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The Reckoning

A Novel
Auteur(s): John Grisham
Narrateur(s): Michael Beck
Durée: 17 h et 36 min
4 out of 5 stars (365 évaluations)

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Description

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

Ce que les critiques disent

“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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Au global

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The BEST I have listened to... thank you

Dear Mr. Grisham, (if that may be a review title)

I have been listening to audible books for years as I commute to work and pursue my hobbies at home while mothering. I'm sure my records would indicate this. I have never made a review before now. This novel has resonated with me extremely. As an administrator and educator, it has brought perspective back to why we teach history and humanity. I remember reading your novels as a student, while waiting for lectures in University, and appreciating your work. This-this is your finest work. It is reflective of multiple cultures, classes and losses...and, finally, humanity.

I can only hope readers can put in perspective the sacrifices of our ancestors, and the importance of why we need to acknowledge these realities in measured retrospect.

It is so easy to forget. To not know.

I can only hope this incredible narrative serves as a warning.

Lest we forget.

11 personnes sur 11 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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Boring

First part was good and I was listening intently. Then it turned into a war story. No thanks. Then when the so-called mystery was finally solved... I literally said “who really cares about that boring mystery.”

8 personnes sur 9 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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disappointed

I've always thought of John Grisham as a good storyteller, but for me, this one falls far short of the mark.

2 personnes sur 2 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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    2 out of 5 stars
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Disapointed

I've waited 17 hours for something to happen but nothing. Ending was predictable, no suspense.

1 personnes sur 1 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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  • K
  • 2018-11-16

Torturous

If you like reading about the horror and depravity of WWII then read this book. I waded through most of it, although I skimmed through part 2 of the book because of its endless torturous, excruciating description of the main character's experience during WWII. The ending was a big disappointment and I kept thinking, "That's it? That's why he did it?" OMG! That's 17 hours I'll never get back.

5 personnes sur 7 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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    3 out of 5 stars
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Sad story

Its not a typical Grisham, although it is a good mystery its a bit sad in nature, I was glad when it was finished

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    3 out of 5 stars
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decent story but very slow

As an avid John Grisham fan I was disappointed with this book. Story was decent but very slow and drawn out with a lot of unnecessary detail. Wouldn't recommend.

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The Narrator was Amazing

There were times when I was getting slightly bored with the story line but the narrator kept me listening. He did all of the voices and accents impeccably well. His reading was 'engrossing'. All in all, the story was very good and the character development was excellent. I would say that this is a good example of a classic tragedy where the characters own fine qualities could not lead to anything but doom - no way out. Good book and an amazing narration.

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Another Masterpiece

A fantastic story, masterfully told - another great novel by John Grisham, didn't want it to end

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Not the best Grisham book.

The narration was good and the story kept me engaged but didn’t like the ending.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-01-27

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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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Kelly
  • 2018-10-29

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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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Wayne
  • 2018-11-03

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.

182 personnes sur 195 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Roma
  • 2018-10-24

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.

208 personnes sur 226 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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  • Pat
  • 2018-10-27

An Intereresting Diversion for Grisham

Although the book is a tad too long and digesses in WWII history for a bit too long, as well, it's a fine bit of work that sustains interest throughout. Unlike a lot of those who previously reviewed this book here I had no trouble getting through the 17.5 hours of listening without problem at all. In a Shakespearean sort of way, this book is a tragedy, a continuing descent into a set of problems the characters have to live through, suffer through and finally live with as the book comes to its very troubling and surprising ending. I'd never re-read it but i'm glad I had the chance to plow avidly through it this once.

18 personnes sur 19 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Jonas
  • 2018-11-26

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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  • elizabeth a widenmeyer
  • 2018-10-24

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!

135 personnes sur 150 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Scott
  • 2018-10-25

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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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • kechia
  • 2018-10-25

Dissappointed in a favorite

Ive never hated a John Grisham book.....until now. This was a LAME, useless and tired story of a poor lil rich girl in the south. I wasted 17 hrs I cant get back. disappointed. I guess they cant all be magic.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-10-25

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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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • MiraBella
  • 2018-10-24

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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