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Camino Island

A Novel
Written by: John Grisham
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Series: Camino Island, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (101 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author John Grisham stirs up trouble in paradise in his endlessly surprising new thriller.

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

©2017 John Grisham (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"January LaVoy's expert narration engages listeners.... She finds outstanding, distinctive voices for the various charismatic characters - from writers to academics to FBI agents. The sardonic edge to the dialogue includes all those involved in the book business, and LaVoy appears to enjoy their parties and conversations." ( AudioFile)
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Love the story. If takes you to a places you probably will never go but it actually exist. The story keep
Me going and I really enjoyed it! #audiable1

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Camino island

I found this novel disappointing and not up to his usual standard, some chapters too short

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My first audio book. The experience was enjoyable. I enjoyed the book as well as the narration.

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Grisham has written better

It's a good listen. But he has better books/audio. His lawyer stuff is his best.

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Not good!

I have read all of his books and this one was the pits by far verry disappointing.

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  • Dan
  • 2017-06-13

Grisham wrote this?

Ugh. I think that this is the first book I have ever returned. With the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar at such a ridiculous level, I spend my credits carefully. I cared not at all for any of the characters, nor for the plot, and could hardly believe this was written by Grisham. If I hadn't been listening to it while painting my back deck I would have returned it sooner. Alas, I was covered in paint. Boring. The narrator was okay, did well with accents and tried to make the story interesting but had little to work with.

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  • William
  • 2017-06-08

Not happy

I've been a Grisham fan for a long time now. Grisham mailed this one in! Definitely not his best work!
Characters are unbelievable. The plot is horribly predictable. He writes about people needing a finish a new book to make some money. It appears that is exactly what he did!
I'm extremely disappointed!

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  • Karen
  • 2017-06-11

Disappointing

I eagerly await each book from John Grisham. for the first time I was disappointed in the story.

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  • Tmoore123
  • 2017-06-13

Someone is using Grisham's name

This book is totally unlike anything the real Grisham has written. The story--stolen manuscripts and can they be recovered--is very simple, with none of the twists and surprises of other Grisham stories. Many of the central characters are in the book business. Writers, book sellers/collectors, agents. And much of the dialog revolves around these people talking about the challenges of writing. Maybe that was a the author telling a little tongue-in-cheek joke. But the characters and their conversations about publishing were boring and had nothing to do with the story line. In fact, all of the characters were unappealing. In the end, I would have been happy enough if they would have all gone to jail.

Some of the writing seemed amateurish, not like something Grisham would have written. One example. Manuscripts are stolen in the first chapter of the book. Then some time goes by before one of the thieves returns to the story. In order to inform the readers what the thief has been doing in the meantime, the author has the thief tell all the details to a guy he is about to torture to find the locations of the stolen manuscripts. Really? Wouldn't it be more likely to just get on with the torturing? Maybe it was intended to torture us....

So, simplistic story, unappealing characters, not well-written. Look somewhere else for a summer read.

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  • Judy
  • 2017-06-10

Waste of time

Reader BORING BOOK LACKS ENTERTAINMENT, INTRIGUE, TOO MANY DETAILS, KEPT WAITING FOR SOME EXCITEMENT. Awful

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  • Jessica Redinger
  • 2017-06-07

🙁🙁

Not too impressed🙁usually love his books but he tried to write too much winded romance and not enough action.

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  • M. Davis
  • 2017-06-28

Did John Grisham owe his publisher a quick book?

I think John Grisham must have been obligated to put out a book under a quick deadline so he threw this piece of trash together in a hurry. The characters were simple and all were unlike able. I will never recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Kathleen
  • 2017-06-12

More"Nancy Drew Detective" than Grisham

I preface this criticism with my long lasting admiration of Grisham. He has always been my “go to” author. That said, it is confounding to think that the same man who wrote A Time to Kill and Sycamore Row could demean himself with this drivel. The loosely defined plot is not even plausible. No woman today is as unknowing as the female principal. Sorry to say it does not even meet the criteria for a decent beach book. He said in an interview that his wife suggested the premise for the story. Perhaps she is the true author. Best he stay with his own ideas, which have served him quite well up to now. Regardless, I will not give up and look forward to his next foray into nonfiction or whatever else suits his fancy.

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  • Cory Brown
  • 2017-06-08

Someone call Emergency Service

Now I am positive Dolores Claiborne is back at it and now has John Grisham and is writing books using his name. This can not be the same author that made me fall in love with reading so many years ago. I really tried to like this one and get through it but...at chapter 8 I am pulling the plug and calling for a refund. I am very sorry to say with this book being the 3rd of only 3 books I have ever Pre-ordered and was anxiously awaiting its release I don't think I will ever waste another penny or even a free credit on the man that will always be my favorite author. I will say January (narrator) did a decent job being through what she had to work with.

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  • vitalrog
  • 2017-06-17

Disappointed

John Grisham's attempt to get in touch with his feminine writing side? Didn't really work for me.

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