I agree with some of the other reviewers that Dick Hill is the "real" Jack Reacher, and I have listened to both versions of this book. I have to say that Jonathan McClain does a great job with the non-Reacher characters, and his version of Reacher is certainly acceptable. I wouldn't hesitate to buy the book due to the narrator and actually think that he did a great job with the main villain. The story is one of the better Reacher stories, even if a certain degree of suspension disbelief is necessary. If you're a fan of the series or if you love thrillers of the Flynn, Clancy, Thor ilk, I think you'll enjoy this one.
Intense, Suspenseful, Exciting
I've read most of the Reacher books and listened to a couple, but I have to say this ranks up there with my favorites. Some parts are little dated now (fax machines and videotape) but the heart of the story holds up great. Kept me guessing about the "bad guy" until the end.
I also thought the narration was terrific. I've heard Dick Hill also, but I thought Jonathan McClain sounded much younger, which fits more with my image of Jack Reacher. Also he had an intensity that I liked (not to mention I felt his female voices were better than most men I hear narrating audiobooks - they usually sound whiny or annoying).
I thought it was great. Totally worth a credit. Going to check out some more.
I'll admit, I haven't even finished this book yet but I'm afraid I might not be able to due to the narrator. He really can't hold a candle for these books compared to Dick Hill and his treatment of Reacher and the other characters is laughable and completely ruins the tone/pacing of the book.
I came to this after listening to all the other Reacher books, as i had become accustomed to Dick Hill. OK, Reacher sounds different, but I cannot understand the criticism. I thought it was excellently narrated and the voices were good (at least to my British ears).
The story was really compelling and I finished it in two days. Overall a very good listen.
I enjoyed this book. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that it was not exceptional. Jack Reacher is a character that I got to know in the first book, Killing Floor. I bought this one right after I read the first. I probably should have gone back to another series first, then purchase the book. It is definitely its own story. The backround from the first book was not as important as I thought it should have been. If you aren't familiar with Jack, go ahead and buy this. I'm sure I will buy more in the future. But I need a little break from the Reacher series.
But I really like the style of Lee Child. His writing is very compelling and wants you to read more and more.
i actually really enjoyed the narrator. i'm not sure why there are so many comments about how bad people thought the narration was, it is pretty different from the first one but not bad at all. i like that the voices aren't overdone and that he can have a bit of an ironic tone which makes me like the jack reacher character more.
all the badasses, because they're badasses. i mean, why else read a book like this.
ok, so, book 2 and there is a pattern. lee child writes about women that are kind of strong, but always end up weeping on some guy's shoulder or need reacher to bail them out. they reach a glass ceiling of badassery. my irritation at this fact is mildly distracting from the story.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This is a good Reacher story. Consistent with the rest of the series. I am enjoying the series. It has the right amount of suspense, drama and action.
The plot is interesting, however the writing is just a bit juvenile. I have listened to Lee Child's later works and feel as though his writing improved with time. I will avoid books narrated by Jonathan McClain.
I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!
No. Although he is a good reader, his pacing doesn't feel right. I think my major complaint lies in the differentiation between the characters. In book 1 of the series, Mr Hill, captured me from the first moment. He captured the crazy wanderer Reacher. But he enthralled me with his portrayal of Finley. None of the characters were clear enough in book 2. I believe this was due to the narration rather than the writing.
The performance by Mr. McClain was horrible. I honestly thought it was a joke. I have listened to around 40 Audible books in everything from Science, to classic literature, to rebellious studies to fun fiction, some are good and some not so good, but this is just amateur.
I really feel like Audible owes me a refund for this one.
The story is fine, action packed, pretty much like all Reacher or Reacher type books. The performance on book one of this series was fine, but this really feels like they pulled the guy off the street.
When he tries to read the female parts, it is like someone being silly in a sit-com and mocking woman. What the heck were they thinking.
Skip this book and any book where you see McClain as the narrator.
Classic Reacher. Adventure and twists.
- Inability to read female parts without sounding silly
- Reads Reacher parts like he is the paper boy on a 1950's tv show
- Terrible cadence
- Would have failed with this performance in 4 grade reading class
Stop trusting Audible a bit ? After some pretty good experience where I focused on the quality - content of the story, I will focus more on the performance. This book was a joke.