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.
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.
Absolutely. Dick Hill's intonations and phrasings give more depth to the characters, underscore the dry humor -- and overall make the plot more interesting.
The existential hero, who is steadfast in his loyalty and his retribution, creating a bit of fairness in our unfair world.
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.