Good plotting. As usual Child's moves it right along.
Every thing. His enunciation and pacing seem to add life the words. Ive listened to the Reacher books before Dick Hill, he's head and shoulders above the other gentleman.
The latest Jack Reacher. Sure they're all more or less the same - but yet different enough to keep coming back. The Reacher books are all three day reads or less. I read all 18 of them using Whisper - reading half and listen to half on my commute. They are absolute fun!
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
I've listened to a number of Jack Reacher novels, and this is far from my favorite.
It just seems to be bogged down with what the gamers call "fetch quests." I got a lot less "excitement," and a lot more "patient waiting" out of listening to this book. By the end, I felt not so much energized as bored.
And what's up with the author's use of the phrase "a long moment?" The definition of "a moment," is "a very short period of time." So, "a long moment" is—what—an oxymoron? Did someone cough? Did the protagonist blink twice? Did the listener scratch his cheek? Ridiculous.
As for the narration, Dick Hill has many good qualities as a narrator—he generally seems to know what the story is about, and creates a decent visual impression of the characters and events. That being said, this book lacks the energy and crispness of his best work. It's a far cry from the more inspired work he produced in "Echo Burning."
I'm always up for a good Reacher novel, but this one just falls short of the mark.
Another Reacher hard ops story with a twist. Jack returns to meet the commander of his old unit. He liked her voice. Both are set up for false charges and the book,follows them as they try to find out who and why. Obviously, they find out, resolve the issues, and clear their names. How they do it is what the book is all about. I liked it.
Finally Dick Hill doesn't ruin the narration by making his strong female characters whiny and pathetic sounding, seems he listened to the poor reviews he was given on earlier Reacher series. This book is a little weak on the ending, but silly me, I still enjoy an escape to the Land of Reacher. Perhaps since my last few books have been a little heavy I enjoyed this and rated this higher than I would have otherwise, but sometimes I just want some mindless entertainment and Lee Child delivers again! Although heavily criticized by other readers, even die-hard Reacher fans, this book still gets a 4 star rating from me. Story line might be closer to a 3.5, but I chose to round up my rating, rather than round down.
I like the unabridged versions of the Jack Reacher novels because the repetitiveness is so familiar, like a comfortable old bathrobe. I especially like the passive descriptions: "There was a room. There were blinds on the windows. There was a desk and a chair. A man was sitting on the chair..."
And then there are the lengthy descriptions of simple actions. "The door opened. The door shut. The door opened again. The door shut again. Someone turned the handle. There was a hand on the handle..."
Seriously, there is a strange and wonderful rhythm to Childs's writing. I even liked this book despite that there really was no plot. C'mon, two old guys in a DC townhouse? The denouement has all the punch of a deflated balloon.
But you know what? I'm gonna listen to more of the Reacher books. I like the character, and the nihilism, and especially the comfortable voice of Dick Hill, reading all those passive constructions with great patience and panache.
Fast paced, fun, great characters. Jack Reacher is always a fun read
It is a page turner
Fun and fast read. Great vacation book.
I am a high school teacher and hockey coach living in Fairbanks, Alaska.
As always, Jack Reacher is the man. I have read/listened to every Jack Reacher book and I love the series. This is another solid book. While it's probably not the best Jack Reacher book (maybe a little less action than some others in the series), it is certainly well worth the listen.
Dick Hill is a solid narrator and always does a great job.
This and every Reacher book are solid. If I were you, I'd start with Book 1 and enjoy the whole series. Then you can be like all the other fans of this series - counting the days until the next one comes out.
Listen to a lot of audio books driving across the wide open spaces of Nevada during monthly 450 mile trips to and from Las Vegas.
I enjoyed this Reacher novel from start to finish! Reacher and Susan Turner made a good team and the action was non stop.
The Reader. Extremely poor. His emphasis on proper diction came at the expense of smoothness and fluidity in the story. It was very distracting. Mr, Hill needs to move on.
Enough said about Mr. Hill.