I've enjoyed all of John Grisham's books and eagerly await each new one. The Racketeer is not the typical Grisham novel in that it's written first person. Grisham typically has very vivid and funny characters with a great reader that portrays each through voice; these are lacking in The Racketeer. The reader is adequate, I just miss all the great voices and personalities in many previous Grisham books. I suppose the reader, JD Jackson, works for this book because it just straight serious reading, no dynamics.
Nothing funny or humorist in this book. No real personalities portrayed, no vivid descriptions, but a decent story that plots along. I'm supposing that some of the lower ratings are due to The Rackateer not being real typical for Grisham and therefore demonstrating our disappointment. Some reviewers say the story is outlandish. Not really. Some of Grisham's other books are more outlandish story wise. Rackateer is just missing that pzazz we expect. Those reviewers that rave about the Rackateer are also off the mark. It's not Grisham at his best and it's not even a great book. It's okay. It's interesting to some degree, but not a true thriller, not particularly well written, certainly no depth but what is missing most is Grisham and his ability to tell a great story.
I do hope Grisham hasn't lost his ability to tell a good story with great humor and imagination. Nothing really wrong with this book, just a straight story lacking humor and the characters Grisham normally takes the time to develop.
I enjoyed listening to this one. It is definitely one of his better books.
Book was slow to capture my attention. It did start to pick up in the middle and had a surprise ending which made the listen worthwhile. I believe that for the genre, Grisham is the best writer so I will continue to read his books.
My wife and I listened to this on a Thanksgiving trip to visit family. It was the perfect length: about 1/2 going; other 1/2 on trip home. Thanks, John Grisham. You made the drive a pleasure!
The plot certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. You knew for sure that there were going to be surprises, but it was by no means clear what those surprises were going to be. Waiting for them to appear created a lot of anticipation.
Grisham did an incredible job of making you wonder whether the main character was a good guy or a bad guy. However, he never crosses the line and plays the reader for a fool.
by John Grisham! Awesome story! Great twists! Performance was great! What more can I say...
It was disapointing. His work is usually very believable. This was not. At the end he states that he did no research and this book was pure fiction.
Though the story came on too slow.
Depends, if they are new to Grisham I would recommend other books ..
Thought the narrator was a bit slow.
Yes, second half was much better than the first, so hang in there.
Having listened to only about ten books on audio this ranks at the top. Good listening voice and story line.
No. It is very rare that I would listen to a book more than once. The Racketeer did not reach that "very rare" level for me.
I have listened to most of John Grisham's books. I look forward to any new John Grisham book.
J.D. has the ability to perform in such a way that you are not distracted by the performance but totally caught up in the story.
It did not quite reach that level for me.
In the epilog John Grisham admitted that The Racketeer was not based on any real live situation and required "little or no research." This showed through and distracted from the story like: How much gold could you really carry in the truck of your car? Could the feds get a murderer out of a Jamaica prison?
This one was good but I would say that it was a "middle of the road" John Grisham novel.