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.
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.
If you compare this one to Jack Reacher's 'Kill Shot', this book will be 2 stars less. I had read couple of Jack Reacher series and was expecting an exciting and thrilling story line, but was very disappointed. The story lacks the usual Jack Reacher's detective skills. The plot and the motive turns out to be very week. Do not waste your credits on this book.
If Jack Reacher novels were crack, this is the best fix yet. Honestly, with so many books in a series, I don't have high expectations that an author can time and time again keep my interest. I figure at some point here my addiction to Reacher has to come to an end. Yet book seven is like the "Best of Reacher." The eventual twist in the plot was in fact foreshadowed all along, right under my nose, but I didn't see it! "This and not that" as Garber might say.
I'm wondering what I will do when I run out of books. I will likely need an inpatient program to break free, or at least a support group.
Sure I would recommend this. With a warning that it is really, really violent. But what a great woven story! Lots of ellements to it. You will like the character so much with the narrator's voice.
AWEsome as usual.
I am not going to see the first Jack Reacher movie that is now out... after listening to the character played/narrated by Dick Hill, I just can't imagine enjoying the movie having Jack Reacher played by "T.C."
This was actually the first Jack Reacher I've read. I didn't realize that I'd picked up in the middle of a series, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. The author includes enough details about Reacher for the reader to get to know him without having read earlier books. However, I did go ahead and purchase Book 1 and Book 2 because I so enjoyed this one and thought I'd like to "read" the rest of the series. It was fast-paced and kept me interested. There were a couple of twists and a few things that I kind of saw coming. The narrator had a tendency to read it like an old cop show narration and there were more than a few times when it felt contrived (a la Leslie Nielsen doing "Airplane"). But, overall, it was a enjoyable listen.
Dick Hill does a great job with the Jack Reacher series. Listen to one book and it's good, really good even. But listen to the series and you come to love the characters and how Reacher is portrayed in each.
You'll see similarities David Baldacci's recent military cop series. Although, they are quite different at the end of the day. The Reacher series is probably better.
The final showdown between Paulie and Reacher. Pretty entertaining. For a few minutes, you actually think Reacher is going down.
I listen to books while I drive to work and found myself sitting in the parking lot waiting to see what happened before turning my car off!