When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....
©2005 Lee Child (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
The plot was not very entertaining and I often felt the writer made things happen even when they made no sense or fit into the story. The feeling was the ending was the goal and the trip there did not matter.
I like the first book so I guess my expectations were just to high.
Not sure, probably try another.
If you read this after the Killing floor, and appreciated the plot and how the story unfolded then this one, in my opinion does do it as well. The whole story thing seems unlikely.
I never noticed in The Killing Floor, how often the character's conversations end with someone saying "Right?" Almost all the characters say this at the end of sentence,. In this book, with this narrator it's immediately jarring and continues throughout. I found it pretty distracting on top of a mediocre performance. If I listen to another of Child's books, I'll probably listen to a Dick Hill one.
Listened to the first book, it was great, read the reviews for the second and third where everyone dissed the narrater, can't agree with their call. Story line on this one was a little hokey with the militia members being brain dead zombies, but overall it was an interesting story that I enjoyed listening to. By the way, if Mr. McClain is a boring narrater, let me offer up some other books I've listened to. Mr. McClain does a good job, keeps the characters differentiated, only struggled with the female characters.
I agree with some of the other reviewers that Dick Hill is the "real" Jack Reacher, and I have listened to both versions of this book. I have to say that Jonathan McClain does a great job with the non-Reacher characters, and his version of Reacher is certainly acceptable. I wouldn't hesitate to buy the book due to the narrator and actually think that he did a great job with the main villain. The story is one of the better Reacher stories, even if a certain degree of suspension disbelief is necessary. If you're a fan of the series or if you love thrillers of the Flynn, Clancy, Thor ilk, I think you'll enjoy this one.
I came to this after listening to all the other Reacher books, as i had become accustomed to Dick Hill. OK, Reacher sounds different, but I cannot understand the criticism. I thought it was excellently narrated and the voices were good (at least to my British ears).
The story was really compelling and I finished it in two days. Overall a very good listen.
When reading the reviews all I could see was "We hate Jonathan McClain" so I decided to see for myself. And I found out that McClain is not half bad. Grant it he's no George Guidall or Dick Hill but he holds his own. The story makes up for any problems someone might have with the narration. Just Sayin.........
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From reading the reviews I find that people really like this series and I do as well but there is something about this series so far that has not made me fall in love with it. This was only my second book and I do look forward to the third. I'm not giving up yet there is a reason people love this series and I want to be one of them.
listen never. Read yes
squirm with his accents and voices
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If Lee Child had put half as much research into the US military as he did on the weapons this would have been a much better story. Anyone who watches the news knows the head of the US military is the "Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff". Child calls him the "Joint Chairman" throughout the book. He makes numerous other mistakes that could have easily been avoided. I'm willing to give an author artistic license for the sake of the story, but Child's gaffs actually get in the way of the story for me.
I've read the first two books in this series, but I won't read any more of them. Child hasn't turned me off on the genre, but he has turned me off on this series.
Bo, the leader of the bad guys. The voice he used was just plain creepy.
Child writes good fight scenes and did a good job of conveying the stress Reacher experiences in the old mine.
As an Army veteran I notice mistakes that might not matter to a reader with no military experience, but every time I heard the title "Joint Chairman" I had to laugh. It sounds like the guy in charge of Colorado's marijuana program.
I put this book on 1.25 speed most of the time, sped it up to 2 times speed through some of the more difficult to listen to chapters. Jonathan McClain is by far the worst reader. Every single character is mangled. Like they are almost ALL hard to like due to his voice interpretations.
Good thing I read the first book with Dick Hill as the narrator because if I had stumbled on this one first no way I would ever read another Lee Child book.
In fact, I wonder if there are ghost writers for him because the characters all seems stupid. But I think it was due to the narration.
Absolutely horrible voice inflection. He would have been better off not trying to create a different tone of his voice. OMG... how was this guy picked to do voice overs?? I would toss this book and get a credit back if I had not sped it up 2 times the speed and forced myself to get deeper into the story. I did like 70% of the story, but Jonathan truly should not be doing voice overs.
No, it is better to buy the book and read it in your own head. Lee Child should hire someone to redu every one of the books that Jonathan did because he completely ruins the experience.
Don't buy any audible books read by Jonathan McClain. You will regret it.
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