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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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    tristan BELLEVUE, WA, United States 05-23-13
    tristan BELLEVUE, WA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    James Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-12-12
    James Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-12-12
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    "Pretty Great Actually"
    If you could sum up Die Trying in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, Suspenseful, Exciting


    Any additional comments?

    I've read most of the Reacher books and listened to a couple, but I have to say this ranks up there with my favorites. Some parts are little dated now (fax machines and videotape) but the heart of the story holds up great. Kept me guessing about the "bad guy" until the end.

    I also thought the narration was terrific. I've heard Dick Hill also, but I thought Jonathan McClain sounded much younger, which fits more with my image of Jack Reacher. Also he had an intensity that I liked (not to mention I felt his female voices were better than most men I hear narrating audiobooks - they usually sound whiny or annoying).

    I thought it was great. Totally worth a credit. Going to check out some more.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Porter West Coast 11-07-12
    Brian Porter West Coast 11-07-12
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    "WRONG narrator"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'll admit, I haven't even finished this book yet but I'm afraid I might not be able to due to the narrator. He really can't hold a candle for these books compared to Dick Hill and his treatment of Reacher and the other characters is laughable and completely ruins the tone/pacing of the book.


    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Qatarcutie Qatar 02-02-13
    Qatarcutie Qatar 02-02-13 Member Since 2005

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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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    Jennifer United States 08-03-14
    Jennifer United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy listening to Action Adventure books during my daily, (45 + mins) commute to work.

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    "Lots of detail."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Die Trying to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, although i had to rewind it back to chapter 19 of the 2nd book at least 5 times. Felt like i was missing the final blow.


    What about Jonathan McClain’s performance did you like?

    Ok


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Now that's a shot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 07-18-14
    Sharon 07-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Almost Good"
    If you could sum up Die Trying in three words, what would they be?

    Very good plot


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, but for mediocre writing( or editing) and narration, it would have.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. It could have been really exciting. But narration carried no sense of drama; it was a very dramatic story, but you couldn't get a sense of urgency from the narrator.


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

    No. I would like to have seen more personality in the characters, good guys and bad.


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to see better editing and better "performance"...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Powell III Houston, Texas - United States 06-03-14
    John Powell III Houston, Texas - United States 06-03-14 Member Since 2009

    attorneyjohn

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    "Jack Reacher is my newest favorite guy!"
    Where does Die Trying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty dang high, I have to tell you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way Jack Reacher continued to surprise himself, and me, with the way he discovered the plot to be twisting and turning with him in it.


    What about Jonathan McClain’s performance did you like?

    Sort of subtly interesting, down to earth, but with a fierceness if you will, that leads right into the character's mindset.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Mertzon, TX, United States 04-20-14
    Patti Mertzon, TX, United States 04-20-14 Member Since 2008
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    ""You don't know Jack"..."
    What did you like best about Die Trying? What did you like least?

    Sometimes you just need some senseless violence, and Reacher fits the bill. This is the only book/series where I enjoyed the movie version better than the book....


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

    Yes-


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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