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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (38 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: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750973
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They are at the center of a multimillion-dollar legal hurricane: twelve men and women who have been investigated, watched, manipulated, and harassed by high-priced lawyers and consultants who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict. Now the jury must make a decision in the most explosive civil trial of the century, a precedent-setting lawsuit against a giant tobacco company. But only a handful of people know the truth: that this jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him.

He is known only as Juror #2. But he has a name, he has a past, and he has planned his every move with the help of a beautiful woman on the outside. Now, while a corporate empire hangs in the balance, while a grieving family waits, and while lawyers are plunged into a battle for their careers, the truth about Juror #2 is about to explode in a cross-fire of greed and corruption—and with justice fighting for its life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Marvelously Clever. USA Today
  • Entertainingly unpredictable! The New York Times
  • Fascinating. . .high--powered narration. Chicago Tribune
  • His most rewarding novel to date. Publishers Weekly
  • A real page--turner! Houston Chronicle
  • Deserves to be a runaway success. Atlanta Journal and Constitution
  • Ingeniously narrated. Entertainment Weekly
  • “A story of genuine significance…entertainingly unpredictable.”

    New York Times

  • Marvelous! News-Tribune, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Gripping. Seattle Times
  • “Grisham’s best storytelling to date.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Couldn’t have been better…Carefully and persuasively detailed.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Grisham’s most addictive courtroom thriller.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Grisham stacks [The Runaway Jury] with suspense…Don’t start it unless  you are prepared to stay up all night.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “[Grisham’s] most rewarding novel to date.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • 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 Mona | 2/16/2014

    " I read this book a few years ago. Another good thriller from John Grisham. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jendrzejczak1978 | 2/12/2014

    " Best Grisham book to date. The book centers around a tobacco suit unlike the movie. It also has a much different and unexpected ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sriram Chandrasekhar | 2/9/2014

    " This was my first John Grisham novel, and worth the hype. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanie | 2/5/2014

    " I can't remember if this one was made into a movie or not but he writes it so well that you can really see everything running through your mind.... excellent book!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 2/4/2014

    " John Grisham books are good for reading on the beach. There are a lot better things to read, though. I read this in 1999 for a book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/27/2014

    " I really liked this book. Very entertaining and much better then the movie. "

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

    " about big tobacco. the movie sucked. the book was pretty good though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne Busse | 1/19/2014

    " Loved the book but not the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephan | 1/19/2014

    " This was a pretty good book. It kept me guessing. I had backed off Grisham's books because the last few I had read was basically the same story line with different characters. This one was different. Pretty suspenseful and twisted. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sera | 1/17/2014

    " It's decent Grisham, not great, not bad - just good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 1/13/2014

    " Don't bother to see the movie, it's nothing like the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nichole Cavin | 1/4/2014

    " Like all of his books, it has suspensful moments and a twist. I like his books for travel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Standing | 12/26/2013

    " Love love love this book! It is one of his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 12/17/2013

    " This is one of my favorite John Grisham books. I thought all the disguises and careful planning was fascinating. It was a page-turner which is always one of my favorite kind of books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 12/6/2013

    " Fun read, typically Grisham, a legal thriller with surprises at the end; an easy, satisfying read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Slone | 11/14/2013

    " I liked this book an awful lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 10/19/2013

    " book was better than movie, hollywood musta wanted to change it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/3/2013

    " Another good read and flick... Nice to see Hackman and Hoffman on screen together! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patriciadubray | 2/6/2013

    " 1st Grisham book I had ever read. Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 1/18/2013

    " I found this book tedious and never-ending with a very predictable outcome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/7/2013

    " Of all the Grisham books I've read, this one has the best mystery at its center. You sort of figure you know what's going to happen, but it still keeps you guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 9/17/2012

    " Just needed to read some candy - and it was sugary delicious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 8/30/2012

    " It is a very smart book. The plot is very unpredictable. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 6/2/2012

    " The first John Grisham novel I ever read, when I was a Junior in high school. At the time I really loved it, and it inspired the style of one of my handwritten basketball thrillers, "The Hornet Queen." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corrie Welsh | 12/31/2011

    " I got to page 76 and realized that I have already read this book. Oh well...on to a different book. I bought 6 books at a yard sale yesterday for 25 cents each:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erotic Horizon | 11/26/2011

    " The Runaway Jury (John Grisham) by John Grisham (1996) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Trudeau | 8/3/2011

    " My favorite John Grisham, along with Rainmaker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Breeann Kaczmarczyk | 7/27/2011

    " Good book. Had a lot going on between the two sides of the trial. Interesting though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 6/15/2011

    " Really only a 4.5, but so entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 5/11/2011

    " One of Grisham's better books. The movie was actually better, but the book is very good. When you step back from it the premise is somewhat unbelievable but Grisham does it so well that you get sucked into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/2/2011

    " Exciting to the very end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stefanie | 4/29/2011

    " I felt that The Runaway Jury dragged on a little too much and kind of fell flat on anything interesting. I also felt that the antics of the jury was pointless, ridiculous, and completely irritating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 4/29/2011

    " Classic Grisham, in the court. If you like courtroom dramas you will love this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/23/2011

    " Different to the movie, but just as compelling. Tightly structured, great twists and thrilling pace. A great holiday read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 4/23/2011

    " I wish I could do 3.5. I thoroughly like it when I read it. The only reason I didn't rate it higher was because it was a total cotton candy read. No thought provoking issues or anything like that but it was a nice quick page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/19/2011

    " Better than the movie :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 4/16/2011

    " A great story about the tobacco industry and how lawyers can rig a jury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Very informative about tobacco companies and juries. And a great story to keep you intensely interested. Nice twists and just a great read. "

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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 and Earphones 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.