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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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    Ron TUALATIN, OR, United States 02-25-13
    Ron TUALATIN, OR, United States 02-25-13
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    "Gripping all the way through"
    What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

    Not knowing how the outcome would be. Always different twists and turns along the story line


    What did you like best about this story?

    How an innocent man can get back at the government and how inept the government is.


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

    His voice reflections


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

    When I learned who really was the killer


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    Gary A. Rosenberg 02-25-13 Member Since 2001
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    "good read but unrrealistic"

    This book was so unrealistic and the hero just too cleaver and the FBI just too stupid to really make this a good book. It had a surprise ending only because it was so ridiculous.

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    Pam 02-25-13
    Pam 02-25-13
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    "Don't make too many assumptions with this book..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Lots of twists and turns. Can't think of any "slow" spots when I wanted to stop listening. All in all, a great story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The surprises and the depth.


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

    The main character - Malcolm Bannister.


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

    The ending.


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    Rodney 02-23-13
    Rodney 02-23-13 Listener Since 2004
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    "Grabbed My Attention From Beginning To End!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

    It is a well written easy to understand story read by a great narrator. I had not heard J. D. Jackson read before. From the start he had a very clear and strong voice that took command of the story as if it was indeed his very own experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is written as a first person narrative. Thus it was easy to follow along. Too often Books are written with too many characters and too many scene changes. This makes for a lot of confusion in the beginning of many books.


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

    As I stated above, he has a strong articulate voice that gives strength to the main character. The story is very well written and J.D. Jackson elevates it and the listener thinks that he is indeed the actual main character.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A great story with a great finish. You won't regret selecting this book.

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    Lawrence Charlottesville, VA, United States 02-23-13
    Lawrence Charlottesville, VA, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    Any additional comments?

    Much of the time the main character is off setting up a plan that he knows about, but hasn't shared with the audience. So the big reveal is simply a matter of finally letting us in on what he has known all along. It is far better when the reader and the hero are both discovering new information and sharing in the suspense.

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    RuthAnn 02-22-13
    RuthAnn 02-22-13

    Retired grandma - "nana" - love to read and travel and audible fits that bill!

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    "Wish we had read the reviews first!"
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    We usually enjoy a Grisham book. We downloaded this one and saved it for a road trip. MISTAKE! Several times we stopped listening and asked ourselves if this could possibly really have been written by John Grisham. We have not been able to bring ourselves to finish listening. Obviously not well researched and very poorly performed. We will not use a credit for a Grisham book again. His hatred for the government and all law enforcement has become so great that it overshadows his talent for telling a good story. Personally, We would appreciate getting our credit refunded!

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    Mary 02-21-13
    Mary 02-21-13
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    "Don't waste your money."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love Grisham's work. This was a waste of time. His worst book to date.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    everything


    What didn’t you like about J.D. Jackson’s performance?

    put me to sleep


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    TRYA Laurel, MD, United States 02-19-13
    TRYA Laurel, MD, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2017
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    "BORING!!!"

    Gosh! I've been a huge fan of the author for years and this book was the worst of them all. It dragged on way too long and it became very confusing. Maybe i could give it a try again by reading the book but I doubt it would make any difference.

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    oskiek 02-19-13
    oskiek 02-19-13
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    "Better Grisham, but not at his best"

    It took me a while to get engaged in this book, and I think that was Grisham's intent not to reveal all the details of the plot. First part of the book is all about Malcolm Bannister state of affairs - he is a lawyer in prison on racketeering charges. He is busy planning on how to get him self out of his current predicament. Second part of the book is how he plans and executed his revenge scheme. It is a much better book by Grisham then his other recent attempts, but oils does not compare to his earlier work.

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    Cate 02-17-13
    Cate 02-17-13
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    "Blech."
    What disappointed you about The Racketeer?

    The characters were irritating; their backstories were shallow and there was no one to connect with.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    The stupid plot. Someone called it "borderline annoying." No, just annoying. It felt like a plot without people, that he spent so much time coming up with a cleverly unfolding plot that he lost track of whether readers/llisteners would care in the first place. I didn't, and it was not suspenseful at all, either. You just listened knowing that the author was showing off how great he is cooking up a twisty plot, but with 2-D characters. It felt nothing more than egotistical, actually.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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