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  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)

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The Boys from Biloxi

By: John Grisham
Narrated by: Michael Beck
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Summary

The next astonishing thriller from the master of the legal thriller.

Sunday Times No 1 bestseller John Grisham returns to Mississippi in his most gripping thriller yet.

For most of the last hundred years, Biloxi was known for its beaches, resorts, and seafood industry. But it had a darker side. It was also notorious for corruption and vice, everything from gambling, prostitution, bootleg liquor, drugs...even contract killings. The vice was controlled by a small cabal of mobsters, many of them rumoured to be members of the Dixie Mafia.

Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco grew up in Biloxi in the sixties and were childhood friends. But as teenagers, their lives took them in different directions. Keith's father became a legendary prosecutor, determined to 'clean up the Coast.' Hugh's father became the 'Boss' of Biloxi's criminal underground. Keith went to law school and followed in his father's footsteps. Hugh preferred the nightlife and worked in his father's clubs. The two families were headed for a showdown, one that would happen in a courtroom.

Rich with history and with a large cast of unforgettable characters, The Boys from Biloxi is a sweeping saga of two sons of immigrant families who grow up as friends, but ultimately find themselves in a knife-edge legal confrontation in which life itself hangs in the balance.

In this novel, Grisham takes his powerful storytelling to the next level, his trademark twists and turns will keep you tearing through the chapters until the stunning conclusion.

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Not JGs best

I nearly gave up on this book after a few hours of listening as it was constant setting of the scene and so many characters that I had no bond with yet to appreciate their history.
When the story did get going it wasn't anything I could get really into initially either, however I did find it more interesting as you could see a story developing.
I have read/listened to all of John Grishams books and this is the first I have been disappointed in. I didn't really like any of the characters, it felt like it was a story told by someone who didn't know the facts, no dipping into emotions properly so you understand and bond with the main characters.
When we did get to the main story it was missing something too, none of the usual John Grisham magic.

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Another Great Story

A captivating story that certainly portrayed the atmosphere of life in that part of the US in the 1960’s & ‘70’s.
A very emotional and thought provoking ending - if I had been in Keith’s shoes I really would struggle to make a decision.
As ever great narration by Michael Beck.

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A huge disappointment

I love most of John Grisham’s novels and was so looking forward to this book. However, it just seemed to drag on and, despite the best efforts of the narrator, I soon found this was a story to go to sleep by.

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yeh it was good. although easy to predict , but overall a good listen

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Another great one

Never get bored of his books. Every one a winner….thank you once again sir

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Slow to catch but as always a great story.

It took me a while to engage with the characters and was evident where it would end up from a long way off. It definitely made me question the legitimacy of capital punishment. I’m not sure ai could make the right call and sleep calling easy. Equally, don’t want to be spending tax payers money rehabilitating those who have no conscience. A good listen.

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Excellent

Great story line. John Grisham comes up trumps again! Can't wait for the next one!

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Not his best.

Good one to go to sleep with no tension, a meandering story - good narration saved the day but only just.

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Hours of ramble and back story and no action moping of what the point is

I have given up after a few hours of listening. Which is unusual for me and not something I do lightly (I pay for my Audible credits like everyone else, so binning one off feels slightly shameful). But in the end I just couldn’t be bothered to persevere with this one. For a ‘thriller’ there were zero thrills in the first few hours. And I was unconvinced any were on the horizon. As another reviewer has mentioned, there were so many characters introduced but then not developed, so many scenes set across different generations, that I wasn’t able to care about any of them sufficiently to want to find out where the rest of the book was going. The narrator is an acquired taste, the cadence of his delivery is very measured and a little unusual. But having listened to numerous previous Grisham audiobooks read by him, I know if the book itself is good enough, then his narration seems perfectly fine. But sadly in this instance, my mounting frustration at the inadequacy of the story meant that I started to become irritated by listening to Michael Beck’s delivery.
Hope Grisham gets back to legal thrillers which he does better than anyone; instead of this rambling dirge.

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Dull and badly told

John Grisham, a fine writer in his time, appears to have forgotten how to tell a story.

This is dull, repetitive boring and badly written. I gave up. Maybe the rumours that he has a writing team to do the work for him are true.