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.
Enjoy listening to many different types of books. I like to listen while I am in the car and working.
Not a good as the first book in the series but still very enjoyable. I think Dick was a better reader in the first book but I got used to Jonathan in time but think Dick was a little better.
Sigma Force series by James Rollins
Yes, but I enjoyed Dick in the first book a little better but Jonathan was very good as well. I'd give Dick a 9 and Jonathan an 8 on a scale of ten.
I enjoyed it a great deal and had a hard time stopping.
I guess the book is good for the genre. I wanted to like it more but really the story was bordering on predictable. I started at the beginning of the series with Killing Floor and liked but didn't love the book. This was sort of the same but not as fresh. If you are a fan this is on par with the first two in the seires I suppose. For me I was hoping to be hooked but can't really say I am.
I think if you wanted to explore Jack Reacher this would be as good a place to start as Killing Floor.
I will say the narration was good. I'm new to audible and have listened to maybe 5 or 6 books with varying degrees of success with the narration. In this instance the narrator did a really good job.
For simple brain candy I'd give a guarded yes on "worth listening to".
Reacher: Smart, Dangerous
Tom Clancy's "Without Remorse"
His visit to the General's house for the first time.
No, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Listen to the series... it's worth your time.
Not the best offering of Lee Child, but a decent story in the Jack Reacher tradition.
A semi-happy ending for Jack.
Fantasies and reality.
I love to listen to books. I drive all over the state. Listening helps the miles go by fast.
I love the twist in the story. I've come to expect things not to be what they seem to be. They just keep getting better.
The narration is very well done.