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The Rainmaker par [Grisham, John]
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Rudy Baylor, a new law school graduate, once dreamed of the good life as a corporate attorney. Now he faces joblessness and bankruptcy--unless he can win an insurance case against a heavyweight team of lawyers, a case that starts small but mushrooms into a frightening war of nerve and legal skill that could cost Rudy not only his future, but also his life.

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The supple voice and deft narrative skills of Frank Muller are an excellent match for this tremendously popular courtroom thriller. With subtle vocal changes, accents, and thoughtful interpretation, Muller helps elevate the drama and suspense of this fascinating tale, which pits a small-time rookie lawyer against the power and influence of a corrupt insurance company. Muller's talent gives life to the entire cast: from apathetic law students to slippery corporate lawyers and heartbroken senior citizens. "It's simple... they're a bunch of crooks," exclaims the young lawyer's first clients, an elderly couple bitter over being swindled. "They think we're simple, ignorant trash with no money to fight 'em." Battling his instinct to agree, he sets out to defend their rightful claims and finds himself enmeshed in a suspenseful case of ruthless intimidation and deadly criminal behavior. (Running time: 17 hours, 12 cassettes) --George Laney

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 578 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0099537176
  • Editeur : Cornerstone Digital (20 avril 2010)
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Par pam le 30 novembre 2001
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J'attendais plus de suspense de la part de J.Grisham. Cette histoire ne fait que traîner en longueur. Il s'agit plus de la vie du jeune avocat que du procès en lui même, qui se révèle d'ailleurs sans rebondissements ni suspense. Les "gentils" ne rencontrent que tres peu d'obstacles pour vaincre les "méchants". Personnellement, je ne classerai pas ce livre dans la rubrique mystery. En revanche, le style de l'auteur est toujours aussi appréciable, on reconnait bien là l'écriture de Grisham. Même si l'histoire en elle-même est légèrement lourde, le plaisir de lire n'en est pas altéré.
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John Grisham, après L'Affaire Pélican ou Non Coupable, nous plonge dans le monde des avocats débutants. Rudy, le héros de son "Idéaliste" est un jeune avocat tout juste sorti de l'école qui se prend d'amitié pour une famille afro-américaine dont l'un des enfants est gravement malade et dont la mutuelle refuse la prise en charge. Rudy va défendre le jeune malade et sa famille jusqu'au bout et attaquer, envers et contre tous, l'une des plus grandes compagnie d'assurance des Etats Unis. Le jugement qui sera rendu sera au delà de toutes les espérances. C'est le pot de terre contre le pot de fer, situation que semble particulièrement affectionner John Grisham. A lire absolument si vous avez envie de passer un bon moment et d'en apprendre un peu plus sur le système de sécurité sociale américain.
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Merveilleusement facile à lire, J Grisham n'a pas son pareil pour npus plonger dans les méandres de la justice à l'américaine.
On découvre tous les trucs, les pièges, les chicanes... un vrai dépaysement... parfois un peu inquiétant.
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Livre acheté dans le cadre des cours d'anglais en première S. Mon fils a aimé, donc c'est une bonne chose.
Ce livre n'est pas trop épais et donc ne sape pas le moral des élèves.
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HASH(0x8e508dbc) étoiles sur 5 Seriously, "The Rainmaker" is Grisham's funniest novel 14 octobre 2000
Par Lawrance Bernabo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
"The Firm" still remains John Grisham's best novel, but "The Rainmaker" is his funniest. I have never read a book that better managed to hit my funny bone straight on without tipping over the edge into farce (i.e., John Irving). This time around Grisham's hero is Rudy Baylor, in his final semester of law school and required by one of his professors to provide free legal advice at a Senior Citizens home. There he meets Miss Birdie, an old lady who apparently has millions of dollars salted away and who definitely needs a new will, and Dot Black, who's son Donny Ray is dying of leukemia while their insurance company refuses to pay for medical treatment. In the legal world a "rainmaker" is someone who brings in big clients (i.e., big money) to a law firm. When Rudy's future job suddenly disappears in the wake of a surprise merger, these cases might be his ticket to a promising legal career.
The villains are lawyers from a giant firm and a heartless insurance company, which is certainly stacking the deck but part of the fun. As with "The Pelican Brief" there is a bit of misdirection at the beginning in terms of getting a read on the main character. Rudy is broke and has some shady friends in the legal profession, but the bottom line is he is a good guy and he will do the right thing. Even if it means playing David against Goliath in a stacked courtroom where the presiding judge is best buds with the great Leo F. Drummond of the giant law firm Trent & Brent, representing the Great Benefits Insurance Company. But then Rudy gets a break. The presiding judge suddenly drops dead and his replacement, Judge Kipler, is a plaintiff's dream. Better yet, Rudy has the truth on his side.
The joy of this book is watching Rudy beat the bad guys. Every single lawyer's trick used by Drummond fails with Judge Kipler. Every dirty trick by the insurance company is exposed by Rudy, who comes up with some little twists of his own. Sure, all the rabbits getting pulled out of the hat is a bit excessive, but that is what makes this such a fun read. At the heart of this book is the quest for justice, but that does not mean we can not enjoy a little payback along the way. The romantic subplot between Rudy and Kelly comes across as something of a diversion from the main story, but at the end it gives the hero someone with whom he can ride off into the sunset. "The Rainmaker" is one of those books where you pick it up from time to time to read the good parts. If you saw the movie and enjoyed Rudy sticking it to the bad guys, then you should enjoy much more of the same in this novel.
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HASH(0x8e508e10) étoiles sur 5 Another Courtroom Drama by Grisham 7 juin 2000
Par Leah Jesse - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
After 'A Time to Kill', and 'The Runaway Jury', 'The Rainmaker', is my third favourite John Grisham novel. These particular Grisham books all have one thing in common: courtroom drama.
There's nothing I like better than a David and Goliath story and that's just what Grisham delivers in 'The Rainmaker', in which he pits Rudy Baylor, a lawyer fresh out of law school, against Great Benefit Insurance and its lawyer Leo Drummond in a bad-faith claim lawsuit. What really made this book is the Black vs. Great Benefit case, and how an insurance company would bend over backwards to not get caught in its own lies.
Prior to the court case, the book goes into some detail about the life of Rudy Baylor, law student, and his struggles to get himself through school and into the labour market. However, this insight isn't really necessary and the book could've easily lost 50 pages without the reader noticing a difference.
The movie 'The Rainmaker', with Matt Damon as Rudy Baylor and Danny DeVito as Deck and John Voight as Leo Drummond, does an excellent condensed version of the book. It's time well spent on either reading the book or watching the movie.
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HASH(0x8e50b264) étoiles sur 5 Never expected this from Grisham. 25 juillet 2002
Par Shad Mowrer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
I often wonder; if Grisham can write this well, why aren't the rest of his novels anywhere near as good as this one? Is it laziness? Or was he finally writing about something he cared about?
Of the two, my guess would be the latter. One of the things I am struck by when I read the Rainmaker (and I have done so quite a few times, much to my own amazement) is the emotional content. Grisham has always been about plot more than character, but that doesn't seem to be the case here. Every person in this book hits exactly the right notes to become real.
The main character, Rudy Baylor, starts out as a third-year law student who just wants to do his job, collect a paycheck, and retire as soon as possible. But along the way he is formed into a kind of crusading knight by his first client; Donny Ray Black, a young man dying of leukemia. He should be covered by an insurance policy, but the insurance company won't pay up. Rudy takes it upon himself, not to save Donny Ray, but simply to see justice done.
Another thing I was struck by was the lack of thriller elements. There is no surprise ending, there is no cheap gimmicks. Grisham does not clutter his story with the usual questions of "will they win the case/championship/battle." Nobody's life is seriously in danger (except Donny Ray, and it's made pretty clear at the beginning that it's already too late for him). Instead, Grisham turns his attention to insurance companies in an expose not unlike Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle", about the Chicago meatpacking industry in 1906. We learn about murky accounting practices, cold-blooded corparate decisions designed to swindle people out of the smallest amounts of money, and a company who is willing to hide documents and buy off or fire their own employees in order to allay the firestorm they know is coming.
I don't suppose that sounds familiar to anyone, does it?
Grisham has written a remarkable, powerful, absorbing, educating novel. If only the rest of his work was up to snuff.
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HASH(0x8e50b630) étoiles sur 5 Baffled 12 janvier 2004
Par hilary plum - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
I think I understand some of the enthusiasm for The Rainmaker; I too found that I wanted to keep reading, that the plot was energetic enough to push me through the pages. When I read overall praise of the book, however, I'm baffled. It was entertaining, but very flawed. I found the characters flat and dimensionless, and never even felt as if I had a sense of protagonist Rudy Baylor. He seemed a living stereotype-- the bright, well-meaning, down on his luck, little-guy lawyer, blue-collar background, who takes on "the man" in one of his many incarnations: an enormous white-collar corporate conspiracy. Satisfying, but hardly original. There was no greater depth to either Rudy's character or the conflict; both were kept on a simple, surficial level, one most conducive to a fast-paced plot.
Indeed, most of the characters were slightly embellished stereotypes, were vehicles for plot and never real people. Rudy's bosses were the heart-of-gold petty criminals; the opposing lawyers were Ivy League money-grubbers, etc., etc. The girl, Kelly, came off the worst. I found sitting through the patronizing relationship between Kelly and Rudy sickening-- Grisham and feminism ought to be on bad terms after this book. She was a battered woman whom Rudy set out to rescue, but she was never given any autonomy or a character of her own. She was only an idea, a helplessness embodied, a vehicle by which we were meant to see Rudy's chivalry and good-heartedness. The scenes of him dispensing advice to her, with a total disrespect for the person she might have been, the way she coped with her situation (which was of course far out of his understanding), were wretched. But, like any good cardboard cut-out, she obediently fell in love with him and seemed grateful for his condescension.
The book was, as I said, satisfying, amusing, but too easy. Grisham took the easy way out at every step. We never had to think about sympathizing with the bad guys; we never had to contemplate the ethical dilemmas before us, because the 'right' answer was always clear. We didn't have to struggle through the inner conflicts of the characters because there weren't any such conflicts and there were barely any characters. If you're home sick, The Rainmaker is a fine choice. But for substance look elsewhere.
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HASH(0x8e50b714) étoiles sur 5 Enjoyment "Rains" in Grisham's The Rainmaker 19 mars 2000
Par G. Roger Priddy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
The Rainmaker is probably one of John Grisham's most entertaining books. The pages will turn faster than lawyers can scribble on legal pads in this one, the story of young lawyer Rudy Baylor. An interesting look at the world of law, what young lawyers must go through, and what they must overcome to be successful. With Baylor, Grisham's takes us on a joyride of constant up and downs. And a classic battle of David Vs. Goliath emerges when the to say the least "green" Baylor, barely out of law school, takes on Insurance Godzilla Great Benefit. Baylor is interesting as the lead character, but more interesting are the supporting characters. Deck, Rudy's "Paralawyer", Kelly Rifer, Rudy's new found love, and my favorite character, Leo Drummond, the notorious "in charge" Lawyer for Great Benefit. The Rainmaker is a bit predictable (the verdict that is) and after things are hard at first in the trial for Baylor, things get a little bit too easy. The insurance lawyers fold a little too easily. I believe in real life, Baylor would have had quite a bit more problems on his hands. I liked The Rainmaker the film, perhaps even better than the novel, because things were more difficult in the courtroom for Rudy. Jon Voight is also outstanding as the part of Leo Drummond in the film. I additionally felt the novel was about 40 pages too long and should have ended differently. Yet The Rainmaker, besides a few complaints, is an absorbing, page turning read in which you'll find yourself reading the last page of a lot sooner than you thought you would.
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