Fast-paced but not believable.
Maybe I'm just getting old, I remember past Grisham's novels as being more engaging.
Owner of a cabinet company and heating and air company. Love miniature animals. I have a baby pot bellied pig, four pigmy goats, many types of quail & pheasants, ducks & guineas. I love to work and so I listen to books constantly. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is my all time favorite book.
Okay - Great storyline. A little on the far fetched, but then again, this is fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed the book until the last part. Once the twists were straightened, I felt slightly disappointed. Probably the worst part was finding out just how calloused the main character actually was. I wanted to like him and try and identify with his plight of injustice, but at the end, I did not feel sorry for him at all. However, that being said, I would recommend the book and will probably listen to it again in a few years.
I would call it a solid top third. I have over 110 audiobooks so that is a fairly significant achievement. Overall the book was entertaining from start to finish and thats a rare thing these days. The story had some descent twists and did not feel like just another formula thriller.
When listening to a John Grisham novel, I often ask myself where he is going with it. This book was no exception, but I actually let my guard down and didn't see the end coming at all. It was comforting to know that he can still kick me when I'm not looking. If you like Grisham's novels, this one is worth your attention.
I enjoy a book or movie that requires me to pay attention, thus taking me away from everything for a period of time. I'm not concerned about reality, as long as it's a good read and fun story line. The Racketeer is one of those books.
It is evident John Grisham must have had fun writing this book. As another listener mentions Grisham allowed his imagination to help him write. It was a nice change of pace to have the book begin with a lawyer, Mal Bannister, who is in prison. Mal is very likeable and believable. The FBI put him away for something he didn't do (as they all say), and now is his chance for payback. They have no suspects in a federal judge's murder, but he knows just who they should investigate. Of course he has expectations for this information, and they don't have much choice but to cooperate with Mal. He takes them on quite a ride after they arrest the person he points to and he (Mal) gets released into Witness Protection.
The narrator was very good. The pace was fairly slow, which is understandable considering this is about a man with a plot that requires a lot of time and planning.
At at the end of the book Grisham admits many things (including laws) were not researched and pretty much everything was fiction (I have to admit I had not considered whether anything was true, I just enjoyed the book).
John Grisham did not let us down!!! It was a great story and even had some mystery that I wasn/t expecting!!
The pelican Brief because of the mystery and twists and turns!!
Great story reader!!
Go for the Gold
yes, in general I usually like John Grisham books.
Story line was ok, seemed like a little more effort would have made it much better.
I think the performance is what really killed it for me....it was just blah.
The story is vintage Grisham and I enjoyed listening to it. However, in the end, I felt it was short. I think Grisham could have done more with it. Probably unfair of me to say so as the story had plenty of characters and twists and turns. So, I am not sure why I am saying so. The narrator was not the cause of my minor dissatisfaction, he did his job well.
Someone with a limited imagination or just needs background noise.
Never released it!
John Grisham has steadily gotten worse since I read the Client. This book actually hurt to listen to waiting for such phrases as "And so on" in every description. I think he may be using ghost writers because this book lacks any sort of imagination.
I laughed a lot during this book
I love the way the story keeps getting better.