Avid reader. Constant Audible listener. Currently deep into foreign crime detective novels. Especially a fan of noire and police procedural.
Lee Child does it again, bringing us more action-packed Jack Reacher crime solving with a KICK! Cool under pressure, analytical in the clinch, a man's man and a woman's fantasy with muscles, this kick-ass hero never fails to come out on top. Join Jack as he again faces daunting odd in his quest to uncover the truth, protect the innocent, and bring justice to those on both sides of the law. Enjoy the ride -- just don't forget to hold onto your hat!
I didn't read the print version.
The Reacher series is somewhat unique. Reacher is an interesting character and there aren't others to compare with.
Dick Hill does an excellent job of using his voice to bring the characters to life.
The narration was too slow. Each. Word. Often. Spoken. With. Great. Precision. The story was decent and entertaining, though the character development could have been a little better.
I didn't plan on reading further into the series, but at the end of the book was the first two chapters of the second book in the series, and it started very well. Different narrator, and he sounded very good, and an interesting start to the book, so I'm going to give Jack Reacher another try.
The story was very interesting and there was a ton of action, even if parts of it were a bit contrived. It is pretty hilarious how much the author uses the phrase "No doubt about it" or some variation. It started cracking me up by the end. This is something fairly easily overlooked though and no big deal. On the other side, the book was extremely graphic. I like action, but this was a bit much for me. Can't complain too much about that though, I saw the book cover and title before I got it.
The end got a bit contrived. There is a search for a person at the end of the book that is a bit ridiculous. You just kind of deal with it, and it is not a huge issue, but is a bit distracting.
Most of the characters were fantastic. Naturally, with a male reader, the female voices weren't the best.
No, much too graphic on this one.
Solid overall. Wouldn't highly recommend it, but an enjoyable ride if you can get past how graphic it is in parts. 3.5 stars.
This narrator has the perfect timing and inflection. As a person with moderate hearing loss, I find the narrator can make or break the audiobook experience. I'll be looking for more books narrated by Dick Hill in the future for sure.
Play a drinking game with this book. Drink every time you hear:
- "No doubt about that"
- "Suck" in a strange place ("the door sucked shut")
It ranks in my top 10.
You never see it coming.
He is great. Keeps everything calm and very easy to listen to.
Jack always gets a girl.
It is a great and easy listen.
Positives: The voice actor did an outstanding job with perfect phone call imitation, and representing characters of all cultures and ages. The plot was outstanding, and the imagery for some of the scenes was enthralling. Negatives: There were only a handful of fights, and a couple were *vicious*. The couple of murder scenes were hellish. He has relations with the girl a dozen times, though there's no detail on them.
The imitation of the phone calls. Humorous and brilliant impersonations of people with different skin colors and ages.
The staging for the scene of the climax was electrifying.
I've enjoyed a couple of Jack Reacher stories so I thought I'd go to the first one and start weeding through them in order. Jack is pretty cool, always gets the girl, always gets laid and rarely winds up in trouble. If anything Jack might come off as arrogant, a bit too cool.
One of the first things i noticed in comparison to later books in the series is that there is a key character in this story whom is killed which apparently gets resurrected for later involvement in the series.
Dick Hill owns the Reacher series and does it well. Although all of the female leads in the series have sounded the same so far. To be fair I've only listened to 3 of them and will continue to pick through them.
I've listened to one other novel outside of this series with Dick's narration and didn't care for him at all.
For the start of a book series that's lasted more than 15 years and as many novels this was a pretty weak effort. A thinly plotted yarn about counterfeiting with some truly unbelievable plot elements, it went on a lot longer than I found it interesting. The performance didn't do the story any favors. Plenty of effort at individualizing the characters, but some of them were odd in an offputting way. The preview of the second book at the end was much more interesting.
I was very impressed by the style of writing from this author. It read like a movie script. The character of Jack Reacher has been established firmly. I am looking forward to listening to the next novel in the series, which looks very expansive. The Narration was one of the best I've heard.