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The Broker

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Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Michael Beck

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2005

Duration: 11 hours 12 minutes


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?


  • Walter Hamilton

    Enjoyed listening at work and at the gym. The character change by the narrator drew me in more and more.

  • jon robison

    Read the book. Enjoyed listening to it just as much.

  • Anonymous

    Great book. Really enjoyed it. hated the time that I was away from it. Makes hours of riding around a lot more bearable.

  • FMR

    OK book, below par for Grisham, often found myself distracted by other things. As others have said, too much descrptive of Italy, not enough action/suspense. Then it seemed to wrap up very quickly--like the author decided enough, the end. If you absolutely need a Grisham fix, listen to it. Otherwise, spend your time on something more riviting.

  • Anonymous

    This is more an Italian travelogue and Italian-English dictionary than a typical Grisham spy novel. Unless you're traveling to Bologna anytime soon, it's very disappointing - should come with a warning not to listen to it while driving - may cause drowsiness.

  • Anonymous

    Not a fan of this book. Long and drawn out tale about nothing.

  • Kim

    Too much Italy. Not enough story. Thought I was reading Frommers, Italy until 3/4 of the way throught the book.

  • susan

    Love Grisham so The Broker was not a disappointment at all. As usual you get pulled into the intrigue and mystery. One of those where you drive around and around the block to find a good stopping point. I am not fond of this reader. He has read a number of Grisham books.

  • Anonymous

    too long; way too much time spent on details completely unrelated to the core plot. i could have skipped from maybe the 2nd CD to the last, and missed very little action.

  • Joshua Jackson

    I have listened to a handful of Grisham books now and the Broker was one of the weakest. It felt more like an English to Italian language book than a thriller. I love Italy and the depth with which it was explored, but even I found myself bored at times. Plus I felt that I had heard this book in a similar form already. Playing for Pizza is another Grisham book that has an American dropped into the culture of Nothern Italy. Pizza is a much more entertaining listen, and I would suggest that over The Broker.


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