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The Guardians

A Novel
Written by: John Grisham
Narrated by: Michael Beck
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
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In this instant number one New York Times best seller, John Grisham delivers a classic legal thriller - with a twist.

“Terrific...affecting...Grisham has done it again.” (Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

“A suspenseful thriller mixed with powerful themes.” (Associated Press)

In the small Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues. There were no witnesses, no one with a motive. But the police soon came to suspect Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s.  

Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For 22 years, he languished in prison, maintaining his innocence. But no one was listening. He had no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister. Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time.  

Cullen Post travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy Miller exonerated. They killed one lawyer 22 years ago, and they will kill another without a second thought. 

©2019 John Grisham (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Grisham doesn't disappoint

John Grisham's stories don't disappoint. Engaging story. Would make a great TV Series. An innocence project type group, lawyers with a conscience, convicted criminals who are innocent, a conspiracy, drug cartels, those who do the right thing and those who definitely do the wrong thing, forgiveness and redemption.
The narrator is excellent and can change his voice and accent to suit the character speaking. I'd recommend this book.

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a story NOT to be missed...

a powerful story not to put down.. it keeps you in its grasp to the very end

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L Vieira

Your attention is captured from beginning to end.... I just couldn't put it down... Great storyline... Great narration... Well done!

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Fascinating!

This audiobook was a fascinating account of cases of innocent people doing time for crimes that they have been wrongly accused of and the group working to free them. Expertly narrated by Michael Beck.

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enjoyed it!<br />

great narration, easy listening, very good story. love John Grishams story telling. great characters. great ending.

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wonderful read <br />

another great john Grisham book. and Michael Beck is simply the best narrator. You know its a good book when you don't want it to end!

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Love it!

John Grisham is one of the best storytellers. His novels are gripping. And I really enjoy Michael Beck as the narrator. Very talented!

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Another fine work!

This book took a little longer to get into but as usual it was hard to turn off! Can’t wait for another J G book

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Great story and great narrative

This was one of the best audio books I have listened to, Michael Beck is fabulous

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First Audio book experience.

This was my first audio book I have ever listened to and truly enjoyed the concept. Love being able to listen while driving. As far as the novel, truly awesome. Another classic by Grisham. I never lost interest at any point in the novel. Would highly recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys legal thrillers.

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  • Wayne
  • 2019-10-17

Is Grisham getting serious about writing again?

I became a fan of John Grisham's legal thrillers with the 1989 publication of A Time to Kill. He followed that with 10 more 5 star thrillers. Then he seemed to become satisfied to rest on his laurels for almost two decades of releasing mostly third rate literary garbage. Now as he enters his dotage the release of The Guardians indicates that maybe he is finally getting serious about writing good novels again. Grisham has lived and prospered for nearly two decades of inferior novels based on a reputation he earned during the first decade of his writing career. I hope he is back to being the author he was during the 1990s. Michael Beck's narration is wonderful.

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  • Jean
  • 2019-10-30

Great Story

This is an “issues” novel about a disillusioned attorney, Cullen Post, who has become an Episcopal priest. Cullen now volunteers as an attorney for a non-profit Innocence project. They are attempting to free a prisoner who was wrongfully convicted.

The book is well written. The plot twists and turns and the characters are interesting. Grisham starts the suspense immediately and continues to build it throughout the story. The book was entertaining as well as informative. It is a quick easy read.

The book is eleven hours and fifty minutes. Michael Beck does a good job narrating the book. He is an actor and audiobook narrator. Beck has narrated a number of John Grisham’s books.

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  • scot elliott
  • 2019-10-16

Michael Beck is the master.

Michael Beck is the best narrator for Grisham stories. Only he can capture the essence Grisham's characters and environments. Its a pleasure to have him back. Another great story by the legal master.

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  • LoverofClassics
  • 2019-11-07

Welcome back, Grisham!

This is the Grisham I remember - writing about well-fleshed out characters you love, characters you love to hate. It has a great story line about the value of a human life and social injustice (although the one black cop he writes about is the only kind, caring, and trustworthy police office, and all the bad cops are white - a little slanted, wouldn't you say?). The main character is someone you'd love to know and call "friend", although he seems to become a personal friend in this book. Michael Beck is an outlandishly good reader - how he keeps the multiple characters' voices straight and their accents believable, I have no idea.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-31

Grisham at his best.

Enthralling prose masterfully written by a master of lawyerly tales. Michael Beck is by far a master of southern accents with a voice range that I have yet heard matched by any other narrator. From gentlemanly southern trial lawyer, to gruff blackwoods hillbilly, to sweet sothern belle's, Beck covers the gambit like no other. This was one that I found myself sitting in the car listening to long after the trip was done.

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  • ELSp
  • 2019-11-15

Too preachy throughout

The Guardians is a new story but in terms of theme, concept and plot line, to me, its just a continuation or alternate story line of Grisham's The Confession. The novel is way too preachy throughout the story, constantly restating the same phrases, statements and position of anti death penalty and that the justice system is flawed and corrupt. Okay, we get it. But it is endlessly preaching, hitting us over the head, again and gain. Made it difficult to get through or enjoy the novel. And listening on audible, it made it more frustrating because one could not easily skip the repeated preaching narratives (not seeing the text and not knowing how far to skip ahead). And as to the story itself, without particulars, so as not to post any spoilers, the events driving the conclusion were way too convenient and contrived. Did not enjoy this story. I listened to the novel via audible -- aside from the novel itself, narrator Michael Beck is terrific; his voice, cadence, inflections, etc., are always well done.

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  • Robyn
  • 2019-10-17

John Grisham and Michael Beck are a great pair!!

I was inspired by the story of Guardian Innocence Ministry/Law Firm, run on a shoestring and dedicated to freeing innocent prisoners from incarceration. The story is told in John Grisham’s clean prose and with exciting, compelling characters. It’s read by the incomparable Michael Beck who uses his voice for numerous and believable southern accents for the men and women Grisham brings to life. I loved it!!!

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  • David
  • 2019-11-23

If not standing while listening, I fell asleep

This story cheats you out of an actual interesting plot. I kept waiting for the punch but it never came. it was predictable and if I weren't listening while keeping busy, it put me to sleep. I usually love Grisham novels and this one fell flat.

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  • J.H.
  • 2019-11-06

Wrongfully convicted

This is an incredible story in that it made me think and learn about a topic I went in knowing very little about. Even as an attorney I have never truly focused on this aspect of our criminal justice system. It’s an interesting story, though there are many characters and you need to really pay attention to follow what is going on.

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  • John Erickson
  • 2019-10-17

Old School Grisham

Very solid compelling characters, a well told story and lots to ponder about history and reality of our justice and penal system.

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  • Inés Kucharz
  • 2019-11-11

Top Grisham

To my mind, and after having read quite a number of his books, Grisham is a guarantee for good entertainment and also for subjects that get you thinking. This is true as well for The Guardians. Gripping subject, great storyline, wonderfully read by Michael Beck, - what more can you want?