The Rainmaker

Version: Abridged
Author: John Grisham
Narrator: Michael Beck
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: May 2001
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

John Grisham's five novels -- A Time To Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, and The Chamber -- have been number one best-sellers, and have a combined total of 47 million copies in print. Now, inThe Rainmaker, Grisham returns to the courtroom for the first time since A Time To Kill, and weaves a riveting tale of legal intrigue and corporate greed. Combining suspense, narrative momentum, and humor as only John Grisham can, this is another spellbinding read from the most popular author of our time.

Grisham's sixth spellbinding novel of legal intrigue and corporate greed displays all of the intricate plotting, fast-paced action, humor, and suspense that have made him the most popular author of our time. In his first courtroom thriller since A Time To Kill, John Grisham tells the story of a young man barely out of law school who finds himself taking on one of the most powerful, corrupt, and ruthless companies in America -- and exposing a complex, multibillion-dollar insurance scam. In hs final semester of law school Rudy Baylor is required to provide free legal advice to a group of senior citizens, and it is there that he meets his first "clients," Dot and Buddy Black. Their son, Donny Ray, is dying of leukemia, and their insurance company has flatly refused to pay for his medical treatments. While Rudy is at first skeptical, he soon realizes that the Blacks really have been shockingly mistreated by the huge company, and that he just may have stumbled upon one of the largest insurance frauds anyone's ever seen -- and one of the most lucrative and important cases in the history of civil litigation. The problem is, Rudy's flat broke, has no job, hasn't even passed the bar, and is about to go head-to-head with one of the best defense attorneys -- and powerful industries -- in America.

Reviews (10)

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Written by Mel K. on January 21st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of my favorites from John Grisham! Entertaining and great read! Narrator did an awesome job!

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Written by Shannon T on January 21st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Best narrator I have heard. The book was very interesting and hunuoous at times. But I am seriously going to track down other audiobooks Frank Muller has narrated because he was awesome

Written by Sandra Bernight on December 7th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A very nice read, to bad the movie couldn't make it like how the book was written. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Written by Christine Keener on August 1st, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Pretty enjoyable. A decent read. It took a while to get interesting though, and a lot of the events towards the beginning were really unnecessary and somewhat boring. It took a while for me to grow to like Rudy, as he was quite selfish and prickish. I was really hoping for his (moral) character to be redeemed, and it was for the most part. There were quite a few laughs, and the trial was great fun.

Hated the music!

Written by David on September 3rd, 2013

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I think I'm done with Grisham's books. This one felt abridged and I really don't care about how amazing a lawyer's life is. This had a nice ending but it wasn't worth it unless you're really into the law thing. Also the music that goes along with the book is way too loud and was annoying.

The Rainmaker

Written by Anonymous on September 5th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Is too the best Grisham. I loved this book. Some of the courtroom antics made me laugh out loud.

Rainmaker

Written by Mel Longano on March 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Definitely worth the effort of overlooking scratches in some areas of the CDs.

Not the best Grisham

Written by Anonymous on September 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Good enough for the commute but not great. The plot was lacking compared to other Grisham titles. Music "background" was loud and obtrusive. Overall, I was a bit disappointed.

Grisham's Great

Written by Nicole Orlando on October 9th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Grisham is just great. He didn't disappoint with this one.

The Rainmaker

Written by Sandra Roberts on May 10th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another great book by John Grisham. I enjoyed it a great deal.

Author Details

Author Details

Grisham, John

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career—and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jury award of $683,500—the biggest verdict of his career.

When he's not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.