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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Audiobooks; Abridged edition edition (5 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856869164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856869164
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.4 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,156,456 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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"An entertaining page-turner...his best novel in years."--"USA Today""A compulsory page-turner."--"Newsweek""Entertaining."--"The New York Times Book Review""Absorbing...the pages fly by."--"Chicago Tribune""From the Paperback edition." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
In THE TESTAMENT, we have an obscenely wealthy businessman committing suicide after devising the perfect plan to vengefully deprive a flock of vulture-like heirs from inheriting his $11 billion estate. Rather, he leaves it all to an illegitimate daughter working as a missionary to the Indians in the remote outback of Brazil. Our hero, Nate, is a burned-out lawyer just out of alcohol rehab sent to find the will's sole beneficiary. Even though she doesn't want the money, he returns to the States to defend her interests against those of the money-desperate ex-heirs and their just-as-greedy lawyers, probably the largest school of razor-toothed sharks ever encountered in a single volume.
Suffice it to say that Nate is one of the most appealing characters conjured by Grisham in a long time. By the end of the book, he finds professional, spiritual and emotional redemption stemming from his surprisingly brief encounter with Rachel, the elusive missionary daughter, and a somewhat longer bout with dengue fever. That, in itself, makes this story worth reading. The fact that the truly avaricious get their just desserts is frosting on the cake. A delicious read!
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By A Customer on 3 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
I was 14 and had gotten totally bored of all the Point Horror series, and the Christopher Pikes... I was about to leave Cape Town International on a 11 and a half hour journey to Spain and so decided i had to have something to read! Something clicked in my head and i thought of a book i had seen lying on the my friends bedside table, a book called The Firm, by John Grisham.. But, they didnt have that one and so recommended The Testament, which i dissapointedly accepted. Well, i cant tell you how happy i am i bought that book... I have never read something so excellent, thrilling, edgy, and capturing in my life... I mean the beginnig sentence had me crasped to the book for 6 hours of the flight... For anyone, this book is possibly one of the best ever...Trust me, you'll be happy you decided to buy it!
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I found this utterly dire. Where is the John Grisham who wrote The Firm, I ask myself. Plodding and dull with one dimensional characters. Gave up about third of the way through when I realised I felt bored at the very idea of it.
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John Grisham is what I would call airport fiction. His stories are rarely taxing and in fact are often too simple. However, if you are on a long journey of lying on a sunny beach Grisham is a perfect read.
'The Testament' is one such novel and in my opinion the best I have read of his so far. After a multi billionaire kills himself his greedy family expects a huge pay out. However, the billionaire has decided to give his money to an unknown heiress who has become a missionary in Brazil. It is up to washed out lawyer Nate to track down this mysterious woman and get her to sign the forms – or the awful family will get it instead!
This book jumps between the pre-courtroom drama of the family suing their fathers estate with the adventures Nate has traveling the wilds of Brazil. The book is quite far fetched and in places a bit ridiculous but its fast pace and fun feel means you let it off. Another criticism lies in how fast the book is wrapped up. Perhaps Grisham could have added a few more pages rather than rushing to a conclusion.
However, overall I enjoyed the book immensely and I think you would too if you switch off the rationale part of your brain and go for the ride!
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By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2003
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i couldnt put this book down!
Troy, sets his plan in action, fooling his money-loving family into thinking that he would leave them his fortune. but to their most obvious distress, it doesnt happen!
Nate, a no hoper, has to find the person that this fortune is left to.
while Nate is fighting his way through the Brazillian undergrowth, Troys family contest their wealthy relatives mental state in order to get the money.
this is the BEST grisham book. not even Street lawyer comes close to this! its gripping, there isnt one chapter that lets you think you can take a break.
grisham's imagination, technique, originality and pure talent for writing fiction shines through.
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John Grisham has obviously made a tourist trip to the Pantanal, a vast wetland region in Brazil that stretches into Bolivia and Paraguay, and made a few notes on the way - jotting down names like the towns of Campo Grande and Corumba, beer brands like Antarctica and Brahma, and a word or two of Portuguese like "obrigado"*

He then decided to use this experience in one of his novels that, as usual, portrays unpleasant, greedy individuals who are only interested in gaining obscene amounts of money in the hope of living happily ever after.

To season the dish, he adds some improbable characters - a former alcoholic attorney with countless children from countless marriages who is trying to start a new life and falls for a saintly American woman missionary who has dedicated her life to looking after Brazilian Indians, a repulsive American billionaire who throws himself out of the window after altering his will and a snivelling servant who will perjure himself to gain some crumbs from his late boss's fortune.

The result is a hotchpotch that is an insult to the reader's intelligence and an ending that just fizzles out and leaves the reader wondering why he has just wasted his time reading the previous 422 pages.

I suggest we readers get together and sue Grisham and his publisher for producing such a shoddy piece of work that I imagine is supposed to be entertaining.

*Although I couldn't help noticing he does not once use the most common Brazilian expression which is "tudo bem?'
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