I simply cannot fathom why one of my favourite audio series has been ruined by substituting a terrible narrator for the brilliant version narrated by Dick Hill. I'll get my copy of Die Trying with the original narration elsewhere.
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.
Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
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.
Chick, hicks and action.
Pretty much any action book, I enjoy the Reacher series don't get me wrong but at the end of the day it is what it is.
The performer wasn't terrible but I really preferred the narrator from the first book.
Wanted to? Not really, could I? Possibly.
This second installment of the Jack Reacher series continues where the first left off. It continues to be a shallow, formulaic, tough-guy story, reminiscent of a Steven Seagal movie. Jack Reacher is an unstoppable force who has a special gift for attracting women whose libidos rise with the body count. It's not that it isn't entertaining, but spending time with this story felt as deeply satisfying as channel surfing. "Die Trying" also has a new narrator who lacks the charisma of the narrator from "The Killing Floor" (Book 1). This was merely a 3-star audio book for me, and that's probably being generous by a star.
Yes, but a different narrator. McClain actually is a good reader, but his impersonations of the characters are awful - and very distracting.
No. Because of the reader.
If McClain had just read the book and left off the character impersonations.
To not listen to any more books read by Jonathan McClain.