The story was detailed and caught me up in trying to solve the mystery. The narrator sounded like I thought the character would be in reality.
My first time to hear one in the Jack Reacher series. Felt a little rough, like a character should feel when just coming into his own. But, it left me wanting more. Can not wait to get the next book in the series. Hope the rest of this series lives up to this first one.
Brutal but I did enjoy reading this book. It was written so you wanted to know what was coming next but some description was almost more than I could take- but I kept on reading.
This is the first book by Lee Child that I have lisened to and I will be back for more. The creative weaving of the story and the compelling character of Reacher make for lots of fun and edge of your seat reading. In no time I felt like I knew the people and the ending is worth the wait. Nice work Lee Child
Apparent this was Child's first effort. Fortunately he has greatly improved. Mr Hill's narrative leaves much to be desired. If one wishes to hear believable southern inflection, listen to James Lee Burke novels.
A book you find hard to put down..But then again "Lee Child"
Fast pace and interesting. Loved it
Jack Reacher is a mysterious character who shows up in a sleepy southern town just in time to be arrested for a murder he didn't commit. From there the story has more twists and turns than the cloverleaf highway that Reacher spends a fair amount of time driving on.
The characters tend to be cliches, with predictable toughness and softness at prefigured moments. Too much time is spent mapping out the territory of Margrave and the surrounding environs, as if Child wants to make sure that we know he did his homework. But the mapping doesn't add anything to the story; rather it drags it out like just so much filler.
It's the same with the pacing of action. I wonder if Child wrote the novel with a screenplay in mind because much of the action is staged as if you were watching it in a movie. It may be interesting (or expected) to see a car being "nosed" out of a driveway, but it's truly boring to listen to such detail on audio, especially when it runs for several albeit short sentences.
I did appreciate the development of the story and the complex underworld business that was eventually exposed. Yet so many things didn't ring true: for one, the spate of grisly murders in a town that had seen no violent crime in decades. It's hard to believe that Margrave was left to deal with it by itself, that no outside law agency or even enterprising Atlanta journalist would have picked up the story and started snooping.
Finally, the narration was annoying. I've listened to Dick Hill many times before, and he simply is not my favorite narrator. He tends to overstate the characters, making them sound more like caricatures than people, especially when he's laying on accents.
All in all, for $4.99, it wasn't a bad buy, but I'm glad I didn't use a credit or pay full price.