The Appeal

Version: Unabridged
Author: John Grisham
Narrator: Michael Beck
Genres: Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published In: January 2008
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

In his first legal thriller since 2005s "The Broker, New York Times" bestselling author Grisham returns to familiar ground. In most states in America, justice is for sale--and only the rich can afford it.

Reviews (16)

The Appeal

Written by Tom from Challis, ID on January 31st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I'm long time Grisham fan. I learned from this book regarding the "making of a supreme court judge". Given that the author does a lot of home work I'm assuming that the hypothetical process is credible. The book was long and I was willing to slog through the details hoping for one of the endings I was imagining. Not to be. I felt let down.

The Appeal

Written by Layne from Glendale, AZ on October 25th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good book THe ending leaves a lot to your imagination good ending for a sequel

The Appeal

Written by Carl H from Wildomar, CA on September 2nd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Wow! Good story that is well told until the ending - which could have been spectacular, but was a non-event instead of that. The book leaves you dissappointed in Grisham's wrap-up skills

the appeal

Written by paul on April 17th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another great book, excellent story, a little long, Still very good.

The Appeal

Written by RicJam47 on November 30th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read this book in the year 2011, with an impending Presidential election in the news; it was all the more resonant. It tells the story of how an election could be bought and the power of money on its outcome. It illustrates how special interest can influence voters and how spin can distort the issues further obscure electoral conclusions. It is fiction and what some may call Left leaning, but it does surely exemplify how a potent lobby can impose on the political process. A must read (or in this case listen) before or after the elections set to come.more

The Appeal

Written by Anonymous on September 7th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Typical Grisham. A great story however Grisham goes on and on at some points making you wish he would just get to the point. Diappointing ending but hey, that's life! Definitely worth a listen.

OK

Written by Anonymous on December 22nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

OK - good read - real life ending - not excited about recommending.

Waste of Time

Written by Kathy on December 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This was the last Grisham book I will endure. His early books were exciting, well written, and interesting. His last 5 years has produced self-indulgent, boring stories written with more words than the thoughts [being generous] required. It is like being forced to endure the wordiness of a Jane Austen Novel without the rewards of insight, humor, personality and meaning. If I had owned these disks, I would have snapped them in half to prevent any harm to an innocent reader looking for a good story. Grisham should think about writing cookbooks or travel books - which his last novel I read was at its best.

Disappointed

Written by Marianne from Fort Worth, TX on August 21st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I am a Grisham fan and was glad he took us back to the courtroom. Good story potential but it dragged along and had a disappointing end.

The Appeal

Written by ray-n-atlanta from Marietta, GA on March 4th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very well written. Worth anyones time to read. This is like the old Grisham.

Author Details

Author Details

Grisham, John

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career—and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jury award of $683,500—the biggest verdict of his career.

When he's not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.