While this story did a bit more twisting and turning and backtracking than Grisham's usual "lawyer-based" books, it was fascinating to follow. I certainly intend to listen to it again and will save it on the shelves of my audio library.
Malcom, (aka Max) playing both parts, kept me alert. Couldn't help but admire his audacity and confidence when it came to working the system!
This is my first experience with J.D. Jackson but it sure won't be my last. Jackson did a great, more than successful job playing the new and the old Mal/Max with the subtle changes deliberately made by the character. His delivery of the conversation between Mal/Max and his buddy-in-crime in the despicable island jail certainly had me convinced he had been right there listening to the whole thing.
Another great Grisham -- recommended reading!
A different pace by the reader
To many to mention.
Listened to this book on an 11 hour drive and still did not get to the end. Had to listen to the end on the way home. Only finished it because we were bored. The narrative was so tedious and slow. Good luck with this book.
It steered a bit away from the usual Grisham formula - - - in a good way.
The storyline was not predictable. The plot kept unfolding throughout the story.
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
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