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The Racketeer Audiobook

The Racketeer

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Heidi H. 11-18-12
    Heidi H. 11-18-12

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    "Too good to be true"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or J.D. Jackson?

    Yes, I'm a Grisham fan.


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

    I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy this book new and in hardback. It's ok as a summer read by the pool or on a long flight, but the plot was just too good to be true and fairly unremarkable.


    What aspect of J.D. Jackson’s performance would you have changed?

    It was a bit stilted.


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    Donna Davidson Myer 11-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointer"
    What would have made The Racketeer better?

    A plot that might seem CLOSE to reality.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    Yes, he has written some really good stuff... especially the Painted House and I cannot say enough good about the book Bleachers. Both were excellent as are several others. The Innocent Man was incredible. I KNOW more excellent books are to come.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was ok but very slow. I read a review that said he listened on x2 and that would have been better.


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    Jon College Place, WA, United States 11-18-12
    Jon College Place, WA, United States 11-18-12

    I listen to two audiobooks a month. My main interest is in a well-told story, so I enjoy a lot of fiction. But I like history as well

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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about The Racketeer?

    The plot is interesting; how can a convicted (although innocent) lawyer get out of prison and become rich at the same time? The problem is that the telling of the story involves too much unbelievable human reactions. For example, would you believe that a US customs official - the guys who check your passport when you enter this country from a trip abroad - would let you in on your old passport after you have had so much plastic surgery that you are "unrecognizable?" We are told that the customs official is white, and since our protagonist is black, the official lets him into the country, since white people think "all black people look alike." I cannot believe that in a work of fiction. Would you believe that a young woman could deter two hillbillies from entering a house by taking off her blouse and bra? This embarassed the hillbillies so much that they left, even though their friend - the guy they are looking for - is in the methamphetamine business? I don't believe that, either. Fiction needs to be believable. And this plot is not.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    Most disappointing is the lack of believability, as mentioned. But I have to say that the story is boring as well. It goes on and on with details that are, well, just not connected to character or to story.


    Have you listened to any of J.D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of this narrator's work before. I have to say he did a very good job with challenging material. I actually felt sorry for him several times, having to read this stuff.


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

    I'd say that narration was redeeming. But that's about it.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the early Grisham; but this is my last one.

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    S. 11-18-12
    S. 11-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Intriguing, unusual thriller -"

    This book is a unique, unusual and intriguing thriller. Grisham uses his legal knowledge in a new and addictive way – he can pace a thriller like no other writer. I like the narrator, and think over time he will be a 5 star, but at the moment the pace is just a bit too slow. Well worth the listen ~ S

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    lucky clover 11-18-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Still a Star"

    John Grisham still has what it takes to grab me at the first page and keep my attention. I have never been disappointed with anything he has written. This book stands well next to the Bretheren, and the Client.

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    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 11-17-12
    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 11-17-12 Member Since 2005

    Dog Lover

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    "Good but a little slow"
    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    Yes, it was engaging, however, I agree with other reviewers that it moves slowly


    What other book might you compare The Racketeer to and why?

    Other Grisham books


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

    Malcomb


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

    His release


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen but not as good as his classics. I would rate it actually about a 3.5

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    peter 11-17-12
    peter 11-17-12
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    "Riveting -Storytelling at it's best."
    What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

    Very believable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mal, he had everything under control at all times.


    What about J.D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    His voice did not intrude, I usually knew who was speaking and it made the telling flow.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for Grisham's next book! My favorite author

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    Mr Islesboro, Maine 11-17-12
    Mr Islesboro, Maine 11-17-12
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    "Good but....."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    ... the plot is a little one-dimensional. I would recommend this as light enjoyment, but would not classify it as Grisham's finest hour.


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    tore sarpsborg, Norway 11-17-12
    tore sarpsborg, Norway 11-17-12
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    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..


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