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Product details

  • Audio CD: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Audiobooks; Abridged edition edition (5 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856869164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856869164
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.4 x 12.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,269,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Troy Phelan, a 78-year-old eccentric and the 10th-richest man in America, is about to read his last will and testament, divvying up an estate worth $11 billion. Phelan's three ex-wives, their grasping offspring, a legion of lawyers, several psychiatrists and a plethora of sound technicians wait breathlessly. However, the magnate shocks everyone with a bizarre, last-gasp attempt to redistribute the spoils, setting in motion a legal morality tale of a contested will, sin, and redemption.

Nate O'Riley--a washed-up, alcoholic lawyer with two ruined marriages in his wake and the taxman on his tail--is dispatched to the Brazilian wetlands in search of a mysterious heir named in the will. After a harrowing trip upriver, he encounters Rachel Lane, a pure-hearted missionary living with an indigenous tribe and carrying out "God's work." Rachel's grave dedication and kindness impress the jaded lawyer, so much so that a nasty bout of dengue fever leads him to a vision that could change his life.

Back in the States, the legal proceedings drag on and Grisham has a high time with Phelan's money-hungry descendents, a regrettable bunch who squandered millions, married stripers, got druggy, and befriended the Mob. The youngest son, Ramble, is a multi-pierced, tattoo-covered malcontent with big dreams for his rock band, the Demon Monkeys. Will Nate get straight with Rachel's aid? Do the greedy heirs get theirs? What's the real legacy of a lifetime's work? The Testament is classic Grisham: a down-and-out lawyer, a lot of money, an action-packed pursuit, and the highest issues at stake. It's not just about great characters; it's about the question of what character is. --Rebekah Warren --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Grisham is on top form with this legal blockbuster" (Daily Mail)

"A compulsory page-turner with a subterranean plot as old and potent as myth" (Malcom Jones Newsweek)

"His best novel in the past five ... brilliant... you have to go on reading" (Mail on Sunday)

"Grisham includes his trademark legal wrangling, zippy plot and engaging minor characters ... His hordes of fans won't be disappointed" (USA Today)

"Absorbing ... The pages fly by" (Chicago Tribune) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grisham stretches his wings slightly with this novel, in which a rich old man writes an unusual will and leaves his lawyers to sort its execution. This leads alcoholic lawyer on a life changing mission to the South American jungles as Grisham attempts to write something more thriller than legal.

Overall, I'd say it was a success. I found the early chapters which established the characters and plot a little slow going, particularly with the large cast that was introduced before we even got to the main protagonist. Once the opening formalities were over though things really took off, with jungle adventures taking up the middle third and finally the typical legal wranglings. Grisham proves here that he can write other material, and it's no surprise that his first non-legal fiction follows soon after.

The plot certainly picked up in the later parts of the book, and though I found some of the religion grating at times, it is a product of the American religious climate and it was treated truly to the characters. Although I have little first hand experience the alcoholism was well portrayed and I found Nate to be one of the most rounded characters Grisham has created.

Although at the start I had my doubts this is actually a good, believable and well written novel, and I hope Grisham continues to get more realism and adventure into his later novels.
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I can honestly say, this is the best book I have read for several years. Reviewers can show off and talk of the authors 'wordcraft' etc etc, however, if you want a book you can get lost in, this is up there with the best of them. Despite it's Tom Sharpe (ish) start, I found myself, hours later still reading wondering where the time had gone. Loved it. Highly recommended.
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Another great Grisham. At the outset the story seems amusing and then a jolly jape, but it's all quite serious in the end, and some interesting human characteristics are demonstrated. It's an entertaining read and not all in the court room.
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An ok read. Not as gripping as most Grisham novels.
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Absolutely rivetting. Another cracker from mr Grisham. He never fails to enthrall, entertain and please. Look forward to each unread book of his with avid anticipation!
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This must be one of his best works. It had an eccentric old billionaire trying to put one over on his many estranged family members. But like all best laid plans it was flawed and there the adventure begins.
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A book not to disappoint the reader .
Once started ...difficult to stop reading .
John grisham never let's you down .
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Bought for my husband.
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