"Too clever by half"
An easy enough read with the main character being too clever by half for it to be credible. A complicated, but unbelievable romp through the criminal process which leaves the impression that Grisham wrote this while idling the time between creating his more credible pieces of work.
Nonetheless it passed the time pleasantly, with the narrator being excellent. By all means read and enjoy, but definitely and 'on the beach' read.
"grisham the great"
clear and precise voices and the the story was so good
there were many when I discovered that it had all been prepared whilst he was in prison
the characters become so real when they are audible
it gave me all sorts of different feelings especially in the suspense
no great book as always from grisham
"A plot that just keeps on developing, intriguing"
I have listened to it again, to see if I could have guessed where the story was going, and I couldn't! This is a well-crafted novel: I wasn't that keen on the book to begin with. It was a slow start with Malcolm Bannister (main character) full of self pity combined with large dollops of information about the US prison system. The plot slowly develops with many twists and turns. J.D. Jackson does an excellent job, his pace and delivery carefully matching the pace of the plot. Go try it!
"A new discovery!"
I did't really think this would be my sort of book, but downloaded it after a recommendation from a friend. I enjoyed the twists in the book and it had a good conclusion. All the characters were believable and interesting. I will now be buying more from John Grisham and am pleased to see there are lots to choose from and that he is still bringing out new books.
"Another great read from Grisham"
This deviates from the usual lawyer story and is all the better for it. J.D. Jackson performs superbly and really added to the enjoyment of this highly unpredictable story. I was gripped from the start and just when the plot seems to be winding down, off it goes again catching you up in a whole new story-line. Whether you are a Grisham fan or not I would highly recommend you try the Racketeer!
I had no real issue with J.D.Jackson..thought he did the best job he could have really
I have been a Grisham fan for a long time, but this is one of those occasions when you feel he is putting something out just to satisfy publisher and fans. The story starts well enough, but it becomes really far fetched and lacking in his usual dialogue. Not one I would recommend and instantly forgettable. No matter how much this author has entertained me in the past, it feels like a bad copy of something that's good.
"Best one in a while"
This was the best John Grisham that I have listened to in a while. Its always good when your favourite charecters come out on top! Good narrator - which always makes an audio book better than a book.
So many twist and turns in the story it kept you guessing right to the end.
I can't think of a particular moment, to me everything about the book was memorable.
He bought the characters to life with his narration.
Yes I would
Thoroughly enjoyed the book, a riveting read John Grisham at his best I think!
"Good Read JUST"
I was perhaps wishing this to be better that it was. This was my first purchase and this may be reflects my judgement. The storyline was fine and easy to listen to. The audio quality and the reader was very good. I feel that I expected too much from an audio download. The overall score if I had to would be 7.5 from 10.
I have NOT listened to but have read John Grisham and knew his work. This rated highly among those I have read.
The tone and reflection was very good.
too good! too little! too late!
I will buy more..........................
I couldn't fault the narrator but the content left me cold. I've read and/or listened to Grisham for years, probably nearly everything he has written but I had to give up on this after about 3 hours. I was bored. I didn't engage with any of the characters and didn't care about them. It was so slow I lost interest in the events being depicted and I wonder if Grisham wrote it? The only other Grisham I've failed to complete was the painted house and would say this is as poor as that.
The Best Exotic Mango Hotel
Yes - slow!
Disappointment - not up to Grisham's usual standard