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The Reckoning: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Michael Beck

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2018

Duration: 17 hours 37 minutes


#1 bestselling author John Grisham’s The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet.
“A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.”
—USA Today
 October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime.  Pete's only statement about it—to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family—was: 'I have nothing to say.' He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.
In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him. 

Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.


  • Savannah S.

    Amazing story, enthralling. Great narrator

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Robert G.

    I’m surprised with the previous listeners reviews. My feelings about this book are completely contrary to those reviewers. The book was extremely slow. I would describe it as boring. The mystery is no mystery at all. If you half half a brain you will be able to predict the ending. I would not recommend this book. Very disappointing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Brandie R.

    This book kept me wondering all the way through, so realistic and human.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Chris D.

    Way too long of a story, I just didn't like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Richard S.

    Truly great book. I really enjoyed listening to this book and made me think even after it was finished. Strongly recommend and hold onto your seat, it will have you coming back for more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Janice M.

    Grisham never disappoints! Another fantastic book, each book just gets better and better.. I will be thinking about this one for awhile.. this was a complete surprise ending.. can’t wait till his next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Robert E.

    A very good story. Looking forward to the next John Grisham volume

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Arthur B.

    Good story Terrible southern accent

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jeffrey M.

    Wow! I endured it. Too much between the covers that keeps repeating. Too simple of plot, too predictive of what happens next. I am a Grisham fan, so I stayed with it. But this was too much to endure. Narration was fine, but SLOW.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Charlnita B.

    always been a fan always will be. John Grisham writes a darn good story. The Reckoning is no exception. Not a favorite but definitely a good listen

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