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.
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.
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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.
I love this series, but with this book something is off with the audio.
The dynamic range (range between quietest and loudest) is very large and results in frequent volume adjustments... Sometimes turn up so you can hear the words and then shortly after turn down so you don't break an eardrum.
On top of that, the sound of the audio is off. I had to use an EQ to bring down the highs and boost the mids. Maybe the audiobook just needs to be re-encoded from the original audio??
I enjoyed this story, as I have enjoyed nearly all of Lee Child's Reacher stories. Unfortunately the narration is choppy and often drops off so that you cannot understand what is being said.