I ENJOY READING LEE CHILD'S BOOKS ABOUT JACK REACHER, BUT, REALLY ON AUDIBLE IT SOUNDS LIKE HE IS IN HIS 70'S WITH COPD! I FOUND MY SELF TAKING EXTRA BREATHS TO TRY AND HELP HIM, VERY DISTRACTING.
New to audible - avid reader though! Looking forward to hearing some great books!
This is a great story - but think the narrator should have read it before narrating it. He makes Army men sound effeminate and reads commands as questions. Just a really bad narration. The story on the other hand, is fantastic. If you are familiar with Jack Reacher - you won't be disappointed.
The potential experience of this book reading was great, but having an old man read the roles of people in their 30's doesn't work. Not only were the voices to low and gravely, the enunciation of words was so slow that I had to speed up the file to enjoy it.
Although I am left-handed, I play the piano right-handed.
Best selling author, high ratings, many books, OK, I thought I'd give this author a chance. Unrealistic, incomplete, unbelievable. I was anxious to get through it to find out how silly the ending would be. When the book ended and then offered some 'bonus' material, I thought "Oh, crap, do I have to listen to more of this?" I'd recommend this for people who like Rambo and Jean-Claude Van Damme movies and similar nonsense.
No matter where you go, there you are.
The first few Reach books were very engaging, could not wait for the latest episode. Then well, things started to stagnate.
Soon we will suffer the liquid ruminations of the embryonic Jack Reacher and Dick Hill's wet, gargling ruminations will sound more suitable in the circumstances. I had the longest, continuous bout of deja vu in my existence while consuming this book.
Child is an above average writer that has beaten this horse once, maybe more, too often.
What's going to resurrect this series is a dynamic, new, completely out of context, engaging plot. The character is worn threadbare, the backstory far too familiar and the righteous malevolence that is Reacher has become old hat.
Come on, Mr. Child, go deep if you are capable. And you want that villa in the South of France paid off.
Dick Hill should not have read this story. He has a great voice, but it is too "old" for this one and he made the sheriff appear incongruously geriatric and phlegmatic, thereby confusing a key aspect of this story.
Snoozer. I've read or listened to several Lee Child books, but when after 10 minutes Jack hadn't even gotten through the doors of the Pentagon, I realized I had neither the patience nor time to wait for him to inch along.
Enjoy the adventure
Lee Child is a best-selling author, but have never read or listened to one of his books. Have no regrets, but would rather grab a Brad Thor novel. Still, The Affair delivered as a thriller, detective novel.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
As this is my first experience with an audio book, I have nothing to compare it to, however the terse writing Lee Child uses as part of Reachers personality was difficult for me to listen to.
The "he said", "she said." really detracted from the story for me..but that may just be my quirk.
As far as the story itself goes, I very much liked knowing the backstory of Reacher and his life in the army. The plot was good and tight and typical of the kind of Reacher story I have come to expect from Child.
Any more would be too close to spoilers and I detest reviews that recount the entire plot with no thought for those who have not read the book so I'll just let you get on to it for yourself.
If you can get around the way a written story reads aloud, including the passionate bits that constitute "The Affair", I'm sure you'll enjoy this entirely.
As for myself, I'm not sure audio books are the venue for me.....I'm going to have to read this myself to get what I am accustomed to.
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
I've read several of Lee Child's books, and he's my husband's absolute favorite author and character. This book is pretty boring, and definitely not Lee Child's best.
I have loved the Jack Reacher books over the last few years. They are typically engaging, gripping and fast moving and the character of Reacher himself is brilliant. That said I hated this book. I found it slow moving and at times just a bit too ridiculous even for a Reacher novel. There are long stretches where virtually nothing happens and on this book Lee Child took Reacher's overly descriptive pedantry to a new level. I still love Dick Hill reading these books, though, and I hope the next one is more to my taste. I wonder could someone start a petition to have Tom Cruise removed from the role in the movie One Shot. What will he do wear stilts and a David Byrne (ala Stop Making Sense) suit.