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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63,331 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Michael Beck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750911
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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

  • Mesmerizing... with an authority and originality... and with a grasp of literary complexity that makes Scott Turow's novel's pale by comparison -- Grisham returns. San Francisco Chronicle.
  • A dark and thoughtful tale pulsing with moral uncertainties... Grisham is at his best. People.
  • Compelling... Powerful... The Chamber will make readers think long and hard about the death penalty. USA Today.
  • His best yet. The Houston 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

  • “Michael Beck has chosen his vocal style well, purposely eschewing unnecessary adornment and allowing this searing indictment of racism and murder to unfold on its own terms.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review (audio review)

  • “[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 Tracy Lord | 2/8/2014

    " This is the only Grisham book that I think is worth reading. It actually has a decent plot build-up and an ending to match. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamon | 1/19/2014

    " got a little preachy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mashell | 1/18/2014

    " In college, I read every John Grisham book available. I loved the story line with the "law" twist and mystery aspect. This particular book held my interested becauce I had always been for the death penalty, 100%. I have a softer view of it now. I can't say it changed my mind completely but I can say that it makes be think about each person and situation differently. It was eye-opening, a great story and an intense read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Nain | 1/7/2014

    " I felt it uncovered the issues of racism and the justice system with, of course, the surprise ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 12/29/2013

    " Fairly week tale with a lot of open questions at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Kasiska | 12/28/2013

    " A must read over and over again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelo Roscetti | 12/28/2013

    " Not a great book but a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony Handal | 12/24/2013

    " A look at corporal punishment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/22/2013

    " My favorite John Grisham novel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/15/2013

    " I had a really tough time with this book. I think it was a bit to dark for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lois | 11/28/2013

    " another book that really made me think and changed a few of my views.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha Abelson | 11/23/2013

    " John Grisham stinks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sisikelelwe Tshofela | 11/14/2013

    " good !! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leif | 11/12/2013

    " This is different from most Grisham books to this point. It's good expose of the problems with capital punishment, and - I thought - better written than most of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/8/2013

    " EVERY book I've ever read makes me realize that there are many more devious people in the world than I care to think. The ideas in these books amaze me, becaues I would never think to do the things that people do (because I'm sure somewhere someone has done these things) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 9/25/2013

    " Can't believe that this was really written by John Grisham--it's one of my favorite stories ever! Very well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 8/6/2013

    " By the time I read this book I was recognizing the Grisham formula - but enjoyed nevertheless the delve into death penalty issues and race that are featured issues of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilith Darville | 6/11/2013

    " I haven't read a Grisham book that I haven't liked. He writes a great page turner! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nate D | 3/27/2013

    " 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 Mari | 8/27/2012

    " I was sobbing. I was given the smallest glimpse of how family members of people on death row must feel. Incredibly emotional. Much more than I ever expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dudette | 7/23/2012

    " Twisted, lying and secrets very good.. I can only say that this book was one of his best for me.. you can never go wrong with him on this one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil | 7/13/2012

    " Only had the shortened Readers Digest version available. Good for a distraction but not a favourite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Maloney | 5/16/2012

    " By far, the best Grisham book I've read. To be fair, I liked this one quite a lot. There's a lot of internal conflict in each character and enough external problems to drive the action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Sokol | 5/14/2012

    " Pretty standard fare for John Grisham. It did what I wanted, though, which was to provide an easy and compelling read. The ending is really good, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Davis | 4/21/2012

    " Good book....typical Grisham "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanderingmindanaorebel | 2/10/2012

    " Very humanizing! One of the ever first novel I got in love reading during my teenage years...And the rest was history...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/7/2012

    " I certainly had to take a good hard look at my views on capital punishment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 12/24/2011

    " Very realistic. I felt like I was right there in the story. Riveting. I could not put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 romy | 8/1/2011

    " agak lupa ceritanya "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/3/2011

    " John Grisham's best book! "

  • 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

Michael Beck is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his role in the 1979 film, The Warriors. He has narrated numerous novels by John Grisham, as well as Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz and My Life by Bill Clinton. He lives in California.