The author doesn't paint the word pictures that I have come to appreciate from books I have read in the past but with a little imagination, possibly from past experience, my (your) mind will fill in the blanks. The story line is a good one and an entertaining one. In spite of my misgivings, I found myself enjoying the traffic clogged trips to work each day listening to the story as it played out.
A good thriller. Not the best I've read/heard but good nonetheless. But Dick HIll? Is this guy even a professional reader? Worst reader I have ever listened to and I can hardly even begin to describe what he does wrong. His pronunciation is awkward as if he's almost drunk and is trying too hard to pronounce the words correctly. His words don't flow properly. Some of his character voices are halfway decent but his female voices are poorly done with some of them so soft you can't understand what they're saying.
George Guidal would have made this book a joy instead of just passable. I'm taking two stars away for poor reading. Sorry Dick, audiobooks are just not your thing.
I agree with the earlier comments about the very poor audio quality of this one - not just the reader and his 'voices' confusion, but the overall audio quality left much to be desired - despite downloading format 4.
Whilst the story line was reasonable if not riveting, it was spoilt by the audio constraints. The only positive thing was that I had to replay so much of it to actually understand what was being said, that it passed even more tedious hours in countless planes and airports!!
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I have read a number of the Jack Reacher books. I couldn't get through half of this one. I doubt that this has anything to do with the movie (Tom Cruise as Reacher, really?) but maybe Mr. Child should try something else. My favorite thriller writers (Timothy Hallinan, Thomas Perry, etc) have the lives of their characters progress in ways that are similar to our lives. Jack Reacher is stuck in stone. He is a permanent loner with no relationships other than prior military contacts. He could develop a life without straining the safety of Reacher. Dick Hill does a fine job with these kinds of things, but this is the kind of thing that only people who like this kind of thing will like.
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I am not listening to these in order, but this is my fourth adventure and it will not be the last.
For me, this was the most enjoyable Reacher so far. It is well written and has unique incidents. Our vagabond is doing his usual meandering, anonymous tour of the United States. By an unusual communication method, he is called to an emergency meet of his old Army team. Four show up and four are missing; only one body has been recovered and it has evidence of a violent death and disposal. Finding the bodies, untangling the mystery, and thwarting a plot to confiscate US military weapons are all mixed in with revenge and the usual mayhem.
There were many humorous bits thrown in that made me chuckle out loud. How dare the bad guys destroy his toothbrush?
Dick Hill is a master narrator for this genre. I always enjoy listening to him.
I enjoyed this book. I like the Reacher books when the Nagely charecter is included. Great story lots of twists and turns, the reason I like Lee Child books.
"I can't go out today. Really sorry." translation, "I just found a book that I can't pass by."
WOW I've read Coben and Koonz and loved him, so someone suggested me to have a shot with Lee Child. And he disappoint. Military code and the reference to their codes adds a superb touch to the noval.
Dick Hill was amazing too, I think no other narrator can do a better job than him on the same book, and I'm picky to the extreme with narrators. I can't wait to read more of Child's books! And I hope audible could get us more of his books in the future too.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
I like Lee Childs way of doing the twists and turns within the story. All the players count and it keeps me listening. This book is no exception. I'd recommend it if you like intrigue.