The Appeal

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by Michael Beck
  • 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Politics has always been a dirty game. Now justice is, too.
In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town’s water supply, causing the worst 'cancer cluster' in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.
Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided?
The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice. Their Supreme Court justice.
The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue, a story that will leave listeners unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.


What the Critics Say

"What he does so well is to people his plots with clearly defined characters... He makes it riveting." (Mirror)


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Customer Reviews

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Probably The Best Grisham Ever !

I rarely write reviews as my opinions are not that useful ( my wife says ) but on this occasion and for this book , I felt I should .

Grisham is a wonderful storyteller and his usage of allegory within the prose , is seemingly a prophetic nod to current day events in Flint, Michigan .

The narrator is one of those wonderful speakers who manages to change his voice pattern, cadence and tone to match the mood of each individual character . Simply sublime .

I loved this book. I made excuses to drive to the shops just to keep listening . It has a strong political message and yet Grisham manages to avoid sounding preachy .

Please listen to it. You WILL love it...
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- Chris


Thought provoking and disturbing to see how legitimate democracy can be corrupted. Thought provokingly brilliant.
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- Chris Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-12-2014
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton