I was taken in by the hype of this release. The readers were quite capable but no reader(s) could overcome the nonsensical story (using the term loosely) presented in this document. I made it two thirds of the way through before throwing in the towel.
The story line was passible but the execution of the story was poor. The introduction of the supposed extension of today's left wing vs right wing politics killed it for me. The ignorance of the writer regarding the long-term effects of bad economic "philosophy" and related policies precluded writing a story that would appeal to very intelligent beings.
I liked the main character and found it easy to "get to know" him.
As with any good mystery the author has you wondering early on who is/was the "bad guy(s)/girl(s).
All of the characters were well-performed an none seem to overshadow any others.
The end of the story where it all seems to "come together" is worth the wait and the read.
Some of my friends would probably like the book for the storyline which was ok.
The trashy characters and the cursing was unnecessary unless the author was trying to appeal to some of the semi-retarded with limited vocabulary.
Jeff did a good job with reading the weak dialogue.
I have read all of the older books in the series and the author can do better.
Crider knows a lot about the academic environment and as a veteran of over four decades at various institutions I found the story fun and funny...and close to home in many respects.
The characters, for the most part, are quite believable.
I found the continual mispronunciation of certain words, particularly "Pecan", was very irritating and distracting. The narrator pronounced the word as if he was referring to a bedpan...a “pee can.” Texans, unlike many folks, know how to pronounce the word.
Reacher Does Thing
Jack's character and his response to situations fulfills many reader's wants, wishes and desires.
If Lee Child has written it and Dick Hill has narrated same, I have listened to it. Dick's performance, like Lee Child's Reacher, is predictable. He is a very good narrator and is at his best when doing Reacher.
This is the perfect book for the simple-minded romantic. The characters are over-developed in that after each character is introduced, defined then the author continues to pummel the reader with examples ad nauseam of what the character represents. The main characters are much like those in a cartoon except that cartoon characters are more subtle. The only thing that is worse about this book is the goofiest rendition of a southern accent I have ever has the displeasure to endure.
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