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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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    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

    mountainrev

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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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    Joanne Chicago, IL, United States 11-19-12
    Joanne Chicago, IL, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaininig Grisham"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audio for listening on long walks, exercising, etc. It is very entertaining with numerous plot twists.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Racketeer was very entertaining. Grisham lets clues filter out slowly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 11-19-12
    Patricia 11-19-12
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    "Not Grisham's Best"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or J.D. Jackson?

    I usually love Grisham, buying and reading them several times in a row. So I will give Grisham another chance, but this book was not up to par.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I wish Kate Atkinson would come out with a new book.


    What three words best describe J.D. Jackson’s performance?

    Solid, easy, appropriate


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

    I don't see it going anywhere. There was not enough story to care about. And the characters, ugh! We didn't get to see a great trial lawyer or a troubled lawyer trying to improve himself and his circumstances in any positive way. We get a jailed lawyer intent on cheating the system for a pile of gold and a legal escape from prison.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so disappointed because I used a credit on this book for a long driving trip. The story wasn't strong enough to distract me as Grisham usually is. I slogged through it to see if it ever got any better. Sorry to say: it stayed mediocre and just not very interesting. I am tried of characters going after the elusive pot of gold.

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    emjayef Highland Park, Illinois, United States 11-19-12
    emjayef Highland Park, Illinois, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Good first half"

    I started off enjoying the book, essentially until Bannister was released. Then the story evolved into a tedious description of an implausible plan. Both he and Vanessa seemed skilled in deception beyond their capability.

    Also, since this book is in the first person, how would Bannister know what was going on outside of his personal existence.

    Excellent reading by Jackson.

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    R. Laurin FAYETTEVILLE, AR, United States 11-19-12
    R. Laurin FAYETTEVILLE, AR, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2014

    Nancy L Hall Mom, Educator, attorney.

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    "Awkward"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to this selection while taking some long trips for business. I had nothing else to do, so I suppose time spent doing anything is time well spent.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Grisham before, how does this one compare?

    It felt awkward. I have never been an African-American man, but neither has John Grisham. Crossing ethnicities in this instance just seemed insincere and awkward.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cannot really think of one- the scenes were all very descriptive and made the settings of the scenes very believable and "alive" so the writing in general was really good.


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

    No. All summed up just fine in the end. No need to add to it.


    Any additional comments?

    The character of Malcolm/Max seemed odd and awkward. He was an African American male but his words sounded wrong coming out of his mouth. Some of the inner dialogue seemed really bleached out. Of course, because I am not an African American male, I would defer to someone who is an African American male to give his opinion on this- but it felt like all the other Grisham characters trying to be another ethnicity. The narrator did an excellent job and had a beautiful, almost melodic tone as he read. I would enjoy this narrator again and will look for works where he is reading.

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    maureen 11-19-12
    maureen 11-19-12
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    "Unlikeable character doing unbelievable things..."
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or J.D. Jackson?

    yes-this one just was awful


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    yes


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

    he did a decent job with the crummy story he was interpreting...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Racketeer?

    I would have asked him to start again, with a new, likeable character--and do a story that is within the REALM of POSSIBILITY... :)


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth your time...

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    Ronald 11-19-12
    Ronald 11-19-12
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    "Not up to Grisham's standard"
    What disappointed you about The Racketeer?

    Really boring predictable story


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    I am not a spoiler


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was about average


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I think Grisham can do much better

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    Diane Wolcott, CT, United States 11-19-12
    Diane Wolcott, CT, United States 11-19-12
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    "Another out-of-park hit for Grisham!"
    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    Page by page Grisham weaves a story that intrigues and entangles the reader. Who is the good guy? Who is the bad guy? You can't help but laugh out loud as a few of the plot twists and turns are revealed. Well crafted tale from one of today's masters and he lives up to his reputation with this must-read story!


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

    perfectly done! Great modulation without undue emphasis that might have led the listener to draw a conclusion. I will be seeking more of Mr. Jackson's readings in the future.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, but I didn't. I took it over the course of a few days, eagerly returning to it whenever I could.


    Any additional comments?

    Just exactly what I want when I pick up a Grisham book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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