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A Painted House: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: David Lansbury

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2001

Duration: 12 hours 5 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....


  • Suzanne Taylor

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

  • 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.

  • Big Tom

    I am a John G fan. This particular book does not hit the mark. It is to unbelievable. Some of it is on target, but the main character is not. In my opinion he is to young for all of the happenings

  • Englewoodia

    A departure for Grisham and I really enjoyed it. Unabashed view of the life of farmers (laborers) in any era. Hard choices make hard people and I appreciated the candid portrayal of the grandfather. Good narration also.

  • betty

    This is another of Grisham's best. It is a little different. No lawyers, but it still is in the same country area. I really enjoyed reading this one and believe you will also.

  • Mel Longano

    I loved this book - didnt want it to end and I couldnt stop listening to it. Heard the whole thing in one day !

  • Tammy Henson

    Interesting insight into life growing up in rural Arkansas before the exodus to the city. Not a book I would recommend to purchase but as far as audio books go, beats listening to the radio.

  • Connie

    Looking at life through the eyes of a 7 year old in a simple and naive manner- but experiencing hard life lessons and violent realities- I think Grisham did a fantastic job!

  • Nanette

    I was quite surprised how much I did enjoy this book. As a big fan of John Grisham's "law-type" books, I was afraid this would let me down but I got a kick out of the book.


    Back when my son refused to read anything of substance, this book opened up a world he was completely unaware of. He hasn't put down a book since. I loved the story because it allowed the family to share a common interest: visiting other places between the covers of a book. As adults, both his father and I adored the book's simplicity, authentic affection for the subject, and style.

Painted House: A Novel

by John Grisham

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