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The Partner

Narrated by: Frank Muller
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in Brazil; a simple life in a modest home, certainly not one of luxury. Certainly no evidence of the fortune they thought he had stolen. He was much thinner and his face had been altered. He spoke a different language, and spoke it very well. But Danilo had a past with many chapters. Four years earlier he had been Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a prominent Biloxi law firm. He had a pretty wife, a new daughter, and a bright future. Then one cold winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car and died a horrible death. When he was buried his casket held nothing more than his ashes. From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account. And Patrick fled some more. But they found him.

©1997 John Grisham (P)1997 Random House, LLC

Critic Reviews

"All the ingredients of suspense, drama and meticulous attention to detail that have made Grisham's novels bestsellers... A terrific read" ( Sunday Mirror)
"A narrative triumph and a stylish joy, this novel has me gasping for more" ( Daily Telegraph)
"One terrific book–smart, fast, stingingly satiric, and almost criminally entertaining" ( Entertainment Weekly)

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Dream sequence

Love the narrator’s nuances and how he kept himself so involved with the journey. Grisham has allowed this novel to be such a smooth journey for Patrick. Too neat and tidy in so many respects although for that reason I was always waiting for the axe to fall. Eva’s potential to keep the money and disappear was kept from being a forgone conclusion for me because of the way everything went so smoothly. Congratulations Grisham you’ve done it again 👍🏻

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Dissapointed in the ending. <br />

Certainly not a book I would recommend or read again. The story line good but lost its way.

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John Grisham at his Best to Date

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Certainly it is an enthralling tale. Some bough down in legalities, not this one. I have been concerned that we are about to be hit with more and more courtroom drama, well some is there, but only as an integral part. There is a fabric of undisclosed tale which takes it's grand time in letting you know just what is ahead. Simply. you cannot take this book for granted.

What other book might you compare The Partner to, and why?

No I don't see a copy here, maybe after awhile I might, but not now as I have only just finished the story, it will continue to roll over me for yet a long while. Its a grand taste lingering on the tongue like a good sauce of a Christmas pudding.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Not so much scenes as interludes, the up close conversations were masterful, the first presiding judge in private discussion is presented indeed as a judge with sharp, careful, deep delving, mind. He was one not to miss anything, he did it with style. The lady of the book just grabs one, especially as she is never fully described, like Mona Lisa, she leaves you wondering, yes what ....?

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh yes the laughs are there, no cries even with the finale. This is not a Wodehouse volume, no it gave my grey matter a stir to weigh up, to try to penetrate beyond the next little while, to hold things for a moment or two and try to take in just what you think maybe happening here.

Any additional comments?

Yes as a audio book you don't have the eye strain, especially if like me you may "read" during the long night hours. But add to this lazy pleasure, the skill of the narrator, they can easily make or break the tale. The inflection or tone on a throw away phrase or word so often makes a mighty impact that so often builds the fiber of the tome. I love a good voice.

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Crap ending

Ever listened to The Hunchback of Notre Dame? Great characterisation and plot , long story with super bad ending. Ok Grisham is not Hugo, but this book shares the same problem. I would have preferred a Disney ending. I feel I wasted my time. Won't bother reading another Grisham now. I'm sure he won't mind.

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  • Cheryl
  • 14-05-2015

The Partner

As usual John Grisham delivers hours of enjoyment. I really liked the way he allows the detail of the story to be rolled out slowly. I was able to see in my mind the various places and happenings in my mind as I listened and I adored the accents used by the narrator. Loved it.

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  • jo johnston
  • 05-10-2015

Book ruined by an over dramatic narrator

It was hard to like this book with such and over dramatic narrator. It is a book filled with suspense, but it is over done to the point of distraction.

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  • Jeyda Heselton
  • 15-09-2015

Gripping story, poor performance

Loved John Grisham's work as usual but the narrator spoke like a Hollywood film trailer throughout.

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  • Mrs W A Conn
  • 24-10-2016

John Grisham does it again

Brilliant plot, suspense and what an ending. Good narration. True Grisham style with excellent crafting of tale. Highly recommend it.

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  • Lindy SH
  • 11-07-2016

Corruption with a twist

Very clever plot
Twists and turns throughout the story to keep the reader interested
Introduces corruption by legal professions
Espionage, romance, friendship and loss, interesting read.

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  • Steve S.
  • 02-12-2015

Easy listening and gripping story

From start to finish the book roles along with a slow, methodical pace. It's an easy listen without too many surprises. I loved the dulcet tones of the narrator which in many ways made the listening experience more enjoyable. If you love Grisham novels, this will not disappoint you, if you are new to the author, it's certainly one of his easier read/slistens

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  • Angus
  • 14-09-2019

Captivating

Captivating.

I listened to this book twice it is a great "read" I greatly recommend it for book clubs.

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  • Rich N.
  • 26-08-2019

Another great piece from Grisham

As ever, the master of the legal thriller puts together a twisting tale of brilliance and swerves. Recommended for any Grisham fans

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  • Andrea Edan
  • 21-05-2019

A page turner though a rather unlikely story

As usual John Grisham tells a good story and the narration is very good. Most details add up and made sense until the twist at the end which, to me, seemed totally bonkers. For anyone who likes legal thrillers, this is an enjoyable ride with all the usual ingredients of brilliant legal minds and corruption in high places. You almost like and want to support the protagonist but somewhere in the story, seems he may have gone too far.. No more spoilers. Just read it and make your own mind up.

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  • mick f
  • 13-11-2018

Love this book.

I read this when it was first published. I read it again years later. I'm glad I listened to it. Adds a new dimension to the characters. Thoroughly enjoyable even though I knew what was coming.

Would love to see a sequel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-2018

Awful narrator

I’ve no idea whether this is a great book or not as the narrator was so for curling in his over dramatic delivery I gave up! Awful awful awful!