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Not a Drill Audiobook

Not a Drill: Jack Reacher, Book 18.5

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Publisher's Summary

With nine straight number one New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, as fans anxiously await the next full-length Reacher adventure, Child delivers a riveting new short story featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero, Jack Reacher.

©2014 Lee Child (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-09-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-09-14 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Too Short of a short story"

    Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride, per usual. He gets a ride from some young Canadians, who are planning a hike through some the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in the dense forests of Maine. Reacher parts ways after sharing a hot meal. Reacher decides to check out a quiet town. First the trail is closed, and then the military police show up in force. Maybe it’s a drill, or maybe it’s’ trouble. Child provides us with some suspense, action and Reacher’s usual “I said nothing”.

    This is a quick read and I loved the descriptions of upper Maine. When I lived in Nova Scotia we would go on hiking trips in Maine or sail the off shore Island. Maine is a beautiful state. I usually enjoy a short story as a break from reading some very long books. But this book was a bit too short. I felt as if the author just abruptly ended the story and left me dangling. Dick Hill did he usual great job narrating the book.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 08-25-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 08-25-15 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "This novella is an embarassment for Lee Child"

    Lee Child has shown himself repeatedly to be capable of writing interesting and entertaining action thrillers. This little book is a waste of time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Me & My Girls 11-08-14 Member Since 2016

    Welcome to our group Dakota; welcome to my life Summer, you've made it so much better. Give back to our wounded warriors who gave so much.

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    "Weak"

    When an audiobook only lasts 87 minutes you'd think the action begins early and continues for most of the recording; not this time. Though the ending satisfies, it took far too long for anything interesting to occur. The weakest Reacher novella by far. Concentrate on the full length Personal for your Jack Reacher fix.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 11-07-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 11-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not A Drill would have made a great full length"
    What did you love best about Not a Drill?

    I'm really enjoying where Lee Child is going with Jack Reacher. I like that he doesn't act like he did when he was younger although I am sure he can still take on three or four in a brawl! This is a good story, no show of testosterone but instead Reacher is relaxing, going places he's never been and using the brain Lee gave him for figuring out a pretty good mystery.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Superb! As always. Dick Hill is Jack Reacher.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did.


    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler 10-17-15
    Tyler 10-17-15
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    "I did not enjoy this particular short story..."

    This one was a bit of a letdown. It's not what you expect from a Jack Reacher story, which isn't necessarily what made it unenjoyable. It just wasn't very captivating or interesting at any point. I've lost count of how many books/short stories I have read or listened to in this series, and this is the first one that left me feeling disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Redondo Beach, CA, United States 12-14-14
    Donna Redondo Beach, CA, United States 12-14-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Why bother"
    What would have made Not a Drill better?

    It was too short and not really a story at all


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    I have listened to every Reacher story so yes I would listen again


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. It was the start of a story that left you hanging


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second time Lee Child has done this. I would rather wait for a full story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-16-16
    Robert 01-16-16

    I know from whence I speak.

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    "Yet another 5-star Jack REACHER story."

    But how much longer can Lee Child keep it up?

    Dick Hill, the only voice of Reacher, is fading, particularly in the secondary voice milieu. I think he needs a partner for the female voices. I'm thinking of something like the highly effective and successful Ron Mclarty/Orlagh Cassidy match up in Baldacci's books. I'm sure there's a woman narrator out there who would fit the bill.

    Besides, Jack needs a woman now and again. And we the loyal listeners need better voice renditions for Child's female characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric J. Stone Fort Worth TX 12-18-15
    Eric J. Stone Fort Worth TX 12-18-15 Member Since 2013

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    "not a drill"

    This is the first reacher short story I've read, I enjoyed it as much as the other oned

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cecil 11-15-14
    Cecil 11-15-14
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    "Weak story - not Lee Child's best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am so used to the twists and turns of Jack Reacher that I was a bit disappointed - this was too simplistic


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Great - exceptional - penetrating


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley P. Valentine 11-08-14

    Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.

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    "2014 is not Reacher’s year"
    Any additional comments?

    Please understand that I am a Jack Reacher true believer. I’ve read all the books. I faithfully wait for each to appear the end of every summer (at least that seems to be when they’ve appeared since I caught up). And I even like Dick Hill’s narration (I only started Audible books on the last Reacher book).

    But just as with PERSONAL, the 2014, Lee Child feels off his game. Way off. With that novel and this short story, he saves anything of interest until the very end when the plot is explained. Instead of letting us in on the mystery as the novel and story goes, we’re just reading banter. Instead of saving the story for a two page plot twist, why not get into it much earlier?

    Frankly I’m also getting a little bored with Reacher always having INSERT PLUCKY SIDEKICK just really acting as a sounding board and exposition. It’s feeling pretty lazy.

    This is the same stuff as usual except nowhere near as good. Hope for better in 2015!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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