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The Reckoning

A Novel
Lu par : Michael Beck
Durée : 17 h et 36 min
4 out of 5 stars (12 notations)

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Number-one best-selling author John Grisham's The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet.

"A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case." (USA Today)

October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi's favorite son - a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder weren’t shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family - was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.     

In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete's defense attorney tries desperately to save him.          

Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham's signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers every minute.

©2018 John Grisham (P)2018 Random House Audio

Commentaires

“In this saga of love and war, John Grisham has given us a sprawling and engrossing story about a Southern family, a global conflict, and the kinds of secrets that can shape all of us. From the courtrooms and jails of rural Mississippi to the war-torn Pacific, Grisham spins a tale that is at once entertaining and illuminating.” (Jon Meacham, New York Times best-selling author of The Soul of America)

“John Grisham is not only the master of suspense but also an acute observer of the human condition. And these remarkable skills converge in The Reckoning - an original, gripping, penetrating novel that may be his greatest work yet.” (David Grann, New York Times best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon)

“John Grisham is the master of legal fiction, and his latest starts with a literal bang - and then travels backward through the horrors of war to explore what makes a hero, what makes a villain, and how thin the line between the two might be.” (Jodi Picoult, number-one New York Times best-selling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things)

“The quest for justice is only the beginning in this Southern-family saga.... Grisham does so much more this time around.” (Associated Press)  

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Plea against death penalty

John Grisham is and has Always been a master in suspense and unexpected development. The 3 parts of this book are quite 3 different books with a rather astonishing chain of event. If the first part seems somehow a little bit too long, I've been startled by the second part, well documented, a bit of history in the story. You'll become attached to the characters and will smell and taste the cotton farming in mississippi!

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too long

struggled far to long didn't finish it. story could have been told in half the words. not one character had and charisma.

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  • Wayne
  • 03/11/2018

Would make a 5 star four hour novella, ...

...but despite being an excellent story stretching it to 17.5 hours required adding 13 hours of boredom. I miss the younger John Grisham who wrote great novels. It's almost as if he no longer gives a damn. Micheal Beck's narration is far better than the book.

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  • Kelly
  • 29/10/2018

different

this book was really good in the beginning and then it dragged badly. it was a struggle to finish. then at the end when what I had been waiting for entire book, was revealed, it was a disappointment. this is first Grisham book I did not fully enjoy.

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  • Kelly G.
  • 25/10/2018

NOT a legal thriller in the least

I have enjoyed many John Grisham books, however, this one is not a legal thriller, it is mostly a war story that is way way way too long, I skipped sections and ended up returning it. I am so glad I had the option to return it because it was a waste of a credit. Very disappointed.

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  • Roma
  • 24/10/2018

Time I Won’t Get Back

Well, this may be my last John Grisham book. (I would say “definitely,” but hope springs eternal, so who knows?). His last few books have been lackluster, to put it mildly. I was hoping for a comeback with this one. What a disappointment. About a fourth or more of the book was about the actual horrors of WWII, which Grisham apparently threw in to give the book more....what? Beats me. I skipped that part totally. I don’t buy Grisham books to read about war. I think Grisham is cranking them out now just to make a payday, which I doubt he needs. His first books were so gripping and entertaining. I guess that’s why I’ve stuck with him through the many subsequent letdowns, hoping he’d get his groove back. Apparently that’s not going to happen. So, I think I’m done.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24/10/2018

Depressing!! Wish I never read it!

Horribly depressing long drawn out you could skip the entire war segment and not miss a thing! Hoping for so much more and was so disappointed! Don’t waste a credit!

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  • Scott
  • 25/10/2018

Not his best

The story gets lost during the WWII portion that lasts longer than the actual Bataan death march. The story was predictable and the whole book was a disappointment.

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  • rockwell
  • 07/03/2019

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Terrible story. I never would have read it if I would have known what would happen in the end.

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  • Jonas
  • 26/11/2018

Worst Grisham novel.

I was expecting a court drama but 50% of the novel is historical information about WW2 which is not bad but not what I wanted from a Grisham novel. Read the first 3 hours and the final hour and save yourself 13 hours!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25/10/2018

Not the usual Grisham novel

I can only say that the time it took to listen to this book would have been better spent elsewhere. This is not up to his old “The Firm” standards. Not even the same genre

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  • MiraBella
  • 24/10/2018

Absolutely Awful

I'm literally stunned by this book. Wondering what Grisham was trying to accomplish. While trying to get through it, I often thought about his previous books, A Time to Kill, The Firm, and others. Perhaps he's out of words.

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  • Inés Kucharz
  • 01/02/2019

Grisham at his best

Few authors, the more books they publish, the better they write. This is certainly true for Grisham. I loved this book, which must have involved a lot of research. I 'enjoyed' (not quite the word, given the subject matter) parts one and two very much, also because the book is perfectly read, and characters are wonderfully rendered, by Michael Beck. Part three was a little long, at least to my mind. I don't want to give anything away, it would be a shame, so my advice is: Just go ahead and read/listen to it.

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  • Gabriele Stroehlein
  • 25/04/2019

Story not my favourite but great reader

Dieses Buch ist nicht, was ich von Grisham erwartet habe. Grisham‘s Stories sind immer schwer verdaulich und gehen extrem unter die Haut. Hier lässt sie einen aber schon fast deprimiert zurück, angesichts der Sinnlosigkeit des Verbrechens. Die stundenlange Geschichte über den Krieg auf den Philippinen muss man mögen oder nicht..... ich mochte sie. Begeistert war ich vom Sprecher!!! Phantastisch wie er die Dialekte und verschiedenen Personen gemeistert hat! Großes Lob!

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  • Maryam Lankarany
  • 16/03/2019

Sehr spannende verwickelte Geschichte

Mich hat die Erzählung total gepackt, über die Geschichte der Philippinen im 2. Weltkrieg wusste ich gar nichts, diesen Teil fand ich extrem brutal, gleichzeitig sehr informativ. Und immer wieder das Thema Rassismus und die Auswirkungen. Brillant gelesen und natürlich brillant erzählt

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  • runnerklaus
  • 17/07/2019

Die Geschichte kommt ein wenig langatmig rüber. Die Kriegsabenteuer und der sehr gute Sprecher peppen die Story ein wenig auf.

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  • Derrick
  • 23/06/2019

boring

usually I like Grisham from time to time but this is terrible. the story is boring and the reader sounds like he is struggling to keep the boredom out of his voice

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  • thomas suermann
  • 28/04/2019

Lange nicht so spannend wie andere Grishams

Story plätschert über größere Teile eher vor sich hin; im Ganzen unterhaltsam, aber nicht packend

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  • oliver
  • 28/03/2019

Good story but a bit lengthy

Good story but a bit lengthy. The ending is good but to get there simply took too long. Somehow J.G. still managed to build the story in a way that kept me interested to learn why Pete did it although I thought several times that it really needs to come to it's end.

Michael Beck is great.

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  • Valerie
  • 25/01/2019

Some good parts, mostly boring

I'm not sure what the exact intention was with this story. But it feels like a lot of mundane storytelling that shi be build-up to something that never comes?! Interesting through some stretches, but definitely not something I would listen to again.

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  • peggy
  • 05/11/2018

Worst Grisham book ever


OK I am going to do something I’ve never done before. I will save you the time from finishing that horrible book.

After pete‘s death and the war stories his kids lose their house and the property to lawyers of the guy he shot; then some convoluted nonsense about pete’s wife in a mental institution and then killing her self on his grave, she had an affair with all their black servants (for what I could decipher), pete killing the pastor ruins his family, everyone is miserable because they just were a family of horrible people that were to stubborn to talk about things, to the point that pete basically let himself be killed rather than just talk things through. THE END

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