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The Appeal

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  36,056 ratings  ·  3,273 reviews
John Grisham is now an institution -- a writer whose bestselling status is assured, So assured, in fact, that expectations for each new book are as high as can be imagined. Does The Appeal make the grade? And will it appeal to Grisham admirers -- or disappoint them?

The stakes in the novel's plot are high: corporate crime on the largest scale. The duo of lawyers at the cent

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (first published 1994)
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Jan 28, 2008 babyhippoface rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are on the edge and just need one teensy push to go completely over?
This book has made me angrier than any I've read in years.

Okay, first off --what is with the absolutely horrid neon orange color of the jacket back? Who picked this? Must have been colorblind. Each time I reached for this book my eyes felt violated.

*SPOILER ALERT* If you haven't read it yet, stop reading now...

Second, well, let's just say it: the ending was even more offensive than the neon orange jacket back. The book was well-written, compelling (and yes, possibly completely undeserving of tha
Jason Miller
John Grisham's books have been getting steadily worse, ever since the Painted House (another lame book). What happened to the excellent author that produced such books as The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Street Lawyer, and Runaway Jury? I think he's out to lunch. I keep reading his new books, hoping he'll come back, but so far, no luck.
This is his worst in a long line of bad books. Stay away from this one, as well as his other latest, The Innocent Man. They are boring, long, and a chore to get
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يجب عليكم تحملي اليوم ..

انوي ان اثرثر كثيرا

جئت لجزيرة أفريقية نائية ليومين ومعي خمسة كتب أنهيتها بخطأ بتقدير عدد الكتب اللازمة للرحلة او ربما بإبداع كتابها الذين جعلوا مني سائحا لم يغادر غرفته قط

الرواية هي ثالث ما اقرأه لجون جريشام - وفي رواية غريشام- بعد المؤسسة ورواية اخرى يفوتني اسمها الان

من الواضح بأن غريشام لن يجد من يباريه في كتابة الروايات التي تكون المحاكم والقضايا وما بينهما محور ما يكتبه فقلمه بارع جداً ومتمكن في هذا العالم

احداث الرواية سلسة وجميلة وأول ما تستشفه منها هو نفس ما شعرت
Feb 02, 2008 Alicia rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: liberal politicians with a distinct agenda
As I began reading this book, I was very worried that it sounded too familiar. It reminded me of "Law & Order" episodes that are "ripped from the headlines." Whenever I hear that, I think, come on, can't you guys think of anything new? Saying that, the storyline of Grisham's latest began in that similar sort of way. I was pretty convinced that it was going to be boring.

I was very pleasantly surprised that only after a few chapters, I started to find it pretty interesting. While the trial por
The Appeal wouldn't make a successful film. At times, it appears to accede to the Hollywood formula, but then, it retreats to Grisham's forte'--realism. Oh, I know Grisham's work isn't as gritty as the descriptions of the world of meat-packing in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the vivid characterizations of a couple fighting in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and the Damned, or the depiction of blatant sexism in Sinclair Lewis' The Job (or even in Ann Vickers, his thinly veiled roman a clef ba ...more
Apr 12, 2008 Rick rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: trial lawyers seeking confirmation of their world-view
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Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
I read this in April of 2008 after Justice Nehring (of the Utah Supreme Court) told me he was listening to it on CD during his commute each day. Three quarters of my way through it, he told me it was not worth finishing. He was right.

Talk about much ado about nothing. The novel starts strong, provides an interesting conflict, and than (spoiler alert) completely drops the ball. Not that the bad guy has to lose and the good guy has to win every time, but the characters are skewed and distorted so
don't read this piece of shit. what the hell grisham?, you're usually so solid.
Jessica Sue
I'd like to appeal the ending to this shitty book.
It didn't take me long to finish this book. As usual, I like John Grisham's style of writing; crisp, fast-flowing and gripping. I also get to know a lot of new words that I have never heard of before. I get to know a lot of jargon from the law world.

I gave it 4 stars because of what John is trying to reveal in this book. He certainly lifts the lid on corporate obscene greed and insatiable appetite for moving up the 'Forbes' list, even if that meant treading over the misery of others. It delves
Alright...well, I admit that I read a few one and two star reviews before posting mine because I wanted to read what the nay-sayers had to say about the book. I was pretty sure I knew what they wouldn't like, and I was pretty sure I would disagree. I was right. I understand others' chagrin with Grisham's choice of ending, but I thought it was refreshing. It's about time someone bucked the system and didn't give us a patented ending, all tied up with a pretty bow.

So here is the deal. Mississippi
The Appeal is a book every American should read. It essentially explains how wealthy companies can literally buy judges - as in, have one taken out and a new one installed - in order to make decisions in their favor and protect them from having to pay damages to the people they maim with their practices.

It also goes over the importance to the average citizen of being able to sue for malpractice or damages from defective or unsafe products.

It was so dead-on that when i bought the hardcover (used)
Jul 15, 2008 Emily rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, or maybe people who are idiots
Recommended to Emily by: my mom
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Johnny Story
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I admit, I like a lot of Grisham's novels; I especially like them when spending long hours on an airplane, as I did recently. I found this book to be very disturbing; it has definitely affected the way I will view future election campaigns for judges. I also liked how his Christian characters were reflective of the current Christian culture, even though they bothered me at times because of that. The ending surprised me, as it took some surprising turns the last 60 or so pages.
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I’m a little bit torn about this book review. This is my first John Grisham book and I really didn’t like it but I know that I can’t judge him only based on one book. However, this book did not impress me at all.

This book is about a big chemical company that poisons the water of a small town in Mississippi. The story starts out when the company is found liable for the cancer death that accrues in the small
I have read numerous John Grisham books and have continued to pick them up because I have enjoyed them. I have always found his books to a be an entertaining and easy read. Once I pick up the book, I usually have to keep reading until the end. With this book, I was bored by page two. The book is about the big bad company that poisons the water of the unsuspecting small town. The company is bad, bad, bad, and the small town villagers are good, good, good. The lawyers for the company are BAD and t ...more
Last Thursday, Nov 14, I went to Deseret Industries with my wife so she could buy some white cups and bowls for a still-life she wanted to create for an art class she was teaching Saturday. While she was looking for her white things, I decided to go look at the books, even though I now spend most of my reading time on my Kindle. To my delight I found what looked like a brand new hardback copy of The Appeal by John Grisham for only $2. I read a little at the beginning and decided I hadn't read it ...more
Marcy Nisbeth
May 17, 2008 Marcy Nisbeth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my friends
Recommended to Marcy by: myself
Another amazing book by Grisham! At this time of elections, we are facing a few judicial seats to be elected instead of appointed by a non-partisan board. This, as Grisham has so aptly pointed out, is not what the judges should be doing . . . running a campaign for a judicial seat! These people, for the most part, are judges with a full time job on the bench and should NOT have to try to go out and stump the campaign trail while trying to decide very important cases in front of them at this very ...more
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The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue, a story that will leave readers unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.
Shocking isn't the half of it.

I love a good mystery. Love when the story takes twists and turns I never saw coming. The Appeal has that and more.

There are only a few books I've read that really get under my skin. You know th
After a large chemical company is found liable for the cancer deaths of Jeanette Baker's son and husband, the jury awards Baker a 41 million dollar verdict. The chemical company sets out to do everything in their power to get this verdict reversed.

I found that the first three quarters of this book went VERY slow for me, but the end made it all worth while. I'm glad I stuck around and didn't give up. When the book starts out about big business contaminating the water and making people sick, I tho
Harder to persevere with this one where his other books are smoother. Could not gel with the characters. Although at times I was looking forward to the outcome, I was not as riveted as I could have been. Ending was terrible. Makes me think I have wasted time on this book when I could have been reading something else.
What I learned from this book is that supreme court justices should be appointed not elected like politicians because then they get bought out by big businesses and the one with the most money wins and this is BAD, BAD, BAD. (point made, Mr. Grisham) This book is lacking a storyline, character development, excitement of any kind, and all other desireable elements of a novel. I usually like John Grisham but this book is BORING, BORING, BORING. In Grisham's honor I will recommend The Innocent Man, ...more
This was my first John Grisham book, and I didn't really know what to expect. It was assigned for my book club because we wanted to read something Earth Day–related and this seemed to have an environmental message. Well, even though I'm sort of baffled and bored by the realities of stocks and legal brawls, this book held my interest more or less throughout and got me invested, and it did so using some storytelling elements I haven't really seen before. (Probably mostly because this is my first b ...more
Grisham seems to get worse with every book. This conspiracy novel that is so agenda driven isn't worth a library late fee.
John Yelverton
A dim and unappealing view of the American court and corporate world.
The Writer
There is this small round sticker on the book cover that tips “His first legal thriller in 3 years”. Something that I just noticed after I finished the book officially minutes ago.

If the existence of that sticker is solely to excuse the book’s major crap quality, I dissent. However, it does provide an explanation about why this book should not allowed to sit side by side with other Grisham’s novels and why it only qualifies as toilet reading in my honest opinion.

As a Grisham fan through and thro
Marie-Jo Fortis
Frankly, I don't get all the negative reviewing about THE APPEAL. I read about a dozen of Grisham novels and got addicted, not so much for the style, but for the cleverness of the plots and the message of redemption at the end of many of his novels. When I got to PLAYING FOR PIZZA, however, I thought, what's that? Where has Grisham gone? But I didn't give up. I then pickep up THE LAST JUROR. Slow, slow pace there. Still, I appreciated the psychology and the Balzacian approach and I could see Gri ...more
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