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  • The Broker

  • A Novel
  • Written by: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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The Broker

Written by: John Grisham
Narrated by: Michael Beck
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Publisher's Summary

In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive—there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him?

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What the critics say

"Most and best of all, it’s Grisham living up to his reputation as a great storyteller.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A fast-paced, fun read with echoes of something deeper. The author’s command of pop fiction delivers crisp, sharp prose.”—The Boston Globe

“[Grisham] is exceptionally good at what he does. . . . Indeed, right now in this country, nobody does it better.”—The Washington Post

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average at best

not the best Grisham novel I have listened to and I have listened or read most. just ok.

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  • 2020-12-28

Very enjoyable

I enjoyed the story, good details but not over the top, kept me entertained and enthralled at times. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator, he was great!

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  • 2023-10-04

Most Enjoyable Grisham Yet

Enough twists and turns to keep you interested. A beautiful language, Italian is! The narration in this is second to none! Probably my favourite!

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Excellent story

Love all of John Grisham’s books, but this one was exceptional. Michael Beck’s narration kept me enthralled!

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  • 2023-08-13

Adventure taking you to Bologna

Nice story, a bit too long, I was expecting more twists and less of Italian espresso and food.

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My Favorite Grisham Yet

I loved this book so much that I didn't want it to end! Great narrator, awesome thriller and I loved the Italian setting with all its subtle historical titbits.
Awesome!

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Loved it.

Really lived along and traveled with the main character. I won't give any spoilers..
It was also well read!

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enjoy it.. could have been based on truth lol.

and was worth my time... now I make time to listen every time I go out for my walks with my 4 legs friend

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