I am a big fan of the Jack Reacher books ... but man, is this one boring or what. Virtually nothing happens for the majority of the book. Anyone giving this a 5 star must be a relative of Mr. Child, or must work for the publisher. Or perhaps they just like the Reacher series enough to forgive so a slow book.
I would only because I like the Reacher books. But come on, Mr. Child, don't dial in the next one.
Reacher has a broken nose ... so much of the narration sounds like it done with the narrator holding his nose.
Seriously? You could cut out most of them and it wouldn't make any difference. Slow, slow, slow.
This book was not at all what I expected based on the other reviews on this board. To start, it comes across as someone reading a paper, not telling a story. The narrator was flat all the way through the book. And unfortunately the flat narration matched the writing in the book itself. The whole thing feels more like a term paper for a writing class. The story COULD have been interesting, but it wasn't. If this wasn't written by a classmate of Robert Peace, no one would care.
Start over. Pick a more interesting subject. If Robert Pierce was an incredible human being that we should care about, I didn't get that.
Flat. Flat. Flat. Flat. Don't read to me, tell me a story. I hate the narrators that are overly dramatic, but this is the total opposite. Did they had him a script, hit record, and say "read!"?
Robert Peace. The burger boys.
I just found this whole book to be a waste. It is basically a poor, smart black kid gets into Yale, and likes to sell drugs. Overly simplistic? Sure. But not incorrect.
This book was an easy read, but it just didn't have much depth. This read more like a made-for-tv show with Perry Mason handling the case. Have you ever talked to some one who READ about how to ski and was telling you about it rather than telling you about their last ski trip? This is how this book seemed. It was too predictable, too step-by-step per tv court cases, etc.
Like I said, this book felt like it was written about someone who had read lots of legal mysteries rather than someone who actually knew anything about legal mysteries. Write what you know.
I thought the narrator was fine. It is a bit unfair to the narrator, I suppose, since I (and most reviewers) seem to rate the narrator on the words they are sharing, even if they weren't responsible for them.
Pick one. I actually liked the lawyer, but there weren't any of the normal trials and tribulations associated with your first real job.
Nice idea for the book, but it needs more depth, more reality. I am not a big John Grisham fan, and don't think his books are very satisfying, but his books are so easily accessible. I don't know if this book intended to follow that model, but it just seem to be a shallow reproduction.
Sure. I just felt like I started in the wrong place ... I seem to have missed all of the previous Repairman Jack stories.
This was my first. It was okay.
Clean, simple, effective. I did have a difficult time telling some of the characters apart.
No, not really, because I don't think this is the first Repairman Jack book that would be made into a movie.
I will admit to being a bit confused. I liked the story idea, but it wasn't until I got into it that I found this was a "prequel" that went back to the start of the books. I just felt like I missed so much of the character. I will go back and listen to the first Repairman Jack book and see if this makes more sense.
Yes ... length, pace, and story
This was just a very slow story. There wasn't a lot happening here. Unfortunately I have found many of Mr. Child's recent books to be like this. Not good. Not bad. Just forgettable.
I like Dick Hill ... but if we don't have a "Reacher says Nothing" is it really a Reacher book?
It was short ... perhaps too short to really develop a pace.
This was a throwaway book. Listen to it, shrug, forget about it.
Sometimes with Neil Gaiman I get the feeling that his writing is witty to be witty, not so much to move the story alone. I suppose that is what I felt in this book. The story just didn't move along as smoothly as I would like.
Love the basic idea of the story. Just had a tough time with consistent story-telling.
Yes. Find a better book.
I would, but I also know not everyone would "get" this book. It is a bit hard to follow, and the characters are a bit confusing at times, but I loved the idea of the story.
The buildup to the 15th life was good.
Well, I suppose it would have to be Harry since he was the dominant character through the whole thing.
Life doesn't always end the way you expect.
Very enjoyable. More so for the story than the characters.
I have probably read about a dozen Mark Tufo books, and in general I like them very much. For this one, where the major story is an alien invasion, we seem to talk about most everything OTHER than the aliens. This reads more like Zombie Fallout then it does a book about aliens. I mean, seriously, do we have to have the "humans turn crazy and mean" and then spend half the book on that?
I won't read the rest of this serious. I am a big Mike Talbot fan, but this series is just silly.
Great narration. Love his voice. He IS Mike Talbot. Just give him a better script.
Great narration. Mike Talbot is great. Too bad this book didn't have very much Michael Talbot.
Mr. Tufo, I think one reason so many of the scenes in this book sound like the scenes in your other books is because you have too many series going on and can't keep them all straight. Quality, not quantity.
Western Rides Again
Very much like a traditional western where the good guys always follow their own morals, and bad guys have none.
The too-perfect kid
I like the simple approach of this series. The good guys stay good guys, and you know the bad guys stay bad. Not as good as the first book, though.
No. These books always have a "twist" so knowing the twist makes the story not as interesting.
Not sure this is an "edge of your seat" but it is told well. I like the way everything is so easy to follow.
The last scene when the defendant things everything is going great.
Defendants always lie!
It is one of the easiest to listen to because the dialogue is verily simple and most of it is written first person.
Very similar to the first two Mickey Haller books.
Not sure. The nice thing about reading a book is you create your own image of what is going on. Giles does a good job, though.
Not really. I don't this is an overly emotional book. It is just told well and is easy to follow.
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