Extended Audio Sample

Download The Pelican Brief Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Pelican Brief Audiobook, by John Grisham Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (152,441 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750935
Regular Price: $13.98 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $13.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

In suburban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the front floor of a posh home... In a seedy D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death... The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief... To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder -- a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds there is only one person she can trust -- an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak hotter than Watergate -- to help her piece together the deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the White House's inner sanctums, a violent cover-up is being engineered. For somone has read Darby's brief. Someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthinkable crime.

Download and start listening now!

BK_BANT_000051

Listener Opinions

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

    " escapist suspense with a little thought thrown in--what's not to love about a popcorn novel like this? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Camille Baird | 2/12/2014

    " Not as Deja vu as the others but still had kind of the same format. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan Molo | 2/9/2014

    " great novel but i was frustrated by the ending......somewhat anticlimatic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Rutland | 1/31/2014

    " I really liked this Grisham book. Filled with lots of twists, turns and style that inspires me to let it rip and write a book, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 1/29/2014

    " A Tulane University law student writes an essay on the murders of two Supreme Court justices. We finally learn that she also includes ideas on a conspiracy involving Gulf oil drilling and how is could impact the Brown Pelican breeding grounds in Louisiana. This puts her life at risk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie S | 1/17/2014

    " My first John Grisham book (shameful, I know) and boy am I glad this was my first. It was suspenseful enough to keep me interested until the end, and I love that it included a lot on the subject of the environment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajiek Stoneman | 1/16/2014

    " The second book of John Grisham, thrilling! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/12/2014

    " Loved...maybe my favorite Grisham. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 1/10/2014

    " Another quick thriller, page-turner..you can see why he sold so many books... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcie | 1/9/2014

    " I read the English version when I was in Guatemala and it was a fun distraction, now I'm reading the Spanish version and it's much more difficult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irina Apopei | 1/9/2014

    " loved the book more than the movie (for every book of John Grisham) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Albert | 12/18/2013

    " A typical Grisham novel: enjoyable, semi-predictable, yet keeps you on the edge. However, I found this one to be a bit (relatively even more) dragged out than his other novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyndie | 12/4/2013

    " Exciting. The movie was at least as good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danny | 11/21/2013

    " I'm going to give this same response for all of Grishams' books: I passed the time with these books finding myself neither elated or severely disappointed with the manner in which I spent my time. If mediocrity were a specialty, Grisham your'e great at it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 11/21/2013

    " It's definately a Grisham novel. Carries the reader quickly through the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aditya Singh | 11/1/2013

    " From the days when Grisham wrote white-knuckled, hold-on-to-your-seat legal thrillers with nary a wasted line and a relentless forward-driven plot. As good as The Client, A Time To Kill and The Firm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat | 9/7/2013

    " 3.5 stars. I REALLY wanted to like it & I thought it would be right up my alley. I think it was just a little too far-fetched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fi | 7/15/2013

    " One of the best Grisham novels I've read - real edge-of-the-seat stuff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Jenks | 7/15/2013

    " I stopped reading John Grisham around 2000, but up to that point I liked his style and found his early books to be real page-turners. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JG (The Introverted Reader) | 4/29/2013

    " This is the only John Grisham novel I've ever finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beena | 3/1/2013

    " Another awesome Grisham book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.A. Bookout | 1/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. John did a great job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sidra | 11/18/2012

    " A book I read in High School for fun because my English classes didn't direct me towards any good literature (we didn't read any!). It was a fun, John Grisham classic. Though I don't think any of his books would interest me now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/17/2012

    " an intriguing thriller, lots of suspence and questions almost until the end of it all; want to see the movie now! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keith | 3/21/2012

    " Towards the end it gets real exciting and gives a cool look into the world of investigative journalism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genie | 3/2/2012

    " One of his best, I was really engrossed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KarenC | 12/8/2011

    " ONe of the best in the genre! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shea Warden | 9/19/2011

    " Named my dog after Julia Roberts character: Darby Shaw "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khishge | 5/22/2011

    " I like this book a lot, I like almost all John Grisham`s books. He is great writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 5/15/2011

    " Great adventure, suspense and non-stop thriller. Recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/5/2011

    " I read this on the Greyhound bus to Virginia when I was 16, was moving to my dad's for the summer. One of my favorite books of all time, and was the first of many Grisham legal thrillers I would enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayesh | 5/4/2011

    " Its re-read! But still enjoyed it very much!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 4/28/2011

    " a very goodread. held mu interest to the very end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 4/8/2011

    " Love John Grisham. I haven't read anything of his that i don't like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 4/4/2011

    " Before you realise you'll be at the end of the story and wonder how it is possible. Great thriller. But if you're lazy just watch the movie, very similar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia | 4/3/2011

    " One of the first books (maybe even THE first book) Grisham every wrote...and one of the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev | 3/14/2011

    " Non stop action which grips you to the end. Darby Shaw, a beautiful, ambitious law student tries to solve the murders of two supreme court justices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genie | 3/3/2011

    " One of his best, I was really engrossed. "

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 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

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. Heald has also won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.