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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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    Delcenia 11-21-12
    Delcenia 11-21-12
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    "John Grisham is Genius"
    If you could sum up The Racketeer in three words, what would they be?

    As all of Grishams novels, this one didn't dissapoint. Exciting, thrilling, satisfying.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot did keep me at the edge of my seat. I always try to predict the outcome when I listen, some things I got right some I didn't, but enjoyed it non the less.


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

    Malcolm/Max was my favorite character...for obvious reasons.


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

    The moment in the book that moved me most, was to hear the events that happen to Malcolm/Max after his arrest, sentencing and so forth, the loss he bared was unbelievable and heart breaking.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Grisham, Hats off to you again, keep up the great work. Thanks.

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    Nanny Yetz 11-21-12
    Nanny Yetz 11-21-12
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    "Not up to Grisham standards"
    What did you like best about The Racketeer? What did you like least?

    The story was okay, with lots of twists and turns, but character development lacked, it just felt unpolished. The narrator was amateur at best.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. Have read them all.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Room for improvement. Sounded more like a father reading a bedtime story - well not really even that good. Not professional and polished. Flat and emotion challenged!!


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

    Samuel L. Jackson - he's got that "attitude" thing, much like our Malcomb


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    Mark Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 11-21-12
    Mark Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 11-21-12
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    "Predictable fluff"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More intricate storyline and collaboration.


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

    Been less formulaic in his storytelling.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Made central character sound less smug.


    What character would you cut from The Racketeer?

    Any FBI agent.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Swansea, MA, United States 11-20-12
    Eva Swansea, MA, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I really wish Grisham would have done his research"
    What did you like best about The Racketeer? What did you like least?

    I couldn't wait to hear what happened next, just not for the right reasons. I just wanted to know what happened, so I could be finished with the book. The story had good drive, but I really wish Grisham would have done his research and made it believable. And I am not a discerning reader, I am willing to accept most plots as long as they are entertaining, but this just made me feel silly.

    The best thing about this book, is the narrator. Great voice for the part!


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    M. Dunn 11-20-12
    M. Dunn 11-20-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Terrible narration, buy the book"

    I wish I had held off on buying the audio version of this book until I had read what other reviewers had posted. The pace at which the narrator spoke was so slow that the audio could probably been an hour shorter if read by someone else. I felt as though the narrator thought perhaps my first language was not English, or that I I was old and feeble, or that perhaps his true manner of speaking is so mired in dialect that he had to try too hard. Yes, these were my thoughts as we ground through the narration, and so I lost the thread of the story on occasion. Frankly, I just didn't care by the end. Just glad it was over.

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    Peter 11-20-12
    Peter 11-20-12
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    "All that for a MLB ballplayer's salary?"

    OK ... five or more people risk prison, their lives, and more for a "jackpot" they must split of about 8 million dollars. Grisham: That's what Melky Cabrera got each year for two years just to play baseball for the Blue Jays. Add another zero to make it interesting. By today's standards, 80 million dollars will get you a mediocre free agent pitcher for a few years.

    After a while, it just didn't seem that exciting by those standards.

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    Sue Overland Park, KS, United States 11-19-12
    Sue Overland Park, KS, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Grisham hit"
    Where does The Racketeer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If it were a written version you'd say it is a definate "page turner" that you didn't want to put down.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Lots of twists that surprise you at the end.


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

    Did a great job.


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

    Really caught me off guard. Didn't suspect anything until it all came together.


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    Lincoln Spring, Texas, United States 11-19-12
    Lincoln Spring, Texas, United States 11-19-12
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    "Who really done it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Racketeer to be better than the print version?

    Enjoyed Grisham again. Story keeps you thinking. Performance by Jackson very good.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes Full of twists and turns


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

    Brings characters alive


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

    Not really Just overall good.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming.

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    Rev. M. Brooks 11-19-12
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    "John, You could do better"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have been a Grisham fan for years and love most everything he has written. This effort was not worthy of his name. Slow and tired. Maybe Grisham is the real Racketeer.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sue.


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

    Jackson reads well and mad a relatively uninspiring story interesting enough to finish the listen.


    Did The Racketeer inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to hear more books read by Michael Beck. Now there's a real pro.

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    Sandy 11-19-12
    Sandy 11-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Grisham scores again."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Grisham's books never, ever simply follow a recipe. This is one reason I enjoy his books so much. They are always complicated and take you on a journey with many twists and turns.


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

    I don't want to give the plot away here, so I won't comment on this one.


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

    Jackson did a great job of bringing the characters to life. I don't think I have listened to him read before, but he was very credible.


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

    you may think you know the racket, but you don't


    Any additional comments?

    glad to see Grisham back. I've always enjoyed his stories set in the South, since I'm from the South myself.

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