I have now listened to all of the Jack Reacher books, in order, and love the entire series. I came back to one of the Jonathan McClain books after listening to the rest to see if I still liked his narration more than Dick Hill's ... turns out I still do.
I think Jonathan McClain's narration is really good. He does a great job with Beau Borken's voice. For instance, after Holly Johnson attacks her captors, he captures an out of breath, high pitched crazy man's voice perfectly. And I love the cool, smooth way he does Reacher. I was quite disappointed when the series switched back to Dick Hill (who also does a fine job, but not as good as McClain in my estimation). I was surprised to see a lot of reviewers who didn't like McClain, and felt compelled to "vote."
i am still in the process of listening to this book and no doubt i will finish it because it is a great book- i have to say that the narration sometimes makes me grumpy because it is so bad. This book will most likely take me about 3 times longer than usual just because i have to stop listening after a while because this guy is so definitely not Dick Hill. I'm even more upset that i have to make it through a second novel (Tripwire) with the same narrator. Dick Hill brought Jack Reacher to life and I absolutely LOVED his narration and the different characters he was able to make me believe in. Jonathan McClain nowhere near gives the experience of Dick Hill but the book itself is a great read.
His voice is boring. He sounds nasally when he attempts to bring characters to life and I have a hard time figuring out if he is supposed to be doing a man's voice or a woman's. Everything sounds the same. BAD.
barely. I think I may have to use my eyes rather than my ears for the next book. I highly recommend getting Dick Hill to redo 'Die Trying' and 'Tripwire'. It's way too much of a tease to hook listeners in on the first Jack Reacher novel with Dick Hill and then force them to be stuck with Jonathan McClain for the next 30hours of Jack Reacher.
i dont want to take away from the novel itself- it is awesome!
I am hooked on the Jack Reacher series. Suspenseful, action, plot twists!! I find myself sitting in my car and listening as long as possible. This book absolutely meets the caliber of the first book. I'll be starting the third book today!
actor did a fantastic job establishing the distinction between characters.
Reacher - because its Jack Reacher
FBI Director McGregor
When Reacher was crawling through the caves - I also felt claustrophobic listening to the narration.
This is another fun Jack Reacher novel. It's cheesy... Reacher is roaming the US, and is once again thrust into another suspenseful murder/kidnapping/heist. As always, he is invincible, macho, somewhat superhuman, and takes vengeance on this round's evil-doers. The writing is terrible and I don't care, because it's great brain candy.
The one downside is the narrator. One of the FBI agents (Brogan is his name, I believe) is portrayed with the worst possible accent... EVER. I'm not sure the intention, but it switches from terrible Bostonian to terrible Australian... I call it Bostralian. Chapter 22 is possibly one of the best examples. The point is, no one on this planet speaks with that accent. But, if you can suffer through it, the book is a fun listen.
When reading the reviews all I could see was "We hate Jonathan McClain" so I decided to see for myself. And I found out that McClain is not half bad. Grant it he's no George Guidall or Dick Hill but he holds his own. The story makes up for any problems someone might have with the narration. Just Sayin.........
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From reading the reviews I find that people really like this series and I do as well but there is something about this series so far that has not made me fall in love with it. This was only my second book and I do look forward to the third. I'm not giving up yet there is a reason people love this series and I want to be one of them.
listen never. Read yes
squirm with his accents and voices
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If Lee Child had put half as much research into the US military as he did on the weapons this would have been a much better story. Anyone who watches the news knows the head of the US military is the "Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff". Child calls him the "Joint Chairman" throughout the book. He makes numerous other mistakes that could have easily been avoided. I'm willing to give an author artistic license for the sake of the story, but Child's gaffs actually get in the way of the story for me.
I've read the first two books in this series, but I won't read any more of them. Child hasn't turned me off on the genre, but he has turned me off on this series.
Bo, the leader of the bad guys. The voice he used was just plain creepy.
Child writes good fight scenes and did a good job of conveying the stress Reacher experiences in the old mine.
As an Army veteran I notice mistakes that might not matter to a reader with no military experience, but every time I heard the title "Joint Chairman" I had to laugh. It sounds like the guy in charge of Colorado's marijuana program.