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The Last Juror: A Novel

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Terrence Mann

Date: February 2004

Duration: 5 hours 55 minutes


In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But in Mississippi in 1970, "life" didn't necessarily mean "life," and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began.


  • Ethan B.

    As a huge John Grisham fan, this book had a decent twist in the end, but the journey to get there was pretty bland. Not one of my favorites.

  • Faye

    This was a surprising story not what I expected yet in fashion with the writer. I liked the characters and stories in it. The ending was very compelling.

  • Trena

    I enjoyed this book... It kept me entertained and the narrarator was great to listen to... The ending was sad, but sweet...

  • betty

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm a fan of John Grisham, but this book kept my interest from beginning to end. The narrator read very well for the old south. Would recommend highly.

  • Mickey Way

    I own the abridged version of this story, but rented the unabridged version to see if I was missing anything. Absolutely not. The abridged version has a much better pace that keeps you riveted the whole way through. This version has a lot of back stories that are quite unnecessary. I would recommend the abridged version first, then this one. (Also, two different narrators...yes, the abridged narrator is better.)

  • Sparkela

    Few things grate on my ears more than laboured, fake southern accents. The narrator here is flawless. Grisham's tale is funny and has good pacing. I love the Dickensian names of the some of his characters--they echo the names of people I grew up around in Florida. The plot is engaging, nothing new, just a solid good listen.

  • Anonymous

    Always a good choice in authors. John Grisham can spin a court room tale like no other.

  • Anonymous

    If you are a fan of Grisham then this book will be enjoyed. I enjoyed the perspective and the book. Some of the twists and turns seemed a little forced, but for the most part I found the story enjoyable.

  • Deb D

    I'd been meaning to check out Grisham for a long time and finally got around to it with this book. I am now a fan for life because this book was superb. It had the same comfortable feel of the town it depicted, Southern Comfort. I anticipated more drama, more action, but I soon realized that it was less a murder mystery than it was the story of a young man's journey into adulthood and his awakening into the realization that life is good, and can be hard. The characters are memorable, the writing exceptional, and the narration so well done that I felt he was talking to me directly in that easy southern drawl. I was often reminded of Matthew McConaughey's character in "A Time to Kill." Worth every star.

  • Anonymous

    Great beach read. I feel in love with the main character, reminded me of my younger brother.

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