I like these books. I like their allusions to cultural heros, old music, and literature. I like the way Childs weaves those things into his plot. There are phrases that I **know** he lifted from old rock songs.. .I hear them all the time in his books, but can't think of any one now except, "walked on down the hall," but there are many. Among the Child/Reacher novels, this is quite good. Yes, it's a bit of a stretch to accept the coincidences, but so what? It's fun, it's harmless and, as always, we get a lot of education -- geography, history, psychology and always specific information about an important and interesting subject -- this one being... well, you know.. can't spoil it here. But from this book I learned more about the economy and about printing processes and qualities of paper than I ever thought I'd need to know. All good stuff. All worth listening to.
I bought this title on sale. I took a shot because of the price. I really really enjoyed this book. It has a very well thought out plot and the narrator was awesome! I loved it!
It is rare that I don't finish a book, being continually optimistic that the bad will get better. I simply cannot go on! Loaded with B movie machoism, poorly developed superficial characters and dialogue that leaves the reader yawning, this book is Boring Beyond Belief. I am extremely forgiving of authors who take huge literary liberties for the sake of a story but this one is just too much. The author's lead macho man is a vagrant ex-MP who gets the girl in two days, single-handedly gets the best of a prison riot and makes a 20 year veteran of Boston homicide division look dull-witted and stupid. The book sounds as if it should be exciting but it's boring and slow. Michael Connelly is much better.
I'm That Guy
It started pretty strong but I lost interest as it went on. I believe that is because the author lost originality and direction as it went on. Also, the narrator was awful with poor judgment in inflection and tone. The female voices sounded like a man talking like a woman, which he is mind you, but superior narrators don't make it seem so.
I listened to another of the Reacher novels, and decided to start from the beginning. No disappointments with this novel either. I can easily see why this series has the highest reviews. It's loaded with interesting characters, with a suspenseful action/ crime thriller that keeps you guessing up til the end. It's fast paced, and the character development is excellent. Dick Hill's narration can't be beat.
I liked this book. The main character is interesting, and the plot unfolds in a way that is sort of satisfying. I'll probably pick up another reacher novel in the future. That said, it's hard for a reader like me to get too excited in a series that doesn't have sci-fi or paranormal aspect to it, and this, while good, didn't make me desperate to grab book two.
Just my .02."
I can't complain, because I got this one during a good sale, but it's only an OK listen. The story is pretty good, but needs to move along a bit faster. I had no issues with the narrator; he did a good job. It's not the book I hoped it would be, especially with all the hype over the new Jack Reacher movie out, and with there being several books in the series.
It's not a bad book; I just think it could be better if the plot moved along. Maybe the other books are better?
It was my introduction to the Jack Reacher series ,recommended to me by a friend, and the descriptions of what Reacher is seeing and analyzing made for great reading.
Pretty much - always trying to figure out who the bad guys were.
This was my first one.
When Reacher finds out his brother is dead.
Since this book I purchased the rest of the series to date and am up to #10. I certainly will be following Lee Child from now on.
Heard about the movie, hadn't read or listened to any of Lee Child's books so I started at the beginning with book 1 in this series. Have to say that I was engrossed in the story line, the way the story unfolded and of course with the narration by Mr. Hill. He did a particular good job with the many characters in the story. I enjoyed this and will be down loading book two in a matter of minutes. More to come.
Rambo, Dirty Harry, with a hint of Sherlock Holmes – fun, exciting, suspense, escape.
This is the first book in the Jack Reacher series, sixteen books so far. It’s told in first person by Jack. He was a homicide investigator in the military police for thirteen years, hunting trained killers gone bad. He had to be able to out think them and fight them. He retired as a major six months ago at age 36. Now Jack just wants to wander, living off his severance pay, buying cheap clothes he can throw away rather than wash, no ID, no Driver’s License, no credit cards, using cash, being anonymous. He travels by bus and train.
Jack gets off the bus and walks into the small town of Margrave, Georgia, out of curiosity about a singer who lived there sixty years ago. Someone was killed around the time Jack arrived. The local cops arrest Jack for questioning. In the next few days the police chief is killed and someone else disappears. Jack begins investigating. Multiple attempts are made to kill Jack.
Wow! This was good! When Jack hears the details about the first murder, his analysis was amazing. I was pulled in and didn’t want to stop reading for almost the entire book. I can’t wait to keep going with this series. The plotting is great. No one is being stupid or incompetent – well, maybe a little by some of the bad guys who are not as competent as Jack. Jack is put into circumstances where I think how is he going to survive? But he does neat things and survives and wins. I loved what he did when he was wrongly put into the section of a prison with the worst of convicted murderers. I like seeing revenge and justice for bad guys. So I liked seeing Jack hurt or kill them without worrying about their civil rights. Cops can’t do that.
Roscoe is a female police officer. She and Jack fall for each other. There is a touch of romance and several sex scenes. The sex scenes are told not shown.
There were some gruesome torture scenes that might bother some readers, but they are described after the fact, not shown, which helps a little.
LOGIC AND COINCIDENCE COMMENTS:
Some reviewers complained that the author wasn’t technically accurate about weapons, procedures, and other things. I don’t care about that. This is fiction. I don’t require “fiction” to educate me. If it’s entertaining with good action, I’m happy to accept “technical fiction.” I do agree some things were too coincidental. Jack’s ability to guess someone’s alias and location was too far-fetched for me. Even Sherlock Holmes couldn’t have done that. But the rest was such a good ride I didn’t mind.
Narrator: Dick Hill was great. He has an amazing range. He did a deep black male voice so well that I thought it was another actor. And his female voices were fine.
Genre: mystery suspense thriller.
Ending: Very feel good, a winning feeling, bad guys got it.