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.
Too long probably would have have made a great short story
I like his work have read almost all his books but this one would make me think twice before I buy another one
all were good
If he's not going to put the time in then don't write anymore ,I got the feeling he was filling pages much as I did in high school with a 300 word essay, I feel cheated because I know he has done better.
Just a curious guy who travels the world.
Voice was slow, but pace of the narrative was slower. All manageable for a GREAT story, but I struggled to feel much sympathy for the hero.
Thank goodness Grisham has realized that he should write about what he knows best--legal thrillers. This isn't just a rerun of typical legal thriller plots; it's better, deeper, and has a different type of protagonist. He lays out most of the groundwork and clues well, but the ending caught me by surprise. You can't go into this with any preconceptions--he knocks them all down. A great listen, even though I wasn't sure at first that I liked the narrator. I soon realized that the voice did a great job of personifying the protagonist.
The story was so contrived that I lost interest in the characters. I found myself not caring at all about their actions.
Yes, I generally enjoy Grisham novels.
None of them. The performance was good, but the story was tedious.
An abridged version might be more tolerable. The scenes shift so often that it is truly unbelievable.