I usually love Lee Childs books and Jack Reacher but Imwas disappointed by this selection. It was long, and drawn out. It seemed to,take an inordinate amount of time to figure out who the bad guys were and then it was over in a second. I also didn't care for the way the reader performed female voices. A little whinny. Ok but I wouldn't recommend it.
This great story is read by one of the greatest readers ever. Dick Hill is one oh the greatest readers out there today. For me it was five stars all the way. Thanks to Lee for that.
About fourteen hours, read by Dick Hill. This story was released in 2008, so it’s been around a while, but it is deep into the series created by Child surrounding the exploits of Jack Reacher.
Story: A Secret Service agent, once the lover of Jack Reacher’s deceased brother Joe, asks him to penetrate her circle of defense around the Vice President. She wants Reacher to attempt assassination. Is her coverage of the VP sufficient to keep the man alive? Reacher gets to work and thus is the thrust of Without Fail.
Reading by Dick Hill, always the voice of Jack Reacher, is predictable. He’s a pleasure to listen to, pacing and tempo nice. But, as usual, you’ll get a dose of the breathless female character, Hill’s standard modus operandi.
Jack Reacher adventures are also predictable, part of the fun. He’s type A, hard nosed, a loner, always seeming to get into circumstances of peril. Of course, he saves the day, usually the country, bloodying up a few in the process. Although Reacher fulfills these roles in Without Fail, Child plays around a bit with character personality and vulnerability. In this story, Reacher maintains his stoicism, but a couple of love interests are intertwined more than usual. The federal agent who once loved Reacher’s brother winds up in bed with him; Reacher puts on his dead brother’s clothes from her closet, plus Reacher has a beautiful sidekick helping him out with the case. Very strange behavior for the Reacher character. I suppose some fans will find this a pleasurable twist from the expected, but it was a bit distracting, at least for this listener.
If you’re a fan of Jack Reacher, have at it. I think you’ll find it a bit different, however. You’ll enjoy.
Really enjoyed listening for a long drive. It kept me awake and motivated. Good performance made it very easy to follow all the characters.
Reader and long-distance commuter.
I thought it was the best Reacher book I've read (about six or seven) -- UNTIL the end. The end was contrived and beyond reality.
The ending was by far the weakest part of the book.
The narrator was good.
It beat radio, but it still falls into my "Fluff" category.
I really like the character Reacher, but lets have at least a plausible ending.
Story started off strong, but really tapered off. I couldn't wait to resume listening during the first half, but it felt like a chore to finish it when I got about three fourths of the way through.
It took me a while to get used to the fact that Dick Hill seems to have to push the last breath of a sentence out. I hope it is not a health issue for him. But by the end of the book I was attached to his style, and am now reading the next Lee Child and feeling at home and taken care of by Mr. Hill.