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The Broker (BBC Audiobooks) Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445875780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445875781
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 13.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,722,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Most and best of all, it's Grisham living up to his reputation as a great storyteller."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"A fast-paced, fun read with echoes of something deeper. The author's command of pop fiction delivers crisp, sharp prose."--"The""Boston Globe"
"[Grisham] is exceptionally good at what he does. . . . Indeed, right now in this country, nobody does it better."--"The Washington Post"
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"Where Grisham leads, millions of readers follow."--New York" Daily News"

"From the Paperback edition."

Most and best of all, it s Grisham living up to his reputation as a great storyteller. "Entertainment Weekly"
A fast-paced, fun read with echoes of something deeper. The author s command of pop fiction delivers crisp, sharp prose. "The" "Boston Globe"
[Grisham] is exceptionally good at what he does. . . . Indeed, right now in this country, nobody does it better. "The Washington Post"
""
Where Grisham leads, millions of readers follow. New York" Daily News"

"From the Paperback edition."" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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AN AMERICAN CLASSIC FROM THE NO.1 BESTSELLING MASTER THRILLER WRITER. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
I look forward to Grisham's annual release and, as usual, I bought his latest offering as soon as it hit the shelves. I then decided to wait to read it until I went on holiday in early April.
I have to say I think this isn't his best work...by a stretch. I find it difficult, really difficult, to criticise anything Grisham does because everything he publishes is well written and well researched. But I'm struggling to come up with a word to describe how I found The Broker. "Disappointing" is probably the fairest way to describe it. If you ignore smaller novels such as Bleachers then The Broker is (as far as I'm aware) Grisham's third novel where he deviates from the courtroom (or from lawyers at any rate). His first one - A Painted House - I thought was excellent. I thought with his second one - The Last Juror - which, despite the title was actually about a newspaper editor was a little shaky, but I gave him the benfit of the doubt. This third effort has left me wondering if he's better off sticking to what he does brilliantly. To all those who are claiming this is his "best book ever" then I urge you to read A Time To Kill, The Partner, The Firm, The Rainmaker, The Pelican Brief etc etc. They are all vastly superior to The Broker.
I started reading it with the usual anticipation I have when reading a Grisham novel. It started out ok. I then waited for something to happen. And waited. And waited. I finished the book and couldn't help thinking that I had just read the longest "vacation report" every written. Grisham quite clearly loves all things Italian (and tells us as much in his author's note).
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By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jun. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Joel Backman has been serving 6 years of a 20 year jail sentence when he is unexpectedly pardoned by the out-going US President. Backman was once a highly influential political power-broker with friends (and enemies) in the highest places. But when he became involved in trading software that had the ability to hack into another country's latest and most sophisticated defence satellite system, he had faced a choice of confession or likely assassination. He chose to confess, needless to say. Now without prior warning he has been set free, although he's being very closely tracked by the CIA (who manipulated the president for Backman's release) and, eventually, secret agents from a number of other countries.
Choosing a new Grisham novel is rarely a difficult decision, he's a good story teller and several of his earlier works have been converted into big-budget movies. I doubt that this will be one of them however. As I progressed through the story, I became more and more interested in the story that wasn't told - the events leading up to Backman's arrest 6 years ago - and wondered if this book was actually a sequel to a previous novel which covered that storyline. I'm pretty sure it wasn't, and it made me wonder if Grisham could have created a better novel if he had told that story rather than this "sequel". It seems to me that there would have been a lot more excitement, more tension and good old entertainment than in The Broker.

Much of the story takes place in Italy, where Backman has been forced to hide (by the CIA), and it wasn't long before I gained the impression that his culture-adaptation and learning of local history was similar to his own experiences (Grisham's) while he researched the book.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
1. Choose a European country for your next vacation. Pick a nice little town with a rich history, nice people and great food.
2. Throw a dart at the country map, with your eyes open, as many times as it takes to hit the aforementioned town.
3. Buy a Michelin Guide and use it as material for 90% of the book you're going to write.
4. Go and see for yourself if the guide is accurate - take your time, avoid the mistake of eating your bread without dipping it in oil first.
5. Start your book with a funny chapter or two about a dumb President of the United States.
6. Mention a few times some mumbo jumbo about a secret satellite surveillance system that all super powers would kill to possess. Throw in spies and assassins, and a cranky CIA director in a wheelchair (a colorful touch.) Feel free to leave threads hanging in case you need to write a follow-up novel for your next vacation.
7. Choose a main character who can make your story conveniently hold together, no matter how ludicrous the plot. Give him the ability to master anything he puts his mind to.
8. Throw in a romantic interest, but discard the juicy bits, because you don't write tempestuous romance novels.
9. Wrap it all up quickly when you realize you've written yourself into a corner and anyway, your panini's getting cold.
10. Make sure you save all the bills for your research, and send a copy of your book to the IRS along with your business expense claim form. Smile sweetly and innocently when doing this.
Note: Remember to put in a little something for me in your expense account as a "royalty" for using the above guide. Enjoy yourself, and make loads of money.
Amanda Richards
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