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.
Great story - typical Reacher - edge of seat tension. The only thing wrong was the narrator. To me, Reacher is Dick Hill!!! Jonathan McClain doesn't even begin to fill the bill. Question is, when they have a narrator that makes the listener feel that he/she knows the characters, why change to another voice who interprets the character differently - McClain doesn't give Reacher nearly the punch that Dick Hill does. Great disappointment!
Although this is the 2nd in the Jack Reacher series it was the first I 'read' and got me totally hooked!
I stumbled across Lee Child's work after having finished Crais's Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels and Connelly's Bosch books and was not at all disappointed.
Child has a very good writing style, maybe even a step above Crais and definitely on a par with Connelly, and the story is developed well with a great plot and character descriptions. The tension mounts in every chapter and although it's a long one, you'll find yourself getting through it in no time.
Many reviewers have (unfairly) criticised Jonathan's reading style by comparing him to Dick Hill who reads some of the later books in the series, but I enjoyed the younger voice for Reacher, and, having heard some of the other Reacher books after with Hill narrating, I still can't get the image of Harry Bosch out of my head as I first heard him there.
All considered, this is a great, well-read book which got me addicted to Child's work. Well done, Lee. You've just got another fellow Brit fan!
Listen to chapter 1, then skip the 23 chapters with Reacher in the back of a truck. Part 2 picks up considerably.
Reacher #3, as long as there aren't any trucks.
A very good performance.
Yes, I would. I like the way the narrator speaks with different voices to meet each situation. It makes the story more realistic.
The scenes with the hero and heroine together in the truck and in the various camps are the most entertaining to me.
No. I listen to books while I am on my Nordic Trac and while I am in my car for various short pieces of time.
I found it very interesting that almost every one of Mr. Child's characters ends his sentences with the question, "Right?" I can see where one or two people might have that habit...but even the Korean dry cleaning woman? and the computer tech guy?
I would think that Mr. Child does not even realizing he is doing this. Oh, well...
No, I have to though because I want to follow the series. McClain just isn't the voice of Jack Reacher.
Yes, I'm going to try more and I am going to have to trudge through the next 2 by McClain, and I'm not happy about it.
He's very mundane. He doesn't put any drama or feeling into his reading.
Can't wait to get back to the Dick Hill readings.
Jack Reacher, of course.
Don't think so.
The only thing I did not like was all the detail about the guns, how they shot, technical stuff.
I just recently caught Jack Reacher feaver. This is my 2nd book, and I found both of them to be entertaining. The storyline kept me wanting more, it was difficult to put down.
Edge of seat
Reacher, he is smart and does not care what anybody thinks
Very good, glad I didn't listen to the negative reviews