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  • The Testament

  • A Novel
  • Written by: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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The Testament

Written by: John Grisham
Narrated by: Frank Muller
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Publisher's Summary

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, too fast, for too long. His second marriage in a shambles, and he is 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.

©1999 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)1999 Random House, Inc.; Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

What the critics say

"Grisham's smart use of the suspense novel to explore questions of being and faith puts him squarely in the footsteps of Dickens and Graham Greene." (Publishers Weekly)

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A well-crafted Grisham novel

Fascinating from beginning to end. The depth, complexity and variety of the characters was particularly engrossing.

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Very quick read!!!

I enjoyed the story line and plot. The first few chapters caught my attention and it never wavered.
I loved it!!!

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The subject of a sermon

This is amazing! Our local minister used this book as inspiration for his sermon on Easter Friday. Thank you John Grissom. Ross Traverse traversegardens@nf.aibn.com

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Great book

As usual a great book from this author, I would recommend this read to anyone. I especially enjoyed the spiritual aspects of the story.

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Classic John Grisham

Great story and great narration! Exactly what one is looking for from John Grisham. Another great reason to visit Brazil

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I loved it from A-Z

The narrator is incredible, the story is great and makes you do a little introspection that everybody should have to do at some point in their lives. I wish I would find another book as interesting and captivating as this one.

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A top 5 John Grisham

Thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to any adult. The spiritual aspects of the story were a joy and not something often found in popular fiction.

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Another exciting work of legal fiction

Story, characters and legal aspects were excellent. Whispering and breathless narration was annoying. Overall well worth reading and listening.

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A Stunner!

As a Christian this book moved me to tears and as I sit here with tears streaming down, I must say that the story was incredible, the characters, or most, were captivating and the ending will remain with me for a very long time. Thank you so much!

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Hard to get through this one …

I am big fan of Grisham novels but this one was slow to develop and not usual excitement in the story. Good ending… kept waiting for the good part

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