I am (was) a big Jack Reacher fan, but Dick Hill is getting too old to play a big, strong, tough-guy. His voice makes Reacher sound like a 75 year old. I listened to it on 1.25 speed and that helped, but the believability of the story is ruined by the narration. Sorry Mr. Hill. You are a talented guy, but it's time to move on to other characters.
Although obviously an action story, much of Child's writing seems like poetry. He is a master at taking commonplace things and places and making them into things of beauty. The description of the diner's griddle in the all night eatery is an example of this.
The reader also gains further insight into Reacher's motivations and character. However, the story feels more contrived than usual and too often defies logic. The ending left me scratching my head.
just a reader
Any Reacher book is a good read. Too bad they casted a midget to portray him in the movie.
The performance was excellent as usual for Dick Hill.
Jack Reacher and his adventures have made for fabulous reading for years. Of course, all the books have the same plot, but this hardly matters as long as Lee Child keeps the action and the characters interesting. In Never Go Back, he doesn't. I've read all the Reacher books and loved most. Skip this one, but read one of the earlier Reachers. And, yes, I will still read the next Reacher. (As always, Dick Hill's reading is fantastic. Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher.)
It moved along and never slowed down.
The heroes were always on the verge of not making it, then pulled it out. Typical.
Not really. It is pretty long. I do have a life!
Jack Reacher is the American knight errant. He is always saving the fair maiden or himself. He falls in/out of love, moves on. These stories are always fun and exciting. In some ways, they are informative, if you happen to care about how the army works. I like how he is still in great shape and a warrior at about 50. He's able to take down big dumb guys, well trained army dudes with a couple of well placed tactics. He's my hero. When I am attacked by hillbilly hooligans, I hope he is there.
like alfred hickock plots leaves you wondering at each turn
it would be if the author spent some time using some different phrasing of reacher said , she said or using that type of structuring every 5 seconds. gets on the nerves after a short time. plus the constant , unnessary reference, use of the of the main characters name 700 times
as with many good books the author works fast trying to get books in our hands. as a result the writing suffers some when read outloud . two people convesations constantly using the phase he said/she said when the reader uses voice changes to do the same thing. redundant and annoying
I am a big fan of the Jack Reacher series - until now. The story line is so random and far fetched. I know the rest of the series is a bit far fetched as well but this installment is extreme. The feeling I got was that Lee Childs was being lazy is writing this book. I would not recommend listening to it. Sorry!!!!
Lee Child seems to finally be back writing Reacher type stories that attracted readers like me a long time ago. I had the feeling in Worth Dying For that he no longer carred for his Reacher character, the book was so depressing I wasn't sure I would listen to the next. But then Lee wrote the Affair and I thouhght ok I enjoyed the back story books and took a chance. It was pretty good, but then came A Wanted Man and this time I felt Lee was just producing a book because he had a contract and was again dissappointed. Never Go Back brings back the type of characters and plots from the earlier books. I enjoyed this one and hope Lee writes more like this. It is classic Reacher with the arcane math and propabilities, open pedantic references, methodical and analytical observations, folding tooth brushes, buying clothes rather than washing, dinners, and hitch hiking. New are plane rides and cell phones but it is 2013 after all.
No. It lacked excitement and was a little confusing.
No. I don't believe the story line was very good.
Dick Hill is an excellent narrator.
Hmm... Not really.
Predictably, Reacher books always suck me in and string me along until the very end. I have listened to them all! Nothing to Lose was the only one in this series that I really disliked. This plot was a little reminiscent of a previous one, however I can't elaborate without writing a spoiler. As someone who really enjoys this series I am perfectly satisfied.