• The Pelican Brief

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-15-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (378 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Late one October night, Justice Abe Rosenberg, at 91 the Supreme Court's liberal legend, is shot to death in his Georgetown home. Two hours later Glenn Jensen, the Court's youngest and most conservative justice, is strangled. The country is stunned; the FBI has no clues. But Darby Shaw, a brilliant law student at Tulane, thinks she has the answer. Days of digging through the law library's computers have led her to draft a brief speculating on an obscure connection between the 2 justices - and a most unlikely suspect. Her suspect has powerful friends: one evening, outside a New Orleans restaurant, Darby narrowly escapes an assassin's car bomb. Someone has read her brief - someone who wants her dead. Alone and frightened, Darby disappears into the anonymous shadows of the French Quarter, where she contacts investigative reporter Gray Grantham and convinces him that Washington's position on the killings amounts to the biggest cover-up since Watergate. Together they go underground, on the run, trying to stay alive long enough to expose the real truth contained in the Pelican Brief.
©1992 John Grisham (P)1992 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By miyaker on 10-20-03

Poorly Abridged

After listening to Grisham's unabridged titles on Audible, this one is a little disappointing. The book is comparatively hard to follow, with characters easily confused or not developed - presumably due to the abridged nature of the text. I'd recommend this only for Grisham fans who've run through everything else.
Capably narrated, though by a different narrator than any of the other Grisham books.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Marijana on 12-14-16

If you know and love this book, don't get this version of the Audio!!

I love the Pelican Brief - have read it a few times and wanted to enjoy the audio while driving.

To be fair, I didn't notice it was abridged when I bought it. But why would anyone abridge the Pelican Brief? There are no boring parts or wasted pages in the original - all the abridgement does is take away from the essence of the book. As if it could get worse, it is very obvious where they randomly cut parts out.

The narrating is mediocre at best - punctuation appears to be optional, and at times he will suddenly start talking very fast and the voices used for different characters are inconsistent and annoying. There is music suddenly played during exciting parts of the story but this is not done well.

If you have never read the book and can get past the poor narration, no one can say this is not a great story in its essence. If you are a fan of the book, skip this one.

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