Lover of Literature
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.
En Dieu Ma Foy
Ok I've had to deal with some federal types in my career and most of them don't fit the corner that Lee Child tries painting the FBI into in this book. I can think of three specifically though that could be exact copies of the "moron" feds in this book, but they are all desk jockies that never would have a case this big. I would never call any of the feds I've dealt with "over-bright", but never this stupid and never this crooked. And even though I know the chances of Lee Child ever reading this are slim, just a heads up. Someone that stupid and crooked, would have a very hard time climbing the ranks in law enforcement. You might end up with one, but a whole department of them? No. Most of your problems are either stupid OR crooked. The stupid ones are usually straight arrows and the crooked ones are usually wicked smart. Both find their way to the top but never do you have the trifecta of stupid, crooked, and all powerful. That was my only complaint with the book and the only reason it got 4 stars instead of 5. Child held true to his story and really did a good job of filling it out to give you a lot of differant suspects.
Again J. McClain does a good job as Jack Reacher, but he just doesn't do a great job. To get this up to 5 stars would require Dick Hill.
The FBI portrayal was so dumb I was incredulous. Insane depiction of a professional law enforcement agency.
32-year old chemist and pharmacist from Québec, Canada. I've listened to over 100 audiobooks in 18 months : classic detective, sci-fi, 20th century history.
It was a pain to listen to. I still have 4 hours of listening to go and I don't want to listen anymore. On top of a passable storyline, this may be the poorest narration I've ever heard. Full of exaggerations and skewed facts (like acetone described as a thick liquid... it's less viscous than water), I felt stupid for even keeping on listening to it for so long.
For me, this started off Ok, started to get my interest then dragged on to the point of boredom. I guessed the end and the unsub's identity a fair few hours from the end and also the killing method. The character used as a 'curve ball' to send you in one direction was pointless and frustrating and just added to my dislike of this story. This is my least favourite of the first 10 Reacher books that I have read/heard and am not sure if I would recommend it.
I quite like Jonathan McClain in some of the series but here there are some annoying voices which added to my dislike of this book. Also, after Reacher had collaborated with the FBI in the 2nd in the series, shouldn't that have been mentioned here too?
Sorry, but this one just wasn't for me.
Not really. Pretty good story line but bizarre narration. I have listened to hundreds of audible selections and this was among the poorest with regard to narration. The FBI agents are narrated in a cartoonish (Inspector Gadget comes to mind) manner; if FBI agent Blake's narration were in text message format it would be all caps with exclamation marks after every word, phrase or sentence. Really strange. NO ONE in real life talks like that. And his female sidekick, Lamarr... sounds like a psycho in desperate need of a good psychotherapist. It was actually painful listening to much of the narration. Just horribly done.
Story line was OK and somewhat plausible although the deception by the villain was so complicated that it made no sense whatsoever. Much easier to create a serial murder scenario without having to lug hundreds of gallons of "camo green" paint all over the country.
In my opinion, Mr. McClain has a lot of learning to do or needs to seek another profession.
Compared to some of the other Jack Reacher novels....NO.
Great story - one could never quite get a handle on who was the bad guy.
Gosh how to pick one memorable moment. I guess when the chaplain walked up and you found out that the Colonel was not THE bad guy.
I liked Harper - she was smart, sexy, a bit of a tease.
Don't forget to trust your own instincts.....
Don't want to give anything away - I never agreed with the profiler's description of who the killer was likely to be.
Enjoy listening to many different types of books. I like to listen while I am in the car and working.
Yes, easier to follow the characters and picture them mentally
He's OK, but Dick Hill is the best voice for Reacher.
Love Audibles. Read all I can.
hits the spot
There's something in this violent, smart, simple, vigilantly-under-control character (Reacher) that hits the right balance of righteousness, adventure, mystery, and must importantly, reality. Reachers ramblings again reel us in and keep us wondering whether this time he's gone too far this time. Best read from first book on, I'm on the 7th and have no reason to stop.
I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.
The narrator is mundane, thus so is the book. It put me to sleep.
The story was probably okay, but the narrator ruined it.
Lee Child deserves Dick Hill.
Don't know anything special about it.