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The Testament: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

John Grisham
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,062 customer reviews)

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Troy Phelan hates his greedy, spoiled children. The aging multibillionaire knows that they're circling like vultures as he waits to die. Phelan's surprising last will and testament names a heretofore unknown beneficiary--a missionary living deep in the wilds of Brazil. Nate O'Riley, a lawyer fresh from his fourth stay in rehab, is sent to find her. Along the way, he learns about God and himself, and he discovers that the dangers of alcohol pale in comparison with the perils of the jungle. This abridgment, though jumpy at times, flows smoothly thanks to actor Henry Leyva's polished performance. (Running time: 6 hours, 4 cassettes) --C.B. Delaney

From Publishers Weekly

Grisham, with his master-storyteller legal thriller form, always plays well on audio. His latest begins with a coyly playful opening scene. Elderly billionaire industrialist Troy Phelan is holding court from his corporate office headquarters in Virginia. He has just rewritten his will to ensure that his rogue heirsAsix children and three ex-wivesAwill be cut off. Instead, he gives the bulk of his fortune to an illegitimate daughter, Rachel Lane, a religious missionary living among native peoples in the Brazilian jungle. This done, Phelan hurls himself out the office window, killing himself, leaving his heirs and their $500-an-hour lawyers to fight over his money. From here, the plot turns schmaltzy, as Nate O'Riley, an alcoholic attorney with a heart of gold, is sent to Brazil to seek out Rachel, where he summarily falls in love with her and finds spiritual redemption. Reader Leyva, a Shakespearean actor, is finely tuned as a professional narrator, making the book sound like a movie screenplay waiting to happen. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover. Also available unabridged and on CD. (Feb.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master storyteller June 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Grisham has literally before our eyes turned into a master storyteller with his book, THE TESTAMENT. His characterizations are vivid in depth portrayals and his smooth plots go down like a shot of Jack Daniels on a hot summer afternoon. As the plot the book progresses, the characters find themselves in life-and-death situations, entangled in the legal process, and fighting against others and their own wills. Will Nate ever find Rachel? And if so, what is she like? Will she accept Troy's fortune? Will the greedy Phelan family get to it first? The Testament has a detailed and gripping plot, threading the legal world to that of our own actions and resolve. John Grisham has written another best seller, one that everyone is sure to appreciate. Not since McCrae's THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD and Grisham's KING OF TORTS have I so enjoyed a book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Obsess Much? June 21 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
John Grisham has written a novel with almost no sympathetic characters. There's a huge amount of money to be divided up by an eccentric billionaire...all of his relatives are greedy, almost worthless human beings. Nate, the guy sent to find one last heir, is a recovering alcoholic/drug addict...I personally didn't care who got the money, but John Grisham really seems to be obsessed with large amounts of money. Grisham's books are typically page turners, but this one was a tough one to plow through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Sept. 14 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
That book was hard to put down and, as a consequence, dishes and laundry were piling up over the weekend. I strongly recommend cleaning the house thoroughly before opening the first page.

The story is really good, and John Grisham really lets us "see" the characters of his book. The Testament was my first experience with Grisham's writing, but other books soon followed, and gave me the opportunity to discover his rich writing style and documented research.

Great book for a cocooning weekend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT I EXPECTED! June 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...it was a good read. I was expecting something a little more thrilling, a little more intense and exciting. But the slower pace of this book still kept my attention. Grisham has a good writing style and had no trouble getting me interested in the story, the location, the people. Parts of it were like a travel documentary, but surprisingly I found it all interesting. I was never at the edge of my seat, but never wanted to put the book down.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Troy Phelan, worth $11 billion, loves his business and hates his ex-wives and children. Rumored to be suffering from terminal cancer, Phelan calls the family together to sign a new will. The heirs cooperate by providing psychiatrists to observe and verify that Phelan is in his right mind. That's the apparent game plan, but Phelan has a second and more shocking one. Thus opens The Testament.

Probate law isn't very exciting, and John Grisham decides to dress it up with a cast of characters that are almost parodies of parodies, so much so that they didn't resonate with me. As a result, the "exciting" beginning bored me.

The bulk of the story eventually shifts to recovering alcoholic and drug addict, attorney Nate O'Riley, who is sent straight from rehab to Brazil to find a missing heir, Rachel Lane, who is a medical missionary to the indigenous people there. His journey is harrowing and tests his limited strength to the limits. But the journey also is a beginning of his personal redemption through receiving Salvation for the Lord, Jesus Christ. As soon as the redemption part of the story begins, the book vastly improves. Without that element, I would have rated this as a one- or two-star effort.

It's unusual for a secular writer to put a major Christian theme in a popular work of fiction. I applaud Mr. Grisham for doing so.

I enjoyed the reading by Frank Muller which added a lot of emotional depth to the book that would be missed by simply reading The Testament.

May God bless you, Mr. Grisham!
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Troy Phelan, worth $11 billion, loves his business and hates his ex-wives and children. Rumored to be suffering from terminal cancer, Phelan calls the family together to sign a new will. The heirs cooperate by providing psychiatrists to observe and verify that Phelan is in his right mind. That's the apparent game plan, but Phelan has a second and more shocking one. Thus opens The Testament.

Probate law isn't very exciting, and John Grisham decides to dress it up with a cast of characters that are almost parodies of parodies, so much so that they didn't resonate with me. As a result, the "exciting" beginning bored me.

The bulk of the story eventually shifts to recovering alcoholic and drug addict, attorney Nate O'Riley, who is sent straight from rehab to Brazil to find a missing heir, Rachel Lane, who is a medical missionary to the indigenous people there. His journey is harrowing and tests his limited strength to the limits. But the journey also is a beginning of his personal redemption through receiving Salvation for the Lord, Jesus Christ. As soon as the redemption part of the story begins, the book vastly improves. Without that element, I would have rated this as a one- or two-star effort.

It's unusual for a secular writer to put a major Christian theme in a popular work of fiction. I applaud Mr. Grisham for doing so.

May God bless you, Mr. Grisham!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Story and plot that goes the distance once again.
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This is my favourite Grisham story.......!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Grisham novel
Great read,great characters,great story line. One of the best of all the Grisham books that I have read. Strongly recommend
Published 10 months ago by Ken Foxcroft
5.0 out of 5 stars The Testament
I truly enjoyed this John Grisham book. You never knew just what was going to happen to the family or the money even when he found the rightful heir. Read more
Published 14 months ago by joeyrou
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Great read. As usual, Grisham's detailed writing brings you right into the story and makes you feel like you've been there.
Published 18 months ago by Rita lagacé
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
One of his best ! Would highly recommend. Like new even though I bought it used. I like it. Thank you.
Published 19 months ago by Benoit Marleau
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
ANYTHING JOHN GRISHAM WRITES IS TERRIFIC, YOU LEARN ABOUT MANY THINGS & YOU CAN'T PUT THE BOOK DOWN. I WOULD RECOMMEND ALL OF HIS BOOKS.
Published on Jan. 13 2013 by DEANNA
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and interesting book
This is the first book by Grisham I have ever read because his stuff doesn't normally interest me but this book caught my attention and it was well worth reading. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2012 by D. Paine
4.0 out of 5 stars A study in wicked estate planning
I've read about 6 or 7 other Grisham books so far -- all very well written. This one, The Testament, is quite good but not excellent on a Grisham standard. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2011 by Pat the cat
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