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.
This is my first Jack Reacher novel and I am already adding others to my wish list. Jack Reacher is a little bit Sam Spade, a little bit Dirty Harry and a little bit Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly's famous detective). The beginning of the story reminded me of Kafka's Metamorphosis. You don't know Jack, you don't know how he got into his predicament, you don't know if he's a good guy or a bad guy and he doesn't tell you much, at least not at first. Listening to it with Dick Hill's great narration, was more like watching a great episode of the old Twilight Zone series in richly textured black and white with great character actors. To be sure, there are some implausible plot twists, and Jack is a little slow to grasp some clues, but the complexity of the plot and the fact that it is simply told in the first person by Jack, progressing the story in chronological order rather than the modern method of presenting various, simultaneously-occurring scenes and plot threads then weaving them together, made this a refreshing and very satisfying read.
i love a good story....this was not a good story. reacher was cool and maybe if it were a better plot i would have read/listened to another one child's books but never again. i actually said 'finally' when this came to an end.
I read Gone Tomorrow, which intrigued me and prompted me to go back to the earliest of Child's Reacher novels. This was an excellent story to introduce Jack Reacher to the world.
I think Lee Child has created a wonderful, cozy character in Jack Reacher. I have read several of his books, and while I would not rate them as top notch, "human condition" literature, I would rate them as top-notch detective fiction. I like Jack Reacher and am happy to have him as a companion now and then, especially as read by the fabulous Dick Hill.
Entertaining read. Good book overal - All characters have the same speech pattern and overuse the word "right" - but otherwise good.
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Actually this was the first Reacher book for me..then i tried to find an order of the series.This was such a great book that all i wanted to download was Lee Child's "Jack Reacher"
I loved the book, I enjoyed the Narrator...but Reahcer is my "Hero" I have only 2 more books in the series to download...AND I WANT MORE!!Thank You Lee Child...great writting!