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The Broker Audiobook

The Broker

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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?

©2004 John Grisham (P)2005 Random House, LLC

What the Critics Say

"A killer combination of sheer story-telling nous and no-nonsense prose" (Independent)

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  • Robin
    8/24/16
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    "Amazing !!"

    I loved listening to this book because it was gripping from the first page and I don't say that lightly.
    So many twists and turns making it very hard to predict!.
    If you're trying into espionage pulse raising drama then this is definitely for you!
    An easy 5 stars!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    6/17/16
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    "Not the usual legal thriller, but..."

    ...it is the same high standard you'd expect from Grisham!!

    Think witness protection, with plot & intrigue, rather than courtroom battle and race against the clock.

    I really enjoyed it, well crafted & read, and would highly recommend it!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harri
    5/18/16
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    "outstanding"

    Grisham at his very, very best. thrilling intrigue, Political game playing, espionage, gripping characters. felt like I really got to know the main characters. audiobook reading first class.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J.Oldcorn
    1/29/16
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    "The broker"

    A great story. Now I want to visit Bologna. I wish I had studied ITalian.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    Stirling, Australia
    2/15/15
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    "Good, solid Grisham read"
    Any additional comments?

    If you read Grisham, you know what you are getting. This delivers. Grabs your attention, delivers a good story.Not rocket science, but that's not what I was looking for!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vicks1963
    9/9/17
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    "What a good read!"

    loved this book...didn't want to put it down.I thought the naration was great and really allowed me to walk along side the characters.
    I didn't expect it to end when it did though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. E. Barr
    Norfolk England
    9/3/17
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    "Excellent storyline - rather prophetic"
    What did you like most about The Broker?

    This is now the 3rd Grisham novel I have listened to on Audible. I have come back to him after many years (I voraciously read all his early novels - then moved on). I had forgotten what a good writer he is, and how skilled he is at keeping you on the edge of your chair. His books also have added value - always a bit of education thrown in. With this one we learn a huge amount of Italian and grow (with Grisham) to love Bologna in Italy. Even though the book was written some years ago it has an uncanny immediacy about it as the plot revolves around a President pardoning a criminal. Now where have I heard that before?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. H. Watson
    8/13/17
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    "vintage Grisham"

    Kept me listening for large stretches of time. As usual thoroughly researched although prices in Italy seemed rather steep. Very good narration, enjoyed the accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • morril
    2/2/17
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    "Superb story"
    Where does The Broker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most compelling audiobooks I have listened to. The story really pulled me in and I couldn't wait to listen again. I have a few John Grisham audiobooks and have enjoyed them all but I think The Broker has been the most gripping


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Broker?

    I think one of the most memorable moments for me is when the net starts to close around Joel towards the end of the book. I won't say anymore because I do not want to spoil the story for others


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favourite?

    Joel. All Michael Becks characterisations are very good. He narrates the stories beautifully


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

    Did make me laugh a few times. Grisham has a dry wit


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    12/1/16
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    "More like an Italian travel guide
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    I normally like Grisham and this narrator but not with this story. Found it tedious and the narrator struggled with the Italian accent a sort of carricature which added humour when not intended. Ending was enjoyable if only because I could start another book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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