Either Lee Child has written one too many Reacher mysteries or I've read one too many. This book was a big disappointment. The inconsistencies are maddening. Child spends a lot of ink describing the close bond between Jack Reacher and his former Army MP buddies. Then he makes a lie of this premise with banter between them that is snide, snarky, condescending and competitive. It was painful to listen to. Child also describes Reacher's female colleagues as incredibly strong, gifted and successful. Yet one of them (the most successful in civilian life) defers to Jack in the most obsequious of ways. If you have enjoyed the strong feminine characters in other Jack Reacher novels, they are MIA in this one. Dick Hill may have narrated one too many Reacher novels too. His reading of this book makes the writing flaws so much worse.
I like the Jack Reacher franchise and this was actually the first book from the series I listened to and have been hooked ever since! Dick Hill is the voice of Reacher and hope that Lee never changes the reader.
Reacher leaves no comrades behind and his "code" for justice is consistent throughout the series. All of our heroes need flaws in order to make them identifiable--in Reacher's case it is his weakness for the fairer sex.
Get this book--you will not be disappointed.
I like Lee Child's books, and Dick Hill delivers 1st narration; but the books are beginning to seem formulaic. I was excited with the prospect that Lee Child was about to introduce an ensemble cast of characters to mix things up a bit; but it didn't really happen. Jack Reacher is a strong character who has a rigidly designed personality. So, the books are similar to a Sherlock Holmes mystery in that the main character is exactly the same inside a new story. Therefore, it is very important that the stories not be the same.
Its a struggle to listen to this book. Wanting to give the writer a chance, I had to make an effort to "forget" the voice of the narrator. But how can you? I am no linguist, but this guy has one of the strongest accents for a fiction book that I have ever heard - perhaps from the Boston area? The guy doesn't prenunciate his R's. The thing is, it makes every character in the book appear to be from the same area of the country. I can't explain the phenominon any better than that, and I don't have the same experience when a mid-western type 'non-accent" belongs to the narrator.
I do give the narrator credit for trying to show the feeling of the characters, but his delivery makes the book seem like some old cheesy dime store detective novel. And if you aren't wanting a cheesy dime store detective novel, the book is only worth two stars.
Jack Reacher is at it again. This time with the help from old friends he continues to use his experience, skills, and size to right all wrongs!
This novel is very, very bad and extremely troublesome. The plot, if you wish to call it that, is at best childish. The bad plot is supplemented by an extremely bad reader who has a lot of trouble keeping track of the voices of the various characters in the book. I wholeheartedly suggest that you bypass this one and spend your money more wisely. If I could have given this a zero rating I would have.
as much as i loved every one of his previous novels, i didnt even finish this one. maybe it got better, but i listened for quite a few hours and put it down. sorry Lee.
I am committed to finish the series
I will be finishing the series.
I love the modulation of Hill's voice and that is usually one of my criteria for choosing a book.
knowing what I know about the series an emphatic no.
No, only because the style of the narration created an old school feel.
Probably not. If it was for a 50's detective novel, like a film noir feel, he might be appropriate. But I'm not in to that genre.
The unit that stays together...pays together.
The narrator is very talented but just not the right fit for this series.
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.