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!!
I've read every Jack Reacher novel, so was pleased to see the newest available so soon on Audible. As most Audible veterens know, the narrator can make or break a novel. The same book read by two different people can "feel" totally different. After listening to Bad Luck and Trouble I've concluded that my disappointment is not with the story, but with the narration. The voices and dialects just seem all wrong. Reacher isn't Reacher. O'Donnell, an ex-Army MP, is made to sound like some smarmy Atlantic Seaboard Socialite. And the women don't sound like women. The discordent characterizations kept getting in the way of a great action story. I am going to get the book now to read, as I recommend to you.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I've just completed a review to Lee Child's 21st Reacher novel totled Night School which was released today. The Reacher character is developed over 21 novels. The novels jump around in Reachers life; they are not chronological so they can be listened to and enjoyed in any order.. If one wants to fully understand the motivations and drive of the Jack Reacher character I recommend several books which I believe are the best (I have rated 19 of 21 Reacher novels 5 stars). One of those is Bad Luck and Trouble which is set about 10 years after he left the Army. I also especially like Killing Floor which is set just after he leaves the Army, 61 Hours which is set later, and Never Go Back which is really a continuation of 61 Hours.
Bad Luck and Trouble is an outstanding novel which introduces the reader to the key characters who were in Reacher's old MP unit. Dick Hill narrates, of course. as only he can. Bad Luck and Trouble has my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION.
Most of the book is learning about and trying to solve the mystery, which was ok, not great. But I enjoyed it because I like hanging out with Reacher. Then the last two hours were great - lots of fun, well done tough guy action.
Again you need to suspend disbelief for a few things. Most of that I didn’t mind, but I had a little trouble with this one. I found it hard to believe that Naegley with all her contacts didn’t even try to use a hacker to break the password protection on a flash drive. Instead the group was guessing passwords which resulted in erasing info on two flash drives.
The ending was excellent and feel good.
This was my first Reacher book. Good development of the good guys. Poor development of the bad guys. Fair story line up to the end but then, for me, it fell apart. Went beyond the feasible even for this genre. The narrator seemed to have developed his style and choice of voices from an old Dead End Kids movie. He made a couple of the good guy characters unappealing for me. I didn't feel cheated when I finished but I have a hard time recommending it too strongly for others. Reacher fans may ignore the shortcomings and enjoy getting up to date on Reacher and his former squad.
This is an excellent story that helps you to understand Jack Reacher. It introduces characters from his past that help to tell the story of Reacher's military service. "You don't mess with the special investigators" unless you're looking for trouble. A must for any Reacher fan.
I am a 67 year old psychologist. I have been married for 28 years, with two sons who are 27 and 24. I love listening to the books.
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.
Dick Hill is perfect for this series. I enjoyed the book although I thought the ending was a little abrupt compared to the development of the rest of the book.
Hoping for more interaction with team members in future. Favorite was McDonald. Liked the Two lines that came together. Makes the second read more interesting. Liking the Series