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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (28,306 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Erik Singer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ever since John Grisham's first breakout blockbuster, "The Firm," was published in the early 1990s, his fans have clamored for another one like it. "The Associate" is one of his later legal thrillers that comes close to being just that.

The plot, the action, the characters and the suspense are driven in much the same way, although they are different, and the reader's or listener's experience is not spoiled by having knowledge of prior books.

Kyle McAvoy graduated from Yale Law School with ambitions of leading a life of public service, but no sooner was the ink dry on his law school diploma than a secret from his college days sets him up for blackmail. He is forced to accept a position in a large Wall Street firm to act in ways in which he had never planned, providing information to his blackmailers who continue to threaten him with exposure.

In typical Grisham fashion, McAvoy is caught up in a web beyond his control, with seemingly no way out. The audiobook has all the usual twists and turns, as well as those episodes where one is hesitant to turn off the audio at the end of a drive or an afternoon's listening session.

John Grisham is a contemporary author who is known throughout the world as a writer of legal thrillers. His books have gained fame of phenomenal proportion, attracting fans from across the globe who cannot wait for his next book to hit the shelves.

His perspective is highly respected and always on target because of his extensive background in the legal profession. He earned a law degree and practiced criminal and civil law in Mississippi. He was also elected to the House of Representatives in Mississippi. His background figures extensively into his novels and movies. Grisham's novels have sold well over 300 million copies.

Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father’s small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential.

But Kyle has a dark secret—an episode from college that he has tried to forget. When the secret falls into the hands of the wrong people, Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn’t want—even though it’s a job most law students can only dream about.

Three months after leaving Yale, Kyle becomes an associate at the largest law firm in the world, where, in addition to practicing law, he is expected to lie, steal, and take part in a scheme that could send him to prison, if not get him killed.

With an unforgettable cast of characters and villains—from Baxter Tate, a drug-addled trust fund kid and possible rapist, to Dale, a pretty but seemingly quiet former math teacher who shares Kyle’s “cubicle” at the law firm, to two of the most powerful and fiercely competitive defense contractors in the country—and featuring all the twists and turns that have made John Grisham the most popular storyteller in the world, The Associate is vintage Grisham.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Grisham has a field day…The Associate grabs the reader quickly and becomes impossible to put down.” 

    New York Times

  • “Masterful…an absorbing thriller.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Compulsively readable.”


  • “Grisham’s confident style hasn’t changed, and there’s suspense aplenty.” 


  • “A page-turner.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Grisham makes it easy for us to keep flipping the pages…a devastating portrait of the big-time, big-bucks legal world.” 

    Washington Post

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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom Tallmadge | 2/18/2014

    " This book kept me riveted. Didn't want to lay it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sonia | 2/11/2014

    " "The end didn't justify the complicated and interesting storyline !!!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janiej78 | 2/9/2014

    " I liked this a lot, I had seen the movie sometime before I read the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Quinten Cupps | 1/29/2014

    " It felt like he got tired of the story and decided to just stop writing. Disappointed. "

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