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3.00003652234254 out of 53.00003652234254 out of 53.00003652234254 out of 53.00003652234254 out of 53.00003652234254 out of 5 3.00 (54,761 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: January 1999 ISBN: 9781415920664
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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

  • 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
  • “Entertaining.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An irresistible premise that Grisham, as usual, brings to life with engagingly crooked characters and juicy legal twists.”

    People

  • “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

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

    People

  • “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 Mike | 9/15/2017

    " A very complex novel, full of surprises. It is more of an adventure than the typical lawyer-ish Grisham-esque tale it seems at the outset. The characters were very well developed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 9/15/2017

    " A very compelling and engaging story, more of an adventure than the more typical lawyer-ish tales that we are used to from Grisham. There is a strong redemption theme as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 michellev | 8/12/2016

    " Great story. However, the narrator sounds like Mr. Burns from The Simpsons. That took a lot away from the story, as all I could see was a mean, old, bald man. Five stars for the storyline. Two stars for the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wildcats40 | 2/17/2014

    " Story of a rich man who kills himself and a recovering alcholic who goes to find a missionary to give her the inheritance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renée | 2/13/2014

    " There was something about this book that really touched me. Can't put my finger on it but unlike most of the characters of J. Grisham's work, I wanted this one to win & that's a stretch b/c I'm usually not the rainbows & satchels of gold, all is right in the world now, happy ending book lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 2/5/2014

    " I like a John Grisham book every now and then - just for fun. I enjoyed the storyline; Grisham has a knack for pulling the reader in immediately. "

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

    " A great story - i recommend it to everyone! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James | 2/1/2014

    " The seventh and final Grisham book I read. I hated it so much that I never picked up any of his books again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 2/1/2014

    " I stopped reading this one, not because I don't find it interesting but because we own one copy and Max is currently reading it for a class, so I need to wait until he's done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt S. | 1/29/2014

    " So far its pretty good, pretty suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Anderson | 1/27/2014

    " 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 Annette | 1/14/2014

    " Grisham's best!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/29/2013

    " Everyone knows I **heart** John Grisham! This one was a good one! Suspenseful, easy to follow... not totally predictable... loved it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jensa | 12/29/2013

    " I actually like the side story in this book a lot more than his other books. Grisham always mixes a struggling lawyer type with a difficult situation. Didn't want to put it down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krisandra | 12/1/2013

    " im proud i was able to finish the book...its boring at first but very educational and unpredictable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 11/19/2013

    " There is a great fascination about what will become of a billion dollars! Grisham adds to that a trek into mysterious jungle and swamp. Finally, a touch of faith adds a dimension to this story seldom seen in the secular fiction market. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 11/17/2013

    " There wasn't exactly as much law in this one. more adventure. love the begining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanyn | 9/23/2012

    " This book inspired me to join the Peace Corps. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mischelle | 8/27/2012

    " So-so story. I expected something more at that time. I still read John Grisham. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dalia | 7/15/2012

    " good book, not one of his best, but I can never put a John Grisham book down no matter what. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/13/2012

    " I listened to this as an unabridged audible book and really enjoyed the story. I enjoyed how the character experienced the positive effects of religion. I was very happy with the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/2/2012

    " This is one of my favorite Grisham books, and I like Grisham's writings a lot. The story has adventure, looks at greed and today's messed up culture, and explores the promises of God in a meaningful way. I had a hard time putting the book down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Khenan Bragador | 4/7/2012

    " Meh nothing too special. Enough to want to know more but nothing like some of his earlier ones i liked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/28/2011

    " Actually, this might be my favorite. I need to read it again. It's been awhile. The Firm and the Pelican brief are right up there too. And of course...so much better than the movies! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Howard Weaver | 11/17/2011

    " 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 Maureen | 11/11/2011

    " 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 Ray | 11/4/2011

    " I always like Grisham books, and this one is no different. Many of the Grisham novels show the legal profession in a negative light, this one not so much. The Testament is more about wills and last testaments, and if you remember its just a novel and not true history, it's an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan Mcbain | 9/23/2011

    " Was my first Grisham. Loved it. Others too similar in subject matter to keep me interested in reading all his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 8/20/2011

    " One of Grishams best books. I like it because while it does have suspense and much of the Lawyerish stuff, it really isn't about the law, it's about redemption after messing up one's life. It has less seediness that some of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vic | 6/25/2011

    " Great Adventure. Interesting concept. Ended well! I love positive endings! "

  • 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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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 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.