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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Oct. 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQCXGI
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A Time to Kill Audio Download – Abridged
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The story begins with the horrific gang-rape and beating of a young black girl by two white men. The two men are quickly arrested and there is no doubt about their guilt. However, Carl Lee Hailey, the father of young Tonya, is not ready to let justice take its course and sets out to take his own revenge. When he is in turn arrested and charged with murder, he asks Jake Brigance to defend him. While there's a lot of sympathy for Carl Lee, especially amongst the black townsfolk, there is also a sizeable slice of opinion that vigilantism, whatever the provocation, is wrong; and then there's the minority of white racists who think Carl Lee should be lynched. Soon the town is plunged into fear as the Ku Klux Klan take the opportunity to resurrect the days of burning crosses and worse.
Grisham doesn't give any easy answers and doesn't paint anyone as a complete hero (and only the rapists and the KKK are seen as wholly villainous). There's a huge cast of characters and we get to know their flaws as much as their strengths; and it's an indication of Grisham's skill that we can still like so many of them even when we are bound to disagree with most of them at least some of the time, whatever our own views.Read more ›
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Fairly predictable court room drama but well constructed and smoothly executed. Good book for the beach holiday annual escape, not too taxing but draws you in. Read morePublished 10 days ago
Bought for my Mum,
She's still reading it.
she is finding it a hard read has to keep putting it down a leaving it for a few days then reading it again. Read more
Initial unpleasantness of the subject matter was overcome by the compulsion to reach the conclusion.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read but a bit sexist but that may be because of the period it is referring to.Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Teal