If I had listened to this early Reacher before later installments I probably would not have continued the series. That is my way of saying, "hang in there folks, it gets better." While the story is helpful in that it fills in continuity blanks suffered by reading ahead in the series, the poor plot and character development by Child damages the story significantly. This time the bad guys weren't bad enough, smart enough, or tough enough. The story signaled the end at every turn but never dug into the details of the plot (which would have at least added depth), leading to a no surprise ending with no punch.
If you are a stalwart Reacher fan and missed this installment as I did because it was not previously available on Audible.com and want to fill in a couple of gaps then Die Trying may be worth the time. If those gaps don't bother you then move on and enjoy later installments with the Reacher we've come to love.
Yes, because there is alway's something I Pick up on that I missed the first time
Holly, Because of her honesty about having feeling's for someone else, that didn't know, she didn't try to lead Reacher on.
I didn't like anything about his narration, I think he did a bad job. Reacher, and the other's didn't sound good at all. you couldn't tell if it was a man or woman. I think he's the narrator of Tripwire, if so I won't get that book. Sorry
If Jonathan McClain is the narrator of Tripwire, please take him off......
I'm fairly new to the Reacher series, this being book 2, and the second I've listened to. I read the other reviews before buying it, good and bad, but decided not to skip it.
I wasn't disappointed. Yes, the dialogue tendency to end sentences in "right?" was a bit annoying, but no more so to me than some regional accents or tendencies. It was probably a bit more noticeable in audio form.
I LIKE Jonathan McClain. (I'm not really a fan of Dick HIll, sorry.) I thought his narrative style suited the story just fine, and while I can understand some people, having listened to other books first, getting 'married' to the idea of one narrator as the embodiment of a character, I don't think McClain -didn't- do the story justice.
As for the story itself? It was full of action, a little bit of intrigue, and at least one small twist I didn't see coming. The villain was a bit blood-curdling, and McClain's rendition of his voice just made him even more creepy. All in all, I'm not sorry I spent a credit on what was a very enjoyable listen.
lee child, yes. absolutely. jonathan mcclain, I don't know who you are, but you're not jack reacher.
I would be more on the edge of my seat if the narrator didn't turn jack reacher into a cheeseball and holly into a pathetic joke of a woman.
I'm not into his inflection or execution of the characters' voices at all. call me spoiled because dick hill is such an excellent jack reacher -- but I'm skipping the next two books and ditching this one 2 hours in.
I don't know, are they going to make tom cruise play reacher? maybe we could get someone more on par with jack reacher's description. is dick hill available?
please call dick hill and ask him to re record these three books. this is bananas
Thanks to my Nook and now my IPod I no longer "read" a real book. It is much easier to listen especially with Reacher stories when so much time is spent in describing guns and ammunition.
At times for sure but you always realize that they can not kill him. Still it is heart stopping at times
Honestly can not remember who does the narration on most of the books I listen too though I have read many complaints to McClain. I certainly enjoyed this one.
This great book was destroyed by a terrible narrator
The plot kept me on my seat's edge when I read the book. When I listened to THIS book, I winced and sighed and rolled my eyes. AWFUL!!!!
No heart. No soul. No excitement. Dreadful lack of everything. AWFUL!!!!
I would throw this entire "reading" (I use that term with great misgivings.) OUT. Burn it.
It would be better to NOT have this audiobook in this series than to have this particular edition.
1. Shorter, tighter plot. 2. Good narrator
Overall premise ok, but it is way too long for the plotline so there are many passages that are just filler, with no value to the plot.
Accents were terrible, female voices ridiculous and overall delivery very flat
first few hours are OK, by the end I couldn't wait for it to be over.
I am a small business owner, writer and frequent traveler. Audio books are my constant companions
This is the second book in the Jack Reacher series and a bad place to visit. This should be called the Holly Johnson series as she takes up too much of the story and offers little in return, at least to the reader. A very exciting open with all kinds of potential descends quickly into a harlequin romance with brief interruptions of gun play. Back up to the Killing Floor and enjoy what Jack Reacher is supposed to be. We will pretend like Rambo Meets the Militia" never happened.
I could not get past the first chapter with this narrator. What is the point of having a great song, movie, or book if the one you choose to preform ruins it? His attempts at voice characterization were awful!
Dick Hill did a great job in the first book, why would you switch? After listening to the great job Dick Hill did I ordered the second book and was very disappointed right off. I tried a few times to listen to it but ended turning it off every time.
Don't mess with success.
Reacher is a superhero who is difficult to relate to. The story was kind of fun, but the characters just don't ring true enough to fully draw the reader in. Reacher in particular is such a flawless ideal, I found myself rolling my eyes at times knowing there was no one in the story that was any match for him. That sucked the suspense right out of it for me.
That said, I will probably continue listening to the series if only to be able to unplug my brain for a few hours.