I was hoping beyond hope that Child's last book (Wanted Man) was a fluke. I thought that he got the terrible writing out of his system and now he will be back in form. Unfortunately this new book is nearly as bad. The only blessing is this time we didn't have to listen to Reacher speak with a broken nose. I am no longer willing to sit through the seemingly endless redundant dialogue to get a couple of minutes of my "Reacher fix".
Come back to us Lee!!
This review is a bit premature as I have only made it about half way through the audio book. The narration is nothing short of bizarre. I'm not quite sure how to describe it. It is almost like the voice over for a movie trailer. No matter how benign or tense a particular scene it is read with equal emphasis....and odd emphasis and cadence at that. I have enjoyed the story so far so I have forced myself to try and ignore this. I have had success for entire minutes at a time....but not much more. I can ignore the odd reading but it all comes crashing down again due to an inexplicable addition of a chuckle after nearly every sentence the main character utters, and every third sentence of 2 of the more minor characters. It does not matter at all what the situation is. Okay, Okay, I exaggerate. But I promise you, it doesn't feel that way. "Two crew members were just horribly killed by Wolf Bats (chuckle), But you survivors did great! (chuckle)."....not an actual quote, but unfortunately I didn't take very much liberty with my paraphrasing. I didn't read the book so I don't know if this was just something added by the narrator or producer, but really bad call. One last comment on the narration, and this one is petty but I can't get it out of my head. The voice used for the Artificial Intelligence Computer (who's voice is described as smooth and male) sounds like a man doing a cartoon voice for a big-boned, mannish woman. This stuck with me so much because I had the misfortune to have to sit through a cartoon called "Brickleberry". The AI's voice is a dead ringer for the previously described woman. I honestly hope you don't get the reference, but I can't get it out of my head....get out, get out please!!!
I noticed they changed the narrator for the next book in the series. I haven't read the reviews yet, but my advice is READ this one. It has been an interesting story so far.
I put off buying this book because of the bad reviews. This was difficult to do as I'm a Jack Reacher fan. After seeing the new movie...Tom Cruise, really? (still enjoyed it)....I was in the mood for more. Big mistake. This was one of the most painfully slow, repetative, and ill conceived stories I have yet to listen to. I won't bother going into details as other reviewers have dissected it at length. Suffice it to say as much as I want another great story from Lee Child I will absolutely not buy one without seeing good reviews first. To all of you out there who tried to warn me I apologize for not listening. It won't happen again.
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