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2.99996002931184 out of 52.99996002931184 out of 52.99996002931184 out of 52.99996002931184 out of 52.99996002931184 out of 5 3.00 (75,055 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: 9780553750942
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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

  • “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

  • “Fascinating…A suspenseful case of ruthless intimidation and deadly criminal behavior.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “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

  • “An excellent production; recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • 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 Hamideh Mohammadi | 2/13/2014

    " I'm glad I read this book. Although in the first half of the book nothing happens, the ending part is pretty real and proper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pinaki Sadhukhan | 2/9/2014

    " This is not only my favorite book of John Grisham's but also one of favorite books of all time. The story revolves around Rudy Baylor, who is in his final year of law school and has a good future set out for him, when everything goes wrong. He loses his job, gets dumped by his girlfriend, gets robbed, hits bankruptcy. From here on he struggles to earn respect, fights a case against the biggest law firm in town, which could either make or break his career, falls in love with the perfect girl - all to become the rainmaker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 2/3/2014

    " I have read a few John Grisham novels now. This was by far my favorite. I enjoyed the way Grisham gets you to identify with the main character by showing his flaws as well as the strength of his resolve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lilit | 2/2/2014

    " Entertaining. Doesn't require a lot of thinking. There are times when we need that: not to think and enjoy a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Gase | 1/31/2014

    " I kind of did overload on Grisham the last two years, so although I bought this almost a year ago, I waited until this month to read it. Well worth the wait. I barely remembered the movie, and that may have helped. The characters were great. I especially liked the character Deck, the helper of Rudy Baylor. Baylor is the story's main character, a young lawyer just out of law school who is working on a case way above his head as his client is sueing the company Great Benefit for screwing up its health claim on the clients son and his need of a bone marrow transplant. I don't want to give anything away, but a good read. The only reason I didn't give it five stars? The side story with Baylor and the girl that is hit by her husband doesn't really seem to tie in with the rest of the story, and in fact, I wonder even why it's there at all. Just so he can have a love interest maybe? It's not needed. Still, any Grisham fan should read this. After reading some pretty awful ones like the Appeal and the Associate, it was nice to read a good one by Grisham again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tfish | 1/30/2014

    " I liked this better than the first time I read it. The story is very interesting and complex. I like the characters. I like the story of an underdog getting justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/22/2014

    " This is my first John Grisham novel I've ever attempted to read. I took up this one because it dealt with sleazy insurance people, and I feel like I deal with them a lot at my work, so it just fueled my fire. I feel like this book was wonderfully written and very fast paced, which I loved. However, I was a little skeptical because I kept waiting for something to go majorly wrong during the trial. I kept waiting for the ball to drop because it all just seemed to good to be true. The ball DID drop, but not the way I expected it to, which I realize now made me like the story that much more. I would definitely recommend this book to someone looking to read a fast-paced novel. The characters are all believable, and it keeps you riveted until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam Modricker | 1/20/2014

    " Another good read from John. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 1/13/2014

    " Grisham's never stop indulging my mind "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise Mundier | 1/2/2014

    " The ending made me so angry I vowed never to read another one by him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monika | 1/1/2014

    " Grisham on top of his game! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhesa | 12/25/2013

    " entertaining :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronel Bredenkamp | 12/19/2013

    " my eerste Grisham en ek het dit baie geniet...sommer net 'n lekker lees storie... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 12/12/2013

    " Fast paced. Kept me involved and interested. A good rainy day or snowstorm book. Not terribly deep but fun characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/10/2013

    " young lawyer's 1st case is against insurance co. big lawyers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Davies | 12/7/2013

    " It is a very engaging tale and I got caught up with all events. This guy can sure tell a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 8/1/2013

    " I like it. Its Grisham so its not really a surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 6/29/2013

    " Never thought I'd say this about a book, but the movie is better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Scruggs | 4/16/2013

    " It was a bit slow for me, and I'm not a huge fan of the ending. I am looking forward to reading some of his other books though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bhagirathy | 3/19/2013

    " everytime you read it, amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skooter | 2/24/2013

    " I absolutely love this story. The little guy finally triumphs over big insurance companies who won't pay! Everything comes together so well. The storytelling is suberb, and I would recommend this book to everyone. I was never much for legal thrillers, but Grisham changed my mind! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miguel | 11/26/2012

    " ok read nothing to brag about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 10/14/2012

    " A personal injury lawsuit brought home like Grisham can always do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babs | 9/19/2012

    " I struggled to read this book after seeing the movie... just couldn't pull me in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Joseph | 6/5/2012

    " This is worth reading...Though the ending is quite predictable, the book lets the reader enjoy every bit of it :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Smoot | 2/20/2012

    " Always one I come back to when I need a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 12/4/2011

    " This was a good one to listen to, one of the better of Grisham's legal thrillers. A fight against the insurance company for non-payment of medical bills... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daleann Jones | 11/7/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roy Phang | 10/26/2011

    " One of the best legal thrillers I've read, and my first book from Grisham. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ronda | 8/21/2011

    " This was the last time I ever read a John Grisham novel as they became tedious "dead broke, new lawyer takes on money grubbing, corporate big wigs" plot line. "

  • 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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