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The Broker

Narrated by: Michael Beck
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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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

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

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Excellent and easy listening

loved it, easily to listen and quite entertaining without too much technical jargon the main character is easy to like.

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A Grisham Novel Showcasing Italy and It's Culture

Bought this audiobook after a quick read of the plot summary. It was worth it as Grisham crafts an espionage story with fleshed with characters you can imagine existing in reality, showcasing Italy (especially Bologna), its food and language.

Pacing is a bit irregular with the first half being slow to pick up, and a good few chapters almost dedicated in teaching Italian culture and language.

However, at no point was I bored. The story had its tense and emotional moments.

Overall, a good pick for the daily commute to work or flight somewhere.

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An amazing thriller!

absolutely loved this thriller. just story was excellent, description of the cities and setting the scene was well done and just enough to my liking. the narrator as usual did an amazing performance.

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Diversion

Glad to experience the creativity of John Grisham in this novel. It held my attention throughout. This is one I will keep in my library for another listen. Well done old boy!

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Brilliant the broker

Great story and characters loved it 👍 all the place names and descriptions flowed really well classically great Grisham

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Well read but a very uninspiring story

I have never written a review but this book prompted me to put a comment. Firstly it was very well narrated with the characters being well portrayed. However it was very disappointing that the story seemed to head along a path with very little intrigue or twists. Very predictable and the end seemed as though he had run out of ideas.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-2019

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

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  • Harri
  • 18-05-2016

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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  • Robin
  • 24-08-2016

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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  • Clare
  • 17-06-2016

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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  • J.Oldcorn
  • 29-01-2016

The broker

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

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  • kate
  • 15-02-2015

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!

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  • Dawn
  • 02-04-2019

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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  • Mrs Kate Evans
  • 18-10-2018

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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  • Sue
  • 10-08-2018

Another great Grisham

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

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  • Mr J.
  • 14-07-2018

Weak

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

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  • miss e m aguero
  • 30-06-2018

what a thriller

from the moment joel enters the story, this is such a gripping tale and you are routing for him every step if the way. mr grisham - you are a master storyteller, thank you!!!!!