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3.00003154673649 out of 53.00003154673649 out of 53.00003154673649 out of 53.00003154673649 out of 53.00003154673649 out of 5 3.00 (63,398 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750928
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In the corridors of Chicago’s top law firm …

Twenty-six-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all—for a death-row killer and an impossible case. 

In a maximum security unit at Mississippi State Prison …

Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and unrepentant racist now facing the death penalty for a fatal bombing in 1967. He has run out of chances—except for one: the young, liberal Chicago lawyer who just happens to be his grandson. While the executioners prepare the gas chamber, while the protesters gather and the television cameras wait, Adam has only days, hours, minutes to save his client. For between the two men is a chasm of shame, family lies, and secrets—including the one secret that could save Sam Cayhall’s life … or cost Adam his.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Totally hypnotic…scenes unfold and unfold, and you can’t stop reading.”

    Washington Post

  • “A dark and thoughtful tale pulsing with moral uncertainties…Grisham is at his best.”

    People

  • The Chamber does grab hold and it doesn’t let go.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Compelling…powerful.”

    USA Today

  • “Mesmerizing…with authority and originality.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “His best yet.”

    Houston Post

  • “[A] riveting read.”

    Publishers Weekly

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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanie | 2/20/2014

    " I was not a big fan of the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eloisa Duarte | 2/15/2014

    " A very interesting book that increase the awareness about Racism, Ku Klux Klan, dead penalty, US Civil War, black people rights... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina Purganan | 2/13/2014

    " This moved me, but it wasn't justified by the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kennet | 2/10/2014

    " I read this book (swedish translation) quite some years ago now. But it's a really good book. It treats the subject of death penalty with a fiction story in a very good manner. This book made me really think about the death penalty and still today I'm not sure if I'm for or against death penalty (leaning towards against though much due to this book). "

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

    " The story moved very slowly and the dialogue didn't seem authentic. The conversations felt very forced and didn't convey the intended emotion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia | 1/30/2014

    " luv it.. ending-nya ga muluk but pesan moralnya dapet "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenton | 1/23/2014

    " I think John Grisham's true skill seems to be writing in a way that makes you want to keep turning the page. While the characters aren't all that well fleshed out or compelling, the dialogue is so-so, and the plot is pretty simple (and he doesn't know the difference between a podium and a lectern, #rant), I still wanted to know what was coming next. It reminds me in no small part of Dan Brown's novels - reviewed dispassionately, they are predictable/whatever, but at the time they do a decent job of sucking me in. On the downside, the only sub-plot that had the possibility of going anywhere unexpected was a complete red herring. I know Grisham seems to be at least somewhat well-regarded for his works that have been turned into movies, maybe this just isn't one of his better books. Get it from the library if you have nothing else to read, I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Benson | 1/21/2014

    " Could all of this have happened? Sure! Is the ending likely? Not so sure about that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paras Allana | 1/14/2014

    " It was first of Grisham's novel that I read. It was lengthy and was moving at a very slow pace but fortunately, I didnt had much to do so I raed and I am glad I did. After a few starting chapters I just wanted to keep on reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay Holls | 1/3/2014

    " Just at par.Not that interestin "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Crooke | 12/27/2013

    " Ok read, didn't like the ended much. Still hate lawyers "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 12/24/2013

    " I read it for a course at college and I was dissapointed by it because it is not a book with a lot of action. It's more a psychologic one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Pedrami | 12/23/2013

    " Good standard Grisham book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 12/10/2013

    " Not one of Grisham's best. Very heavily loaded with agenda. Too much agenda for my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ghadir | 8/26/2013

    " It is a very interesting book. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nate D | 5/28/2013

    " I can't actually think of even one thing to say about this, even though I'm certain I heard the whole thing as a book on tape on some long-past road trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/18/2013

    " This one made me cry, which I don't do very often at ALL. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 11/20/2012

    " Typical Grisham story, thought provoking and thrilling "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/17/2012

    " Not one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 8/9/2012

    " One word for this book - wow "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phil | 4/21/2012

    " I really though the end was going somewhere. It wasn't my favorite... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Korsmo | 3/25/2012

    " This is a great book, not only because it is a fascinating read but because it makes you think. You'll have to rethink your views on the death penalty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wicked Ying | 1/9/2012

    " Now this made me teary-eyed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L-baus | 1/8/2012

    " Examines some of the tough issues involved in capital punishment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tatiana | 9/12/2011

    " so i was on the subway once with this book under my arm and, well i won't type out the whole conversation, but some girl ruined the end of the book for me. thanks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanna Adler | 8/18/2011

    " This book made me want to become a criminal defense attorney "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earl Royce | 5/4/2011

    " My first John Grisham and definitely not my last. Great work of art. Very appealing. :) "

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

    " Not bad i enjoyed how the writer made you have extreme mixed feelings for the poor man Sam Cayhall. "

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

    " This was not your typical Grisham book. I really enjoyed it. It took me a bit longer to read than most of his books, but I think it's because the subject matter is weightier. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abhijeet | 3/21/2011

    " its really a very nice 1.......
    i of d finest work of Grisham.......:):) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tao | 3/12/2011

    " Such a good read! This is one of my favorite books because it produces such a moral conundrum throughout the story and really makes you think about the death penalty and DP litigation as a whole. Loved it from start to finish. Very engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Genie | 3/3/2011

    " Not one of my favorite grishams. "

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

    " not my favorite Grisham book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 2/23/2011

    " A powerful book, which should be read after A Time to Kill.

    For me, this seriously challenged my viewpoint of capital punishment.\

    Did it for you? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/21/2011

    " This is another book by Grisham that years later is vivid in my mind. I love that the central story focuses on the grandson and grandfather. The main character was emotionally driven and yet very rationally explained--perfect combination for me! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/21/2011

    " The middle was bogged down with a lot of detail and I lost interest a little. Overall a great story. "

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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

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.