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Theodore Boone: The Activist Audiobook – Unabridged

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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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have really enjoyed John Grisham's foray into fiction for older children/young adults. Theodore Boone is as attractive a character as any of those gracing his adult books, and the stories surrounding him are intriguing and enjoyable.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
More stories like this please
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Format: Paperback
I've finally got around to reading the fourth Theodore Boone story, and many of my criticisms of the earlier books still stand, though Grisham has clearly made some effort to address them. This time Boone gets tied up in a political disagreement between those for and opposing a new bypass. This alone sounds enough to put off most teenagers, and so the back cover blurb ignores it almost entirely and picks up on one tiny plot point.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Another Young Adult story from an established adult author that goes to prove that their skills are just as captivating for a younger audience as they are for older fans. The tale does what Grisham does best bringing cracking characters to the fore as the investigation wends its way with wonderful touches that young readers will more than identify with.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Just remember this is aimed at younger audience, it's a pleasant read but predictable and some of the plot was left without a conclusion (was justice served on the men who attacked Judge, they were out on bail pending appeal but nothing further).
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).
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Format: Paperback
Having now read the 4th book in the Theodore Boone series I'm up to date with these. I know this series is targeted at younger teens but that doesn't necessarily other age ranges won't enjoy it. However, on this occasion I feel that the YA audience will be more appreciative; I found it a litle condescending with an incredibly rushed, predictable ending.

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!)
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A bit disappointed with this book. Because of the high standard and trust I have garnered in John Grisham's novels, I hung in, waiting for the twist - but twist came there none. I couldn't relate to the rather spoiled and pampered boy main character on any level. I never 'saw' him in my imagination. The story was flat, very, this happened then that happened. Not enough ups and downs and intrigue - the outcome was predictable. it also didn't seem to be written in the same style as all the previous novels I've read by Mr Grisham. I still love his books but will give a swerve to the Theodore Boone ones.
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