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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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    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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    Kitty Langford, BC, Canada 04-19-14
    Kitty Langford, BC, Canada 04-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "No Dick Hill, No Reacher"

    I simply cannot fathom why one of my favourite audio series has been ruined by substituting a terrible narrator for the brilliant version narrated by Dick Hill. I'll get my copy of Die Trying with the original narration elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Miami, FL 03-16-14
    Christopher Miami, FL 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "True to the character of Jack Reacher..."

    I enjoyed this book. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that it was not exceptional. Jack Reacher is a character that I got to know in the first book, Killing Floor. I bought this one right after I read the first. I probably should have gone back to another series first, then purchase the book. It is definitely its own story. The backround from the first book was not as important as I thought it should have been. If you aren't familiar with Jack, go ahead and buy this. I'm sure I will buy more in the future. But I need a little break from the Reacher series.

    But I really like the style of Lee Child. His writing is very compelling and wants you to read more and more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jo CHICAGO, IL, United States 03-13-14
    jo CHICAGO, IL, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "like rambo, but in a book"
    What made the experience of listening to Die Trying the most enjoyable?

    i actually really enjoyed the narrator. i'm not sure why there are so many comments about how bad people thought the narration was, it is pretty different from the first one but not bad at all. i like that the voices aren't overdone and that he can have a bit of an ironic tone which makes me like the jack reacher character more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all the badasses, because they're badasses. i mean, why else read a book like this.


    Any additional comments?

    ok, so, book 2 and there is a pattern. lee child writes about women that are kind of strong, but always end up weeping on some guy's shoulder or need reacher to bail them out. they reach a glass ceiling of badassery. my irritation at this fact is mildly distracting from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 02-26-14
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2012

    I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

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    "Solid"

    This is a good Reacher story. Consistent with the rest of the series. I am enjoying the series. It has the right amount of suspense, drama and action.

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    Amanda Fairfield, CA, United States 02-02-14
    Amanda Fairfield, CA, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration kills this already poor writing"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Jonathan McClain?

    The plot is interesting, however the writing is just a bit juvenile. I have listened to Lee Child's later works and feel as though his writing improved with time. I will avoid books narrated by Jonathan McClain.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Historical fiction.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan McClain’s performances?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-26-13
    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-26-13 Member Since 2011

    I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!

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    "didn't dislike Mr McClain, but Dick Hill is better"
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. Although he is a good reader, his pacing doesn't feel right. I think my major complaint lies in the differentiation between the characters. In book 1 of the series, Mr Hill, captured me from the first moment. He captured the crazy wanderer Reacher. But he enthralled me with his portrayal of Finley. None of the characters were clear enough in book 2. I believe this was due to the narration rather than the writing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Knoxville, TN, United States 11-25-13
    Bill Knoxville, TN, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Worse than Amateur Performance"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The performance by Mr. McClain was horrible. I honestly thought it was a joke. I have listened to around 40 Audible books in everything from Science, to classic literature, to rebellious studies to fun fiction, some are good and some not so good, but this is just amateur.

    I really feel like Audible owes me a refund for this one.

    The story is fine, action packed, pretty much like all Reacher or Reacher type books. The performance on book one of this series was fine, but this really feels like they pulled the guy off the street.

    When he tries to read the female parts, it is like someone being silly in a sit-com and mocking woman. What the heck were they thinking.

    Skip this book and any book where you see McClain as the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Classic Reacher. Adventure and twists.


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

    - Inability to read female parts without sounding silly
    - Reads Reacher parts like he is the paper boy on a 1950's tv show
    - Terrible cadence
    - Would have failed with this performance in 4 grade reading class


    Did Die Trying inspire you to do anything?

    Stop trusting Audible a bit ? After some pretty good experience where I focused on the quality - content of the story, I will focus more on the performance. This book was a joke.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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