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The Pelican Brief | [John Grisham]

The Pelican Brief

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.
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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.

    5 of 5 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katy Baker 02-26-15
    Katy Baker 02-26-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    Robert 01-05-15
    Robert 01-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Roberts review"

    One of The early works of John G. Great suspense and none stop action. A must have for your library.

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    Mark Pendleton, OR, United States 01-21-13
    Mark Pendleton, OR, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Anthony Heald?

    Yes. I have listened to two additional books.
    However, this audio book failed to follow the actual book and I enjoy following the story in the book while listening to the audio.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

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    How could the performance have been better?

    Follow the actual book!


    What character would you cut from The Pelican Brief?

    Barely finished chapter one because of the lack of audio following the actual book!


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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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    Sylvia El Paso, TX, United States 11-18-11
    Sylvia El Paso, TX, United States 11-18-11 Member Since 2012
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    "The Pelican Brief....really?"

    This was an horrible read, it did not really follow the movie or the book. Was this the abridged version of the book, or did the narrator just put in his own material...horrible listen.

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    Andrea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-28-10
    Andrea Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-28-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good for an abridged version"

    The narrator is great, the plot suspenseful and the book is a bit different from the movie. Although you lose the translation with an abridged novel in terms of character development and subplots, I thought they did a really good job with this one.

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