I know Dick Hill is supposed to be a very good narrator and is the voice of Jack Reacher. This is the first Lee Child book I listened to. I simply stopped listening half way through. His plodding, slow, overly exacting voice grated on my nerves and ruined the story for me. His reading of the sexual encounters was especially painful. And the book would have been about 11 hours long if there was another narrator. I spend over an hour and a half listening on my commute every day and have experienced many books with excellent narrators - those who you don't even notice, you just listen to the story. I bought, but will not read, Killing Floor, because I can't live through the agony of Dick Hill again. Sorry, but I had to be straightforward.
Avid audiobook listener... primarily suspense/thrillers. Escapism at it's finest.
I am a rabid Reacher fan and was SO looking forward to The Affair. I've still got 3 hours of listening left but so far I'm a little disappointed. It's as though Mr. Child is just phoning it in. I can't quite put my finger on what's missing. It's not the same high quality, edge-of-your-seat story that we've seen in all the previous Reacher books (all of which I've listened to twice). I keep waiting for.... more... but more what, I can't say.
I DO know I wasn't waiting for more sexuality- even as mildly graphic as it was. Where did THAT come from? Did the publisher say "C'mon Lee, you need to sex it up!" I've thought of Reacher as a private guy and now he's describing his sexual events to me. Too much information, Jack! I guess I was expecting a military type affair, (requiring Class A uniform) rather than one conducted (entirely out of uniform) beside the railroad tracks at midnight. (was that a spoiler?) sorry.
The fact that everyone is raising hell with the casting of Cruise as Reacher should tell Mr. Child -and his publishers- that the previous 15 books strongly established Reacher in the readers' minds as the epitome of the strong, silent type ("I said nothing") and we can't easily accept or adjust to radical changes in his physical appearance or personality.
Having said that, I'll listen to the end with the hope that I'll be pleasantly surprised and will have to eat my words.
As for Dick Hill... I'd listen to him read the back of a cereal box. He's simply the best narrator out there, period...and I'd be willing to bet the farm that NO ONE thinks of Tom Cruise when they hear Dick Hill's voice.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Sorry, I know I'm in the minority, but I have to agree with a few other reviewers, this all feels too familiar. Reacher is a know it all around others who have more experience, they are made to look and seem stupid in his presence.... and I find this annoying.
Overall it was an okay story and I'd give it a 2.5 if I could I guess. Just uninspired.
I did not care for the narrator. While I enjoyed the story I could not get passed the narrators voice.
For me the narrator's voice took away from my enjoyment of the story.
It’s fun because it’s Reacher. My favorite Reacher stories are the thrillers where the reader is in the bad guy’s head. I like seeing the bad guy’s motivations, plans and action to get Reacher. This book is not a thriller. We’re not in the head of any bad guy, but that’s ok. This is mystery, suspense, and some action. It’s enjoyable and entertaining because it’s Reacher. I like being in his world. Again, as with all the Reacher stories you need to suspend disbelief. Don’t try to hold him to technicalities. I will admit there were a few things about the plot that were not developed or explained well, but they were minor. This is my comic book hero escape.
One of the fun things I like about Reacher is how he confronts people and does not avoid conflict, which is so opposite of me. I like to avoid confrontation whenever possible. In this story, three army rangers are assigned to “sort of” arrest Reacher for a few hours. My reaction would be to sneak around and hope they don’t find me. What does Reacher do? He calls them on the phone and says I’m in the diner, here’s how I suggest you approach the diner to get me, but I’m not going with you.
Early in the story, Reacher’s boss orders him to investigate the case from the civilian side. I was chuckling at Reacher’s comment “You want ME to impersonate a CIVILIAN?” Apparently he had never done this before. Then I was chuckling on the subject of Reacher’s toothbrush. (We hear about this toothbrush in every book.) He needs to purchase traveling supplies, so he goes shopping for a toothbrush. He really likes this folding covered toothbrush and buys it. Later in the story, his boss tells Reacher not to go back to Mississippi. Reacher says I need to go back for my personal property. His boss asks what did you leave there? Reacher said my toothbrush. His boss said forget it. Reacher asked will the army reimburse me for it? His boss said no. Reacher said then I need to go back and get it... I then thought of another scene from one of the other books. Some bad guys trashed Reacher’s motel room and stepped on his toothbrush. Reacher walks in and isn’t bothered by the destruction until he sees his broken toothbrush, “b****rds he yells.
I was laughing out loud at the sex scenes (in a good way - I’m not being critical). This book has more sex than any of the other Reacher books. It had six sex scenes. I’ve read a lot of romance with sex scenes written by female authors. They are sensual and passionate and designed to turn on a female reader. The Reacher sex scenes are not. They are written by a man and told from Reacher’s perspective. And they fit Reacher. There is nothing wrong with them. I just find it funny the way they are geared to a guy - not written to appeal to a female. I liked it for the humor. It fits.
SECOND STORY 4 ½ stars:
To my surprise a second story by Lee Child was at the end of this audiobook. It was a short story, 1 ½ hours long. It was titled “Second Son.” It’s about Reacher when he was 13 years old. His brother Joe was 15. They had just moved with their parents to a marine base in Okinawa (I think). There is a local bully and a couple of thefts. Reacher fights the bullies and solves the mysteries. It was good.
TOM CRUISE DISASTER:
If you haven’t heard, Tom will be playing Reacher in the first Reacher movie. He’s tiny. HE’S A LITTLE GUY. There are billions of people in this world. You'd think at least one exists who’s the right size and can act. Stallone was an unknown when he did the first Rocky, and it turned out great! Please movie people, show some Reacher integrity. You’re just going to turn this into another copy of all the other action movies out there. Reacher is different. Let him stay that way.
NOTE TO AUTHOR:
Someone suggested that you are changing things to better fit Tom Cruise and the movies. That reviewer said there was less talk of Reacher’s large size in this book and more sex. My request: please don’t change for the movies. Keep writing for us “readers.” One of the fun things about Reacher is hearing you say things like “250 pounds of power behind his ham-sized fist.”
As a Jack Reacher fan, I was excited to download and listen to "the Affair" while walking my dogs.... but the reader did such an annoying job of trying to be all the characters, with fake accents and high timbered voices, that I wished he had just READ the book! I kept losing interest because of the sometimes overdone, sometimes missing accents... BUT the Second Son was much better (not so many women's voices) and I thoroughly enjoyed that story.
Am a big fan of Lee Child, however this one never quite lived up to my expectations.
Do not find the narrator to my liking. I choose my books not only by author but with regard to the narrator. Am hoping that the next Lee Child book utilizes a different narrator. That may change my enjoyment level.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Enjoyed this new book from Lee Child. I had been wishing he would write more about when Reacher was in the Army, Child must have heard my wish. This book is the final days of Reachers army career. I noted the information about the post card from his brother Jo that was from another book. Dick Hill is Jack Reacher! I think that Sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux would make an excellent new series for Lee Child. The short story The Second Son would make a good book hope Child writes more about Reacher as a boy.
I've read them all, and loved Jack Reacher for his quirkiness and insightfulness. Until recently, that is. The last two installments just don't seem to have the sparkle of earlier ones. Yes, there have always been unlikely plots and "surely that couldn't really happen" moments in every one . . . but that's one of the liberating qualities of fiction. But The Affair and Worth Dying For stretch the bounds of credulity too far for me. The conclusion of The Affair was so implausible as to completely sour me toward the entire novel.
Even the little bonus story, The Second Son, which purports to demonstrate Reacher's precocious insight, was just too unbelievable.
I do love Dick Hill's voice and performance, though it's probably better suited to the installments of the series portraying Reacher at a more mature age . . . but that I can live with.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I consider this purchase worth the price. I found the story engaging and the characters enjoyable to get to know.
The development of the story was a bit predictable but nevertheless, enjoyable.
I found Dick Hill's voice annoying. Reacher was supposed to be a man in his 30's and Dick Hill's portrayal made him sound more like 65. I also found his female voice weird and not enjoyable to listen to.