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3.0000535886535 out of 53.0000535886535 out of 53.0000535886535 out of 53.0000535886535 out of 53.0000535886535 out of 5 3.00 (55,982 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: January 2004 ISBN: 9780739312186
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He gave up the money. He gave up the power. Now all he has left is the law.

Michael Brock is billing the hours, making the money, rushing relentlessly to the top of Drake & Sweeney, a giant DC law firm. One step away from partnership, Michael has it all. Then, in an instant, it all comes undone.

A homeless man takes nine lawyers hostage in the firm’s plush offices. When it is all over, the man’s blood is splattered on Michael’s face—and suddenly Michael is willing to do the unthinkable. Rediscovering a conscience he lost long ago, Michael is leaving the big time for the streets where his attacker once lived—and where society’s powerless need an advocate for justice.

But there’s one break Michael can’t make—a secret that has floated up from the depths of Drake & Sweeney, from a confidential file that is now in Michael’s hands, and from a conspiracy that has already taken lives. Now Michael’s former partners are about to become his bitter enemies. Because to them, Michael Brock is the most dangerous man on the streets …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling…another timely tale from John Grisham.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The plot surges forward, pulling us along as we turn those pages a mile a minute.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An entertaining read…The story unfolds in breakneck fashion with those wonderful pages-long passages of taut Grisham dialogue.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Frenetically paced [and] entertaining…Grisham seems more determined than ever to try to use his clout to effect social change…And if there’s any justice, The Street Lawyer will be his biggest hit yet.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Enough plot zigzags to keep readers happily hooked.”

    People

  • “Grisham at his plot-driven best.”

    Denver Post

  • “Powerful.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Riveting.”

    Detroit News

  • “A suspense with a social conscience…the true strength of the novel is that it deals with a serious social issue—homelessness—a topic the author addresses with genuine sympathy and considerable earnest.”

    Legal Times

  • “A great read!”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Intricately plotted…smoothly told…[a] moving exploration of the world of the homeless.”

    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 Mary Holm | 2/19/2014

    " This book was published in 1998, yet the topics it covers--homelessness, inequality, the divide between the rich and the poor--are even more relevant today. Sad to see that in 14 years we've made no progress addressing these concerns, in fact, we've lost ground. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonna | 2/17/2014

    " Not as great as his other books, but still a good read. The plot was building to be something fantastic, but fizzled in the end for some reason. He could've ended it in so many different ways that what he chose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen | 2/8/2014

    " This is one of those books that hooks you and keeps you reading till the end. Just enough mystery to make you wonder what is going to happen in the end. Sure the ending was a little contrived there at the very, very end, but in a perfect world wouldn't something like that be cool? Just once? Over all I had fun reading this and reccomend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Reintjes | 1/30/2014

    " Love Grisham's characters. Stories always wind up big then let down really slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kartini | 1/27/2014

    " My first Grisham novel, and it's gotten me hooked. Interesting peek into the world of street people and high-flying corporate lawyers, with a plot that moves along at a good pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Gentleman | 1/27/2014

    " Another great fron Grisham "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/24/2014

    " Not nearly as dramatic or large in scope as most Grisham novels, but still a solid story with believable characters. It's an interesting perspective on homelessness. Definitely makes you think and question the motivations for and results of middle and upper class economic policies... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 1/20/2014

    " Typical Grisham, but easy/fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth Laychak | 1/13/2014

    " I think one of the better Grisham books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Frandi | 1/2/2014

    " More like a 3 1/2. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless you are a fan of the author or genre. It wasn't bad it just wasn't special in any way. Missing that x factor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Praveen | 12/28/2013

    " Slightly different from his other books before this..had a social consciousness "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Davis | 12/14/2013

    " I haven't read many Grisham novels. This one hit pretty hard on the homeless and lack of legal support for them. Not much of a plot, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 12/6/2013

    " A quick read that made me think more about the homeless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 11/26/2013

    " This book contains one of the most accurate portraits of homelessness I have seen in pop culture. And I am not a Grisham fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shera | 11/9/2013

    " My second favorite Grisham book. It's a good look at homelessness in America, and a great legal story as well. The rest of the Grisham novels will have to just go un-reviewed and possibly un-listed for me haha! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurence O'Bryan | 8/12/2013

    " His best, in my view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mousab | 12/21/2012

    " very goog "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Demiurghi | 9/21/2012

    " Speravamo in qualcosa di meglio. La nostra opinione la trovate qui: RES PUBLICA: L'avvocato di strada "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hoffmansmm | 4/29/2012

    " Not Grishams best by far. Way to much liberal agenda. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Son'a El-Elah | 3/21/2012

    " I love it...it has a meaningful moral lesson thrown in for good measure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Russell Barger | 2/21/2012

    " After first 4 or 5 legal thrillers they just got to be too preachy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lilly-Anne | 1/7/2012

    " Good story but, a little preachy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich Shields | 10/9/2011

    " Shows the transformation of a lawyer who encounters homelessness on a personal level. And ultimately that changes a large firm of lawyers. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 10/7/2011

    " This was a good read, fairly fast paced and just the right detail "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maurene | 9/7/2011

    " Loved this book during the presidential election season........rich vs. poor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/22/2011

    " I find Grisham to be a captivating writer. He keeps me interested the whole time and I find his books easy to get through. This one was no exception to this rule. It entertained me and kept my need for a fluffy story placated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tylerthorson | 4/23/2011

    " Too preachy for me. "

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

    " decent plot involving homelessness, although there was a lot more about the lawyer's awakening to poverty than there was plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 4/16/2011

    " Love Grisham's characters. Stories always wind up big then let down really slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angeles | 4/15/2011

    " What I like the most about this book is that the characters are very, very credible. I enjoyed it a lot :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 4/9/2011

    " Questo è stato il primo libro di John Grisham che ho letto e mi è piaciuto tantissimo. l'intreccio incolla il culo alla poltrona, i fatti si spiegano davanti agli occhi in colori accesi.
    Anche se come è scrittore è bravo, il giovane avvocato super genio ha un po' stufato. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ayushi | 4/8/2011

    " More than a little boring. "

  • 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 Jean | 3/28/2011

    " i liked this book because it showed a social consience rather than just a crime drama. highlighted the plight of the homeless and the buearcracy that keeps theme there "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 3/17/2011

    " I loved this book. Another great John Grisham story. It really made me stop and think about the phlight of homeless people. I highly recommend this book.
    "

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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.