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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (108,182 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: 9780553750966
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Every jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs  to him. In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco  trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at  stake beginsroutinely, then swerves mysteriously off  course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at  least one juroris convinced he's being watched. Soon  they have to be sequestered. Then a tip from an  anonymousyoung woman suggests she is able to predict  the jurors' increasingly odd behavior. Is the jury  somehow being manipulated, or even controlled? If  so, by whom? And, more important,why?


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Quotes & Awards

  • Marvelous! News-Tribune (Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • Gripping. The Seattle Times
  • 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! The Houston Chronicle
  • Deserves to be a runaway success. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
  • Ingeniously narrated. Entertainment Weekly
  • “A story of genuine significance…entertainingly unpredictable.”

    New York 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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alaina Patterson | 2/12/2014

    " For the full review -- including a callback to her review of The Firm -- follow the link to That's What She Read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 2/10/2014

    " Okay - a little dry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cmrhudy | 2/8/2014

    " Probably one of my two favorite, behind A Time to Kill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delicious Strawberry | 1/30/2014

    " I read this a couple of years ago - it was my first John Grisham novel. Though I enjoy sci-fi novels, I'd heard plenty about Grisham and decided to give it a spin. I wasn't disappointed. I finished Rainmaker recently and while I think Rainmaker is better, that doesn't mean this is at all a bad read. Like Rainmaker, this is about little people v a big corporation. Rudy Baylor in Rainmaker was fleshed out, the characters in here are not as fleshed out, as the story concentrates on the individual members of the jury. I like that, it made for a unique kind of novel, and a highly enjoyable one, so 4/5 stars. Great work, Mr. Grisham! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rowena | 1/27/2014

    " One of the better books of John Grisham. As usual, the book is a quick read. The characterization was a bit flat (although I liked that the characters all came off as scums in some ways). The thing I found the most fascinating was the jury selection process. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 1/17/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. | 1/17/2014

    " This is a fun read...good mystery...and humorous "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tink82 | 1/17/2014

    " This book was so addicting, I wanted to read it all at one time. I wanted to see how the lawyers were going to blackmail every jury member. It made me realize that everyone has sercrets that want kept hidden. And I also learn that way to many people can be bought for money. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy Miller | 1/12/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 12/29/2013

    " This is the only book on tape I own, in a work car that only plays tapes. I drive a lot in rural wyoming so I am ofter forced to listen to this. I think I have probably listed to the whole thing at least 6 times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sainthan | 12/28/2013

    " Suggested by Hasitha for the first time. As far as I can remember, he was the first to suggest John Grisham to me . . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 12/21/2013

    " I got lost a few times remembering who each character was but overall I really liked it. It's a complicated plot that was very unique and intriguing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharal Hunter | 12/6/2013

    " Not one of my favorites from this author, but worth a look if you are a die-hard fan of John Grisham's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allysonking24 | 11/5/2013

    " Yet another entertaining Grisham story, the Runaway Jury is an example of a true mystery! Throughout the book, the reader is able to piece together clues about the court case and one juror in particular- Nicolas Easter. The ending was smart and well developed, making this book a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phill Wright | 11/4/2013

    " Another great book by John Grisham "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 10/14/2013

    " This book took me no time at all to read because it kept me engaged the whole time. And the exploration of the tobacco industry and the legal system was fascinating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 8/25/2013

    " Grisham has done it again. I love this book and as with his others, I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 7/28/2013

    " One of my favorite all time books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 7/1/2013

    " this is one of those books that reminds you that what goes around does come around. It might take a long time to arrive but it will get there. Revenge is better served while cold indeed.This book awakes the riveting side of ones-self "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laena | 3/18/2013

    " much better as a movie about guns with one ethical lawyer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 3/2/2013

    " easy beach book. good writer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mainrun | 2/23/2013

    " I have read a lot of John Grisham books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 1/15/2013

    " Still reading... saw the movie and I liked that. Sort of wierd to read a book where you know what's going to happen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burris | 8/13/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mirna | 8/4/2012

    " like it & finally watch the movie, the film more interesting coz they gave another different case... but the story about the jury remain the same "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 7/28/2012

    " Absoulutely loved this book ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 7/10/2012

    " This was an amazing mystery book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ossy | 7/10/2012

    " Clever guy and smart girl... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dally | 6/20/2012

    " the verdict was pretty obvious but it was still hard to put down :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Book Him Danno | 5/21/2012

    " Grisham at his okay moments in this book, he is usually really on but this was only ok. I enjoy the lawyer mysteries of his usually. Maybe it was an off couple of days for me too. "

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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

Michael Beck is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his role in the 1979 film, The Warriors. He has narrated numerous novels by John Grisham, as well as Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz and My Life by Bill Clinton. He lives in California.