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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 23 May 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CY6P2SI
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In this one, developers are trying to build a bypass around the town. Naturally, there are advantages to this bypass, just as there are disadvantages but, in Theo's opinion, the disadvantages outweigh the good points. He and several of his friends rise up to support those that they perceive to be the victims; but will they win?
A quick, but nevertheless enjoyable, read.
Theodore Boone is a 1950s child, living with 1950s parents in a 1950s town in 2010s America - he has access to modern technology, but his character, and those of everyone around him, are stuck in some sort of time warp. However Theo is at least no longer the goody-two-shoes perfect child that he was in the first three books - now he doesn't brush his teeth!
The plot is slow to get going and takes several substantial detours from what seems to be the main plot, before heading back to it and rushing through the climax. This is similar in a way to Grisham's novels for adults, where I often feel the last few chapters weaken the whole.
It's clear throughout that the author is trying to present the political aspects of the narrative in an unbiased way where characters of both opinions are shown, but this pretty quickly descends into something of an us vs them situation where one side is shown to be morally superior than the other. There are also, bizarrely, a couple of places where. Grisham's usual dispassionate narration trips over and ends up giving a biased opinion that even the characters depicted in that scene don't subscribe to.
Overall, the characters and world are better in this book - a step more believable and up to date, but the plot is weak. It may hold the attention of a studious young reader (maybe aged 11 or 12) but it does nothing to appeal to the masses.
Back this up with wonderful prose and a high octane pace all round gives you something special to savour. Definitely a cracking book and my favourite JG title to date.
I am a Grisham fan and I read this in one night. Would I have read it if I was not a fan? I'm not sure. It's interesting when a adult author writes teenage books, James Patterson did a great job of it with the maximum ride series.
I really enjoyed the racketeer (Grisham last adult book) and thought the rackteer was amazing and back to his old style of writing. The racketeer end surprised me, and I enjoyed the twist.
But the ending on the activist book was like it was a "deadline" ending, rushed to met a deadline and I guessed the ending before I was halfway through the book. I borrowed this book from the library, I'm glad I didn't buy it.
If you enjoy theodore Boone books this is as good as the other three, if you're an adult Grisham fan the adult books are much better (in my opinion).
At one point I'd read 197 pages out of 289 and Theo hadn't become an 'activist' and then it was like he became one overnight. Theo's actually turning out to be an irritating right know-it-all and I hope John Grisham writes a book in the future where Theo is an adult and loses all his legal cases (bitter I know!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Theodore Boone is a great series full of exciting cases and lawyers. This is a good book for twelve years plus!Published 10 months ago
Really good series of adventures ...... an easier to read Grisham not requiring to much brain power or effort.... and lets be honest we all have some of those days.. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karen.
My young sister, whom I bought it for read it and said it was one of the best books she has readPublished 11 months ago by Jaigo
As usual with a John Grisham book it's captivating as soon as you start to read. Sharp, intelligent, easy read.Published 12 months ago by Mandy
A good little story but I think I have read enough about Theodore Boone for the time being.Published 12 months ago by John Lock