I found Dick Hill's nasal, whining portrayal of the women's voices so annoying that I had to finish this book by reading it. I will never buy another audio book that he has narrated.
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.
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'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.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Mom to his 11-year-old daughter.
There was enough of the usual Jack Reacher in this book to appeal to his fans. But I was a little disturbed at the excessive "romance" included by Child, which I can only assume was a transparent attempt to bring female readers on board. Forgive me for stereotyping but, exceptions aside, that's what we had here. As a prequel, I think Reacher's level of vigilantism in this book was also a bit excessive. Either that or he mellowed as he aged. Criticism aside, I can't get enough of Jack Reacher and I hope Child keeps pumping these books out. I also enjoyed the short story bonus included although the level of expertise exhibited by a 13-year-old Reacher bordered on the unbelievable. But such is fiction and comic book characters. And as usual, for much of the book, Reacher said nothing.