I haven't read a Grisham book in awhile. The insights into how our legal system works or doesn't work, motivations of the players and how truth and justice can scarily be subverted by either defense, prosecutors and judges have been his strengths. But most of his characters, other than the primary protagonist, often seem generally black or white - especially the bad guys being almost always uniformly unidimensional. His plots though are why his books sell, not the non-nuanced secondary characters. In The Racketeer, Grisham lets his imagination soar with not one key plot twist, but two. However, the mismatch is in the second twist where the protagonist pulls off an objective he has no background for with the skill and panache of a James Bond or professional con man destroyed the strength of Grisham at his best - realism in the legal battle world. A redeeming feature is the unfairly wronged protagonist is a sharply etched in his motives and actions as the story progresses. His ability to conduct those some of those actions arises from nowhere and subverts this novel from reaching the masterful category.
This is definitely the best audiobook I've ever listened, although my sample size is relatively small.
The lead character (malcolm bannister) was my favorite. He was smart & delightfully devious!
This was my first J. D. Jackson book performance, but he was very easy to listen to & he was very good at differentiating his characters.
No, not at all
I love Grisham, & this was vintage stuff from him. I would recommend it to anyone.
I purchased this audiobook a couple of days ago. I use audiobooks as a way to make a long work commute tolerable. And, Grisham is always a pleasant easy listen. This one has me ready to throw my iPod out the window. J.D. Jackson's narration is so painfully slow, deliberate, and over articulated, it's like someone reading to a really slow typist. Any comma in a sentence is a full second or two pause. The end of a sentence is as often as not 2-3 seconds of dead air. I've tried to get used to it now 3-4 times and simply can't do it. I keep thinking my iPod has stopped. "In Virginia, [long pause] we boarded the bus, [long pause], with stops planned in Kentucky, [long pause], West Virginia, [long pause], and Tennessee. [THREE SECONDS OF DEAD AIR]. Then the next sentence, also torturously slow and deliberate. It's almost as if they were trying to stretch the length. My fault--I should have listened to the sample--but I'm surprised more people haven't struggled with this one.
Excellent twists & turns.
You were never quite sure who the good guys were. John is back writing good mysterys.
J.D. did ok but I prefer George Guidall.
Yes indeed! I stayed up all night just to finish it.
The beginning had me wondering and then overall I was waiting for the "next page". I enjoyed this book.
When the plot was explained in the end.
Not quite sure.
What I expected from Grisham, no surprises, very distrating
recommend for light reading
Just have fun
This is an enjoyable book to listen to as the narrator takes you through the twists and turns of the justice system, legal system and drug world.
Some of the characters were difficult to understand but majority of the performance was clear, entertaining, and enjoyable.
Too many of Grisham's books follow the same formula - happily this story is unique and he employs his masterful story telling abilities to full impact. This story makes the listener question right from wrong, justice from injustice. Interesting and thought provoking.
Perfect book for audible listeners.
J.D . Jackson was superb.
It all led up to the incredible hoax.
Many of Grisham's novels have seemed to be "auto-penned" of late. I thought this one was the real deal.