Weak characters. Repetitive story lines as writer tried to satisfy publishers requirements for novel length. Reader was not that bad but suffered from unbearable content. I don't mind crude language or violence which has some necessity for the novel but this is over the top. Child was recommended to me but has been crossed off my list at least for now.
Easily half the book
Die Trying is installment #2 in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. This time out Jack learns that no good deed goes unpunished as he gets involved in a kidnapping while helping a young woman on a crutch negotiate her drycleaning. One thing leads to another and Jack finds himself in the middle of a psychotic secessionist militia mastermind's scheme to hold the US government hostage while plotting domestic terrorism. At the same time, Jack's involvement is viewed with suspicion by law enforcement.
Jack's unique combination of Sherlock Holmes - like analytical deductive reasoning, along with special ops fighting and survival skills are clearly on display. Also prominent is an uncanny ability to wage psychological warfare as well. Throughout, Jack's cool under fire attitude with a desire to just get back to his modern version of the classical "hobo" makes him an endearing character.
The narration is outstanding with an excellent range of voices. Pacing is appropriate for the story and along with tone, makes this a quick listen as there is little break in the action.
Sorta like old pulp fiction. It's entertaining. It is not heavy reading. If your following the series you'll enjoy it. If it was your first taste you might not return. I feel like a got my money's worth. YMMV
I love Jack reacher's character there is a fair amount of character development in this book but the first three quarters of the book is painfully slow come paired to the first book.
I liked the way Reacher and the woman were transported without knowing how or why.
The action. Lots of it.
Jack Reacher, of course.
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!