Sooley: The perfect Christmas present Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The incredible new novel from international best-selling author John Grisham.
ONE MAN. ONE HOPE. ONCE CHANCE TO BECOME A LEGEND.
Seventeen-year-old Samuel Sooleyman comes from a village in South Sudan, a war-torn country where one third of the population is a refugee. His great love is basketball: his prodigious leap and lightning speed make him an exceptional player. And it may also bring him his big chance: he has been noticed by a coach taking a youth team to the United States.
If he gets through the tournament, Samuel's life will change beyond recognition. But it's the longest of long shots. His talent is raw and uncoached. There are hundreds of better-known players ahead of him. And he must leave his family behind, at least at the beginning.
As American success beckons, devastating news reaches Samuel from home. Caught between his dream and the nightmare unfolding thousands of miles away, 'Sooley', as he's nicknamed by his classmates, must make hard choices about his future. This quiet, dedicated boy must do what no other player has achieved in the history of his chosen game: become a legend in 12 short months.
Global best-selling author John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in this gripping and incredibly moving novel that showcases his storytelling powers in an entirely new light.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 27 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||27 April 2021|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 13,849 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Sooley is from the Sudan and is chosen to go to America to play basketball. So far so good - a feel-good rags to riches story told, one presumes, by a master story teller. Not the case at all. The incessant detailing of the minutiae of Sooley's life bored me witless. What he ate, what he drank, what he wore, the interminable games of basketball he played and how he played them, the routines he followed day after day. It was like reading someone's diary but someone whose life is as interesting as warm buttered toast. But I kept going - on and on in the hope the story would improve.
Sooley is picked for the draft and all is wonderful - until it's not. I won't ruin it for all the readers who are waiting with bated breath for the denoument but I will say this - you won't believe your eyes. I didn't. I felt cheated to put it bluntly and could hear Grisham chuckling into his bank account as his legion of followers spend good money on this latest effort, to their detriment and chagrin. Nothing worse than an author who takes his devotees for a ride and not in a good way.
Now, I do not really understand most basketball terms, but I found my way through this book, and felt the excitement as Sooley began to fire, and The Eagles started to win. It was quite a ride!
It was interesting to mirror the sport with happenings in Uganda on a regular basis, and to keep up with Sooley’s family, and their fight to survive in horrible circumstances. I was reading only yesterday about terrible things happening in Northern Ethiopia right now, and this sounds much like the fighting and horror in South Sudan early in the story. When will the world learn?
Sooley’s death came as a complete surprise, and there was no explanation as to why Jackie gave him four pills, or why he took three. I do think that there is an obligation on clubs and competitions to help young superstars to cope with fame and fortune to prevent them from crashing and burning - the idea of being invincible!
A nice ending, freeing Beatrice and the boys from the camp, and providing them with new lives, new hope, and a future!
Thank you John. I really enjoyed your book!
Lesson learned : do not assume that an author will continue in the same vein…….and read a synopsis/review before purchasing next time!
I wish the Sudanese issues, the refugee situation, Sooley’s life on campus, the college to pro transition, the immigration procedures to name just some of other plots had received a little more attention.
A wasted opportunity…
Top reviews from other countries
Now, with 'Sooley' ,John Grisham appears to have written the second most tedious book he has ever produced. A totally incomprehensible novel,(to non-basketball fans, at least) taken up with detailed narrative about the basketball matches that the eponymous central character plays in.
As a long-time John Grisham fan, I found this book extremely disappointing, and not of the usual standard that we have come to expect from this author. Unusually for me, seventy-three pages in, I found the book so mind-numbingly boring, I threw it in the bin. Stick to courtroom thrillers in future, Mr Grisham!!!!!!!!!!
I buy Grisham for fantastic thrillers about people and the law. I'm guessing that he's either climbed onboard the woke bandwagon or decided that's where the money lies. If he wants to write this type of novel he could at least use a pseudonym - or make it very clear that he has abandoned the genre that made his name.
Unless you're a hard core basketball fan with a desire to understand the implications of a vicious ethnic conflict DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.