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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Once again our nomadic hero, Jack Reacher, wanders into trouble. This time it’s an abduction in progress involving a woman. They both become hostages, there is gun play, there are physical injuries, and a plot to overthrow the government is thwarted. In typical Reacher fashion he overcomes all and moves on to his next adventure.
This fun listen is iconic Reacher from beginning to end.
Jonathan McClain does a good job narrating.
I've just started this book, and having read every other Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child, I have no doubt I'm going to like the story, but...
This narrator is milk toast, when I really wanted a hot, buttery, cinnamon bun.
This narrator is weak tea, when I really wanted hot, black, coffee.
This narrator is near beer, when I really wanted a stiff shot of bourbon.
This narrator is Jonathan McClain, when I really wanted Dick Hill.
For me, Dick Hill is Jack Reacher. I'm sure McClain is a nice guy, and he reads well enough, but he is not Dick Hill, and for me, that means he is not Jack Reacher. I'm not through the first chapter, but I really miss Dick Hill.
It took Reacher over 10 hours in this audio before he started to defending himself. This became very irritating after awhile. Parts of the plot were just not credible enough i.e. A person on the way to blow up people, the good guys know of four possible cities for the bomb, yet they tell no one so they can get assistance looking in all all locations but instead they guess where he's going. That's irresponsable and really stupid!
Yes with a lot of caveats.
The story was good and compelled me to spend the time to finish it but it took so long for the good guys to start fighting back, the book was actually putting me in a bad mood. I really like Jack Reachers character but I am not sure I want to read more in the series.
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This Book was dressed up as a newly released Lee Child: Reacher Novel.
The narrator butchered this book. I feel like a fool for the fact I had bought it a year ago. It was presented in a manner that allowed me to not check my Reacher series.
I am ultimately at fault, this I can admit.
My ears still burn with the noises that Mr. Jonathan McClain made of the voices throughout the entire novel. I am certain he could perform well in a different genre, because of the redeeming quality I heard in the freeform pure narration parts but not the actual characters voices. This books intensity was displaced due to the characters being delivered in a cartoon like fashion.
I have never written a bad review because the books I have not liked are books that are not in my taste. Yet this time I am actually disturbed, and feel if someone had listened to this book with it’s Narration it may ruin the fantastic talent, and action Lee Child brings to life in the Reacher Series.
DID NOT LIKE THE NARRTOR, DID NOT PUT ENOUGH INTO THE CHARACTERS OR EVEN THE STORY...HE IS BORING!THIS GUY IS SO BORING I DON'T EVEN WANT TO LISTEN TO HIM, LITERALLY PUTS ME TO SLEEP;ALMOST MONOTONE, LIKE HE ISN'T EVEN ENJOYING THE STORY!
WHY DO THE AUTHORS CHANGE THE NARRATOR IN THEIR SERIES...DICK HILL DID AN EXECELENT NARRATING JOB AND HAD EXCITEMENT IN HIS VOICE...AUTHOR MADE A HUGH MISTAKE BY CHANGING HIS NARRATOR....LEE CHILD, KEEP THE SAME NARRATOR IN YOUR SERIES, DICK HILL WAS EXTREMELY GOOD AT ADDING EXCITEMENT TO THE STORY LINE, HE KNOWS THE CHARACTERS AND MAKE THEM COME ALIVE
Another action packed Reacher that has a part of the setting in the back of a van and the majority of the action is based in a remote commune. Even so Lee Child has lots of description describing limited background. Into the story is woven the plight of a well connected, silver spoon young woman and overdoing her desire to seem normal and be judged on her own. This was not my favorite Reacher.
Yes, but a different narrator. McClain actually is a good reader, but his impersonations of the characters are awful - and very distracting.
No. Because of the reader.
If McClain had just read the book and left off the character impersonations.
To not listen to any more books read by Jonathan McClain.
The plot was fast paced and balanced as it moved between the various sub-plots. Goor, and enjoyable. Loved the book, not the narration.
The voices and 'accents' that the narrator chose to use were forced and poorly done. From the sounds of it, he has never been to Boston, but makes the listener suffer through his interpretation of a Bostonite who lives in Chicago. Also, his attempts at doing other voices (Korean dry cleaner and other shop keepers was painful and borderline insulting). Have to suffer through 3 books before we get back Dick Hill.
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.
I like the first book so I guess my expectations were just to high.
Not sure, probably try another.
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.
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.
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