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3.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 53.1 out of 5 3.10 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Michael Beck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780739316542
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In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town’s water supply, causing the worst “cancer cluster” in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided?

The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the court is not friendly enough. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the court. The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice—their Supreme Court justice.

The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue—a story that will leave listeners unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in the same way ever again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A remarkable degree of suspense…Mr. Grisham delivers his savviest book in years.”

    New York Times

  • The Appeal delivers a real picture of a real problem…A gripping tale.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Chilling and timeless.”

    Washington Post

  • “Fascinating…filled with deadly accurate characterizations by an author who knows both the law and politics from the inside.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Packs a wallop.”

    USA Today

  • “Grisham holds up that same mirror to our age as Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Arresting fiction.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neal | 2/4/2014

    " This is the third JG book I read in a row, each gets worse. I liked his first book it's a time to kill best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poulet | 2/2/2014

    " I really liked the realism of this book. It somehow seemed like it was based on a true story rather than being fast & furious with the good guys winning and the bad guys losing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marianne | 1/30/2014

    " I didn't actually finish this book. I just got bored. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cami | 1/23/2014

    " Haven't read a John Grisham in many years. Ok book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/20/2014

    " One of Grisham's better novels...the best in awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Jane Timmerman | 1/20/2014

    " Better than the Broker. Thought provoking ending. Wish the main character had more of a spine in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/12/2014

    " This is the first Grisham book I've read in awhile. Got to say, it was one of my favorites. I love a book that makes me want to learn more...and I am proud to say that after I finished I researched how the Utah Supreme Court judges are chosen, according to Wikipedia, our judges are appointed. I will sleep better at night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Hilen | 1/11/2014

    " I've never had a more passionate response to a book. Although it left me angry, I think it is a testament to the skill of Grisham in his ability to evoke such strong emotions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 1/10/2014

    " I enjoyed the concept and themes explored but get frustrated when Grisham spends 95% of the book in a build-up and then doesn't completely follow through but circumstances conveniently change to easily finish off the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aisha Ayoosh | 1/8/2014

    " Couldn't finish this. Got half way through and bailed ... It was like chewing sand lol! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brisbride13 | 1/2/2014

    " Grisham's books arent as good as they used to be but I still enjoy them enough to read them. He is still masterful at character building and his stories still have richness about them but there is staleness about them and is particularly obvious when his books run 500+ pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Howell | 12/30/2013

    " Very much liked this. Gets you thinking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 12/25/2013

    " so so. it was very depressing ending though it did make us question our mortality. the first part was great but he could have shortened it by 100 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyndsay | 12/18/2013

    " Good John Grisham book. Did not end the way I would have expected it to but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ace | 12/9/2013

    " A sad tale involving a multitude of sins committed to fix the appeal in a multi-million dollar civil case. Unfortunately, it all works. Shoot me, I wanted a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Mitchell | 12/5/2013

    " Especially interesting during this political campaign! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Azura Mustafa | 11/1/2013

    " Though the storyline is a bit dragging and a bit unfair. I still like the book. It makes me wonder, even in the US, where you can talk freely, or express whatever you want, they still have dirty politics. What about us? Hmm.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Kriesel | 10/4/2013

    " It was alright not his best effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 7/7/2013

    " Grisham, as usual, has written a captivating tale ...this time about State Supreme Court Justices. What I love about Grisham is that because he is from the legal system he really knows what he is talking about. His stories, although fictional, could just as well be true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikayla | 5/25/2013

    " Moral of the story...money is the world's greatest evil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris King | 1/11/2013

    " Liked it. Shows how corrupt the system can get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy Blackburn | 9/12/2012

    " I felt it was realistic and made me think as always about our judicial system here in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 4/5/2012

    " Like a college class in how to play politics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa Tate | 3/5/2012

    " I normally love John Grisham, but for whatever reason, found this book very boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendell Benevides | 1/15/2012

    " It was ok, it gave me a feeling he was short on ideas. Not bad though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaux | 1/14/2012

    " the ending was not something that i was looking for...but irony amd reality are a way of life...still good novel and i enjoyed it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 10/16/2011

    " I really liked this book up until the ending. It just ended. That's all. It just ended. It saddens me to think that our court rulings, even on the Supreme Court level, can be bought by the highest bidder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesnie | 5/22/2011

    " It was a typical John Grisham book with an unsatisfying--although realistic--ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 5/21/2011

    " If you like John Grisham you will love The Appeal. It is return to some of Grisham's earlier works. . .which to me is good since I personally enjoyed his earlier writing to some of his more recent. If you are a fan this is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debinthewoods | 5/20/2011

    " Good book. Held my attention throughout. Some edge of seat moments. I was hoping for a happy ending for the case, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 5/19/2011

    " This was another good Grisham book, it has an atypical ending, but twists are good. I thoroughly enjoy Grisham's writing and enjoy getting a look into the legal system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 5/8/2011

    " Very good read. However fictional, it is a true indictment of our current political mess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/29/2011

    " Fast paced story about big business interference in politics, especially in judicial elections in states that have elections for judges. Seems too close to the truth in this country today. Also a good light book to take on a canoe trip.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 4/26/2011

    " It was a good listen on a long road trip from North Dakota to Florida, but it is not one of Grisham's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri | 4/23/2011

    " This started out with the verdict unlike his other books I've read. I wasn't that interested until the final section. Then I wanted bad things to happen to the judge. Good ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 4/23/2011

    " Disturbing, but believable and quite unfortunate. Grisham does a good job at illustrating the problem of special interests having so much influence on elected positions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/21/2011

    " Those with the money will usually win. A sad commentary on the legal system. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay | 4/20/2011

    " I listened to it on CD, and it was about 3 disks too long. It was too drawn out and was more like an education on the justice system. It was boring and read more like the Innocent Man - a work of nonfiction instead of fiction. Too bad. I just to love Grisham books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 4/19/2011

    " John Grisham... legal finanglings (or however that word might be spelled) You know what he does, so just enjoy & then wait for the movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 4/17/2011

    " I long for the days when authors wrote books to entertain, not make political statements. IMO, Mr. Grisham's earlier books, though vastly unrealistic, were far more captivating, interesting and more fun than his later work. If Goodreads had half stars, I'd give this one a 1-1/2. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 4/14/2011

    " Grisham is my "go to" author for long airplane rides but I have to say this book disappointed me. It lacked the page-turning suspense of other novels I've read and I kept feeling like I had read parts of it before. Maybe I've just reached Grisham saturation! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marianne | 4/8/2011

    " I didn't actually finish this book. I just got bored. "

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About the Author
Author John Grisham

John Grisham, whose name has become synonymous with the modern legal thriller, used to work sixty to seventy hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel. When finally published, A Time to Kill met with little success, but when he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers. Spending forty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. His success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was then republished. This time around, it was a bestseller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year, and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 275 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into forty languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films, as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

About the Narrator

Michael Beck is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his role in the 1979 film, The Warriors. He has narrated numerous novels by John Grisham, as well as Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz and My Life by Bill Clinton. He lives in California.