mitch McDeere, a Harvard law School star, takes a too-good-to-be-true job with a law firm in Memphis. Questions arise as the body count builds, and Mitch and his wife need to figure out what's going on and how to stay alive. Unlike so many thrillers these days, there is one plot, and it is strong enough to keep me glued to this story from start to end. I've read or listened to hundreds of books of this genre, and this is in a small handful of the most fun and very best. It is up there with Finder's "Paranoia" and Baldacci's" Absolute Power." If you are looking for the best escape-reading thriller, listen to or read "The Firm." I won't say more. I don't want to be a spoiler. If you haven't read or listened to "The Firm," do it!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • william
  • 13/09/2010

The Firm is a CLASSIC!!!

I read The Firm in the 90's. it's always stuck with me, even the the movie wasn't very good. I decided to listen to the book that I read in 2 days 15 years ago, and I was hooked. I would sit in my car listening, take my Zune around and listen, it's just fantastic.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Glen
  • 04/05/2011

It Is A Great Story, But Not A Great Undertaking

I listen to every book Grisham wrote over and over again. At my age, I can safely hide my own Easter eggs, so my favorite books become new again in 7 or 8 months. Every Grisham book except this one. Scott Brick's narration style just does not sit well with me. His voice lilts like a Sunday School teacher's in a class of 6 year olds. Is he singing or narrating? However, other Grisham narrators like Michael Beck and Frank Muller are without peer, so I am jaded. Not about the talent, rather the story, you might say? Not so in audio books. Narration makes ALL the difference. I guess Ed Herrmann can't read 'em all, and John Boutsikakis, perhaps the best ever, left us way too early. Brick had the deck stacked against him before I hit play button. I am forever spoiled by favorite talent that I have come to enjoy immensely.

The movie was very good, and departs from the novel more than most scripts do. I liked the book just fine, but not better in this case. When I read, or the one time I listened, I saw in my mind Cruise & Brimley and the others. The story transports the reader very well, and the addition of side trips like McDeere's brother Ray, and the PI Eddie Lomax really enrich the plot. The reader FEELS the gradual swing of the pendulum as Mitch McDeere goes from exuberant new hire at the Firm, to a realization that all is not as it was represented to him, to fugitive from both the law and the mob. The action never ebbs, the story never bogs down, and the reader finds himself hanging on for dear life and loving every minute of it. The one somewhat less than believable character is Mitch's wife Abby. Her inner resolve and strength seemed to evolve from out of nowhere.

It is a good read, and the movie is very good, which is a rare thing in the inevitable "translation" give and take, but in audio it is not up to par. Still, I must recommend the book rather than the audio. Grisham’s “The Testament” is my all time favorite and listened to often.

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  • Bev
  • 21/10/2012

Not a Grisham fan - this definitely an exception

Where does The Firm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Out of a couple of dozen I've listened to on Audible and as an avid reader all my 83 years it is a 8
Remember that I was not a Grisham fan. I chose to listen because Scott Brick is an exceptional narrator and I have chosen other novels because he has been the narrator.I never saw the movie but remember that it was a great hit at the time of its release.

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

The plot did keep me wanting to listen and not put the book down but near the denoument it started to weaken and become more implausible. I found the ending trite after all the excitement and excellent building of suspense. But as we all know reading is very subjective and another reader/listener may feel entirely different about my last statement. Mr Brick made it sound almost plausible with his excellent reading but I felt that the writer was struggling to please his audience.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

As I have said earlier I have chosen to read an authour who is new to me or who I have not been to excited about simply because Scott Brick was the narrator. Sufficeth to say he is superb as always and I rate him #1 amongst his field.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not particularly but as said before it held my attention while I was listening.

Any additional comments?

My favourite authours are David Baldacci, Stuart Woods, and Jeffrey Deavers Lincoln Rhimes series.
I had not seen the film The Firm and will not spoil my enjoyment of the book by seeking it out now. The only book I ever read and the movie industry didn't foul it up in some way was The Hunt for Red October!

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  • Global
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  • Danielle W.
  • 06/04/2016

Could have wrapped it up in about half the time

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

I would recommend it if you have a lot of time and patience to listen to the whole thing.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

Yes. Excellent writing.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

It was a little too predictable. About halfway through the book, I had it all figured out and was ready for it to be over. But... it's a million times better than the movie.

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  • RDP
  • 01/12/2015

Have better things to read

What disappointed you about The Firm?

The never ending southern drawl. I understand that they want you to get the feel for the place (Memphis), but it was just too much. In addition, I could not get past the 5th chapter. There was very little suspense or imagination.

What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More suspense, more imagination?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

...The never ending southern drawl.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

boredom

Any additional comments?

no, not really

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  • Randall D. Raymond
  • 12/11/2011

Good Grisham Tale

As most fans know, John Grisham writes about 3 or 4 stock stories over and over again with only slight variants. If you like them (and I do) this is OK. I don't know how Grisham does it, but even though you know exactly what's going to happen as soon as you finish the first chapter, you still hang on as if you didn't to the very end. The Firm is 100% vintage Grisham and a real page-turner. Scott Brick is one of the best readers in the business IMHO.

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  • AndrewLen
  • 20/12/2013

Excellent Audio Book and Story!

If you could sum up The Firm in three words, what would they be?

Realistic, Suspense and Scary. This book has all three and is highly enjoyable.

What other book might you compare The Firm to and why?

Comparable to "The Chamber" also by John Grisham. Fast becoming one of my favorite authors!

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

The main character.. brilliant stuff

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. Extremely hard to put down and stop listening to. Many a night I would be up until 2 or 3 in the morning listening to this book because I found it so interesting it didn't help me get to sleep - quite the opposite in fact.

Any additional comments?

Grisham is a brilliant author and I love his books. Highly recommended!

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  • Paul
  • 27/02/2018

That's All I Can Stands - I Can't Stands No More

This is a great story and I really want to finish it but I can't take one more minute of Scott Brick's narration. I should have heeded the warnings of all those other reviewers. The five-minute sample does not reveal how truly awful it gets.

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  • Tim
  • 14/01/2018

The movie does no justice... of course

The book is a classic. What a great story. The narration is spot on. Gripping. I really enjoy the hotel hopping along the coast. This is one of the Grisham books I'll listen to from time to time.

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  • Stefan
  • 03/12/2012

Fantastisches Buch

super Hörbuch, leider hat man seit dem Film immer Tom Cruise vor Augen, trotzdem absolut hörenswert, nicht nur für Grisham-Fans.