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I could not reach a unanimous decision on this book.
The Racketeer kept me engaged throughout, yet as I listened I found myself waiting for drama that did not eventuate. Not that there wasn't drama in this book, it just wasn't as dramatic as I expected. I enjoyed the characters and the story, but found the surprise ending a bit unrewarding.
J.D. Jackson was excellent, keeping the characters nicely separated within a predominantly first-person narrative.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, a great story, so many twists and turns that you wouldn't expect. Easy to follow and a great thriller
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Racketeer?
The unexpected story line held you captivated right to the end
What does J. D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Jackson was easy to listen to, believable, his voice fitting the Characters and the pace of the book.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
It was all good
Any additional comments?
Well written, kept you interested and captivated to the very end. My only regret was that the book finished. Loved it!!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I eagerly awaited this release and was not disappointed. Brilliant story – I totally failed to see the final twist. Looking forward to the next novel.
23 of 23 people found this review helpful
Excellent book and excellently read by J D Jackson! So many crime novels are predictable but this one absolutely wasn't. Also, it is quite rare I find to have a narrator who reads so well. Many authors are let down by their readers I think. There is a tendency (particularly with British narrators, I note) to read with a stereotyped stress pattern following a trend in broadcasting these days which lends to misunderstanding of the original meaning. They have a tendency to stress the wrong word eg she LIFTED up the book or she PULLED out the pack of cigarrettes ... infuriating! When American readers read badly it seems to be because they adopt a very bored sounding continuous drone. However, J D Jackson reads supremely well and is an example to follow! Enough ranting ... The story is well crafted, the story pulls you in and the reading is great
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Not one of the better stories. So convoluted that it is an unreal and extremely unlikely tale. It annoyed me that the character squealed on a mate, otherwise I would have returned it.
Grisham was good at one time.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
No, it was an interesting book that kept me interested.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
It twists and turns and keeps you guessing. Sometimes you wondered what it was all about but it came together in the end.
What three words best describe J. D. Jackson’s performance?
Did The Racketeer inspire you to do anything?
Any additional comments?
Not his best but certainly a good listen.