An excellent beginning, good writing, and the power of a great character are; in the end, wasted due to the two weaknesses of Lee Child. The first is the omnipresent filler that takes the Jack Reacher novels two or three hours longer than they need to be; this one drags things out to a painful level; it is the weakest Reacher novel since Tripwire. The second factor is the overly drawn out finale that is a part of every book in the series; in this case though it is taken to ridiculous lengths. There is one anti climactic scene that to me appeared absolutely ridiculous. There is much that's okay in this listen but if this is your initial foray into the Reacher series; you might not read another.
Outstanding. I've read it twice already.
When the narrator is reading the chapter in which Jack almost drowns. I was on the edge of my seat.
I haven't. But now I want to. Excellent narrator.
No extreme reactions. But I really enjoyed the story and the narration.
Looking forward to others in the series.
This was my third read of a Jack Reacher novel, even though this is the 7th book in the series. It does well as a stand alone novel, and the sequencing of the stories is immaterial.
This audio book was an excellent package deal. The story and narrator were a good match.
As for the Jack Reacher character, well let's just say he is the anti-bond. Bond is slick and suave, and Reacher is rough around the edges. Bond is a socialite, and Reacher a loner.
Both characters share many similarities, as does the story and writing styles. These books can be a bit formulaic, as are many series, but that is really a minor detraction.
Pick this up if you are looking for a well crafted bit of entertainment.
The pace of the story.
The last fight with Pauly.
The performance of this book by Dick Hill is perfect. The story is violent, but very entertaining a departure from my usual reads, but at the right price I will buy more of this series.
I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!
This may be the best Reacher novel since The Killing Floor. I have had two complaints about the series in earlier books: 1. The women are weak and whiny, and 2. Jack is too "perfect" -- always the smartest, strongest and wittiest.
With respect to the female characters: I found Duffy to be competent, if not deep. It was a step in the right direction, hopefully the next novels will continue to grow in depth and intensity. As much as I like Dick Hill's narration I still find him incapable of female voices.
And with respect to my second complaint, I was very happy with the glimpses into Reacher's past. It gave him complexity and allowed him to show some vulnerability. In past books I found him unbelievable. When a character isn't real I find it hard to buy into the circumstances of the story. Thankfully, this episode finally answered this criticism and gave me a more complicated Reacher.
In this edition of the series Jack worked under-cover in conjunction with Duffy's crew. It made for a more compelling story. I hope that Jack finds himself in similar situations in the next books too.
Within the Jack Reacher Series, it would be 4 of the 4 I've read so far. I like the story, but it was just a little drug out.
Yes. That is what I love about this series. All the stories so far are NAIL BITERS!
When they found out where Teresa was, and then rescued her. I was sorry for the maid.
Throughout all the books I've read, and I do not expect future ones to change, Jack Reacher's compassion and need for justice is always heartwarming and satisfying.
Where are books 9 & 10??? I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Typical Jack Reacher - lots of action with a decent story line behind it.
The one thing that made me rate this lower is the use of "I said nothing".
It must be used 300 to 400 times in the book, well it felt like it anyway. Someone with the text version can go and count it...
Takes time to get used to Dick Hill, but now I enjoy his way of telling the story.
Okay, I understand it's fiction in the thriller genre and one can't expect total realism, but this one really stretched believability at times. The scene where he falls in the ocean has to be the most dramatic sequence I've ever encountered in a book. It was so ludicrous that I laughed out loud instead of being tense. I thought that scene would never end. He had time to drown several times over, let alone think it all through in such graphic detail.
But I like Dick Hill as the narrator for Jack Reacher and in general I like the character. The overall plot was good, just too far fetched at times to be very believable.
a little mystery
I useally really enjoy Lee Child, this time the book was a waste of my time,
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.