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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (75,054 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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