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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (54,759 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Henry Leyva Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 1999 ISBN: 9780553753707
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Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His heirs, to no one’s surprise—especially Troy’s—are circling like vultures.

Nate O’Riley is a high-octane Washington litigator who’s lived too hard and too fast for too long. His second marriage in a shambles, and he’s emerging from his fourth stay in rehab armed with little more than his fragile sobriety, good intentions, and resilient sense of humor. Returning to the real world is always difficult, but this time it’s going to be murder.

Rachel Lane is a young woman who chose to give her life to God, who walked away from the modern world with all its strivings and trappings and encumbrances, and went to live and work with a primitive tribe of Indians in the deepest jungles of Brazil.

In a story that mixes legal suspense with a remarkable adventure, their lives are forever altered by the startling secret of The Testament.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entertaining.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • An entertaining page-turner...his best novel in years. USA Today
  • A compulsory page-turner. Newsweek
  • Entertaining. The New York Times Book Review
  • Absorbing...the pages fly by. Chicago Tribune
  • “An irresistible premise that Grisham, as usual, brings to life with engagingly crooked characters and juicy legal twists.”

    People

  • “Full of drama and fast-paced adventure. You can’t put it down.”

    Forbes

  • “John Grisham’s best novel in years.”

    USA Today

  • “Absorbing…The pages fly by.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A compulsory page-turner…Grisham can spin an adventure yarn every bit as well as he can craft a legal thriller.”

    Newsweek

  • “Grisham offers his readers a special gift—a compelling journey into a world of primitive wisdom, indescribable beauty, and the most treacherous of dangers—some of which can be found deep within ourselves.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • The Testament is classic Grisham: a down-and-out lawyer, a lot of money, an action-packed pursuit, and the highest issues at stake. It’s not just about great characters; it’s about the question of what character is.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Sincere, exciting, and tinged with wonder.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • The Testament is a quick read, a wild ride, and surprisingly affecting. Its unexpected conclusion leaves the reader reflective.”

    Books & Culture

  • 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 Wesley | 1/30/2014

    " This book is highly misinterpreted. The beginning sets the entire book.It's also not what the entire book is, there is a lot of adventure in this book, you wouldn't think it but there is and it's my second favorite Grisham novel, The Street Lawyer being first. "

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

    " A cool book. Loved the protagonist. Loved the connections to Heart of Darkness (I wouldn't have thought of that, but it was on the back cover in big bold letters). Made me consider how much emphasis money has in my life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christa | 1/12/2014

    " This book wasn't great even by Grisham standards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lolliepop | 12/26/2013

    " hah~i would like to give it 5 stars, but the death of Rachel change my mind!!*lol* sorry, but i cant stand ending like that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Duffy | 12/24/2013

    " The first John Grisham novel that I ever read, and it paints his writing style pretty clear. Though underneath most of his books is always the inevitable "court room law" type angle, Grisham writes very real characters. Fragile, and very human, some you don't like, some you love, and some you seriously loathe. A book that I would reserve for a long flight, or drive, or maybe when you've nothing else to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 12/22/2013

    " What an accurate account of modern day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 12/7/2013

    " This is the first John Grisham book I've ever read. I was never really compelled to read anything by this author but a co-worker of mine raved about this story and recommended it to me years ago. She wasn't wrong; it's a very absorbing read with a surprise twist at the end. This is one of Grishams very early works and it was great, truly entertaining reading, but I doubt that I'll read another by him. The same person who recommended this to me, has also just finished his latest, The Appeal, and said it was probably one of the worst books she's ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Anderson | 12/5/2013

    " This is one of my favorite John Grisham books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/2/2013

    " Just a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 11/30/2013

    " This was not only a great story but also a message of greed and redemption. I LOVED it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 11/18/2013

    " My absolute favorite Grisham book to date "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Mock | 11/9/2013

    " A solid novel of faith, family, and recovery from Grisham! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Relicmaker | 10/22/2013

    " this story of a lawyers quest to find a lost heir and the ways it changes his life showed me how people can make drastic changes anytime. it is interesting how life choices do and can affect others for the better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/22/2013

    " Listened while driving to San Antonio. Great story with an ending different than I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/2/2013

    " I haven't read Grisham's lawyer novels recently because they have seemed to all follow the same formula. But this novel about a missionary who inherits 11 billion dollars that she doesn't want was intriging. I'm glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 11/15/2012

    " John Grisham books are always a good read and this one was no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 11/5/2012

    " Enjoyed the ironic sense of humor. A good twist in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Howard Weaver | 8/6/2012

    " Some interesting twists and turns, bit slow in places and then finishes quickly in the last couple of chapters. To neatly wrapped up at the end "

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

    " THis is my second Grisham book and I liked it better than the first. It was very easy to get into. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 4/24/2012

    " Classic Grisham - good story, well written and doesn't try to be something it isn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Anderson | 3/27/2012

    " Predicatable easy read. Not as good as some others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louann | 12/20/2011

    " Always good. This one had a great spiritual facet to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 12/5/2011

    " Ny favorite Grisham by far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smartiyan | 10/26/2011

    " My favorite Grisham novel, and I've read quite a few. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kamisamanou | 9/25/2011

    " This was a great read. Despite its secular ground, it shows that if you can't manage receiving a little, you may never receive a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Campbell | 8/24/2011

    " Has been awhile since I read this but what really stood out for me was the glimpse into South America which has fostered for me a desire to travel someday to this region. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 7/4/2011

    " I wouldn't have thought that a novel about a legal battle over a billonaire's estate could be so entertaining. It is funny while making a sad commentary on the legal system and greed and depravity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 5/20/2011

    " Except for dragging in a couple places, I really enjoyed this John Grisham book. It had religion and geography lessons about Brazil--two things I wasn't expecting! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 5/13/2011

    " I consider Grisham novels as T.V. without the picture or commercials. This was predictable. A good book to read at work during lunch when I need a break from Education. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 5/13/2011

    " This book solidified my appreciation of Grisham. And its the first one I've read. It was so suspenseful!! I thought at first oh no how will I finish this why is it so long, but nope it was just right and it was great! I am now very excited to read his other books. Must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 5/13/2011

    " Another good read about a will and manipulation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/27/2011

    " Just a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 4/19/2011

    " I like Grisham, ok?! Maybe he will never be a "classic author," but that doesn't stop folks from making him filthy rich by buying his books. This book is one of his better ones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawna | 4/18/2011

    " Meh. The only story line that was interesting to me was the awful children who think they're going to inherit a billion dollars and don't. The rest was slow moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 4/11/2011

    " Easily the best John Grisham novel I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 3/31/2011

    " Entertaining, good, easy read. It is being made into a movie. "

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

    " Awesome intro. Then it splits into two parts, but brings it all back together. I wasn't sure where it was all going, but it turned out to be a great story. "

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