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The Pelican Brief Audiobook

The Pelican Brief

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Late one October night, Justice Abe Rosenberg, at 91 the Supreme Court's liberal legend, is shot to death in his Georgetown home. Two hours later Glenn Jensen, the Court's youngest and most conservative justice, is strangled. The country is stunned; the FBI has no clues. But Darby Shaw, a brilliant law student at Tulane, thinks she has the answer. Days of digging through the law library's computers have led her to draft a brief speculating on an obscure connection between the 2 justices - and a most unlikely suspect. Her suspect has powerful friends: one evening, outside a New Orleans restaurant, Darby narrowly escapes an assassin's car bomb. Someone has read her brief - someone who wants her dead. Alone and frightened, Darby disappears into the anonymous shadows of the French Quarter, where she contacts investigative reporter Gray Grantham and convinces him that Washington's position on the killings amounts to the biggest cover-up since Watergate. Together they go underground, on the run, trying to stay alive long enough to expose the real truth contained in the Pelican Brief.

©1992 John Grisham; (P)1992 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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    miyaker 10-20-03
    miyaker 10-20-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Poorly Abridged"

    After listening to Grisham's unabridged titles on Audible, this one is a little disappointing. The book is comparatively hard to follow, with characters easily confused or not developed - presumably due to the abridged nature of the text. I'd recommend this only for Grisham fans who've run through everything else.
    Capably narrated, though by a different narrator than any of the other Grisham books.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Kloss Stanton, CA 05-18-03
    Bill Kloss Stanton, CA 05-18-03 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating and riviting!!!"

    An excellent yarn. Better than the movie, and the reason I purchased the audio book was because of the movie. Its the type of story that leaves you wishing that it hadn't come to the end yet. I'm a Science Fiction, Tolkien, Mystery and Classic addict. This is one story that will have me returning to hear it again, whereas, most Science Fiction listining is enough to hear once.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Blake Fisher Humboldt, IA USA 11-18-15
    Blake Fisher Humboldt, IA USA 11-18-15
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    "One of my favorite movies; book is similar"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pelican Brief to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darby as she was the main character and the brains.


    What didn’t you like about Anthony Heald’s performance?

    Anthony did OK, but I do not like the playing of music while he is talking or at any point in the book. I find it very annoying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Anger whenever they played music while the narrator was talking. It was even worse in the audio book The Client


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    harsh critic 05-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent read"

    My favorite Grisham. Still in love after around 20 years. The slight accents and voice changes and scene-setting music were great adds. (Anyone else catch the House of Cards sounding chapter intro in there??!) Just wished it was a touch better quality, but hey, not much to complain about. Give it a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    duane weldon 05-05-16
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    "Awesome and Interesting"

    I enjoyed the reading. The narrarator was very enthusiastic and creative in his reading of the Pelican Brief. He read fast, which I enjoy and put an accent on each individual to distinguish dialogue

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Cragun 03-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story! Poor narrative."

    The narrator wasn't that great and sound effects were odd. I would really like to see this one get an update at some point.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Colorado Springs, CO 05-21-12
    Amazon Customer Colorado Springs, CO 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Still holds up"

    There are a few places that seem "dated", but nothing to distracting. The story is solid and very entertaining. Grisham does an excellent job of ramping up the tension throughout. If I had to be critical I would say that this isn't Grisham's best character development. Darby and Gray seem a little flat and could be fleshed out some.

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    Beth Alison Maloney Boston 08-13-16
    Beth Alison Maloney Boston 08-13-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Grisham at his best"

    In my opinion, this is still one of Grisham's best books ever. And the narrator does a terrific job.

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    BR Madame 07-06-15
    BR Madame 07-06-15

    Due to brain injury I need to listen to books.I can read but written words don't make sense.Also some audio books don't either.Tks for credt

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    "Needs South Dialect"

    A Southern narrator would have put more of a realistic mood to it. Too bland.

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    Katy Baker 02-26-15
    Katy Baker 02-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining"

    Though I felt like this book was a bit predictable it was exciting to listen to. The characters were vividly portrayed. The narrator performed different voices for all characters which I enjoyed!

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