Gray Mountain

Gray Mountain

Audiobook CD - 2014
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John Grisham has a n ew hero . . . and she's full of surprises

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track--until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town's legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to "help real people with real problems." For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren't so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.

Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

Publisher: New York : Random House Audio : Books on Tape, p2014
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780385366533
Branch Call Number: CDA FIC GRI
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (ca. 15 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Taber, Catherine

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singasong70
Jun 09, 2018

Not most gripping of his works, enjoyed for the most part. Obligatory sex scene - birth control not mentioned at all, interesting, interesting too that main woman character consents to "romp" every now and then but does not want more - never met a woman like that, how believable is this woman one wonders.

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mackfrannie
Jul 21, 2016

Boring and a book that was the worst Grisham book I have read. I love all of the books I have read which are most of them. I did finish the book but what a waste of time.

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paisano
Aug 30, 2015

This looks like it might become a series, particularly the way it ends. I thought it took a while for the story line to develop, the book got better the deeper you read into it. Narrator was outstanding.

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tallpinetree
Feb 24, 2015

I was disappointed in the story line. The premise began intriguingly enough but by half way through the book I realized I did not like or care much about the protagonist. The information about the coal industry was grist for the mill but it was not developed in the way I anticipated.

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brigpa1
Feb 21, 2015

I had been looking forward to another Grisham thriller, instead it was, as previously stated, long and boring. He ranted on and on about the evils of coal companies. It was a political statement in the guise of a novel.

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perryb
Jan 28, 2015

This novel is just a long and boring list of lawsuits with a weak , dispassionate, uninteresting main character as stated in another comment. Action was weak with too much PC.

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Puddled
Jan 02, 2015

This story is worth hearing; it flows, engages and certainly taught me a lot about the devastation of coal mining. I liked how it brings out the complexity of being poor in a rural region and how hard it can be for people to survive.

1234qwerasdf Dec 20, 2014

I disagree with the previous 2 reviews. It is a very typical Grisham story, although certainly not one of his best. It was however engaging and the story flowed nicely. I am not typically a fan of female narrators, but felt this was well done. We listened to it on most of a 21 hour drive, and it didn't disappoint.

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c210flyer
Dec 16, 2014

Gray Mountain was terrific. Great story, good characters and tightly written. 9 of 10 for me.

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Mobama68
Dec 12, 2014

I agree with the previous review 100%. Yawn! Could this have been a ghost writer for John Grisham? Just didn’t even feel like his writing to me. I couldn't even finish the book.

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Laura_X Apr 01, 2015

They say a woman marries a man with the belief she can change him, and she can’t. A man marries a woman with the belief that she won’t change, and she does.

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