Winter in South Dakota. Blowing snow, icy roads, a tired driver. A bus skids and crashes and is stranded in a gathering storm.
There's a small town 20 miles away, where a vulnerable witness is guarded around the clock. There's a strange stone building five miles further on, all alone on the prairie. There's a ruthless man who controls everything from the warmth of Mexico.
Jack Reacher hitched a ride in the back of the bus. A life without baggage has many advantages. And crucial disadvantages too, when it means facing the arctic cold without a coat. But he's equipped for the rest of his task. He doesn't want to put the world to rights. He just doesn’t like people who put it to wrongs.
©2010 Lee Child (P)2010 Random House Audio
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"“I'm not afraid of death. Death's afraid of me.”"
I do not agree with the negative reviews. This is Jack Reacher doing what he does best. Tracking down and killing the bad people. I think I am getting well used to Lee Child and have identified the killer well before the end be it a Cop or an FBI Agent. Keep em coming, please.
"61 Hours - 60 hours too much"
I have read (or in the case of his last two novels, listened to) every Jack Reacher. I listened to Gone Tomoprrow and was sorely disappointed and concerned that Lee Child had lost the momentum with Reacher. Sadly, 61 Hours seems to have proved me right.
The narration was fine, but in the same way that a bad script can fatally destroy a fine actor, the narrator was having to deal with Lee Child well below his early best.
Fantastic (in the real sense) plotting and some unbelievable, shallowly-developed characters made this probably the last Lee Child, certainly the last Reacher novel, I'll be reading until I reread one of his early best.
"Worrying for Jack Reacher fans"
For those addicted to Jack Reacher's adventures this is a worrying book as we're left wondering what happens to our hero at the end?
Beautifully read to capture Jack's laconic voice, this is very much a 'slow burner' that builds up to a very hot ending (this, as you will discover, is a dreadful pun!). Jack falls for two women, one elderly lady who he meets on a daily basis, and one who he never gets to meet.
Lee Child will never win the Booker Prize but he will keep you guessing as you sit on the edge of your seat. Great stuff.
"Not Child's best"
I enjoy the escapism of a good Reacher novel, but was disappointed by this offering. I was able to guess a lot of the "twists" and felt that in many ways this was done deliberately by Child as a bit of an experiment. I liked the Janet Salter character and the way that she engaged with Reacher, but found the other characters were not particularly memorable. Child's next novel "Worth dying for" is very much a return to form. Jeff Harding was good as ever...
"Sheesh what a bore"
I have listened to a load of Jack Reacher - not sure what happened here. I found it really boring and hard work. Just nothing seemed to happen for ages, I lost track of the plot and really listened to get value for money.
"Lee child on usual form"
The story is well read and reasonably engaging. However, I felt it was very much in keeping with other Lee child stories i have read and contain nothing new in terms of plot structure. The main villain character was not particularly well developed so it was difficult to care what he happened to him in the story
Similar plot structure but not as much human interest as other stories I have listened to or read by the same author.
i have not listened to this reader before - however I felt he read well.
"Lee Child has done it again!"
I don't know how Lee Child comes up with his ideas but they are always fresh and my best second guess is never right! Another supert action thriller which twists and turns with every page. I coudln't put it down. I think I have listened to all the Jack Reacher novels he as written and eagerly anticipate the next one.
If action thrillers are your thing, you will not be disappointed wth this book written in Lee Child's unique style. I just wish he could write them as fast as I can read them!
"Very reliant on your view of the Narrator"
This was my first Jack Reacher novel. Have to say the cadence of the narrator felt a little strange at first. However, after a while you kind of slip into the tempo.
Having subsequently read the first Reacher novel on Kindle, Jeffrey Hardings narration dovetails really well with Lee Childs quirky prose. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Having seen the Hollywood movie advertised I wanted to start the Reacher novels from the very start. But various things conspired against me, and I read that you can pick any book up in the series and start reading without having to have read the previous book.
This is certainly true, and the author provides enough background for the main character in a way in which, now that I have also listened to the next book (Worth Dying For) does not seem repetitive. The crisp dialogue between characters is superb, and the narrator/reader does a great job at conveying this and a pretty decent job with various accents. Although the Nebraskan female voice that he does appears in the following book for a different characters….hey what’s a guy to do ;-)
It’s a very enjoyable listen and a good story.
"Wish it lasted 61 hours"
Having gone into this after reading bad reviews, I was prepared to be disappointed but it was a cracking Jack Reacher and I do hope he is still alive!! The best place to listen to Jack Reacher and the rhythm of the narrative is while driving
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