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.
I always try to read books before the become movies. Otherwise I picture the cast while reading the book. Tom Cruise is not 6'5" 225lbs.
Lee Child is definitely a descriptive writer. At times annoyingly so, but most of the time just the detail he writes is another way to subconsciously draw you into the story. It's a different style, but I'm not minding it at all.
So, many character arcs suffer from the second book blues, right? Where the second book in the series is worse than the first, right? The author might use implausible scenarios that stretch the suspension of disbelief too far, right? Or play on a false stereotype to create his villain, right? Or he might have every single character use the same, stupid manner of speaking, one that always and annoyingly ends in "right?", right?
Well, here you have it all. And if it wasn't for the depth of the Jack Reacher character and the free preview of the next book, I'd have probably given up on the series. Hopefully the junior effort is better than this turkey.
What a great series. I am partial to Dick Hill as the narrator, but I still enjoy it
The story was worth the listen.
Maybe, so long as he doesnt have more than one or two characters to voice.
The Jack Reacher novels are generally really good books. I've read most of them and now I"m re-visiting the series via Audible. This particular narrator is not in my top 5, probably not in my top 10. There were certain characters that made him difficult to listen to, the voices were two coarse or gravely or something... just not very natural.