Get Your Free Audiobook

Non-member price: $39.02

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

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

Critic Reviews

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

What listeners say about The Broker

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    63
  • 4 Stars
    28
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    61
  • 4 Stars
    26
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    58
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    3

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent and easy listening

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

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.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The Broker

There has to be a follow up book to The Broker. As always, excellent story and production..

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant the broker

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

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • 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

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Harri
  • 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.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for robbi
  • robbi
  • 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!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Clare
  • 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!!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for J.Oldcorn
  • J.Oldcorn
  • 29-01-2016

The broker

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for kate
  • 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!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for scandog85
  • scandog85
  • 02-08-2021

Takes way too long to get going

I really like Grisham but this one took way too long to get going. No real action or intrigue created until the last quarter of the book.

This book was narrated well but the overall story was very slow paced and I struggled to finish it.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Chester Potts
  • Chester Potts
  • 17-05-2021

Learn to speak Italian

Take one learn to speak Italian book, insert pages from a very weak/thin novel, add a few pages from a tourist book and the end result is The Broker. The story is very weak and not a great deal happens to be fair. If all the detail about food/streets/learning the language is removed it would be very short. Not his best.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sam White
  • Sam White
  • 22-04-2021

Espresso connosoir

My fav.
story line and narrator both really appealing and entiscing.
Any fan of coffee will enjoy the story line. 😉

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sheola
  • Sheola
  • 21-04-2021

Good storyline.

I think good but Audible won't let me listen until I have done a review

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-2020

Grisham does it again!

Ended much too quickly. An absolutely cracking read. The pace is breathtaking! Bring on the next...

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.