I've just started this book, and having read every other Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child, I have no doubt I'm going to like the story, but...
This narrator is milk toast, when I really wanted a hot, buttery, cinnamon bun.
This narrator is weak tea, when I really wanted hot, black, coffee.
This narrator is near beer, when I really wanted a stiff shot of bourbon.
This narrator is Jonathan McClain, when I really wanted Dick Hill.
For me, Dick Hill is Jack Reacher. I'm sure McClain is a nice guy, and he reads well enough, but he is not Dick Hill, and for me, that means he is not Jack Reacher. I'm not through the first chapter, but I really miss Dick Hill.
Several twists and turns to this story, which will figuratively have you on the edge of your seat. I was ready to recommend this to my friends, but the ending ruined the whole story for me. I would have given it fewer stars had it not kept me engaged to the end. The ending made no sense and left me with no one in the story I could like.
If you're a Jack Reacher fan, you might already have this in your Library. After I downloaded it and listened to it, I found I had a Dick Hill version of Tripwire I downloaded in 2009. It doesn't seem to be available in the Audible store, but I'll take Dick Hill over this narrator any day. McClain isn't a bad narrator, and if I didn't already feel that Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher, I would have probably liked him OK.
If you think Tom Cruise is going to make a believable Jack Reacher in the movie, you might like this narrator, and if you don't already have this book in your library, and you're a Jack Reacher fan as I am, you might not have any choice but to go with this book. The Dick Hill version doesn't seem to be available.
It was difficult to rate this book. McClain is an OK narrator. It's just that he's not Dick Hill, and after downloading this version, I discovered I already had the Dick Hill version. Luckily, after 3 years and 700 or so books, the story was fresh. I had forgotten most of it. I might go back and listen to the Dick Hill version to compare the two. Since I already had that one, it was a waste of a credit.
I bought this book a long time ago, but didn't listen to it until now. It's an enchanting story, made perfect by this awesome narrator. I can't imagine anyone else as the voice of Jacky Favor. I will be listening to other books in this series.
I should have listened to the other reviewers' comments about this narrator, but I love the story of Peter the Great and wanted to listen to it anyway, figuring the narrator couldn't be that bad. I was wrong: he is that bad. He has a strong British accent, so strong that I seem to catch about one word out of three. I absolutely couldn't listen to this narrator any longer and didn't even make it through the introduction. I listen to books on Audible because I don't have time to sit down and read them. Listening to this book, however, was not an option for me.
Although I'm an adult, I often read stories written for teens. I liked "Hunger Games," the first book, anyway. This book didn't compare to it. While I could believe in the "Hunger Games" world, the world Lissa Price created has so many holes in it that believablity leaks from it like water from a sieve, leaving us with an unrealistic, unbelievable, world.
I liked the premise of the story, body switching, but nothing else about this story made any sense. I won't give more detail, lest I spoil it for those that might still wish to read it, but long before the end I was struggling to listen and only finished it because my granddaughter wanted me to read it.
I thought the narrator did an admirable job. She just didn't have much of a story to tell.
While I had some problems with Wouk's writing style in his "Wars" books, the stories were compelling enough to make them a worthwhile "read."
I'm not sure I'll even be able to finish this one, though. If Pariseau had narrated so poorly in either of the other books, I wouldn't be having this problem, because I would have never purchased it.
Wouk's writing style is right out of the 40s. I doubt he could make it as an author today. He provides way too much detail for me. I don't care what everyone is wearing. I just want to hear a good story. He also uses passive verbs too much.
I'm with "Richard" on this one, mediocre writing and a phoned in performance. Pass up the audio version. See the movie, which is good, or read the book. I think I'll forgo listening to any more of it and see if I can find the movie to watch instead.
I tried to finish this audio book to find out how it ended, but I couldn't. I might have been able to finish a print version, but the combination of the whiny Will, as the reader portrayed one of the boys in the story, and the short, choppy, writing style the author used in writing this story combined to make me absolutely hate this audio book. If I could have got my hands around Will's throat, I would have throttled him to shut him up.
We spend so much time inside Will's head and inside his father's head, that it's easy to forget what the story is all about. I like stories about kids; I like SF fiction and fantasy; and I've read stories by Ray Bradbury I liked; but I hated this one.
Maybe, when my revulsion for this story has ebbed somewhat, I'll listen to the last chapter so see what happens; but on second thought...
If you've read my review of "Hunger Games," you know I gave it 5 stars. Although I had some concerns about the author's style and lack of emotion I felt from the characters in it, the story was engaging enough for me to "read" it pretty well straight through.
I dropped my rating down to 2 stars for the second book and I'm guess I'm forced to give this book 1 star, although I begrudge it that 1 star. My headline for this review says it all. If anyone figures out that there is a plot to this book and can explain to me how any of it makes any sense, please let me know.
Anyone want to join me in rooting for President Snow? That's how little I find myself caring about any of the other characters in this third book of the trilogy.
I'm about half way through the third book. Maybe, I'll ask someone how it ends so I don't have to suffer through the rest.
I'm an adult reading, in this case, books for kids. I read the first book because of all the hype about the upcoming movie, and I really enjoyed it, giving it five stars. I begrudgingly gave this sequel two stars. I regret spending my credits on the second and third books.
This book was devoid of the suspense and excitement that, in the first book, wouldn't let me put it down. I was disappointed that instead of progressing to a revolution the author did a watered down rehash of the first book by putting them in another game, a game, which when compared to the first, was boring. She had them fight against the Arena not against each other. She might as well have put them in an inclosure and turned the lions loose on them.
Neither Katniss or Peeta were particularly heroic in this book. Most of the time we were listening to Katniss whine and appear stupid, while Peeta was pretty well out of it from the first after being injured.
I found so many other things wrong with this story: President Snow couldn't have been as stupid as he was portrayed in this book. Putting all the victors back into a game, putting Katniss and Peeta back into a game, given their apparent popularity in the Sections and in the Capitol was sure to foment a revolution not quell one.
Given the world created by the author, the story needs to make sense, and this one didn't. I love post-apocalyptic stories, and while the author built a reasonable post-apocalyptic world in the first book, given the world she created, what happened next didn't make sense to me.
Maybe, I'm too critical. It is Audible for Kids, after all, but the story, kids killing kids, is hardly a story for little kids, and possibly I'm giving the kids in the age range of the kids that should be reading these books too much credit. The "Twilight" book were popular, and I thought they sucked, so you know where I'm coming from. Keep that in mind when you read this review. If you liked them, this author probably can't do any wrong as far as you are concerned.
I saw the movie, which was true to the book. I liked it. I hope the second and third movies AREN'T true to the books.
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