Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
I'm listening to the Reacher books in chronological order and find myself wanting more after each one. I usually listen to another author between Reacher stories. I'll probably be disappointed when I've listened to them all. Dick Hill is a great narrator and adds something extra to these books. The Reacher novels are pure escapism and the conquest of good over evil. These books aren't great literature but they are fantastic listens for those who like this genre. Bring on "Without Fail."
I wanted to keep reading. It’s fun. You need to suspend disbelief a little.
Carmen is of Mexican heritage. Her husband Sloop is white. They live with his mother and brother on a remote Texas ranch. The mother and brother despise her because she is Hispanic. Her husband frequently beats her. They have a six-year-old daughter Ellie. Carmen has no money or family she can turn to. Sloop has been in jail for 1 ½ years and will be coming home in two days. Reacher is hitchhiking and meets Carmen when she gives him a ride. She tells Reacher of the abuse and asks him to help her. She wants him to kill her husband, but Reacher refuses, saying he is not an assassin. But, he decides to help her in other ways. She gets him hired as a ranch hand.
FRUSTRATIONS WITH THE FEMALE:
The damsel in distress Carmen is such a “wimp.” She is being physically abused by her husband, but she won’t run away. Reacher makes many suggestions, but for each one she says “I can’t” or “I won’t.” I found her illogical, unreasonable, and unwilling to help herself. Reacher suggests she see an attorney. She says she can’t because she has no money. He suggests a pro bono attorney. She says there’s too long of a wait. (It’s been more than 6 years that she could have been doing this, especially since her husband has been away for 1 ½ years.) Reacher tells her to run away to another city and get a job. She says she has to look after her daughter. He says there are shelters and places that can help with that. Then she says she doesn’t want to live her life as a fugitive hiding from her husband. She also says if she took their daughter out of Texas she could be arrested for kidnapping. Reacher says flee to Austin or another big Texas city. She says she hates living in Texas and refuses to live there anymore. Every single recommendation by Reacher was met by no. But, this makes a good setting for Reacher to come to the rescue. However, for much of the book, there is a question of whether Carmen is telling the truth.
BACK TO THE STORY – REVIEWER’S OPINION:
The best parts are the handful of incidents where Reacher hurts bad guys. I loved the way Reacher threatened Sloop, the wife beating husband. I had wondered what Reacher would say to him. That was good. I think that would scare any abuser. I was surprised and impressed with how Reacher obtained a car for one of his visits to a bad guy.
I was a little annoyed with Reacher in one scene. His helper was supposed to shoot once in the air. She asked Reacher when she should do it. He said “you’ll know.” Then when he needed her to do it, she didn’t, because she didn’t know when. She figured it out and did it a little later than he wanted, but I was shaking my head saying why didn’t he answer her earlier question and describe “when” he wanted her to do it? Was this that macho thing about guys expecting girls to read their minds?
I loved hearing Reacher’s tough guy threats to bad guys. But I was unhappy that the author did not show Reacher’s conversation with the short dark guy when they were in the bathroom for half an hour. I imagine the author was having writer’s block. I wish he would have taken the time or found the inspiration to show that conversation.
Narrator: Dick Hill was very good.
Series: This is book 5 in the Jack Reacher series.
Genre: Mystery suspense thriller.
Ending: Good and satisfying.
I had listened to one other Lee Child novel and found it to be just OK, but I saw this book on sale and thought I would give it a try. Well, I guess I will have to chalk it up to one more regrettable decision.
The whole premise of the story was totally unbelievable. A beautiful woman picks up a hitch hiker, and within a few minutes decides she trusts him enough to ask him to kill her husband, and within a few hours wants to sleep with him. The hitchhiker is hired by the beautiful woman's inlaws to work as a ranch hand and within one day he is telling the boss what to do.....and the boss does it! Oooh....he's a real bad dude, that one. Give me a break! The story was so over the top and boring that I can't believe I even finished it. I just figured with that many people giving it four stars it had to get better...but unfortunately it never did. Most of the 13 hours plus was nothing but empty and boring dialog that was obviously just written as filler since the plot was so shallow the book could have been a five hour read easily.
The action scenes were typical tough/smart guy beating up the clumsy bad guys. Childs does do a good job with the action scenes, but it was still glaringly apparent that this book was written just to meet a publishing contract. Although Dick Hill is one of my favorite audio performers, I would have to agree with some of the other reviewers that in this case, his female voices were rather whiny and annoying.
In summary then......Don't Waste your Time and Money on this one.
I'm a sucker for anything Jack Reacher. This book gets you thinking right from the first page and never lets up. Thank you Lee.
I agree with other reviews. This one was a little implausible in terms of Reacher's skills of deduction and behavior throughout. He's billed as an astute tough guy but this one is a little rediculous. It also dragged a bit in the middle. But had some entertainment value, especially if you're not a fan of biggots.
I have read all of the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child and I will continue to wait for each one. Dick Hill is an incredible reader and the few times that the 6 year old needs to speak......deal with it. This is not a big issue and I have listened to about 100 books in the last year and sometimes the reader can make or break a book. Dick Hill will not break anything......he enhances it. These Jack Reacher books are riveting and sometimes I can't put it down and need to go to bed. In the world of murder myster......it simply doesn't get any better than this. Read every darn one of them. I have three left and excitedly wait for "Nothing to Lose" which is the 2008 book. Buy them all, read or listen to them all...that's my suggestion. Anyone concerned about a 6 year old's voice in audio books might as well wait for the movie. This is an audio book and Dick Hill is one of the best readers out there.
The dialogue and character development is superb. As a man, the issues addressed in this book such as physical and mental abuse and bigotry toward those of Hispanic origin really made me angry (but in a good way). I have never wanted to jump into the storyline and help the protagonist as much as with this story. I've listened to over 50 audible titles and probably 5 from Lee Child. This is my favorite. Dick Hill outdoes himself with his timing and inflection. Some might find so much dialogue with a desperate woman annoying. Stick with it though and you really want to take part in the investigation. This story will draw you in and not let go. Loved it.
Goodbye john d macdonald and travis mcgee. hello lee child and jack reacher. i could not shut this off. i screamed , cried, and jumped along with the characters.my first lee child book. im hooked
I've been listening to Reacher stories for a few weeks now. I love Reacher and am entranced by the plot of these stories. Dick Hill has been narrator on most of them. for the most part he is great but his women's voices seem to be a bit whiney on this recording. His Reacher voice is great.
This book is engaging, has a clean, direct style, and was not predictable. I've just downloaded another one. Reacher is a bit like the Lone Ranger, but, wouldn't it be wonderful if there was really a Reacher out there.