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In suburban Georgetown, a killer's Reeboks whisper on the floor of a posh home. In a seedy D.C. porno house, a patron is swiftly garrotted to death. The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief. To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it's political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder - a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds that there is only one person - an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak hotter than Watergate - she can trust to help her piece together the deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the White House's inner sanctums, a violent cover-up is being engineered. For someone has read Darby's brief - someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthinkable crime.

©1992 John Grisham (P)1992 Random House, LLC

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 03-03-2016

A Clever Yarn

Grisham needs no introduction nowdays. You know what you will get and he usually delivers. This is one of his earlier outings and, in my opinion, one of the more interesting plot lines. Darby Shaw is innocently drawn into a conspiracy to eliminate SCOTUS Justices. She's a law student having an affair with her burnt-out lecturer one day and on the run from hired gunmen the next. Then we have the makings of a cover-up in the Whitehouse and an intrepid reporter from the Washington Post who threatens to expose the lot. Good Grisham stuff. Not formulaic, but entertaining. Weekend reading rather than beach holiday pulp (not that there's anything wrong with the latter on beach holidays).
The reason I rate this plot line more than some others is that it in fact required Grisham to apply some of his practical legal knowledge. The legal investigative parts of the story are accurate and detailed; as they should be. Strangely, when he came to write the screenplay, I think he did an even better job. The exposure of the plot is a bit early in the book as compared to the screenplay, and the casting for the latter now dominates the psyche when listening (it's hard not to picture Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington). But that is what it it.
Adams does a good job of keeping the engine moving at high speed. I've no complaints on that score.

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  • Aye-Htun
  • 30-04-2015

Equivalent of Couldn't put it down..

What did you love best about The Pelican Brief?

Not sure why I like this book. I simply couldn't stop listening to it. Just have to know what is going to happen next, even though you know the plot from the movie...

Each character was accurately portrayed by the narrator. I often judge the audio books by the performance of the narrator. The voice. The emotional state of the character, etc.. I certainly rate Alexander Adams to be one of the best. Will be looking for more of his work.

My first Grisham's book. Although I find this book to be slightly above average story, I will five another one his novel a try. Having said that, still couldn't stop listening. It was very absorbing.

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  • Lorna
  • 01-04-2015

Loved this story.

I have read this book and seen the film and I was so relaxed listening to it I could picture Julia Roberts face throughout it. Mr Grisham can certainly write a Damn good book!

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  • Tommy
  • 05-03-2015

Brilliant

Gripping. Moved at a fast pace. Excellent characterisation.
Wholly believable. Would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good yarn.

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  • M. Mears
  • 29-09-2019

OK but Prefer the movie

This listen was OK but realised that the movie, which I have seen more than once, adhered very closely to the book so in this case, unusually I prefer the movie to the book.

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  • Colin Hoult
  • 22-03-2017

political thriller

enjoyed the story but the oritors voice was not as compelling as some others pity

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  • Chris Bird
  • 19-04-2020

Great. Easy listening.

Grisham at his best. It has that listen on factor. An interesting take on US politics.

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  • Calum I. MacLeod
  • 04-06-2019

Excellent Narration

The dialogue is superficial at times and the characters lack the depth of those in The Firm. The plot is not particularly believable, but it's fast paced and quite fun. The narration is very good and helps the time fly by. Overall I recommend this as light entertainment.

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  • A J PERCYbowman
  • 06-08-2018

Great story

A really good story, which I can listen o again, also a very good film

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  • P
  • 19-08-2016

Dragged on a bit

I think this never ending story could have been wrapped up much earlier. I sort of lost interest when the gunmen faded out of the story.

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  • R
  • 24-01-2015

Enjoyable easy listening

The story was a little far fetched with perhaps too many characters but well written and enthralling and enjoyable would recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-01-2019

Excellent performance

I have enjoyed The pelican brief for many years. Lorelei King is a exceptional narrator with a lovely and sexy voice (sorry I got carried away) and did a great job but I always preferred George Guidall's version. Both narrators are for me exceptional. I wasn't expecting much from Alexander Adams. In fact to be honest I was biased against him. His accents were great, he seemed to understand each character better and is capable of articulating the text in a more complex and human way. He is a very talented narrator and I look forward to hearing more of his work.

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