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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (226,952 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: D. W. Moffett Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553754315
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For a young lawyer on the make, it was an offer he couldn't refuse: a position at a law firm where the bucks, billable hours, and benefits are over the top. It's a dream job for an up-and-comer--if he can overlook the uneasy feeling he gets at the office. Then an FBI investigation plunges the straight and narrow attorney into a nightmare of terror and intrigue, with no choice but to pit his wits, ethics, and legal skills against the firm's deadly secrets--if he hopes to stay alive . . .


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Quotes & Awards

  • Taut, fast and  relentless... A ride worth taking. San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Keeps the reader hooked... From the creepy first  chapters... to the vise-tightening midsection and  on to the take-the money-and-run finale. The Wall Street Journal.
  • Irresistable... seizes the reader on the opening  page and propels him through 400 more. Peter Prescott, Newsweek.
  • “Taut, fast, and relentless…A ride worth taking.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Irresistible…Seizes the reader on the opening page and propels him through four hundred more.”

    Newsweek

  • “Ensnares the reader…[The Firm] has the distinct merit of holding up as a thriller for the long haul.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Keeps the reader hooked…from the creepy first chapters…to the vise-tightening midsection and on to the take-the-money-and-run finale.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Reads like a whirlwind.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The accelerating tempo of paranoia-driven events is wonderful: clandestine meetings, predawn prowlings, a dangerous pursuit…leading to the final ironic finish.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Nail-biting suspense.”

    Cosmopolitan

  • “A mean-and-lean page-turner…Grisham writes without fat: his dialogue crackles.”

    New Woman

  • “A winner…The novel carries the authenticity of someone who has been there and was paying attention.”

    Commercial Appeal

  • “Moffett gives an excellent performance, bringing the story to life with vibrant and believable characterizations and a smooth, knowing narrative.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review (audio review)

  • “Readers will be totally hooked by this unusual and absorbing story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This first novel set a daringly high standard, one that his readers will hope he can reach again and again.”

    Library Journal

  • “Hallucinatory entertainment…Terrifically exciting…Grips and propels.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Truly exceptional…Like a cross between Scott Turow and Mario Puzo, Grisham not only sets up his story well, he sees it through all the way to an unpredictable end.”

    Book Talk

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Wilem | 2/14/2014

    " One of Grisham's best. Liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randilyn | 2/14/2014

    " I've picked quite a few page-turners to read over Christmas break, and this was no exception! I decided to give Grisham another chance even though I was less than impressed with the last one I read. This was better... and it's safe to say that I'd probably read another Grisham someday. Good for McDeere for outsmarting not only the FBI but also the mafia--and managing not to get his loved ones killed. But too bad I couldn't respect him as a character after he cheated on his wife--and then lied to her at the end. And WHY were all the portrayals of the female characters so degrading?! Maybe I'm oversensitive, but I felt Grisham overdid the woman-sex-symbol thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mick Bose | 2/6/2014

    " I became a John Grisham fan after reading this book - and this book launched his career. Key to this book is the sudden and dramatic shift around the latter third - when Mitch and his wife go from being victim to hatching a brilliant plan to take on the criminals. From then on its nail biting reading...reminded me of Day of the Jackal in some ways. "

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

    " This is my favorite Grisham novel to date. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/4/2014

    " The first "grown up" book that I ever read. Ha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen Waters | 1/24/2014

    " His best. Ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ensiform | 1/10/2014

    " Now a major motion picture. A lawyer is snared in a web of corruption and tries to work his way past both the mob-controlled firm and the feds. I suppose it was suspenseful. It certainly wasn't boring, derivative or typical in plot or characters. Just not very well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn M | 12/28/2013

    " Enjoyed re-reading this book after seeing the movie. Book is better, to me, because of the additional details that can be included in a book, versus the time constraints of a movie. I enjoy Grisham's characters and his plot development--includes details from the legal field that makes the story more believable and realistic. However, sometimes it feels like he has reached the page quota (book length requirement) and he hurries up the ending...It's worth another read if you are a lover of legal thrillers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wanna | 12/28/2013

    " The ending was anti-climatic. The only thing that gets me through was by imagining the whole characters with the TV series cast (Josh Lucas, Juliette Lewis, etc). Other than that, it's a bit repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Koehler | 10/29/2013

    " In the end I just couldn't do it--I could not finish the journey that was so expertly begun. It fell apart for me in a laberynth of hideouts and betrayal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goldie | 9/20/2013

    " I can't get enough of this book @_@ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vijai | 8/30/2013

    " Quintessential Grisham - small guy toughing it out in a big organization, something happens, small guy goes against the big organization and the just pure awesomeness weaving in and out of tight situations and relief at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aileen Martin lengel | 7/30/2013

    " excting book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hasan Qureshi | 6/25/2013

    " Good read when you reach the middle of your reading list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nacho_momma | 6/15/2013

    " Quick hook........kept me riveted. If you haven't read this one, do so! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mj Herbert | 6/2/2013

    " THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. Movie with Tom Cruise Sucked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krysten Klein | 5/30/2013

    " Enjoyable, but I felt he got tired of writing and just did a quick ending. The pay off was not worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rheza | 3/31/2013

    " the first book i've read from John Grisham. love the plot and pace of the story...perfect actually!:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asr Naveen | 3/22/2013

    " This is my first read of John Grisham's titles and like it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 3/5/2013

    " Like his early books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/25/2012

    " Excellent plot, story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Caldwell | 10/28/2012

    " I've enjoyed all John Grisham EXCEPT A Time to Kill -- I couldn't read more than the first page of that book; it was too gruesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gracie | 6/5/2012

    " in italian "Il socio" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa Ragan | 4/27/2012

    " I read The Firm many years ago, but I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 11/13/2011

    " This was the first John Grisham book that I ever read, and it was one of the best ones that I read. The story is crazy, but really well written. I highly recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Grasse | 7/29/2011

    " Worst book I ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Kay | 7/15/2011

    " The first John Grisham book I ever read. Scary, fun, intriguing.... I was hooked and craving his next books for years! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen Reintjes | 6/24/2011

    " this was the first book I had ever read cover-to-cover over a weekend! Granted I wasnt a big reader before this but my friend swore to me I'd be a reader after this and she was right. It was fast paced, smart, suspensful - holds a special place in my literary heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara S.Hamdi | 6/23/2011

    " A real page turner, couldn't get enough of it, kept on and on and on, characters are well written, keeps you on the edge of your seat "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irma Colabrese | 6/16/2011

    " I just finished this. I was interested because of the (cancelled) show on NBC! I wanted to see how the characters were developed. The book is better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren | 5/20/2011

    " Loved this when I first read it! I kept staying up until 1am or later because I just had to find out what happened next. "

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

    " Really fast-paced, and gripping supense. A must-read for John Grisham fans "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earl Royce | 5/13/2011

    " Have you ever felt that you joined the wrong company? You will consider yourself very lucky if you discover the secret behind Mitch McDeere's first (and probably last) job offer. A great story by Grisham with characters you can relate to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 5/11/2011

    " His best and he's never topped it. The idea is so creative that when it came out I was blown away. I re-read it about a year ago and the story still holds up. The writing is not literary quality but so what? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 5/11/2011

    " Loved the book, loved the movie ... Grisham has done it again! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 5/7/2011

    " Reading this reminded me of reading the instructions to Lego sets as a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 samwan | 5/6/2011

    " I must have been 11 when I picked this off my aunt's bookshelf and I loved it. Read it over and over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 5/2/2011

    "
    My favorite book of all time! I could re-read this one over and over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hugo | 4/25/2011

    " Love it...got the movie too.Book is better though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ | 4/25/2011

    " Next to "A Time to Kill" I thought that this book also rated as one of Mr. Grisham's best books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 4/21/2011

    " I read The Firm many years ago, but I loved it! "

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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

D. W. Moffett is an actor best known for his role as Joe McCoy on the NBC television series Friday Night Lights. He has starred in other television shows, such as For Your Love, Hidden Palms, Life is Wild, and Happily Divorced. Also a prolific audiobook narrator, he has read numerous novels by John Grisham.