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The Broker

Narrated by: Michael Beck
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
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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

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

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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!

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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!!

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The broker

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

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Good, solid Grisham read

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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!

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worth listening to

good characters, well told. Lots to keep you interested. good stuff, I am now filling up the review as it requires more words

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Reasonable read

I enjoy most of this book but was very disappointed in the ending. This was further added to by the authors notes.

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Cat and mouse with incompetent cats and very bland mouse

No way is this up to the usual Grisham standard. There’s no espionage just a very long winded cat and mouse (but with no excitement) story with an unlikeabke mouse chased by a few incompetent (aren’t they always) cats. Nothing much happens and the end is lukewarm. I’d give it a miss unless on special offer.

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Another great Grisham

Once again John Grisham writes a great story. Never get tired of his books !!

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Weak

Weakest of his novels yet. I only finished because the performance was great and kept me going.

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  • 06-10-19

I loved the book.

been searching for a sequel.would love suggestions for a similar book. Great job John Grisham and to the outstanding narrator