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  • The Racketeer

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge's untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland. On paper, Malcolm's situation isn't looking too good these days, but he's got an ace up his sleeve: He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge's body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary.

    Cheryl says: "Hard to get a handle on"
    "Middling (at best) Two Stars is being generous."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't care about the flow of a story.


    What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written a better book, as well as doing research about the island of Antigua. Really sloppy. If he'd visited the island, Grisham would not have called it mountainous, for example. It's a coral island - not volcanic, as truly mountainous islands are. One part does have "mountains" - the south part of the island - but the northern part is actually considered to be a desert island. As does neighboring Anguilla, Antigua even has cactus. The point of all this is that, again, Grisham was sloppy - not only with that, but with the entire book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator drove me nuts every time he mispronounced the name of the island of Antigua (as well as reading Grisham's misrepresentation of the physical landscape of the place). What's with that? The narrator referred to Antigua as AntGWA. In fact, the island's name is pronounced AntiGA. I know because my family had a home there for 25 years. Why didn't the producer check before letting the narrator make this error? And it's a big one, because it's an audio book and what people hear, they repeat. There's a special responsibility, hence, to have correct pronunciations.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


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