I usually love Grisham, buying and reading them several times in a row. So I will give Grisham another chance, but this book was not up to par.
I wish Kate Atkinson would come out with a new book.
Solid, easy, appropriate
I don't see it going anywhere. There was not enough story to care about. And the characters, ugh! We didn't get to see a great trial lawyer or a troubled lawyer trying to improve himself and his circumstances in any positive way. We get a jailed lawyer intent on cheating the system for a pile of gold and a legal escape from prison.
I was so disappointed because I used a credit on this book for a long driving trip. The story wasn't strong enough to distract me as Grisham usually is. I slogged through it to see if it ever got any better. Sorry to say: it stayed mediocre and just not very interesting. I am tried of characters going after the elusive pot of gold.
I started off enjoying the book, essentially until Bannister was released. Then the story evolved into a tedious description of an implausible plan. Both he and Vanessa seemed skilled in deception beyond their capability.
Also, since this book is in the first person, how would Bannister know what was going on outside of his personal existence.
Excellent reading by Jackson.
Nancy L Hall Mom, Educator, attorney.
I listened to this selection while taking some long trips for business. I had nothing else to do, so I suppose time spent doing anything is time well spent.
It felt awkward. I have never been an African-American man, but neither has John Grisham. Crossing ethnicities in this instance just seemed insincere and awkward.
Cannot really think of one- the scenes were all very descriptive and made the settings of the scenes very believable and "alive" so the writing in general was really good.
No. All summed up just fine in the end. No need to add to it.
The character of Malcolm/Max seemed odd and awkward. He was an African American male but his words sounded wrong coming out of his mouth. Some of the inner dialogue seemed really bleached out. Of course, because I am not an African American male, I would defer to someone who is an African American male to give his opinion on this- but it felt like all the other Grisham characters trying to be another ethnicity. The narrator did an excellent job and had a beautiful, almost melodic tone as he read. I would enjoy this narrator again and will look for works where he is reading.
yes-this one just was awful
he did a decent job with the crummy story he was interpreting...
I would have asked him to start again, with a new, likeable character--and do a story that is within the REALM of POSSIBILITY... :)
Not worth your time...
Really boring predictable story
I am not a spoiler
He was about average
I think Grisham can do much better
Page by page Grisham weaves a story that intrigues and entangles the reader. Who is the good guy? Who is the bad guy? You can't help but laugh out loud as a few of the plot twists and turns are revealed. Well crafted tale from one of today's masters and he lives up to his reputation with this must-read story!
perfectly done! Great modulation without undue emphasis that might have led the listener to draw a conclusion. I will be seeking more of Mr. Jackson's readings in the future.
yes, but I didn't. I took it over the course of a few days, eagerly returning to it whenever I could.
Just exactly what I want when I pick up a Grisham book!
I had stopped reading Grisham some years ago as for me he had become too formulaic. Lawyers, crime, just change the sex, age or colour of the lead and there's your story. I decided to end that moratorium and give him another go. Overall the novel was gripping with plenty of twists and turns making you turn on your latent 'Sherlock Holmes' to solve the who, what, where and why of The Racketeer. I found, however, that at the conclusion I was left wanting one more twist or turn. Good but not great! I also found that the narrator was a little monotone to my hearing. All said and done I will read Grishams' next novel but I won't be twisting and turning in my sleep waiting for it!
Yes, I'm a Grisham fan.
I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy this book new and in hardback. It's ok as a summer read by the pool or on a long flight, but the plot was just too good to be true and fairly unremarkable.
It was a bit stilted.
A plot that might seem CLOSE to reality.
Yes, he has written some really good stuff... especially the Painted House and I cannot say enough good about the book Bleachers. Both were excellent as are several others. The Innocent Man was incredible. I KNOW more excellent books are to come.
He was ok but very slow. I read a review that said he listened on x2 and that would have been better.
I listen to two audiobooks a month. My main interest is in a well-told story, so I enjoy a lot of fiction. But I like history as well
The plot is interesting; how can a convicted (although innocent) lawyer get out of prison and become rich at the same time? The problem is that the telling of the story involves too much unbelievable human reactions. For example, would you believe that a US customs official - the guys who check your passport when you enter this country from a trip abroad - would let you in on your old passport after you have had so much plastic surgery that you are "unrecognizable?" We are told that the customs official is white, and since our protagonist is black, the official lets him into the country, since white people think "all black people look alike." I cannot believe that in a work of fiction. Would you believe that a young woman could deter two hillbillies from entering a house by taking off her blouse and bra? This embarassed the hillbillies so much that they left, even though their friend - the guy they are looking for - is in the methamphetamine business? I don't believe that, either. Fiction needs to be believable. And this plot is not.
Most disappointing is the lack of believability, as mentioned. But I have to say that the story is boring as well. It goes on and on with details that are, well, just not connected to character or to story.
I have not listened to any of this narrator's work before. I have to say he did a very good job with challenging material. I actually felt sorry for him several times, having to read this stuff.
I'd say that narration was redeeming. But that's about it.
I really liked the early Grisham; but this is my last one.