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A Painted House

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: David Landsbury

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2001

Duration: 12 hours 6 minutes


Until that September of 1952, seven-year-old Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. Heavily in debt and facing a prospectively successful crop season, the Chandler family hires two groups of migrant workers--and two very dangerous men--to pick cotton on their 80 acres of rented farmland. 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 passion. A fatherless baby is born...and someone has begun furtively painting the Chandler's weathered farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the rundown 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.


  • 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.

  • Barbara Liu

    This is not your usual Grisham fair. Not a courthouse or lawyer in sight. Instead we have a sweetly rendered coming of age story set in rural Arkansas during the 1950s. The central character, a young boy named Luke, witnesses a collision of human events brought on by the cotton harvest and unforgiving rains. Crimes, public and personal, provide the primary moments of tension in the story, but none of them are prosecuted, and no criminal is punished via the legal system. Nonetheless, the book presents a study in human justice and injustice, as Luke sees the ways in which the adults around him deal with the various pressures and disappointments in their lives. After some very engaging conflicts and finely drawn character portraits, the ending is a bit anti-climactic, but the trip there is still worth the price of admission.

  • Anonymous

    This non-courtroom Grisham novel starts off slowly but picks up an even pace toward the middle of the book. There's plenty of subplots going on to keep the story from becoming stale and overall it was a nice, enjoyable book. Not thrillingly suspenseful, but sweetly reminiscent of an eventful summer in a young boys life.

Painted House

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