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The Racketeer Audiobook

The Racketeer

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Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.

Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.

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. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.

What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price—especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday....

Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

©2012 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    William Amador MOORPARK, CA, US 02-11-13
    William Amador MOORPARK, CA, US 02-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Plodding story line"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It wasn't terrible but I don't care for the story line...this happened then this happened, then I did this then I did that.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    I have liked other stories by Grisham. This was not one of his better ones.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


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    ICooper Georgia, USA 02-11-13
    ICooper Georgia, USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "If you love Grisham"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would not have had Malcom Bannister the main character leave Nathanr in a Jamaican jail getting beaten up while the main character runs off with his money. The beatings to near death were a painful fact even though he had killed two people along with the main characters indifference.


    Which character – as performed by J.D. Jackson – was your favorite?

    Not sure there was a favorite character for me, none of them were appealing.


    Could you see The Racketeer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, Will Smith, or Denzel Washington.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good but not great Grisham. If you love Grisham definitely listen and the performance was well done.

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    james fort worth, tx, United States 02-08-13
    james fort worth, tx, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "NIce Try at a blaxploitation book... but it fails."

    The book seems to be a product of a misguided suggestion. "Make a book where the black white-collar protagonist is innocent and sticks it to The Man" In trying to appeal to a black audience, the author makes the unforgivable mistake of creating a world that mimics reality but does not abide by the same rules in an unconvincing and unhumorous manner in order to pander to a specific race.

    The man character is an unemotional black man that is not enraged by the fact that he is not guilty and is helpful to all those around him regardless of race. Simply not believable.

    He somehow co-ordinates several other characters to play their part to bring down the government case against all of them, in one case convincing someone to do some hard time in order to play along. SImply not believable.

    He finds a huge stash of gold, the real killer of the judge, takes possession of it and deals with the killer in his own way using information that the FBI also has, mocks the FBI and gets them to give him a plea deal, all without the FBI having the ability to figure out any of it. SImply not believeable.

    The main character is flat, the whole book is an excuse for the ending that leaves you feeling gypped.

    The author does not attempt to explain how the most difficult feats are accomplished or how he gets the co-operation of several baddies because any explination would be farcical at best.

    Stay away and get something decent.

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    Lori Winchester, CA, United States 02-07-13
    Lori Winchester, CA, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "One of John Grisham's Best"
    If you could sum up The Racketeer in three words, what would they be?

    To me this book was different from the rest of John Grisham's books but excellent in every way. The story line was great and the ending was a surprise. All in all I thoroughly enjoy every thing about the book! I couldn't quit listening to it.


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    Marsha Cipollone Pittsburgh, Pa, US 02-06-13
    Marsha Cipollone Pittsburgh, Pa, US 02-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    Absolutely...kept me engaged.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Malcolm...he was extremely intelligent


    What does J.D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes you feel as if he IS Malcolm


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Wisconsin 02-05-13
    Dan Wisconsin 02-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Listen!"

    Great listen, I recomend it to everyone, classic Grisham! Audible is an excellent tool that allows me the freedom to listen while I drive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    diegooppo West Palm Beach, FL 02-04-13
    diegooppo West Palm Beach, FL 02-04-13 Member Since 2015

    Italian translated in America in 2001, work in Hospitality industry and I am an avid listener.

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    "Always entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Racketeer to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the book but I can say that the narrator could have used a little more energy


    What did you like best about this story?

    How everything untangles at the end


    Which character – as performed by J.D. Jackson – was your favorite?

    None


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No but it made me want to move to the islands


    Any additional comments?

    Grisham books are always a good read and this one does not disappoint

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Cooney Ann Arbor, MI 02-04-13
    William Cooney Ann Arbor, MI 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Typical Grisham"
    Where does The Racketeer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a wonderfully done audiobook. Having read and enjoyed all of John Grisham's previous works, I was not disappointed by his latest legal thriller. The narration was almost as good as the writing itself. J.D. Jackson did a remarkable job.


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    Trish Elk Point, SD, United States 02-04-13
    Trish Elk Point, SD, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "It's anyone's game!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great listen..


    What did you like best about this story?

    It wasn't preditcable..


    What does J.D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fantastic voice...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Parts made me laugh.. other parts made me go hmmmm....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Westerly, RI, United States 02-04-13
    Janice Westerly, RI, United States 02-04-13
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    "Boring and predictable"
    What would have made The Racketeer better?

    Everything


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    It was obvious this story was churned out for the money. Not much tthinking went on.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J.D. Jackson?

    I think it was more the story and how it was written but a little less monotone would have helped.


    What character would you cut from The Racketeer?

    All


    Any additional comments?

    One to help you sleep. I expected better from this author.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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