I downloaded this book because it was Grisham. Then I read the reviews. Listening to the book, I was pleasantly surprised. It is nowhere near my favorite Grisham novel but it is not that bad. Anyone who thinks the premise is implausible should read "Charlie Wilson's War" to see how implausible the truth can actually be. I did have trouble integrating the character of the amoral, pre-prison Joel, the broker, with the vulnerable and sensitive after-prison Marco. But, for an interesting yarn that will not stimulate much after-reading introspection, this is okay.
If you want to listen to a simple story that slowly moves along without any worry of thrills or spills, then this is for you. In a way, its ok, if you are aware in advance. Its not a terrible book, its just a terrible Grisham legal thriller.
Very disappointing. The book needed to be 4x the length to balance out the intricate descriptions of life in Italy to the huge gaps left in character and plot development. I continued to hope through the story that some of the intriguing characters (Tin Man, Rudolph, the Saudi, Neil, etc., etc.) will somehow reappear to take meaning in the overall book but they never do, remaining only apparitions in a plodding tale with the most hollow and anticlimactic denouement I have ever experienced from such a popular writer. The story telling was horid and left a bad taste in my moth. I wont even start on the preposterous plot.
I truely enjoy Mr. Grishom's works. I own all of his titles in hard cover/paperback. Except for this latest title. I do not regret purchasing 'The Broker' but I will not be adding the hard cover/paper back to my library.
This is one of the dullest books I have tried to listen to. Don't buy I would return it if I could. However if you want to learn Italian this is the book for you.