For me, listening is capturing the action live. Although after I listened my husband read the book and couldn't put it down. But when I listen it's like hearing a movie and the picture is vivid in my mind.
It compares to the Shawshank redemtion. Engrossing.
characterization of voice. Each one is an individual.
Fascinating story and legally believable if not accurate.
The reader carried me right thru the story.....
I never knew what would happen next
The ease that he took on each character
The whole story was moving and believable
Keep waiting for something to happen. It never did.
I don't think so, he seems to be fading
Audio better than print? No, depends on your mood
I thought of Grisham's The Litagator--serious subject but handled deftly and with some humor..
I finished this listen with some reservatiosn--until I heard Grisham's own closing remarks. They set things straight-- and I set my doubts aside..
John Grisham does it again! The characters were brought to life not only through the writing of J.G. but through the narration of J.D. Jackson. I gave an overall of 3 only because parts of the story did drag out a bit, but only to set up the remaining story lines. J.D. Jackson did a great job narrating. I will diffidently find another read by him.
Fast-paced but not believable.
Maybe I'm just getting old, I remember past Grisham's novels as being more engaging.
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).