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Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2 | [Lee Child]

Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

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....
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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

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    Bruce 07-03-13
    Bruce 07-03-13
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    "Very disappointing"
    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan McClain?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I like the first book so I guess my expectations were just to high.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tristan BELLEVUE, WA, United States 05-23-13
    tristan BELLEVUE, WA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "hard time buying into the story."
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Jonathan McClain?

    Not sure, probably try another.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lee Child before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 02-28-13
    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Frequent Listener"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Wilder Charlotte, NC United States 01-17-13
    Rob Wilder Charlotte, NC United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Impressive and exciting read"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dohagirl Qatar 02-02-13
    Dohagirl Qatar 02-02-13 Member Since 2014

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    "really enjoyable, no problems with the narrator"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 11-25-14
    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 11-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator is pretty good!"

    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.........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Hernandez 11-11-14

    Books books books

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    "It's ok"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B4 Bryan Southern California 09-27-14
    B4 Bryan Southern California 09-27-14 Member Since 2014

    VideoFan

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    "worst most annoying narration ever"
    Would you listen to Die Trying again? Why?

    listen never. Read yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    definitely


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    squirm with his accents and voices


    Any additional comments?

    xxxx xxxx xxxx xxx

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Dallas, TX, USA 09-17-14
    Brian Dallas, TX, USA 09-17-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Too many holes in the story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has Die Trying turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan McClain – was your favorite?

    Bo, the leader of the bad guys. The voice he used was just plain creepy.


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

    Child writes good fight scenes and did a good job of conveying the stress Reacher experiences in the old mine.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Redding, CA, United States 09-12-14
    Christine Redding, CA, United States 09-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Painful Narration, good story, not worth a credit"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lee Child? Why or why not?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan McClain’s performance?

    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.


    Was Die Trying worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy any audible books read by Jonathan McClain. You will regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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