The Racketeer is a good story that you won't want to put down. Having said that, I would just like to add that, for me, this was not John Grisham's best work. Again the story was good but the interactions between characters was not as strong as I have come to expect from this great author.
A reasonably intelligent and interesting story.
I read all of Grisham's work. I will be more selective in the future.I understand I am reading fiction, but this story is absurd.
Main one first, then all the others.
Not worth a comment.
Grisham takes a different tact in this book. A lawyer in jail (hmmm) entertaining but the narration is slow and plodding. The book is predictable, including the ending, but it is an enjoyable story for a long trip in the car.
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
The story was just OOOKKKKK. Thank goodness for the narration of J.D. Jackson or I would not have been able to finish the story. The plot was rather slow and plodding. The narration by J.D. Jackson took the story to a higher level than the story alone could have done. The story had just enough of a good plot to keep me listening but if it weren't for J.D. I would have stopped before the ending for sure.
This is one of the best I have listened to in awhile.
I loved the fact that Grisham did such a good job of not giving a clue as to the outcome.
The feds are out to get him.
It is a little different that his usual books but so many twists and turns, I could not stop listening!
Contrived: too many loose ends. I am still not convinced that the silly story was not made worse by the reader.
Robotic monotone reading. My computer failed to complete the download on the final CD. This book is so bad that I don't even care because the characters aren't interesting enough to make me want to finish the book. Grisham was once a force to be reckoned with in the legal thrillers gendre. The Firm is a true classic. He needs to find a new profession. I would not waste my time or money on another Grisham: too many good, sharp writers today!
Any and all; unbelievable
What more can I say
There are few consistant, interesting, informative, and entertaining writers that I never get tired of and John Grisham is one of them. His writing voice is one I always find easy to hear and that makes his characters likeable. I always also learn something new about our legal system and it's usually not pretty.
Luckily Grisham novels always have great readers that highlight the power of his words.
J. D. Jackson reads so slowly I felt myself age as I listened. This audiobook ranks at the bottom of my list.
Couldn't make it to the ending. I'm old and don't have that much time to waste.
Jackson should listen to Gerald Doyle to learn how to read an audiobook.
Please don't use this narrator again.
For those of you who think he never left, let me refer you to "The Litigators," which I am sure was ghost written with or by someone else. But this "The Racketeer" is great.
It's great within the genre. It is pure entertainment -- a page turner, the kind of plot you want to believe but almost cannot. By the midpoint, if you haven't figured out the keystone to the whole thing, it's okay, because the unfolding is great fun. Even if you did figure it out, it is fun watching the details fall into place. The pace of the revelations is careful and effective.
If I have one criticism, it's Bannister's dealings with Nathan. There is something unnecessary there, and I find the disturbance-level to be a little bit outside the genre. There is an underlying beat of "revenge" in this story, but really there is no revenge and there is certainly no revenge to be had on Nathan. The violence and the flip treatment of the guy is a tad overboard. I expected a justification for Bannister's treatment of him, but none was there.
Except for those portions, the book is a romp -- a smug, high-stakes caper replete with shady characters and likeable bad guys and a pinch of environmentalism added to its appeal. It sort of feels like a 1980s episode of Miami Vice. Cars, boats, and private planes.
The narrator nailed the attitude of the main character/narrator. At first, I thought it was going too slow, as others have mentioned, but in time, I fell into the cadence of the reader and found his voice pleasant and appropriate. He attempted no stupid female intonations, and that was a good thing.
There are some odd things that don't quite line up for me in the plot. I found Bannister's meeting Vanessa in the prison visiting room a little unlikely. When they get together the first night, they act like long-time lovers. I also find the FBI's stupidity a little too cliché and convenient. The original deal struck between them and Bannister seemed too sweet, too quick and very unlikely, though I may be wrong and these things may really go that way.
The ensemble of characters is interesting but very much kept in the background of Bannister. Of course the woman is gorgeous, but they and some other background people who help facilitate the ordeal are nearly nameless and very forgettable.
I guess the takeaways here would be -- trust no one and Robin Hood was not a crook.