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It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a job or a prayer - except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it. By the time Rudy gets to court, a heavyweight corporate defense team is there to meet him. And suddenly he's in over his head, plunged into a nightmare of lies and legal maneuverings. A case that started small is exploding into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skill, and outright violence - a fight that could cost one young lawyer his life, or turn him into the biggest rainmaker in the land.

©1995 John Grisham (P)1995 Random House, LLC

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  • M
  • 12-02-14

Favourite Grisham Book

I love this book. Lots of plots within plots with the prevailing story being the inexperienced lawyer facing the massive firm. A true Favid and Goliath story. I prefer Grishams early books and think this is his best. Very good legal drama well read by the narrator.

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  • Patsy Puttnam
  • 05-28-15

utterly brilliant couldn't stop listening

narrator and story were totally as one. I loved it every chapter
couldn't recommend it more highly. Another Great Grisham.

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  • Andrew
  • 01-13-15

Not bad

Good story. Weak ending. Three interwoven narratives. One of the weakest provides the conclusion.

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  • claire
  • 10-31-16

Brilliant

Absolutely love john Grisham. Read most of them twice. Totally recommend all of his books.

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  • K
  • 12-28-17

My favourite John Grisham book!

Brilliant narrator with great voices. Lovely story funny but also very sad. A must read.

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  • Artemis
  • 12-13-17

Showing its age

Efficiently and slickly written, but formulaic. The core section — the trial — was compelling and certainly gives insight into the trial/court process and the medical insurance industry. But the whole thing is torpedoed by the stick-on romance that limps on for too long at the end. Was I the only woman to be dismayed by the way in which Kelly was repeatedly described in terms of her looks? Not a single dynamic, capable woman to be seen. Seems very old-fashioned.

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  • oAjCo
  • 10-03-17

Pure Brilliance

An amazing encapsulating journey, loved every moment, incredible writing with exceptional detail. Exquisitely narrated and just sad that it had to end.....

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  • Anne
  • 01-23-17

One of his best.

I read and liked the book years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed this audio version. It's on my 'listen again' list.

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  • mgemelia
  • 01-16-17

Classic John Grisham

Loved this book from beginning to end you feel got the under dogs and even admire the ones on the wrong side of the law

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  • Alexander James Hawley (Hawley Reviews)
  • 01-07-17

Retro look into a Grisham classic - prophetic

What made the experience of listening to The Rainmaker the most enjoyable?

As an ex law student, the arc of the story seemed to have some personal elements. I understand the anguish of the character and very much enjoyed where this story ended up.

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

Difficult to answer without giving spoilers away. In a book with over 50 chapters it is impossible to give a fair answer.

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favourite?

The narration was well performed over a long book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Impossible to listen to in one session.

Any additional comments?

Thanks for the offer during January which only made this book a fiver. I've got 3 other Grisham's to read, including his most recent one.

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  • Maryann
  • 07-28-17

Best audio book I've listened to.

The story was great, well written and
the narrator nailed it +++.
Kept me spellbound through the whole story. Laughs, sadness and characters I was endeared to, others I loathed, brought about by a great author and phenomenal narrator.

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  • Haphazard72
  • 05-11-17

Great story

Love the story. Grisham is a brilliant writer however the recording for this one seemed to be quieter than others.

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  • Julie
  • 10-24-16

Captivating

Could not stop listening to this story. Has a few twists and turns to keep you engaged.

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  • Scott Agnew
  • 03-26-16

Excellent

Brilliant nearly called a sick day at work just to finnish it highly recommend for everyone.

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