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Author: John Grisham Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1998 ISBN: 9781415920848
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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 D.C. 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: from 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.... Download and start listening now!

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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

  • Compelling...if there's any justice, The Street Lawyer will be his biggest hit yet. Entertainment Weekly
  • An entertaining read with an important theme. Chicago Sun-Times
  • The plot surges forward, pulling us along as we turn those pages a mile a minute. San Francisco Chronicle
  • A Main Selection of the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/18/2017

    " A little slow at first but it is really good after that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirk | 2/13/2014

    " The book, The Street Lawyer, is about a man named Michael Brock who has changed from a lawyer close to partnership to a street lawyer helping the homeless. Michael found a file that can take down his old firm, Drake and Sweeney. The file contains information on the lives taken because of Drake and Sweeney. The firm would do anything to get it back. But Michael wouldn't return it, and instead will risk his life to jail to sue them. "

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

    " 3 times in a row... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deana | 2/3/2014

    " my first john grisham novel and i absolutely loved it!!! totally addicted!!! "

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

    " I liked the idea but the overall story was a little unrealistic. Not to mention that Michael was supposed to be thinking about the homeless but could only manage to keep telling us how great his triumph over corruption was. I think Grisham should not write from a First person perspective because of the lack of details that are present when he does so. He is much better when you see what the other characters are thinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 2/1/2014

    " I am listening to this in the car and I can hardly wait to get back in to hear the next installment. Very intriguing. Listening to the change of heart that the young up and coming lawyer is going through is very touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/31/2014

    " it was an ok book "

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

    " the popular does not always guarantee satisfaction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/12/2014

    " Couldn't put this book down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 12/16/2013

    " Amazing. Really opened my eyes to an entirely different world among my own. I couldn't wait for my next chance to get out and help those less fortunate. Changed me forever. Unforgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaitlin | 12/14/2013

    " Took me a little longer to get into this one but it ended just as great as the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gracie | 12/11/2013

    " in italian "L'avvocato di strada" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 12/5/2013

    " solid Grisham work, with a minimum of courtroom drama. Good insight into what "street lawyers" do...and depressing to read about the homeless and their sad existence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurence | 11/22/2013

    " His best, in my view. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eliza | 4/29/2013

    " This book is based on a legal fallacy- it was stupid and predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 4/15/2013

    " I enjoyed this book probably more than his others because I knew one of the Street Lawyers that he used as a reference. He is a graduate of Lowville Academy. Just thought it was cool to actually know someones experiences being written by such a well known Author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacquelyne | 3/3/2013

    " Decent. Some powerful scenes early on, but there were a few too many preachy moments for my taste. There were points where the author lost the thread of the story for a moment trying to push his agenda. I think it could have been much stronger if he'd let the story do the talking instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 10/20/2012

    " I wasn't all that crazy about this one but all his books are better than average. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ayushi | 7/12/2012

    " More than a little boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nichole | 6/8/2012

    " Couldn't even finish this one..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/22/2012

    " With the exception of A Time to Kill, if you have read one John Grisham book you have read them all. Once again a low man on the totem pole uncovers shocking evidence that will cripple the high powered firm and he must give up his life of luxury and take the moral high ground. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Franco | 4/24/2012

    " Great story, and it means something coming from me. I'm usually far too critical of legal drama to enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alphamale73 | 3/23/2012

    " My very first Grisham read. Very well written. A captivating book that reads quickly. I liked this alot. Very compassionate story about the plights of the homeless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Khalid | 2/19/2012

    " While I still enjoyed this book, I don't think it's the best of Grisham's books. Maybe it's simply the fact that I read so many of them recently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/11/2011

    " Love a book that makes me think! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/20/2011

    " As I was reading this book, I had a strong sense of de ja vu, I'm pretty sure I already read it. However, the story was good so I continued on. "

  • 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.
    "

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of more than thirty-five novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and seven novels for young readers. Thirty-three of his crime thrillers have made the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list

About the Narrator

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie 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. He has also won twenty-three Earphones Awards.