The Testament

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by Frank Muller
  • 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures.Nate O'Riley is a high-octane Washington litigator who's lived too hard, too fast, for too long. His second marriage in a shambles, he is emerging from his fourth stay in rehab armed with little more than his fragile sobriety, good intentions, and resilient sense of humor. Returning to the real world is always difficult, but this time it's going to be murder.Rachel Lane is a young woman who chose to give her life to God, who walked away from the modern world with all its strivings and trappings and encumbrances, and went to live and work with a primitive tribe of Indians in the deepest jungles of Brazil.In a story that mixes legal suspense with a remarkable adventure, their lives are forever altered by the startling secret of The Testament.This presentation concludes with an Audible exclusive, narrator Frank Muller discussing what it was like to perform The Testament.


What the Critics Say

"Grisham's smart use of the suspense novel to explore questions of being and faith puts him squarely in the footsteps of Dickens and Graham Greene." (Publishers Weekly)


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I really liked this Grisham novel, in part because it takes us to unfamiliar surroundings. Unfamiliar people. If you need just the normal everyday, don't read it. If you like adventure, this has the twists and turns AND some interesting background.
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- Elizabeth

Best Grisham Ever

While listening on my way to work one day I actually turned around and decided to take the day off so I could hear the rest of this audiobook.

I've always enjoyed Grisham's stuff but have felt some predictability in his late 90s books. Always enjoyable but kind of like he was rehashing his earlier works a bit. Other than this one, The Partner was the only other late 90s piece of his that comes close to being this good.

The Testament is totally different than anything Grisham has written. It's doesn't have even one scene where the main character is threatened at gunpoint to give up his case.

While it is about a lawyer and some interesting legal twists, the story could be about someone from any walk of life. It?s about a good man who has fallen from grace and is struggling desperately to find his way back. It's about faith and how finding faith can give you the strength to do the right things and if you do the right things, the right things just might happen to you.

The characters are wonderful and the story grabs you from the first line. The ending is a little bit of a surprise, which is handled very believably.

The narrator is simply the best I've heard.

As corny as this sounds, if you only listen to one audio book ? this is the one you should choose.
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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-27-2000
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio