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Find a different narrator
I barely made it through the beginning of the first few chapters of the first part. It is LONG and hard to follow this woman's voice.
Robotic, foreign, and seems mechanical at best, but so dry and has so many odd pacing and enunciations that I found myself drifting and not realizing I'd missed most of the last half hour I was listening to something else.
Big fan of Jack "none" Reacher but the story is a little thin for its length. Seems more like an installment than some previous Reacher novels. However, I'll take whatever I can get. I've listened to all the Reacher novels in a binge type fashion over the last few months and now I realize I'm almost caught up. What then?
Btw, Narrator very effective at different voices without going over the top, and really did sound like he was speaking through Reacher's broken nose.
I routinely listen to audiobooks at 1.25 speed or higher. Otherwise it takes too damn long to tell the story. This one was better than previous ones. The female narrator is not that distinguishable in her female characters and sometimes is a little confusing. I'm in the military so I sometimes get bored with some exposition. Overall a good story.
It is very visually descriptive, and it's almost like watching a cop-show like Law and Order back when it first began. This book has a dark, gritty feel to it that was common in detective fiction and television during the late 80's and 90's that depicted the good guys (cops/detectives) as world-weary, no-BS cops who have little patience for younger, pretentious bureaucrats and who just seem to get the job done. Introducing the Tunnel Rat from Vietnam is almost a forgotten element in today's fiction, television, and movies. It's truly set in a time that can only work for this plot.
LIke any good thriller, the author keeps you guessing the villain or plot, but twists it one time more than you expect. It's not exactly innovative, but it doesn't need to be. It's relatable and interesting. Harry is likable and not too over-the-top to dismiss as a hollywood detective. You can almost smell the world he walks through.
Harry Bosch, of course.
Something like "A Journey into the blackest parts of human darkness"
This was not a bad book, nor was it much more than a simple story, told with simplicity and fairness. I am military, and read all the DoD directives about this book's caveats about storage and discussion about any information leaked or disseminated in this book, but I gotta tell you, it was a very good, simple, almost-escaping mediocre book. It is worth a credit, and some may get much more out of it than I did, but I tend to appreciate history and biographies, and this one was understandably limited due to its author's subject and milieu.
More personal histories, and less jumping around from the "now" to his youth, to his "last year" and "during that exercise", etc. It was laid out as if someone were describing the screenplay that will inevitably be based on this material.
inflection, tone, and familiarity
No extreme reactions, that's my point. It is somewhat bland
I think I am biased a little, and may not appreciate that this book was meant more for young men and women who are seeking some inspiration for what to do with their lives, such as seeking a military career in special ops.
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