This was my first listen to the Jack Reacher novels, and I've already downloaded a few more. It's a fast paced story, full of action, suspense, murder, romance. You name it, this story has it, to keep the earbuds on for the duration.
The narration is excellent, so I'll definitely want to listen to more from Dick Hill, along with reading this series.
Having just finished the excellent "Tripwire," I was ready for another Reacher. "Persuader" killed the character for me for some time to come. Story flat, characters full of lead. Seems as if Child wrote this one for the money. I've enjoyed this series, but not this version.
Yes, its a long story so a 2nd listen would allow to get a bit more details of the story.
Yes-it sure did.
Dick Hill is the only narrator for the series I can listen to.
Where: I listened to this on a long car ride. It did the job of keeping me entertained without having to think too much.
Summery (no spoilers): After running into a traitor Jack thought he'd killed, Jack agrees to go undercover in order to save another exposed undercover agent and infiltrate/expose a high level drug/gun dealer.
Pros: Classic action from Lee Child and Reacher. Delivers everything expected - suspense, twists, guns, intensity, brief romance/fling, fights, etc. This was my 3rd Reacher novel and I enjoyed it the most. It has two stories going at once. One from his past that reflects similarities from present. It makes the characters feel a little more developed.
Cons: Pretty standard formula of Reacher in action. But then again, that's why you would choose this novel! My only complaint (with this book and those like it) is the brutality of the 'tortured/murdered' victims. I understand you have to make the Antagonist bad, but keep it vague for me.
Overall - Good for fast-paced, high-intensity action filled reading/listening.
I would rank Persuader 8 out of 10 among the audiobooks I have listened to, only because of the narrator.
In the beginning, "Jack Reacher killing a cop"
I'm forced to listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill, he is tooooo mono toned. The females all sound the same and the males sound like the females. To bad we don't have Jonathan McClain back, he did a much better job.
If I could have tolerated Dick Hill, I could have listened in one sitting. But I need a break to figure out who was who.
I like books.
Good story, classic Reacher.
The complexity of the story development (bringing a back-story into it) was a newer aspect of the Reacher series for me.
I always like Dick's choice of voices for the supporting cast.
The graphic murders of some of the female cast was particularly engrossing, lending good support to the aforementioned back-story.
The title of my review says it all. This phrase drove me nuts throughout the story and had to have been used five times in each dialogue where tension existed.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
I liked the action parts of this novel, but the story was extremely weak and unbelievable in so many areas I don't know where to start. I have read 2 other Lee Child novels which I enjoyed, but this one was weak.
Also Dick Hill, the narrator, should not try to do any characters other than the main character. Every supporting character sounds the same-whether man or woman...like an alcoholic older woman(who we have all met on the street asking for a donation to her habit). Advise to the author, Lee Child: have someone else do the supporting characters other than Dick Hill. Dick Hill does a fine job for the main "tough guy" character. But it was tedious listening to Dick Hill repeat the same intonations for every single supporting character, whether male or female. I wanted to stop listening it was so painful.
Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
Did all kinds of chores around the house today, including taking an old toothbrush to the space between the tiles in my bathroom. I'm not very fond of housecleaning, but once in a while I get a fixation on a certain specific task and get it done as if it was an Olympic event. I also did lots of stuff around the kitchen which involved hours of pureeing foods and washing dishes. Anyhow, all that gave me ample time to finish listening to my latest serving of Lee Child, Persuader, which is the 7th book in the Jack Reacher series. I've come to expect lots of gripping, violent action and unputdownable thrills-a-minute from this series, along with more flirting an sex than any Sex and the City episode used to offer up, but somehow I found this one quite boring. Here, Reacher goes undercover within what is already an undercover 'off the books' government agency operation, presumably to rescue a female agent gone missing, but also to avenge the brutal murder of one of his former work colleagues (who happened to be a very attractive young woman and would-be lover) by killing a sadistic ex-military official gone rogue. Lots of gun descriptions, which were a yawn-fest for me, though obviously essential to the story since arms dealers played a large role, and somehow not all that much action, save for two major scenes which I guess made the price of admission worth the expense. I should make the effort to count how many times Child mentions 'he/she said nothing' in any one of his books. But I guess the music is in the space between the notes, or at least, that's what I remember reading somewhere. All the same, it took me just two days to finish this 14+ hour listen, and it did get me to do a lot more chores than I normally do in a six-month period, so it couldn't be all that bad, or at least, it won't keep me from moving on to the next book in the series, to which we get a free 20-minute preview presenting the next case in which a two star General is found dead from a massive heart attack with an empty condom still stuck to his appendage in a two-bit motel a few steps away from a sleazy girlie bar. Just right for when this old maid needs her next dose of testosterone-driven action.
My rating (2.75 stars) is based on my rating system in which three stars means 'enjoyed it (good)' and two stars mean 'it was just ok'.
Yes, I plan on it. This has been the first Reacher novel that hasnt clicked for me.
This book hasn't grabbed my attention yet. I've had it a few weeks and I'm only up to chapter 5.