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The Racketeer Audiobook
The Racketeer
Written by: 
John Grisham
Narrated by: 
J.D. Jackson
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 John Grisham (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    tore sarpsborg, Norway 11-17-12
    tore sarpsborg, Norway 11-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A four or five star ???"
    What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

    I love the work of John Grisham


    What did you like best about this story?

    Chapter 1 to 27 is a perfect Grisham..but then ....


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

    Mr. jackson did a overall very good job, his up there among the best


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

    It made me annoyed, because after chap 27 i just did not know what way the storry
    took,, it seemed like a whole new story until it opened up round chap 40 something
    maybe its just me, but i like to know where the story goes. its most irritating to wonder..
    What is this..where does this fit in the story..
    But at the end it all falls into place ,,and its a good story..


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    CURTIS BROOKLYN, NY, United States 11-16-12
    CURTIS BROOKLYN, NY, United States 11-16-12
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    "Loved the book"
    What did you love best about The Racketeer?

    At first I thought the voice of JD was too slow, but then I loved it. I enjoyed the twists in the book and was kept wondering until the end as to what ta hell was going on. :) read it..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer THE VILLAGES, FL, United States 11-16-12
    Amazon Customer THE VILLAGES, FL, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story"

    Grisham is a great story teller, every time. I always look forward to his work.

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    Leslyn 11-16-12
    Leslyn 11-16-12

    I enjoy reading!

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    "Great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

    This is a very good book. I enjoy listening to it. I could follow the narrator because his reading was clear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Racketeer?

    Swinging the deal with the federal government


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So far, the transformation of the main character into another person. I cannot wait to find out what happens next.


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

    it was just very interesting!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc 11-16-12
    Marc 11-16-12

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    "A fun read with enjoyable twists"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Racketeer to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Narration was excellent! Really felt like th eprotaginist was telling the story.


    Would you recommend The Racketeer to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would. A fun read / listen that is entertaining without taking itself too serious.


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

    A colorful, personal telling of the tale.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when Malcolm / Max first experiences the simple pleasures of freedom.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darla 11-15-12
    Darla 11-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "BEST OF THE GENRE!!"

    Of the thousands of mystery/suspense books I've read or listened to, this is the absolute best! Won't spoil it for you but this is definitely my favorite!

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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 11-15-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2012

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    "One of John Grisham's Best"

    This book is the first of John Grisham's books I have read for quite some time. Several years ago I had read some of his first books and enjoyed them tremendously. At the time i read his book, 'The Firm' I became fascinated by reading fiction dealing concerning the legal profession. I find this book to be one of his best along those lines. It is about a man who lost his license to practice law because he was sentenced to prison for engaging in racketeering.

    The story is filed with mystery, intrigue and kept me guessing the whole way through. The characters were very defined and it was easy to relate to them. The twists and turns of the story added to the suspense.

    The narrator was very good and added to the listening experience. i don't remember ever listening to him narrating any of the many other audiobooks.

    I recommend this book to all who enjoy mystery and suspense novels and to those that are interested in reading about stories with a twist set in the legal field or prison system.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    betteann 11-15-12
    betteann 11-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyed Very Much"
    Where does The Racketeer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With all the best Grishams.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Malcom is sympathetic


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

    Henry


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

    Payback is not a bitch but becoming rich


    Any additional comments?

    Highly Recommend

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    charles Edison, NJ, United States 11-14-12
    charles Edison, NJ, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would pass, I enjoyed it somewhat, but was hoping it would get good. This author has given us great reads in the past, but this does not live up to his prior books.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    was not a big fan of the narrator, not bad, just not up to the level expected


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book. I found it ok and somewhat enjoyable, but felt that it just could have been better. He has done great work in the past and I look forward to his next one, which will hopefully be better.

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    Jeff SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 11-14-12
    Jeff SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I was expecting a little more. Sad to say."
    What did you like best about The Racketeer? What did you like least?

    The narrator matched very nicely the character.
    The story was very predictable, you could easily figure out what had transpired along the way.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A plot twist or two, a surprise ending, some drama.


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

    J.D. Jackson was the best thing about the listen. He seemed very believable. At the same time many of the characters in the book sounded very similar.


    Do you think The Racketeer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, not unless Grisham, pens a suspenseful, dramatic, portrayal of men who are incarcerated, desperate, and riveting.


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