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Echo Burning | [Lee Child]

Echo Burning

Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

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Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up. She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family.

Don't miss any of Jack Reacher's adventures.

©2004 Lee Child; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Amazon Customer Dayton, OH, United States 01-02-12
    Amazon Customer Dayton, OH, United States 01-02-12
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    "Reacher, my escapist hero! a great time out"
    Where does Echo Burning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The reacher series always provides an easy interesting read. not earth shatteringly great but always entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    I prefer single protaganist stories, with values similar to my own. Reacher is a man of few words and deep thoughts. This particular story features several plot twists I found unexpected, but they greatly improved the story


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Hill brings inflections and pacing that occasionally inspires an understanding of the characters I might have missed out on had I been reading this book


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

    Reacher, the man you need on YOUR side


    Any additional comments?

    I can heartilly recomend this story (or any Reacher novel) to those bibliophiles looking for a good escape from the daily grind

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 04-27-09
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 04-27-09 Member Since 2005

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "A Super Hero"

    I picked this book up at the Audible sale a few weeks ago. My first Lee Child book. Lots of action, great story. I was sort of picturing Clint Eastwood the whole time as the Reacher character. It was a fun listen and kept me going, however, I found Reacher a bit unrealistic. Somewhere between mortal and comic book super hero. I would also like to know a bit more about Reacher's background other than he was a military cop. I think that would add substance to the book. Enjoyable listen though.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Pascagoula, MS, United States 08-17-14
    Carolyn Pascagoula, MS, United States 08-17-14

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    "Dick Hill, quit making your women characters WHINE"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    OK to listen while driving, but annoying on another level (whining women and children characters)


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Speed it up a bit. Slow moving. Omit some unnecessary narrative.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    I like Dick Hill, but not his women voices. But I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Scott Brick.


    Could you see Echo Burning being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The Rock should play Jack Reacher.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps multiple narrators when women's voices are required. Don't fire Dick Hill. He is still one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lora christensen 07-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Worst Jack Reacher that I have read."
    What disappointed you about Echo Burning?

    I'm not sure that I will continue with this series because this book spoiled it for me. Jack Reacher has no substance and is a know-it-all. Even if he was a military cop this is stretching it. In the other books he know enough to solve problems, stumbling a but, but is not a physic and mind reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Chicago, IL, United States 07-15-14
    Gary Chicago, IL, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2007
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    "good story"

    It was a good story, it just took me until the second half of the book to get into it. But once there I enjoyed the rest of the book. So give it time, you'll get into the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 07-15-14
    Lisa United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "not as fast paced as past reads, but still good"

    I liked the story of this book, though it was a bit slow to engage me in the beginning. Once the pieces start to fall together I had to find out what was going on! Reacher is such a hard, somewhat dry character, but I find myself loving him for his bad boy but moral style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gage SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 06-10-14
    Gage SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "This story hooked me."
    Any additional comments?

    This was a very suspenseful story. The plot hooked me from the beginning, which usually happens when I read a Lee Child story. The ending was a surprise, so much so I had to go back, later, a few chapters and reread them. It was quite unexpected. I thought the narrator did a great job, even with the 6 year old. Yes the whining got a little old, but that was built into the story. This narrator kept me involved.
    Being from Texas, I enjoyed the places in West Texas that were involved. I could have done without the extended agenda on illegal aliens and the seeming portrayal of Texas as bigots, but be that as it may, I still thoroughly enjoyed this story. The ending was worth it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Birmingham, AL, United States 05-17-14
    Tony Birmingham, AL, United States 05-17-14 Member Since 2009

    I am an electrical engineer and have served a stint in the Navy. I own a company that installs custom home theater systems and other home entertainment products. My favorite books tend to be action fiction or fantasy. I like some romance but not too mushy

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    "The worst Reacher I've read yet!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I like to uncover the plot and figure out the story as it unfolds. In this book, there was 8 hours of listening when no one knew what was happening. Then, I think Lee Child got tired of the story and had Jack Reacher just explain to the bad guys how he knew what they had done, and of course, they confessed because of the brilliance of his reasoning. It's too bad that the story did not unfold in a way the we could have learned some of the detail as Jack figured them out instead of him just explaining it all. It was also a far-fetched unbelievable story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Yes, but I may have to wait a while or look more closely at the reviews.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    With this narrator, Jack Reacher sounds like a old man, the women sound like drag gueens and the children are laughable, they are so bad.


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

    Not many. I was very disappointed at the ending. Jack just walked away without so much as a bye.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 04-22-14
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 04-22-14 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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    "Great Series"

    This is just a very good series. The characters are interesting and Child always comes up with different and interesting plots. I always look forward to the next in the series and have yet to find them repetitious or dull. I am really enjoying the series and will finish it for sure unless something drastic happens.

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    Amazon Customer CA 04-16-14
    Amazon Customer CA 04-16-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Lee Child, Echo Burning"

    Entertaining but not one of my Reacher favorites. I had a hard time liking the main female character and could not believe Reacher was going for her manipulations. She truly was being abused but she was just a pain in the a** and hard to care about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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