Typical of Lee Child, there are many critical plot elements that stretch credulity. The bad guy is over-stereotypied to the point of annoyance, but my biggest criticism is that the narrator is simply Awful…didn't they ask for a sample of this guy's work before they paid him to do the whole book?? I almost stopped listening on several occasions but was bored and plodded on as a result of a lazy curiosity to find out what happened. But don't follow my example, please.
Having read & enjoyed the first 2 Reacher books, I was ready to continue to enjoy the series in order. Seems like I hit a dead end with Book 3.
This one was a tough one to get through...the 2 parallel story-lines (one boring and under-motivated, one corny when it's not cruel) take forever to merge...and when they do, the 'twist' involving the villain (one that any reader can see coming a mile away) just isn't enough to reward the slog to get to that point.
Along the way, the reader is treated to endless descriptive scenes that come off not as useful exposition, but page-filling. We all know what an airport or a row of apartment mailboxes looks like, or that it's hot in Texas, thanks. The cumulative effect is exhausting.
Contrast that to Baldacci's "John Puller" books that involve a similar character...but with a tighter, much leaner approach.
A production annoyance (not Child's fault): there's not enough of a narrative pause when changing scenarios from one story-line to another, so the reader is forced to take a second to realize who we're talking about...never a good thing when you're trying to get involved with a story.
One bright spot is Jonathan McClain's great read...much more enjoyable IMO than Dick Hill, who I'm not a fan of.
This one is probably an anomaly in the series, but it's going to be a while before I'll feel like checking in on Jack Reacher again.
tighter editing, better narration
cut out about half of the book, so much of it is irrelevant filler
terrible accents, flat, boring voice
Villain got his just desserts at the end
Reacher, of course. His intuition and logic proved superior, admirable, but mostly believable. Seems like someone I'd really enjoy meeting - an authentic sort.
His good voice variation on the the characters made the story easier to follow.
Not possible, and I prefer books that have interesting section wrap-ups that allow stopping after 2-4 hours to be continued as my schedule allows.
I like the way Reacher seems to be a good role model, albeit a bit unbelievable. He's grounded and seems to be one who won't take no for an answer.
I would have Dick Hill narrate it. Johnathan McClain is an ok narrator but I got lost in the story sometimes because all the voices sounded the same. Also, his voice is too soft for the image I have of Jack Reacher. Where as Dick Hill has the right amount of raspiness to his voice to pull it off.
Bring Dick Hill as narrator back. The story was great I just could not hardly get past the narration.
He isn't Jack Reacher......
If the right person were playing Jack Reacher, yes!
Can't say it enough....I like Dick Hill as Jack Reacher.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
I found listening to the first two Reacher novels soothing, Child's sparse, almost documentary-style prose with its focus on facts and street names and physical routines, combined with McClain's calm but never dull voice, create a rhythm that I enjoy.
I also like the idea that Reacher is the competent but detached alpha male who will punish evil-doers and save the beautiful woman, even though we all know he won't stay with her.
"Tripwire" is darker and more serious than its predecessors. The serious side of the book allows for the fact that when drifting becomes a conscious choice, it is a rejection of the world that suggests something is broken. It presents the possibility of Reacher staying with the girl and even having somewhere of his own for them both to stay. It asks the question whether Reacher can do that and still stay Reacher. All good stuff that makes Reacher more real.
The darker side of the book spoiled it for me. The evil-doer in this book gets off on inflicting humiliation and pain. The pain mostly takes place "off camera", for which I was grateful but the humiliation is described in great detail. It is convincing and completely repulsive. It's not gratuitous. It drives the story and it is not glorified but it left me feeling angry and soiled and degraded by my own voyeurism.
This is a tribute to Child's writing but it violated the expectations I came to the book with and filled my head with things I'd rather not give house room to.
I'll try one more Reacher book, but if this focus on the anatomy of evil continues, I will look for my entertainment elsewhere.
Reading the other reviews, I got the impression that this book was not going to be as good as I hoped. But, since I decided to read the entire series in the right sequence, I bought it anyway. I was pleasantly surprised!
McClain is a good narrator. No, he's not Dick Hill, but if you can get over this fact, you'll enjoy this book as much as most other books in the series. Actually, I found that McClain makes the bad guys sound creepier, and the women sound smarter, than Dick Hill does.
The story is good; Reacher investigates an old Missing In Action case in order to protect someone very dear to him, whom he never really thought he'd see again. If you like the Reacher series, there is no real reason why you shouldn't like this book.
Child once again babbles on ad infinitum over mundane details that should have been excised by a better editor.
Make it shorter.
Reacher #1: Killing Floor was very good. Reacher #2: Die Trying was good, even though Reacher spends almost half of the book in the back of a truck. Lame. This one is so bad I can't finish it.
I'm guessing there's no reason to even start Reacher #4.
I'll admit I'm sensitive to violence, but each of the three Jack Reacher books I've read all include torture and humiliation. Although the story itself was decent, a typical 'catch em in the nick of time' murder mystery, the violent overtone ruined the book for ME. I've only read the first three books, but they were pretty much all the same so I'm done with the Jack Reacher series.
1st Jack Reacher book I've listened to and it was great. From the beginning to the end it was compelling, well written and the narration was perfect. Just bought Killing Floor and hope it will be as good as Tripwire was. Read other reviews and thought it was worth a try and will probably get the whole series over time. Audible did a great job with this one. Can't wait for the one I just bought.
The ending was what I had hoped for. It did not disappoint and left you with hope. I like that. Nothing worse than a bad ending.
The narration could not have been better. His performance was entertaining and the voices, timing and inflection were perfect and I'm not that easy to please, believe me.
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!
Very happy with the book and quality of Audible's presentation and like I said, I'm not easy to please.