I couldn't wait to hear what happened next, just not for the right reasons. I just wanted to know what happened, so I could be finished with the book. The story had good drive, but I really wish Grisham would have done his research and made it believable. And I am not a discerning reader, I am willing to accept most plots as long as they are entertaining, but this just made me feel silly.
The best thing about this book, is the narrator. Great voice for the part!
I wish I had held off on buying the audio version of this book until I had read what other reviewers had posted. The pace at which the narrator spoke was so slow that the audio could probably been an hour shorter if read by someone else. I felt as though the narrator thought perhaps my first language was not English, or that I I was old and feeble, or that perhaps his true manner of speaking is so mired in dialect that he had to try too hard. Yes, these were my thoughts as we ground through the narration, and so I lost the thread of the story on occasion. Frankly, I just didn't care by the end. Just glad it was over.
OK ... five or more people risk prison, their lives, and more for a "jackpot" they must split of about 8 million dollars. Grisham: That's what Melky Cabrera got each year for two years just to play baseball for the Blue Jays. Add another zero to make it interesting. By today's standards, 80 million dollars will get you a mediocre free agent pitcher for a few years.
After a while, it just didn't seem that exciting by those standards.
If it were a written version you'd say it is a definate "page turner" that you didn't want to put down.
Lots of twists that surprise you at the end.
Did a great job.
Really caught me off guard. Didn't suspect anything until it all came together.
Enjoyed Grisham again. Story keeps you thinking. Performance by Jackson very good.
Yes Full of twists and turns
Brings characters alive
Not really Just overall good.
Keep them coming.
I have been a Grisham fan for years and love most everything he has written. This effort was not worthy of his name. Slow and tired. Maybe Grisham is the real Racketeer.
Jackson reads well and mad a relatively uninspiring story interesting enough to finish the listen.
I would like to hear more books read by Michael Beck. Now there's a real pro.
Grisham's books never, ever simply follow a recipe. This is one reason I enjoy his books so much. They are always complicated and take you on a journey with many twists and turns.
I don't want to give the plot away here, so I won't comment on this one.
Jackson did a great job of bringing the characters to life. I don't think I have listened to him read before, but he was very credible.
you may think you know the racket, but you don't
glad to see Grisham back. I've always enjoyed his stories set in the South, since I'm from the South myself.
I would recommend this audio for listening on long walks, exercising, etc. It is very entertaining with numerous plot twists.
The Racketeer was very entertaining. Grisham lets clues filter out slowly.
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.