The Broker

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by Michael Beck
  • 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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?

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What the Critics Say

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

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Customer Reviews

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Superb story

Where does The Broker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the most compelling audiobooks I have listened to. The story really pulled me in and I couldn't wait to listen again. I have a few John Grisham audiobooks and have enjoyed them all but I think The Broker has been the most gripping


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Broker?

I think one of the most memorable moments for me is when the net starts to close around Joel towards the end of the book. I won't say anymore because I do not want to spoil the story for others


Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favourite?

Joel. All Michael Becks characterisations are very good. He narrates the stories beautifully


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

Did make me laugh a few times. Grisham has a dry wit


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- morril

More like an Italian travel guide

I normally like Grisham and this narrator but not with this story. Found it tedious and the narrator struggled with the Italian accent a sort of carricature which added humour when not intended. Ending was enjoyable if only because I could start another book
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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-10-2014
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton