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Die Trying Audiobook

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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    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.

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    Christine Redding, CA, United States 09-12-14
    Christine Redding, CA, United States 09-12-14 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Kimberly L Williams 09-08-14
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    "can't do it "Right!""
    What would have made Die Trying better?

    Narator, story line and no more "Right!" It's all bad.

    I listened to the first book and wasn't all that impressed but I thought I'd try book two in hopes it would get better. I don't think I'm even halfway through. Thank goodness I can return this and get my credit back.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    It is so far fetched that you can't even pretend any of the events could possibly be remotely true.

    And please stop with the "Right" although there not as many as there was in book one.


    How could the performance have been better?

    My main complaint is the voices of two characters (I'm not even halfway so there could be more)

    The first is the bad guy boss. He's described as being a big man. So big that he almost doesn't fit in a truck front seat with 2 other guys. Well his voice sounds like a 5 year old girls when she's playing with her dolls by herself. Heck the switchboard operator sounds more masculine then the big bad boss.

    I'm not even sure who the second one belongs to except he's male and a commander of something. His voice is the exact same voice of the bad guy boss.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Die Trying?

    First would be remove "Right" unless it's a question, direction or agreement.

    Second would be Reacher and Holly getting personal while being held hostage and within a day.

    I really couldn't get past the narration to pay much attention.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of a credit. Thank god I can return it and get my credit back.

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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.


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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"...

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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

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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.


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    Patti 04-20-14
    Patti 04-20-14
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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-


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    Kitty 04-19-14
    Kitty 04-19-14 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Christopher Miami, FL USA 03-16-14
    Christopher Miami, FL USA 03-16-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

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    jo 03-13-14
    jo 03-13-14
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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.

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