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Sooley: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Dion Graham

Date: April 2021

Duration: 10 hours 27 minutes


NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in his first basketball novel. Samuel “Sooley” Sooleymon is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreams—and even bigger challenges off the court.

“Hard to put down ... the pages turn quickly ... building to a climax that won’t leave readers doubting whether this is a John Grisham novel.” —Associated Press

In the summer of his seventeenth year, Sam­uel Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a showcase basket­ball tournament. He has never been away from home, nor has he ever been on an airplane. The opportunity to be scouted by dozens of college coaches is a dream come true.

Samuel is an amazing athlete, with speed, quick­ness, and an astonishing vertical leap. The rest of his game, though, needs work, and the American coaches are less than impressed.

During the tournament, Samuel receives dev­astating news from home: A civil war is raging across South Sudan, and rebel troops have ran­sacked his village. His father is dead, his sister is missing, and his mother and two younger brothers are in a refugee camp.

Samuel desperately wants to go home, but it’s just not possible. Partly out of sympathy, the coach of North Carolina Central offers him a scholar­ship. Samuel moves to Durham, enrolls in classes, joins the team, and prepares to sit out his freshman season. There is plenty of more mature talent and he isn’t immediately needed.

But Samuel has something no other player has: a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America. He works tirelessly on his game, shooting baskets every morning at dawn by himself in the gym, and soon he’s dominating everyone in practice. With the Central team los­ing and suffering injury after injury, Sooley, as he is nicknamed, is called off the bench. And the legend begins.

But how far can Sooley take his team? And will success allow him to save his family?

Gripping and moving, Sooley showcases John Grisham’s unparalleled storytelling powers in a whole new light. This is Grisham at the top of his game.


  • David S.

    Excellent on all levels

  • Clifford M.

    Have you ever been just drawn in loving every minute of a book wanting more can’t stop and then...... and your not sure it was worth it this is that book cause it was different fresh much different emotional roller coaster with a crash so stunning I can’t say if I absolutely loved it or hated it..... wow

  • Jamie

    I loved it! It was different from most John Grisham books but very good read! If you are not into sports, you may not like the play by play parts but the story is well worth it! I really felt the pain and anguish that Sooley felt being separated from his family during such difficult times. I liked the narrator as well.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting book that kept my attention and eagerness to continue to the end! Shocked at the cruelty of war in Sudan and also shocked at the ending of the book. I so wanted him to make it as a star basketball player because of his dedicated work ethic, but he did save his family and make a lasting impact on all who knew he m or would learn of his life!

  • Stacy D.

    I give it a 2

  • Anonymous

    I promised myself I would not listen to another Grisham novel because I always was saddened at the end. I thought this one was going to be different until ,,,,

  • Oscar I.

    Good sports story with an unanticipated surprise! As always, Grisham’s characters seem very real

  • Anonymous

    A book for college basketball fans. If you're not a fan of basketball there are portions of the book that might as well be greek. There is so much basketball play-by-play that isn't relevant to the narrative I couldn't enjoy the backstory which might have been interesting.

  • Anonymous

    A good story. Brought the story of Lin Bias to remembrance but a better ending.

  • Savannah S.

    Beautiful, heartbreaking novel. A must read

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