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Die Trying Audiobook

Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

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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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    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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 05-17-16
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 05-17-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Give this one a miss"

    I do not mind a story like this being over the top. But it was just too unbelievable, I found that I stopped being excited or caring about these characters because I stopped believing in them. I have read other Reacher novels and will continue to do so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew T Lazarus 04-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Flawed, but enjoyable last half"

    Solid performance, decent storytelling, but the suspension of disbelief asked for was just too much. The coincidences that propel the first half were just too contrived. Suffers from a James Bond fault - villains as ruthless as these are supposed to be would have killed Reacher early at one of many opportunities. Despite that, I enjoyed last half, especially the last quarter, more than expected. Half way through, I had decided I was done with the series. Last quarter has me thinking that if I find other at sale price, I might bite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chris 09-18-15
    chris 09-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "not the same without dick hill"

    ok story. it may have been better with a good narrator. i would buy this book again if it were released again with dick hill narrating

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debb Collierville, TN, United States 07-11-15
    Debb Collierville, TN, United States 07-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Could not stop listening"

    Normally I listen to audiobooks while driving to and from work. With Die Trying, I would get home and still be listening while preparing dinner. After everyone was settled in for the evening, instead of turning on the idiot box, I would listen for hours. The story was fast paced, very detailed allowing you to visualize every scene. Can't wait to start Trip Wire!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Paul 05-28-13
    Paul 05-28-13
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    "Mediocre story, awful narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    1. Shorter, tighter plot. 2. Good narrator


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Overall premise ok, but it is way too long for the plotline so there are many passages that are just filler, with no value to the plot.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Accents were terrible, female voices ridiculous and overall delivery very flat


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

    first few hours are OK, by the end I couldn't wait for it to be over.


    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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    Dr Dionne P Joseph Qatar 02-02-13
    Dr Dionne P Joseph Qatar 02-02-13 Member Since 2016

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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.

    3 of 4 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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