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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Various Participants

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2003

Duration: 4 hours 20 minutes


High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

Now, as Coach Rake's "boys" sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake – or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach – and himself – before he can get on with his life, the stakes are especially high."


  • Anonymous

    The narrator was terrible. The story was not even good. I can't believe that John Grisham wrote this book!

  • Betty

    I like Grisham, but I don't like him reading his on book. It was a slow beginning, but I did like the ending.

  • Anonymous

    when Simply AudioBooks sent me this book as a starter to my subscription, i was surprised and did not have very high hopes of the book. I must admit after reading/listening to it, that it was compelling & very interesting, but i thought the ending was somewhat less than fulfilling.

  • Barbara

    Bleacher was a very good book. I would recommend this book to all of my friends.

  • Cammi

    I think many athletes can relate to this tale of remembering a rough around the edges coach that has a place in your heart. For me it was my rowing coach in college - a bear of a man known across the country for his brisque mannerisms and volatile reputation. I tear up now just thinking of what life will be like without Coach. This story reminds us that through the good and bad, everyone remembers their own version, you still cherish and dont want to disappoint "Coach."

  • jay salinger

    This book was short and sweet. Not your average Grisham. It was mostly a story about a bunch of characters with a little glue to make a nice story. Even at only 4 discs, it was a deep and complete story. I highly recommend it.

  • Anonymous

    This book brought me back to school. What a great book, everyone has teachers and friends that they think of when they think of high school What a great story. If you attended high school, you will love this book~~

  • Anonymous

    This book is a serious departure for Grisham's normal style. To listen to it, the book sounds more like a short story. There is a lot of football references (and even the full recount of a game at one point) so to enjoy football would help you enjoy the book. Still, the emotional ride the lead character takes you on is honest and meaningful - and a redeeming factor for those not crazy about football.

  • Patricia Smith

    Boring. Weak suspense and plot. Unable to keep all of the names straight.

  • Sandy Cooper

    Unless your really into small town football - do not read this book. Very slow. I could not get past the first CD, and there are only 4 or 5 of them.


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