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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37,969 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780739316450
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In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing president grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the president issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive—there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is—who will kill him?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Grisham] is exceptionally good at what he does…Indeed, right now in this country, nobody does it better.”

    Washington Post

  • Most and best of all, it’s Grisham living up to his reputation as a great storyteller. Entertainment Weekly
  • A fast-paced, fun read with echoes of something deeper. The author’s command of pop fiction delivers crisp, sharp prose. The Boston Globe
  • [Grisham] is exceptionally good at what he does. . . . Indeed, right now in this country, nobody does it better. The Washington Post
     
  • Where Grisham leads, millions of readers follow. New York Daily News
  • “Most and best of all, it’s Grisham living up to his reputation as a great storyteller.”

    USA Today

  • “A fast-paced, fun read with echoes of something deeper. The author’s command of pop fiction delivers crisp, sharp prose.”

    Boston Globe

  • “America’s great storyteller has spun a tale that tantalizingly combines spy-thriller adventure and intrigue with a tour-de-force tour guide of Bologna, Italy.”

    Forbes

  • “Like a meticulous magician debuting a fancy trick, Grisham takes great care creating his setup.”

    People

  • “Where Grisham leads, millions of readers follow.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Once you’ve started the book you’re not likely to give it up; [Grisham]…has the knack of creating suspense.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • The Broker is smart, quick, and fun. Time will slip by…it has ‘major motion picture’ written on every page.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “A fast-paced, thrilling cat and mouse chase.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Readers will find an amiable travelogue to Italy and its charms in Grisham’s [The Broker].”

    Publishers Weekly

  • 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 Beverly | 2/17/2014

    " This is my all time favorite Grisham book. The best of the best. While Grisham is the king of creating characters and stories I want to linger in and with, The Broker sits at the top of the heap. I'd like to sit down right now and read it again, right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaci | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoy John Grisham's writing style. This was fast paced with enough plot twists to keep my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy | 2/12/2014

    " Not my favorite Grisham book by a long shot (sloppy ending, too many plot holes) but I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Bologna and the related history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willa Slater | 2/6/2014

    " Not the greatest book ever written but a nice, suspenseful thriller that doesn't rely on gravity defying gadgetry and teams of support staff to move the story along. If you can suspend disbelief and accept that the CIA would go through so much trouble to hang the broker out to dry then the story is satisfying. I enjoyed the tour of Bologna and use of Italian in the text. Butm as with most Grishams, the ending is very thin. A nice summer read. "

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

    " I enjoyed this book fast paced and exciting! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 1/27/2014

    " Read the book originally in 2004; listened to the tape, not memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cecelia Hightower | 1/22/2014

    " Typical Grisham book, although I haven't read one in years, I really do enjoy his writting. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, waiting for the twists and turns with just the right amount of suspense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam Greens | 1/15/2014

    " I found I wanted to get to the end but I can't decide if that is because I wanted to know what would happen or because it meant I could start a different book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Polly | 1/14/2014

    " This book had the skeleton of a good plot, but it never developed. Tension fizzled at every opportunity, and the romance element was flat. The best part was that it took place in Italy, my favorite country. Otherwise, choose any of Grisham's other books over this one. Not recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/29/2013

    " Entertaining read, not Grisham's best novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bnschmid | 12/27/2013

    " I haven't read any Grisham books in a very long time,and didn't know if I would like it.However,it caught my attention immediately and was a very good book.It must have been,as I read it in 6 hours! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 June McCullough | 12/18/2013

    " I can't help myself. There isn't a John Grisham fiction that I haven't liked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 9/26/2013

    " Fun vacation read. Grisham blends his classic lawyer-thriller (you would think that's an oxymoron wouldn't you? Can't wait for someone to pioneer a genre of CPA thrillers, barista thrillers, smog check technician thrillers, etc.) with some spy-thriller twists. Good stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan Williams | 4/13/2013

    " Another great thriller/chase novel by Grisham. I loved the details and the journey into the Italian countryside, I found myself following along with "Marco"s Italian lessons. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Moffat | 4/6/2013

    " Good story, a bit slow in parts but classic Grisham! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madra | 3/21/2013

    " Normally I enjoy Grisham books, but this one just didn't do it for me. Normally Grisham books are packed full of action and this one felt like it was building up to the action for 90% of the book, and then when it did happen, it was a let down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Kissel | 11/24/2012

    " Good plot, but disappointing delivery. Much too long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 cindy | 9/24/2012

    " A good, reliable Grisham novel...no surprises, but kept my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Mitchell | 8/25/2012

    " Interesting book...it got a little slow towards the middle, but picked up a little towards the end. Not really much of a thriller and more of a character sketch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Walker | 8/22/2012

    " Another classic Grisham. Could read these one after the other and not tire of the same author. Have now added Naples on my places I want to go list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 7/19/2012

    " Not my favorite Grisham book, a pardon was given to set a CIA agent free so he can be killed. Lots of action, but not typical Grisham plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 11/2/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. Fast and fun. I had read and enjoyed all of Grisham's early books and then stopped when he started writing more courtroom oriented stories years ago. Will now have to start reading more of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ropajo | 9/15/2011

    " good fast suspenseful Grisham. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah Moore | 9/9/2011

    " I couldn't put this book down! I would suggest for guys or girls. "

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

    " It's a good, fun, escape. Grisham does well in describing the scenes and providing sufficient background without wasting words. "

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

    " I didn't like this one as well as the other ones. I wasn't drawn in as much, but it was still entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracie | 5/11/2011

    " Not as suspenseful or as exciting as some of his others. But it was thrilling enough to get me through the 3 hour flight just fine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ultraban | 5/9/2011

    " Grisham's attention to detail paints a beautiful picture of Italy, only to complement the smooth storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ntombizozuko | 5/7/2011

    " it's a page-turner, you always want to know whats gonna happen next!



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

    " Kind of slow. Not real exciting and not a lot seemed to happen. "

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

    " I finished this book in a day! I'm still a huge fan of Grisham... he can write an international "cut and run, escape! escape!" sequence like no other. I think this story would make a great movie. It reminded me a lot of The Firm, which is still my favorite of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RK | 4/18/2011

    " another forgotten read. Grisham was actually pretty clever here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 4/9/2011

    " An easy read which is nice after finishing Blindness, which was so intense. I like John Grishom easy to read enjoyable plots. Not too much thinking involved, but overall a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 4/6/2011

    " It was fine. It was typical Grisham. The audio kept me entertained as I drove to Arizona and back alone. If you are a Grisham fan, you will like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 4/4/2011

    " I've read a few Grisham books and liked them. This one was o.k., but after reading "The Camel Club" series by David Baldacci, "The Broker" seemed a little thin. I liked it, but Grisham does a better job with law stories than guy-on-the-run stories. "

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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

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W.Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.