I would listen to this book again and again! The reader is spot on, the story is intriguing, and best of all.....you never see the end coming!
He makes the story sound as though he actually lived the events!
Slow and steady gets them every time!
This was one of those books I just wanted to drive another 100 miles so I could listen to more!
I really enjoyed J.D. Jackson's performance. My favorite reader I've listened to by far. I have not read the book myself.
My first J.D. Jackson book. He was great in this one.
I listened the entire book over a two day period. It kept my attention well.
Only reason I would not listen to the Racketeer again, is because I like to listen to new stuff. However, I really did enjoy this listen and could see myself listening to it again someday.
Malcom Banister. Obviously he was the main character, but it was interesting to learn what type of man he was and learn his thought process. His careful planning took a lot of thought.
J.D. reads the story like he is telling the story. I felt like he was sitting there next to me telling the story of Malcom. I did not feel like it was being read. You can tell when someone is reading from a book in most cases. This listen felt like you were just being told the story from the first person.
I typically enjoy John Grisham books, but sometimes they all run together, and I can't remember specific plot lines or characters. This book, while still definitely a Grisham novel, felt different than his most recent ones. The main character IS a lawyer, but he is in prison, so it's a more unique approach in that way.
I grew to like the narrator. At first, he was a little too slow for me. I like more fast paced narrators, usually. But, his style and speed really fit the novel well.
If you enjoy Grisham books, this one is excellent. It kept me interested, and I found myself anxious to get back into the car to find out what happened. I love Grisham's 3rd person omniscient narration; I feel like it keeps the reader in more suspense.
I'm enjoying all of them it's great for long trips
The last 15 minutes
The changes in the intonation and voice pitch for the characters.
John Grisham weaves an intricate and fascinating tale in this slight twist on the books he usually writes. Our main character is an African-American man named Malcolm, who comes up with a plot to get himself out of prison, where he has been incarcerated in spite of being innocent. The reader is led on a merry chase, with twist and turns throughout, until the climax when you finally shout "ah, ha!" as all is revealed. I loved the complexity of the story and rooting for the common man, a theme Grisham has used in many of his stories. Hightly recommended.
John Grisham is still one of my favorite authors and I will not hesitate to purchase his next book.....but "The Racketeer", although a technically interesting and enjoyable book, is not a "Pelican Brief" nor an "Innocent Man" and not even "Playing for Pizza", all of which show Grisham's range and curiosity, but also his humanity and reach for justice. It is not so much that in "The Panther" he isn't interested in justice, just that he doesn't achieve it in as satisfying a manner (at least for me.) In the end, I found myself glad that Mal achieved his desired outcome, but not pleased either. Befuddled I guess...so 4 stars for the book by a 5 star author.
In the top ten
It was an unbelievable but plausible story. Kept you guessing and listening
I would recommend this book to all my friends, because they all love Grisham's unpredictable stories...
Malcolm was my favorite, because he beat the system, using the system.
I listen to audio books while working.
The very beginning of the book is very depressing, and I am not into prison stories, so thought that this was not going to be a good fit for me. Because it was Grisham, I kept going. It isn't a prison story. It is a good who-dun-it.
This was not a page-turner, but I also could not stop listening (and had to several times). I was astounded by the twists, and realized I had been given clues that I had not caught.
Good reader, very good for this part.