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Old 11-15-2022, 03:44 PM   #3346
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I just finished John Grisham's "The Firm." It is universally categorized as a "legal thriller."
It is NOT a legal thriller by any meaningful definition I can come up with.
It's a crime thriller at best. The fact that it was set at a law firm and the protagonist was a lawyer was incidental. It could have been about a stock broker, an accountant, or just about any white collar type who deals with client's money. There was no legal wrangling, no law arguments, no court room drama.
Aside from that, I found the first 3/4s of the book very slow. Not any kind of a thriller. It may have been due partially to the narrator, Scott Brick, who I found a bit blah.

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Old 11-15-2022, 05:42 PM   #3347
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I just finished John Grisham's "The Firm." It is universally categorized as a "legal thriller."
It is NOT a legal thriller by any meaningful definition I can come up with.
It's a crime thriller at best. The fact that it was set at a law firm and the protagonist was a lawyer was incidental. It could have been about a stock broker, an accountant, or just about any white collar type who deals with client's money. There was no legal wrangling, no law arguments, no court room drama.
Aside from that, I found the first 3/4s of the book very slow. Not any kind of a thriller. It may have been due partially to the narrator, who I found a bit blah.
Who is the narrator and how was the narrator?
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Old 11-17-2022, 04:06 PM   #3348
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It may have been due partially to the narrator, Scott Brick, who I found a bit blah.
I’m not a Scott Brick fan, but I find him more tolerable when I goose up the speed.
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Old 11-17-2022, 04:43 PM   #3349
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I’m not a Scott Brick fan, but I find him more tolerable when I goose up the speed.
That's exactly what I do! I've run into him several times, and he's OK but needs a bit of speedup. I usually go for 1.2x or so.
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I’m not a Scott Brick fan, but I find him more tolerable when I goose up the speed.
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That's exactly what I do! I've run into him several times, and he's OK but needs a bit of speedup. I usually go for 1.2x or so.

I wish I'd thought of that. I'll try it if I have another opportunity.
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Old 11-18-2022, 05:23 PM   #3351
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I recently finished Claire North's Ithaca (first in her Songs of Penelope series) and can't say enough about it. A knowledge of The Odyssey (and possibly The Iliad) is recommended since most characters are introduced with little to no backstory.

Catrin Walker-Booth does a fantastic job of reading, and while the book may not be action packed by any means, there are some fantastically memorable moments if you let the book come to you on it's own terms (in my opinion anyway). The snarkiness of Hera in her protection of many of the women of Ithaca; Electra's dressing-down of the room when Penelope's death-shroud-weaving deception is suspected by the suitors; and the death of Clytemnestra spring to mind (sorry folks, I'm not going to worry about "spoiling" ancient myths).

The only strikes against the book I have are 1) I didn't always pick up some of the POV changes very quickly, and 2) being part of a series, there's not a ton of resolution at the end.

I highly recommend it to any who have an interest in retellings of classic mythology.

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Thanks for sharing your opinion of the book. My current plan is to start the new year with Bulfinch's Mythology, and then listen to some retellings. While Ithaca certainly sounds interesting, I do wish it wasn't part of a series!
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If you like fun and not too cheesy, and character well-done, shark monster type books, I highly recommend audio for Thresher by Michael Cole. Actual story and gets to know the main characters. Narration by Matt Godfrey is very good. 4/5 for book and audio narration
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