A Painted House: A Novel

Written by:
John Grisham
Narrated by:
David Lansbury

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2001
12 hours 4 minutes
Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers — and two very dangerous men — came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.

A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless baby is born ... and someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives — and change his family and his town forever....

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Caserina Hawkins

Great listen! I love the down home feel. It seemed like a simpler time, but shows the actual struggles. We tend to see things "flat". This story shows it with a "tilt".

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Todd N.

Normal good writing by John G, just not the most riveting book I have read of Grisham’s But a enjoyable escape to a different world.

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Angela P.

Based on how enjoyable his movies can be i am surprised how dull and boring this book turned out to be. Ir is unfortunate that this was my first book by him because now I am hesitant to read others by him.

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Diane M W.

John Grisham had a very unusually vivid memory of his youth!

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Suzanne Taylor

I was sad when the book ended. I wanted to hear more of young Luke's life in the north.

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Jami Jordan

As a departure from Grisham's usual fare, I thought this was good. It was a slow walk in rural Arkansas in the 1950's, through the eyes of a 7 year old. There was plenty of variety, even for slow-action. I felt like I got a bird's eye view into life on the farm and in the country, with an appreciation of how things "worked". I agree with the reader who said the ending was a bit anti-climatic, but I was engaged completely until then. The narration was very good, nice change up of voices.

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