Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Henry Levya

Date: February 1999

Duration: 6 hours 9 minutes


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, and 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.


  • John Ostrander

    This is my favorite book. It grabs you up right away and you have a very hard time shutting it off. I have listened to it at least four times over the years.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Annalouise Waterson

    I loved this book because of the twinge of humor in character descriptions. The story line was great too I thought. My favorite of his so far, definitely worth it - the narrator was fabulous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I like John Grisham's court dramas, but I loved this book because it is not a court drama. The highly flawed yet appealing character of Nate was like a best friend you can't help rooting for. And Grisham's depiction of a recently recovered alcoholic struggling with keeping his feet on the ground was perfect. Five stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Brian C.

    We liked it very much. I’ve read many of John Grisham’s books This was one of my favorites. The plot was exciting, lots of character development.. This book takes you on an adventurous journey into the jungles of Brazil and the courts of Washington DC.. Billions of dollars are at stake and a cast of characters are all lining up to get their share of the inheritance.

  • Anonymous

    The storyline was not very interesting and narration really dragged it down. The positive to this story is that I’m going to get back to regular church attendance.

  • Joseph P.

    Loved it. I’ve Come to love all Grisham’s stories. He’s a master story teller. Yes They all seem to have a legal setting or back story but they’re very much more than stories about the law or lawyers. Excellent listen. Highly recommend.

  • Tiara D.

    What a pleasant surprise from John Grisham. Certainly a differently styled book with several twists that keep you hooked throughout. I appreciated the sometimes tedious descriptions of characters or events—made the book come alive as the scenes unfolded in real time. Great read!

  • Anonymous

    I really liked the story line, not his usual court thing but the story really kept me having to listen to see what happens next. All in all I really liked it.

  • Michael Scott

    Admittedly, it's been awhile since I've read a Grisham novel. The story itself was "ok". There were some glaring questions I was left with at the end of the story, so I have mixed feelings regarding the book itself. The Narration, however, I found quite annoying! There was random obnoxious music between chapters/sections of the story, that I found quite annoying. The actual narrator was fine - I actually liked his work. I guess it's the production that I found so grating. That's what knocked my review down to 3 stars.

  • Anonymous

    This book was only 5 discs long. That's ok though because honestly, there is not much happening. Interesting? Yes. but ultimately gratifying? No. Only aspect I liked was how the main character turned to God in order to break his addiction habit. This was nice to hear as I am a Christian.

  • Ian Provis

    An enjoyable story - a little different from other John Grisham stories, including the setting of Brazil. Definitely with the time

  • Laura Rogers

    Thoroughly enjoyable but not the usual Grisham form of captivation. What a great example of the battle between good and evil, even when the good side is so grossly outnumbered and superior in every way known in modern culture. Just one big question remains at the end of the story - what is the history between Rachel and her father or even The history between her father and mother. This book leaves me with a sense of hope and less sense of futility.

  • br67tb

    Not Grishams best work, I didnt finish the book because the last CD had scratches.

  • Ralph Irwin

    This keeps you on the edge of your seat through the whole book. I realy like this style of Grisham ..... It is a little different from his regular style

  • Anonymous

    Grisham did it again! He kept you interested til the last moment of the story. This narrator kept me listening and not wanting to get out of my car. Therefore, I kept on driving, driving, and driving.

  • Daniel Wainwright

    Really could have been a lot better. Grisham tried something a little different and it did not come across too well.

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