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3.00001772033842 out of 53.00001772033842 out of 53.00001772033842 out of 53.00001772033842 out of 53.00001772033842 out of 5 3.00 (75,055 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2000 ISBN: 9781415920862
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It’s summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor’s shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn’t have a job or a prayer … except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

By the time Rudy gets to court, a heavyweight corporate defense team is there to meet him. And suddenly he’s in over his head, plunged into a nightmare of lies and legal maneuverings. A case that started small is exploding into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skill, and outright violence—a fight that could cost one young lawyer his life, or turn him into the biggest rainmaker in the land …

Bestselling author John Grisham returns to the courtroom for the first time since A Time to Kill to weave this riveting tale of legal intrigue and corporate greed. Combining suspense, narrative momentum, and humor as only John Grisham can, The Rainmaker provides another spellbinding, thrill-a-minute read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Great fun to read...The complex plotting is Grisham's major accomplishment. Los Angeles Times
  • A taut and terrific page-turner. Entertainment Weekly
  • “A taut and terrific page-turner.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Great fun to read …The complex plotting is Grisham’s major accomplishment.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The pace is fast, the characters quirky, the result entertaining.”

    USA Today

  • “[Grisham is] a mighty narrative talent.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “This bittersweet tale, the author’s quietest and most thoughtful, shows that Grisham’s imagination can hold its own in a courtroom as well as on the violent streets outside.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The supple voice and deft narrative skills of Frank Muller are an excellent match for this tremendously popular courtroom thriller.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review (audio review)

  • “An excellent production; recommended.”

    Library Journal

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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty Cook | 2/19/2014

    " OH I COULD NOT THIS BOOK DOWN.. A real page turner!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wesley | 2/6/2014

    " I feel this was one of the better books Grisham has ever written. Naturally there is enough legality to suffice any of his readers. There was also a serious mix of heart I feel. You could tell that a real writer would loved to write and was a writer first and a law man 2nd. Not as if you were trying to squeeze the law into a book but a book had been written with law to help balance the story. This is also one of the better movies. Sure it's predictable in some parts. This kind of thing happens more often than not though. A definite must read out of the Grisham books. "

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

    " Giving this a go - well out of my comfort zone with this type of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Scott | 1/14/2014

    " I love this book. It was wonderfully entertaining, awe inspiring, and satisfying. A simple storyline, with wonderful twists and touching moments puts this book into my top ten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daleann Jones | 1/7/2014

    " One of his Best books !!! Can't put it done "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kingfan30 | 1/6/2014

    " It seemed very familiar in places so I think I may have read it before, a bit slow going to start with but once it got going could not put it down and the courtroom scenes were very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette Chadwick | 1/5/2014

    " I love this book! it's my favorite from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollee | 12/26/2013

    " Love this book smart, funny, action!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ine | 12/26/2013

    " john grisham pilihan gw untuk kategori novel, karena penuh intrik hukum, en yang paling wajib, ga ada percintaan yang mehe-mehe.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 fin | 12/13/2013

    " Funniest Grisham. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miguel | 12/6/2013

    " ok read nothing to brag about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 11/30/2013

    " Love this book - couldn't put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anjana | 11/29/2013

    " My most favourite book ever "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 9/13/2013

    " Good story, but not one of his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Estabrook | 6/28/2013

    " first grisham novel i've read. I enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Edmondson | 5/3/2013

    " What can I say? I'm a Grisham fan. A real page-turner. I have no idea what the magic is, but Grisham seems to have found the secret for writing books you just can't put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 4/30/2013

    " Loved this book more than I thought I would. It had comedy, court cases, and intrigue. It mainly follows a law student who takes on a pro bono case that turns into way more than he thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jawed | 4/28/2013

    " Awesome start... Good command throughout the book and a comparatively unorthodox climax... Not a happy's ending!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 11/29/2012

    " This is Grisham at his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/28/2012

    " Easy read. Only my second John Grisham novel. Emotional and compelling. Kind of rushed ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vidyasagar Santhanagopalan | 11/24/2012

    " A typical John Grisham Novel..!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Park | 10/27/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books by John Grisham. I feel like he really did a good job getting the reader to sympathize with both the young lawyer and the poor clients that he decides to take on. Excellent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 8/4/2012

    " I am a big fan of Grisham. This is one of his typical page turners. "

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

    " Thrilling!!! Page Turner!!!! will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning. All around best book!!!! I love rudy <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xtiana | 5/1/2012

    " I really loved the movie, and I think the book was just as good (obviously, I saw the movie before I read the book). Great story, but it's not as much of a thriller as some of the other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Opa | 3/12/2012

    " A fun book written in the first person. Get into the mind of a new lawyer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 3/7/2012

    " One of my favorite Grisham books. The story of how the little guy takes on the big corporation never get old. I have and will continue to read this book over and over. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd | 9/16/2011

    " Not a big fan. This was the last book I read from Grisham. Since I had read 4 or 5 of his other books, I really thought this was to predictable. Had I read this on it's own, I may have liked it, but in this case, I was growing tired of Girsham reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 8/24/2011

    " Un po' piene le scatole di giovani avvocati rampanti... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Anne | 8/13/2011

    " I have this 3 stars, possibly 3.5. It may have been a 4 except I thought there were too many loose ends left dangling in the end. Interesting story involving corruption in the health insurance industry. It is always interesting to read of the little guy taking on Goliath. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prince | 5/30/2011

    " greed amount to almost nothing. "

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

    " It has been awhile since the last time that I read a Grisham novel. Really enjoyed every minute of the action! I always feel like I should have been a lawyer when I read his books. Though I kind of feel like they always end up abandoning the profession in his books. Always a good time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bhagirathy | 5/12/2011

    " everytime you read it, amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcel | 5/8/2011

    " I like Grisham. I like his style, the way he develops his stories and the characters. The Rainmaker is no different. Although nowhere near finished with this book I am enjoying it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 5/7/2011

    " This wandered in the beginning but once it got going it was a great story. I loved the courtroom scenes. Rudy's naivete was a little embarrassing at first but I got used to it. "

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

    " One of my favorites for obvious reasons. Ending still bugs me though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 4/9/2011

    " Un po' piene le scatole di giovani avvocati rampanti... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/8/2011

    " Love to read John Grisham! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/1/2011

    " I would give this 3 1/2 stars if I could. I loved the book all the way until the end. The characters got what they wanted but I didn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deepak | 3/29/2011

    " Ultimate fiction and I loved every bit of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/19/2011

    " This is an excellent book. I love every moment of John Grisham's observations of peoples' motives and actions.

    I related to the issues that confronted the protagonist in The Rainmaker because I had to settle an insurance company claim. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendall | 3/17/2011

    " This was my favorite Grisham novel. You become so involved with the charachters who are being screwed by the insurance company. That and the sick boy's mom says "Sumbitches" a lot. I am still saying that to this day! "

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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

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community. He has also won twenty-three Earphones Awards.