The Street Lawyer: A Novel

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Michael Beck

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: July 2000

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm with eight hundred lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was three years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience.

But a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Michael survived; his assailant did not. Who was this man? Michael did some digging, and learned that he was a mentally ill veteran who'd been in and out of shelters for many years. Then Michael dug a little deeper, and found a dirty secret, and the secret involved Drake & Sweeney.

The fast track derailed; the ladder collapsed. Michael bolted the firm and took a top-secret file with him. He landed in the streets, an advocate for the homeless, a street lawyer.

And a thief.


  • Anonymous

    Just an overall good Grisham book! I'd recommend.

  • Dan

    Both read and listened to a lot of Grisham's novels, this one was kind of lack luster and a little preachy. It's not bad if you just want something to listen to but it seemed like it took a story out of the back of the newspaper and just added character development and a little more plot to it. I would say this is one of the lesser Grisham's.

  • Bruce Curson

    Grisham will always be good. Personally, I would have preferred the unabridged version and even though this was an abbreviated listening experience, the 5 CDs masterfully presented a vivid picture of the plight of the homeless through Grisham's masterful story telling.

  • Pamela Christensen

    Loved it! Would have really liked to listen to an unabridged version because it needed a bigger transition from big time lawyer to street lawyer. But a very good listen. It certainly picked at my conscience about the homeless and how they're treated!

  • Anonymous

    Another good book from J. Grisham The story flowed and was interesting to follow this through to be an advocate for the homeless. It has heart

  • Lidia Sparacio

    A typical Grisham book that delves into another area of the law to enlighten those of us who are not in the business. A good story with good characters.

  • Diane

    As an assistant in a law office I love courtroom dramas and this one had plenty drama to offer. You could really feel the pressure in each decision made by the main character. I felt as if one act by any individual really could make all the difference, either for the good or for the bad. I loved the ethical vs. unethical storyline and the acknowledgment that there are attorneys who fight for the cause, not the funds.

  • Anonymous

    Overall good book and it is interesting until the last minute

  • Cecilia Lyda

    i listened and read this book a couple of years ago and it is still my favorite john grisham book. there is a lot of heart in this one and the characters are so real that they come alive, if you read only one of his books make this the one. i just loved it and i have read every one of his books, i am now looking for another one and can't get enough of john grisham's writings. thank you john grisham for your fantastic imagination.

  • Dale Hansen

    I felt less involvement with this John Grisham work than any previously. Perhaps it was my choosing the abridged verson. I shall not make that mistake again.

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