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The Whistler

Série : The Whistler, Volume 1
Durée : 13 h et 10 min
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From John Grisham, America's number one best-selling author, comes the most electrifying novel of the year, a high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State.

We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice.

But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? It's rare, but it happens.

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.

But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states and throughout US history.

What's the source of the ill-gotten gains? It seems the judge was secretly involved with the construction of a large casino on Native American land. The Coast Mafia financed the casino and is now helping itself to a sizable skim of each month's cash. The judge is getting a cut and looking the other way. It's a sweet deal: Everyone is making money.

But now Greg wants to put a stop to it. His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. Greg files a complaint with the Board on Judicial Conduct, and the case is assigned to Lacy Stoltz, who immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous.

Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.

©2016 John Grisham (P)2016 Random House Audio

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  • Elle
  • 30/10/2016

It's John Grisham, right?

I've never missed a Grisham book so when I bought it, tried it, and did not like it at all, I returned it. Having misgivings, I repurchased the audiobook, kept it, and -- I can't believe I'm saying this -- will not finish a John Grisham book.
The main character, who could be a very smart, brave woman, is voiced to be some lame character escaped from a Joan Collins book. It's not just the narration, which is dull and middle-schoolish, it's the dumbed down dialogue and what appears to be an indecision on the author's part as to which characters should be endearing and which ones the reader will root against. For me, not one character stirred any interest at all, so I guess the ending, whatever it is, doesn't mean anything to me either.
Now I'll decide whether to risk being thought deranged and return the book a second time or just kiss the credit goodbye. Maybe I'll check my Audible Library for The Racketeer and relisten to a really good Grisham book

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  • Donna
  • 03/11/2016

Worst Grisham book ever!

I have waited months for the next John Grisham book. I've never been disappointed...until now. This book has no depth, no substance and the narrator has zero personality! It drags on and on. Agonizing is the best description. Tune to put the quill away John. Should have stopped while you were on top.

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  • Liz
  • 01/11/2016

cracking good yarn

What did you like best about The Whistler? What did you like least?

The story was craftily constructed like a spider weaves a web, first with a broad framework and then filling in the details. As for the dirty rotten scoundrels, I won't give away the ending. Some of the writing did not sound like Grisham, though, a trait I've noticed in some of his recent books. The narrator was, without a doubt, the worst I've ever heard. Thank goodness the story was so good, otherwise I would not have been able to get beyond the first chapter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30/10/2016

God awful narrative performance.

So sad that Grisham would present this to his loyal readers. Mediocrity at it's best. Spare us from this narrator ever again.

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  • TechJunkie
  • 02/11/2016

Can't get past the narrator's voice

What did you like best about The Whistler? What did you like least?

great story, narrator cannot do male voices

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

n/a

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cassandra Campbell?

Dick Hill, Ron McLarty,

Any additional comments?

This is the first Grisham book I've ever stopped reading, or in this case listening to. Cassandra Campbell cannot do male voices. Unless a line in the book is followed by "he said" or "she said" I can't tell which gender just spoke. She might be great with some other formats, but I'll not buy another audible book - my favorite way to enjoy a book - with her as narrator. I've been spoiled by the great narrators, like Dick Hill with the Jack Reacher series, Ron McLarty and others.

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  • Mary
  • 02/11/2016

Disappointing

If this were a Stephen King book, it would definitely be a trunk novel.
King talks about his trunk novels as something he wrote and didn't like enough to publish but was too good to throw out. So he puts them in a trunk where they remain for a few years, and may eventually get recycled.

That's what this feels like. That Grisham has recycled something that didn't quite make the cut in his earlier years.

First, the technology is dated. Everyone knows what a burner phone is. Evidently Grisham doesn't quite grasp the concept. Or the concept of how recording devices work these days. Or what a home burglar system does. It gets quite tedious.

Second, there's nothing in the story to place it in time. It doesn't tell you if it's supposed to be set in the 80s, 90s, or present day. It's like someone went through with a word processor and removed anything that would pinpoint a decade.

Third, the characters are wholly unlike Grisham's other works. They are bland, undeveloped, and boring. There's nothing to make you connect with them or like them.

The only little bit of grace this book has--if you're interested--is perhaps seeing what an author looks like before he became a good author. There are faint flashes of brilliance, but not enough to save the story.


If it's not a trunk book, then Grisham is losing his touch and needs to think about resting on his laurels.

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  • Carol
  • 01/11/2016

the narrator is too dramatic

Not thrilling not much of anything to be honest. the narrator is draining at times, too dramatic too breathy.

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  • Mom2four
  • 01/11/2016

Returning this

The narrator was awful and the book was boring and hard to follow. A disappointment.

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  • R. Shi
  • 01/11/2016

A good story, but told by poor narrator

Grisham is my favorite author. His work is consistently good. Campbell ruined the work by her weak performance. I hope the publisher will choose a male narrator next time.

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  • Thomas
  • 27/10/2016

Stilted

The dialog or the reader or both seem stilted, hesitating or inauthentic. For so much buildup the story is somewhat disappointing. Usually I am a fan and find his stories to be very good, but I think this one comes up short. Others may not agree.

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  • Viktor Janßen
  • 30/03/2017

Good book and recommendable

If you like lawyer detective whatever genre without much gunfights and violence, this is a very goos book. i enjoyed it

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  • Roger Bühler
  • 30/11/2016

Grisham mit Spannung

The whistler zählt für mich zu Grishams top 5 Büchern zusammen mit dem Partner, der runaway jury, Raketer und Co.

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  • Thomas Emig
  • 01/12/2018

tolle story

tolle story. spannend erzählt. unerwartetes Ende.
Sehr gutes Buch. detailliert und präzise erzählt. klasse Geschichte.

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  • Michael Hoffmeister
  • 20/08/2017

Typischer Grisham

Ich freue mich schon auf das nächste seiner Bücher :-). Die Story könnte fast wahr sein, packend erzählt.

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  • t2reset
  • 16/07/2017

Grisham war schon besser!

Uninspirierte Geschichte mit wenig Spannung und einer Schlussphase, bei der man den Eindruck hat, dass dem Autor die Lust zum Schreiben vergangen ist.

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  • Sbtlea
  • 20/06/2017

der langweiligste grisham, den ich gelesen habe

an der Stelle, an der ich dachte " jetzt geht's endlich los" kam der Epilog. die Charaktere bleiben flach und unpersönlich.

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  • Nicole Söhn
  • 27/05/2017

Kurzweiliges, wenngleich flaches Hörvergnügen

Der Plot hat alles, was man von einem J. Grisham Roman erwarten kann. Ja, es ist stellenweise durchaus spannend, aber für meinen Geschmack fehlte eine gehörige Prise Salz und Pfeffer. Den handelnden Charakteren fehlt Komplexität, sie wirken flach und deren Handeln und Motivation bleibt stellenweise unklar. Der Entwicklung des verschachtelten Plots nimmt 3/4 des Romans in Anspruch, der Showdown kommt dann schnell und erwartbar und hat mich ein wenig enttäuscht. Das war alles?

Überhaupt nicht überzeugt hat mich die Sprecherin. Sie spricht sehr langsam und hat die mich nervende Angewohnheit, Endsilben zu dehnen, was Assoziationen hervorruft, die vielleicht zu 50 Shades of Grey besser gepasst hätten.
Das Englisch ist sehr leicht zu verstehen und daher ist das Hörbuch auch für weniger geübte Nichtmuttersprachler gut geeignet.

Insgesamt ein mittelprächtiger J. Grisham. Nicht wirklich schlecht, aber auch nicht herausragend gut.
Gerade noch empfehlenswert.

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  • Ienco
  • 03/05/2017

Spannung von Grisham!

Halten Sie die Hörbuch-Ausgabe von The Whistler für besser als das Buch?

Hab nur das Hörbuch gehört und das Buch nicht gelesen.

Welches andere Buch würden Sie mit The Whistler vergleichen? Warum?

Andere Grisham Krimis

Welche Szene hat Ihnen am besten gefallen?

Die spannendeste fand ich, als Jo auf Hilfe gewartet hat und der Killer wartete ganz in der Nähe auf eine Möglichkeit, sie zu erschießen.

Hat dieses Hörbuch Sie emotional stark bewegt? Mussten Sie laut z.B. lachen, weinen, zweifeln, etc.?

Nein. Am Anfang hat die Leserin mich etwas irritiert, da sie SO langsam sprach. Aber ich hab mich schnell daran gewöhnt.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Ich hab es zweimal angehört, da ich das erste Mal nicht alles richtig mitbekommen habe. Namen nicht immer einordnen konnte use. Das ist normal bei Grisham Bücher. Es war das zweite mal dann noch befriedigender.

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  • Markus Bittner
  • 26/03/2017

Laaangsaam und ohne echte Überraschung

Haben Sie die Zeit genossen, in der Sie dieses Hörbuch gehört haben? Warum oder warum nicht?

John Grisham hat m.E. mit "The Firm" und "The Pelican Brief" zwei hervorragende und spannende Bücher geschrieben. Daher habe ich Mr. Grisham nach einigen Enttäuschungen wieder eine Chance gegeben. Er hat sie leider nicht genutzt. Das Buch schleppt sich sehr laaangsaam dahin. Klar, weiß der Leser mehr als die Ermittler, weil er auch bei den Bösen mithören darf, aber derart lahme Ermittlungstätigkeiten sind nur mit einer Dauer-Überdosis von Schlaftabletten zu erklären. Aber die Bösen sind kaum besser, denn es gibt nur einen Kandidaten für "The Whistler" und trotzdem rätseln die Bösen, wer es denn wohl sein könne.
Etwas mehr Schwung und Realismus kommt beim FBI auf, die ihre knappen Ressourcen priorisieren müssen und zunächst Wichtigeres zu tun haben, dann aber ordentlich abhören und verhören - geht doch!

Was würden Sie an der Handlung ändern, um das Hörbuch für Sie unterhaltsamer zu machen?

ABWECHSLUNG, WENDUNGEN, ÜBERRASCHUNGEN

Welche drei Worte charakterisieren Ihrer Meinung nach am besten die Lesung von Cassandra Campbell?

Frauen hui, Männer pfui.
Die Sprecherin ist für Frauenstimmen klasse, aber die Imitation von Männerstimmen wirkt nicht überzeugend.

Hat The Whistler Sie zu etwas Bestimmtem inspiriert?

Mr. Grisham nur dann eine weitere Chance zu geben, wenn ich in Rezensionen die Worte ABWECHSLUNG, WENDUNGEN, ÜBERRASCHUNGEN finde.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 05/01/2017

The industrious Mr Grisham

Again: he knows his craftsmanship, the book is nice enough BUT I'm missing what the Germans (who have a word for everything) call "Herzblut". The soul and energy (and maybe also the innocence) of books like "the pelikan brief" is missing.