Extended Audio Sample

Download The Pardon Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Pardon Audiobook, by James Grippando Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (708 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Grippando Narrator: John Rubinstein Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Swyteck Series Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780060798604
Regular Price: $10.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $10.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Jack Swyteck, a brilliant Miami defense attorney has spent years rebelling against his father, Harry, now Florida's governor. Their estrangement seems complete when Harry allows one of Jack's clients -- a man Jack believes is innocent -- to die in the electric chair.

But when a psychopath bent on serving his own twisted version of justice places both Jack and Harry in extreme jeopardy, the two have nowhere to turn but to each other. Together they must find a way to overcome their cunning tormentor's manipulation . . . even as the stakes are being raised to far more perilous heights.

Download and start listening now!

BK_HARP_000215

Quotes & Awards

  • “A gritty mystery that...rings true to the emotional realities of contemporary life. Readers will turn to The Pardon faster than a bailiff can swear in a witness.”

    Boston Herald

  • “A gritty mystery that...rings true to the emotional realities of contemporary life. Readers will turn to The Pardon faster than a bailiff can swear in a witness.”

    People

  • The Pardon  arrives with the pistol-shot crack of a gavel cutting through a courtroom.”

    Tampa Tribune

  • “Author Grippando, a Miami attorney, rachets the tension up every few pages.”

    Booklist

  • “Move over John Grisham! James Grippando’s The Pardon is the legal thriller of the year.”

    Paul Levine, author of Mortal Sin

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 2/19/2014

    " I like Swyteck. I enjoyed this book. I'm not going to say anything because I don't want to ruin it but it's what you come to expect from a Jack Swyteck novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yan Schwartz | 2/12/2014

    " Very suspenseful. I enjoyed it all the way through. Style is somewhat similar to Grisham. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 2/10/2014

    " Decent crime mystery. Much better writing chops than that other, more famous, lawyer turned crime writer. Big plus for me to see my former employer thanked in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 2/9/2014

    " a good book kind of predicable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sjoen | 2/8/2014

    " This was a fun read. Not formulaic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 2/7/2014

    " You can read my thoughts here. (3.5/5) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvette Thomas | 2/3/2014

    " Grippando is a great author. good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Breezy | 1/25/2014

    " Didn't finish it. I don't get why someone would pay money to a killer to keep his mouth shut. The plot made no sense to me at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Donahue | 1/9/2014

    " I had a very hard time putting this book down. It is a cross between a legal thriller and psychological thriller. It is graphic at times, but well written. I will be reading the sequel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 12/29/2013

    " Verdienstelijke juridische thriller. Daar zal ik nog wel een boekje van lezen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lavada Dee | 11/26/2013

    " Wow! I know James Grippando isn't a new author and that Pardon isn't his first book but it is to me. I have placed this author on my must have list and will watch for his books. That I can enjoy his backlist is good. I'm so going to be a fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 11/24/2013

    " The first in the Jack Swyteck series. Swyteck is Miami criminal defense attorney who does more than his fair share of murder investigation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Cregger | 10/23/2013

    " Different twists on lawyers and crime. was listed in Book Lovers Calandar. Not too believable at some points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 4/8/2013

    " Some people say that this author is similar to John Grisham. I don't. I think he is better. This is the fastest I have read a book in a long time. Really good! There are a few unrealistic parts to the story but I believe some of them are made simple just for the readers. All in all a very good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 3/17/2013

    " I read a short story by James Grippando and thought I might really like his books, I was WRONG! This book was so predictable and fantastic that it made it hard to read. I thought about writing an actual review, but can't be bothered, because it isn't worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 5/10/2012

    " Reading Grippando is like watching a good movie .. If you are a fan of Stieg Larsson I believe you would enjoy Grippando. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ricardo | 4/6/2012

    " Amateurish, poorly developed characters, too many parts of the plot left unexplained or making you wonder why they were introduced at all if they didn't really serve a purpose "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 10/20/2011

    " I honestly didn't finish this book, which is rare. Just could not get into it and wasn't impressed with the writing. I think I've read another of his books which was good but just couldn't do this one. Maybe another time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Carter | 8/28/2011

    " A bit slow starting, but by the middle I had to keep reading to find out what happened. I like the fact that it is not just a legal story, but also a serial killer story. I will definitely read his next book to see what happens to Jack! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/25/2011

    " This is the first Jack Swyteck thriller. I found Jack a little irritating at times - but I was intrigued by the puzzle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 7/25/2011

    " I thought editors were paid to catch and fix typos. I would have enjoyed this book more if there had been fewer of them. I wasn't as excited or thrilled by this first book in the series as I was with the later book that turned me on to the author. I'm not sure if I will pursue the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mirjam | 5/24/2011

    " This could be another good series. Liked this one a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Carstens | 4/3/2011

    " Good book, great plot and story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 3/30/2011

    " Pretty good first novel. Character continues in subsequent novels. Guess I'll have to try them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Stallings | 3/3/2011

    " Best book i've read this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 2/10/2011

    " Pretty good first novel. Character continues in subsequent novels. Guess I'll have to try them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 6/29/2010

    " I read a short story by James Grippando and thought I might really like his books, I was WRONG! This book was so predictable and fantastic that it made it hard to read. I thought about writing an actual review, but can't be bothered, because it isn't worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chuck | 5/26/2010

    " A Miami based criminal defense attorney pleads with the Governor of
    Florida, who happens to be his father, for the life of a condemned man
    scheduled for execution. This is not one of Grippando's best.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvette | 3/28/2010

    " Grippando is a great author. good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ropajo | 3/1/2010

    " started 3/6/10
    end 3/8/10

    new author to me - still undecided. story moved ok, but one mystery person was elusive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 2/25/2010

    " I literally could not put this book down. I read about 85% of the book in one day. There was never a point where the storyline lagged or I got bored of the characters. It kept me captivated the whole time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yan | 12/3/2009

    " Very suspenseful. I enjoyed it all the way through. Style is somewhat similar to Grisham. Highly recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kandice | 11/14/2009

    " Didn't really care for this book. Felt the writing was rather weak. Did enjoy the ending though - it was the best part of the whole book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/29/2009

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Jack Swyteck (first in series); lawyer and his Governor/father are both being framed for crimes because of a pardon the governor didn't grant to one of his son's convicted clients
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 6/22/2009

    " a good page turner for a rainy weekend or beach vacation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Breezy | 6/16/2009

    " Didn't finish it. I don't get why someone would pay money to a killer to keep his mouth shut. The plot made no sense to me at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margarette | 6/4/2009

    " the plot consisted of an estranged father (the governor) and son (defense lawyer)and a plot against the son by someone who wanted both of them to pay for the execution of an innocent man! I liked the book and will read another of James Grippando. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/27/2009

    " Haven't read a "thriller" book lately but was on vacation and this was available. Like Grisham but more graphic. I would read another one by this author. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author James Grippando

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author with more than twenty books to his credit, including those in his acclaimed series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. Grippando was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994. He lives in South Florida with his wife, three children, two cats, and a golden retriever named Max, who has no idea he’s a dog.

About the Narrator

John Rubinstein is an actor, composer, and director who won a Tony Award for his starring role in Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning several AudioFile Earphones Awards and being named a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2013.