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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (25,798 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Michael Beck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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
  • A 2008Washington Post Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John DeBoer | 2/18/2014

    " Familiar Mississippi setting for a Grisham novel of legal tactics and politics. Compared to his others in this mode, though, I thought the situations he set up were just a little too pat, and his having a moral to the story was too heavy-handed, though an effective lesson - high-court judges should be appointed, not elected! It still made for a good read, with the reader (me) rooting for the good guys up to the very end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tim Williamson | 2/9/2014

    " absolute garbage...not only has Grisham lost all ability to bring a story to anything remotely resembling a satisfying conclusion, but now he showers everything in his personal politics that it completely taints any enjoyment that may be gained...he hasn't written a truly good fiction book since The Partner. Personally, I believe it is because he is more interested in promoting an agenda and story ends up taking a back seat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christina | 2/3/2014

    " Very entertaining book with a great reader (I listened to this on CD). Not exactly the happiest ending ever but probably pretty true to life...sigh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becky Rose | 1/25/2014

    " I listed to this book on CD in my car. (10 CD's) Disappointing end, great character development. Fascinating to see the manipulations of religion,and the courts. It's sick that some of this stuff and worse goes on in America. "

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