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.
I put this book on 1.25 speed most of the time, sped it up to 2 times speed through some of the more difficult to listen to chapters. Jonathan McClain is by far the worst reader. Every single character is mangled. Like they are almost ALL hard to like due to his voice interpretations.
Good thing I read the first book with Dick Hill as the narrator because if I had stumbled on this one first no way I would ever read another Lee Child book.
In fact, I wonder if there are ghost writers for him because the characters all seems stupid. But I think it was due to the narration.
Absolutely horrible voice inflection. He would have been better off not trying to create a different tone of his voice. OMG... how was this guy picked to do voice overs?? I would toss this book and get a credit back if I had not sped it up 2 times the speed and forced myself to get deeper into the story. I did like 70% of the story, but Jonathan truly should not be doing voice overs.
No, it is better to buy the book and read it in your own head. Lee Child should hire someone to redu every one of the books that Jonathan did because he completely ruins the experience.
Don't buy any audible books read by Jonathan McClain. You will regret it.
Narator, story line and no more "Right!" It's all bad.
I listened to the first book and wasn't all that impressed but I thought I'd try book two in hopes it would get better. I don't think I'm even halfway through. Thank goodness I can return this and get my credit back.
It is so far fetched that you can't even pretend any of the events could possibly be remotely true.
And please stop with the "Right" although there not as many as there was in book one.
My main complaint is the voices of two characters (I'm not even halfway so there could be more)
The first is the bad guy boss. He's described as being a big man. So big that he almost doesn't fit in a truck front seat with 2 other guys. Well his voice sounds like a 5 year old girls when she's playing with her dolls by herself. Heck the switchboard operator sounds more masculine then the big bad boss.
I'm not even sure who the second one belongs to except he's male and a commander of something. His voice is the exact same voice of the bad guy boss.
First would be remove "Right" unless it's a question, direction or agreement.
Second would be Reacher and Holly getting personal while being held hostage and within a day.
I really couldn't get past the narration to pay much attention.
Waste of a credit. Thank god I can return it and get my credit back.
I enjoy listening to Action Adventure books during my daily, (45 + mins) commute to work.
Yes, although i had to rewind it back to chapter 19 of the 2nd book at least 5 times. Felt like i was missing the final blow.
Now that's a shot.
Very good plot
No, but for mediocre writing( or editing) and narration, it would have.
No. It could have been really exciting. But narration carried no sense of drama; it was a very dramatic story, but you couldn't get a sense of urgency from the narrator.
No. I would like to have seen more personality in the characters, good guys and bad.
Would like to see better editing and better "performance"...