I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Although I have no intention of reading the print version, I would say yes.
It was the most mesmerizing mystery book I think I have ever heard. At least once I overlooked the major error it contained.
They were all competing for the honor of my favorite & added to the mysterious plot I didn't even come close to figuring out even right up to the end. The book held my attention through out & I was sitting on the edge of my bed. Actually, I fell off a few times. But I got right back up & on.
Way to go Childs & McClain. And I promise not to tell anyone the only mistake which was a real blooper was that no one can be hypnotized to do anything they do not want to do. Like taking all their clothes off or blank, blank, blank that would definately & purposely end thier life. So as a certified Hynotherapist, I will over look this mistake just becasue the story line was so great & of course it was fiction. But it sure didn't help hynosis as a therapy tool. Shame on you Child.
The story line was quite good overall altough a little bit transparent. It contained interesting twists and turns but, unlike the other Reacher books I have listened to so far, I found that I could see more of them coming in advance than I am accustomed to.
The narrator was good.
I was severely put-off by the FBI characters. All fiction requires some greater or lesser degree of suspension of disbelief and I'm usually pretty tolerant where that's concerned. But the FBI charaters were beyond my considerable ability to suspend. I don't think it even slightly plausible that they are as stupid, rigid or devoid of ethics as portrayed. That hand was seriously over-played.
I am a huge fan of the character Jack Reacher, but the books can be a hit or miss. Lee Child tends to walk a tightrope of "plausible" vs. "everyone but Jack is a drooling idiot." He didn't do so well in the first book, did very well in the second two and then tipped off the later edge into abject crap in this one. Seriously, the FBI are a bunch of lying, rights-violating, vicious morons. Jack is kind of being an ass himself and the story is painfully lackluster. I had to force myself to finish it, because I paid for it, but I am going to be very selective about reading all reviews and not reading the JR series in order anymore - rather reading the books where people aren't suffering from the same "this is so stupid" eye rolling headaches I did during this book.
On one hand if your a Reacher fan you have to read this book.
On the other hand if you've read other of his books and come back to this one like I did you will regret it.
This doesn't even sound like a Reacher book, the performance not him, the story not him, the way he speaks not him. I did not enjoy this book at all.
But... like me, you have to listen to it because it's a Reacher book. Try to enjoy.
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Read the publisher's summary; I try to avoid giving spoilers.
The set up for this adventure has Reacher in an impossible situation. However, as usual, he manages to evade the accusers and solve the mystery. He is on a tight leash throughout, but there are a few bone crushing scenes. There are also subplots related to Reacher's personal life and an attempt to help someone that backfires and is used as evidence and blackmail against him.
I am not fond of the narration for this book. The characters are consistent and somewhat individualized. However two in particular are so overly rude, mean and abrupt that I wouldn't have continued the listen if not a Reacher fan.
Near the bottom. I've listened to several hundred audible.com books and this has to be the worst dialog and poorly narrated of all. The narrator's character voices were grating and the use of the phrase "ya think" in almost every sentence was most irritating. I wonder if Mr. Child has listened to this presentation of his novel?I like the stories and the Jack Reacher character but I won't listen to another one narrated by Mr. McClain.
No. The plot was interesting but I was so distracted by the narration that I could not get to the edge.
Atrocious, Bad, Horrible
If the movie has the same dialogue as this Audible version the tag line would be "A suspenseful Jack Reacher thriller, but don't go!"
This is the 4th Jack Reacher book....right? Well in my humble opinion if you read/listen to one then you've heard them all. Don't get me wrong I do enjoy "A-Team" like feel that Mr. Child writes but it gets worn out over time.
I have read/listened to every other book in the series prior to this one. It was interesting to see Reacher younger, when he hasn't been out of the Army very long, and the how he tried to live 'normal'.
Dick Hill of course.
Not a fan of portions of the book from the killer's perspective; Child does not do that now and I didn't care for it here. And the narration almost sounded like a cariacature reading; like the narrator identified something negative about the character and played it up. One character sounded like Groucho Marx and Humphrey Bogart mixed together. And don't get me started on how he portrayed the first female FBI agent...unbelievably awful.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
When this book first came out, in the UK, it was called "The Visitor", which makes a whole lot of sense to me: it links to the plot, it's ambiguous about the nature and identity of the visitor and it's easy to remember. Then some editor in the US decided that it sounded too much like Science Fiction and came up with "Running Blind". I can't see any relevance to the plot and it's instantly forgettable but perhaps that's why editors don't get to write novels.
Four things dominated this novel for me: a well thought through puzzle-plot, skilfully revealed, piece by grim piece; the malicious misogyny of the killings, Child's contempt for the FBI and the satisfaction I felt when the increasingly eccentric Reacher finally gets a reality-check.
The Reacher reality-check comes at the beginning of the novel when Reacher's impromptu vigilante intervention in a protection racket gets him entangled with the local police and the FBI. In any sane world, Reacher would have finished this encounter either in prison or in a psych ward or both. Reacher sees himself as outside the law. He feels entitled to do violence in whatever he sees as a good cause. He only seems fully engaged with the people around him when he is causing mayhem. This is what makes him such a compelling character in a thriller. It's also what would get put locked up in real life. Of course, in the novel, Reacher is rescued by his lawyer girl-friend and cuts a deal that sets up the rest of the novel.
Still, I don't read Reacher for insights into real life. I read him because the plots are ingenious, because I enjoy his amoral aggression in the cause of right (usually one or more women who need to be rescued or revenged) and because, at least some of the time, I wish there really was a Reacher or two out there making things right.
In this novel, the FBI are depicted as sleazy (a female agent displaying herself to keep Reacher "in hand"), incompetent (profiling techniques that are fundamentally flawed) and more interested in taking care of their own than in getting the job done. As usual, it's lucky for them that Reacher is along to do their job for them.
The puzzle-plot in this one is truly ingenious. No, I'm not going to tell you what it is. I've seldom read a serial killer book where it was so hard to figure out HOW the killing was done. Even when Reacher helps the FBI put most of the pieces together, the answer still isn't clear. For me, this is a real strength in a thriller.
The women being killed in this book have all already been betrayed and abused by men in positions of power while they served in the Army. I was surprised and pleased to see that Child took the time to make at least some of these women real and help see the damage that had been done to them and the lives they were rebuilding. Of course this makes their deaths more poignant but it makes the manner of their deaths truly monstrous.
The prose in this novel isn't go to win any prizes. It often reads more like directions to an actor in a TV script: "He did this. Then he did that. Then he moved to the right. Then he sat down." but somehow the sparse style, written in the third-person, keeps Reacher an enigma.
By the end of the novel, Reacher has nothing left but his folding toothbrush and a desire to be somewhere else. This makes him the perfect catalyst for the next novel where a smart, violent, emotionally unavailable man is needed to thwart evil-doers. I wonder if it also makes him an archetype for a male hunger for a particular type of freedom, based on detached competency and uncompromised integrity?
Single mom of two BEAUTIFUL girls and working full time. Never enough hours in the day for myself. Loving Audible!
The start of the book kinda felt like it was dragging and I was really disinterested for a good while. Reacher always pulls through though so I kept listening. In true Reacher style he pulled you in and you were along for a wild ride. So many things about this book were pure genius! The twist was just amazing, and the fact that Reacher figures it out like he always does is amazing! Do yourself a favor and read this book!