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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:
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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.”

    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.”


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


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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