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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: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9780739333020
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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

  • GRISHAM HAS A FIELD DAY…The Associate grabs the reader quickly and becomes impossible to put down. Janet Maslin, The New York Times
  • Grisham’s confident style hasn’t changed, and THERE’S SUSPENSE APLENTY. People
  • Grisham makes it easy for us to keep flipping the pages…A DEVASTATING PORTRAIT OF THE BIG-TIME, BIG-BUCKS LEGAL WORLD. Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
  • Throughout, Grisham unwinds the spool of his narrative at a MASTERFUL, page-turning pace that pulls readers in and keeps them wanting more…The Associate is an absorbing thriller that's A FITTING FOLLOW-UP TO THE FIRM. The Boston Globe
  • COMPULSIVELY READABLE…You're peering into a secret world of power and money. What more could you or any red-blooded American ask for? Time magazine
  • A PAGE-TURNER…Kyle McAvoy recalls Mitch McDeere from Grisham's breakout novel The Firm. He's young, idealistic, handsome, a little too cocky for his own good, but a brilliant lawyer who gets pulled in over his head and given an education in how the world really works. The Los Angeles Times
  • “Masterful…an absorbing thriller.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Compulsively readable.”

    Time

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

    People

  • “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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 2/20/2014

    " Barely good enough to keep me amused in planes and taxis... but was glad to have it for that purpose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurel | 2/18/2014

    " In fairness, I listened to this one as an audio book, but I still felt disappointed. I insist my audio books have detectives/suspense for the sake of easily keeping my attention. Despite legal "drama," I barely made it to the end. Not suggested for trips you want to stay awake during. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jing Juliano | 2/17/2014

    " In The Associate, Grisham once again provides the kind of legal suspense novel that made him famous. This time the protagonist is Kyle McAvoy, who is forced to take a job as an associate in a top law firm after he is blackmailed with a secret from his past. In his job, he has to lie, cheat, steal and risk his life. The Associate is reminiscent of Grisham's first major bestseller, The Firm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Qiling Liang | 2/8/2014

    " Extremely disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Mclaughlin | 2/4/2014

    " This book while interesting and fast moving, left me wanting more at the end.. Too much left hanging.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/31/2014

    " Perfect escape book for the hectic Christmas season. Total escape. John Grisham does know how to intrigue and keep pages turning... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katharine | 1/12/2014

    " Typical Grisham. It's a good book to take (and leave) on an airplane. I didn't think it was a good as some of his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 12/28/2013

    " I have read most of Grisham's books and while this one kept me interested....it left me hanging at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Pavik | 12/21/2013

    " One of Grisham's better lawyer books of late, though I thought the ending was a little flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 12/6/2013

    " This had me engrossed until the end. The end was horrible in my opinion. Grisham returned to his prior page-turning writing such as in runaway jury, the client, and the firm, but then fumbled the ending. It's a shame because it was a fairly interesting plot too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxine | 12/4/2013

    " Enjoyed this one all the through and am glad he didn't attempt to tie up all the loose ends the way he did in The Firm (dumb ending). He has never been able to write another one like A Time to Kill----his absolute best, by far. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Magic Mary Austin | 11/30/2013

    " Sadly, I was still bored by page 70 and returned it to the library. Although Grisham has proven he is a good writer, I guess I am just not a fan anymore. This book appears to be equally well written, it just did not catch my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Rodgers | 10/14/2013

    " The usual. Always an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 10/9/2013

    " Typical Grisham novel, but I like Grisham. Certainly gives me pause to think about encouraging my son to go to law school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy Purcell | 5/21/2013

    " Sadly, this was a disappointment. The book started with a bang, immediately grabbing my attention and then just sputtered to its last page. I don't need a Hollywood ending, but this pretty much just stopped with loose ends hanging everywhere and no explanation of the central issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debora | 5/3/2013

    " Well this was my first Grisham, so maybe this is why I loved it so much and simply couldn't put it down till it finished. Very captivating, summits in the end, energy is high all the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/14/2012

    " The Grisham template but still a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy Thompson | 2/2/2012

    " A typical fast paced Grisham read...pretty good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 2/1/2012

    " Better than his latest works, but I thought the end was a cop-out. I don't like the trend that some writers are turning to where the actual answers "don't matter." They do! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 1/5/2012

    " I need more of the story, it ends too soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 7/13/2011

    " Always love a Grisham... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aditya | 5/22/2011

    " It is a bit lame and not so addicting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/22/2011

    " Didn't like the ending, too many loose ends unless there is a part two to this story. But still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/22/2011

    " Terrific. I hope there is a sequel. On the level of The Firm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayley | 5/20/2011

    " This book was entertaining, but I was really disappointed in the ending. It leaves a lot of unanswered questions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 5/19/2011

    " Rather lame; hardly one of Grishom's best....... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 5/18/2011

    " Quick, fun read. Grisham is still my guilty pleasure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vamsee | 5/18/2011

    " This book is classic Grisham, with shades of "The Firm". However, the ending leaves you kinda unsatisfied "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Horton | 5/8/2011

    " Very interesting read, until I got to the ending, which was very disappointing. Maybe the movie will leave less of a vacuum. John, just slow down, and try to remember how you used to conclude your books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 5/8/2011

    " I don't think I've ever been pissed at an author before but I feel the second half of this book is missing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 5/6/2011

    " Kind of slow-going and a disappointing ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kieran | 5/6/2011

    " It was OK - it started well and progressed well throughout the book. I feel like it ended abruptly and without dealing with many issues. The ending read like a term paper whose author rushed to complete it under a speedy deadline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 5/5/2011

    " My first Grisham read. It paints an ugly picture of big law firms. A fun summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debtopolinsky | 5/3/2011

    " I am not a huge Grisham fan but thought I'd try another. He is obviously well-versed on the legal profession. I wonder if Wall Street is really that brutal??
    An interesting story which left lots of loose ends- perhaps will be a movie - with a sequel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayesh | 5/2/2011

    " I added 3 stars only because I have enjoyed most of previous novels of Grisham.

    This one takes too much time to build the suspense, and then quickly brings to cliamx to you , even that withou unveiling the suspense. *** "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasi | 4/29/2011

    " This isn't classic Grisham by any means. This book didn't get me worked up wondering what would happen next as did Grisham's older books. The book wasn't horrible but it wasn't what you expect of the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anni | 4/24/2011

    " This book is about something you did in your past that causing you troubles in the future. This book opens our eyes about how dirty the big law firm played their roles. I can't stop reading this book. "

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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

Erik Singer’s theatrical credits include the title role in The Hostage (off Broadway), A Life in the Theatre, Greetings!, and national tours of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He has also appeared on All My Children and As the World Turns, and was the voice of Vincent van Gogh in the A&E Biography about Van Gogh and Gauguin. His audiobook narration has twice won him the AudioFile Earphones Award.