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Publisher's Summary

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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    3 out of 5 stars

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.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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If you know and love this book, don't get this version of the Audio!!

I love the Pelican Brief - have read it a few times and wanted to enjoy the audio while driving.

To be fair, I didn't notice it was abridged when I bought it. But why would anyone abridge the Pelican Brief? There are no boring parts or wasted pages in the original - all the abridgement does is take away from the essence of the book. As if it could get worse, it is very obvious where they randomly cut parts out.

The narrating is mediocre at best - punctuation appears to be optional, and at times he will suddenly start talking very fast and the voices used for different characters are inconsistent and annoying. There is music suddenly played during exciting parts of the story but this is not done well.

If you have never read the book and can get past the poor narration, no one can say this is not a great story in its essence. If you are a fan of the book, skip this one.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great story with annoying breaks<br />

I love this book. But the musical breaks kill momentum faster than thinking about Grandma during sex.

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Wow

What a great - suspense/ keep you In check the entire time-
Enjoyed every second of it.
Well done !!!!!!