Jack Reacher, adrift in the hellish heat of a Texas summer. Looking for a lift through the vast empty landscape. A woman stops, and offers a ride. She is young, rich and beautiful. But her husband's in jail. When he comes out, he's going to kill her.
Her family's hostile, she can't trust the cops, and the lawyers won't help. She is entangled in a web of lies and prejudice, hatred and murder.J ack Reacher never could resist a lady in distress.
©2011 Lee Child (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks
The story was complex - you were never sure whether Jack Reacher had been conned. I also love listening to Jeff Harding.
I wouldn't compare it to other Lee Child books, but I am a big fan. Every couple of years I listen to them all again.
His style is perfect for thrillers.
I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.
Jack Reacher stories are amphetamine in writing. A friend 'pushed' me into them last Christmas - the first 2 consumed every spare moment from my week's holiday, and a good many more moments than they should have. At the time I thought luckily there were no Audible versions.
Now there are! Initially I didn't like listening to this first one I experienced. Jeff Harding has the right voice for the genre, but his women's voices sound like little girls. It took me a long time to latch into the story.
However eventually I did, and I enjoyed it. Jack Reacher is the 21st-century Odysseus, and like all good myths, this one resonates on multiple levels. In addition 'Echo Burning' builds the tension slowly, and eventually it hits a point of pushing more adrenaline than ice climbing. It kept me coming back for more. I suspect that it will for all who like reading of an interesting hero sorting through interesting problems.
I loved this one. The narrator was also good and suited the story. Unlike some of the narrators of the previous books in the reacher series he had a good deep voice which suited the main character but had the knack of being able to convey the impression of female character voice without the character sounding like a drag queen.
The story is great plenty of action as usual for a jack reacher book, but the story is much more engaging with more psychological twists.
This is my new favourite Jack Reacher book.
The truly awful thing about this book is that it's very likely based on fact. Which reminds one that no amount of legislation will ever conquer entrenched prejudice and bigotry.
All the gods be thanked for men like Reacher!
Or should I say? - writers like Lee Child.
"Extremely boring for much of the time"
Very repetitive dialogue at times. I found it very frustrating to listen to. Book 1 was great, book 2 was good, book 3 was laboured, by the time I got to this one I found myself waiting for the action to start.
Yes; whilst I like the Jack Reacher concept I find his 'character' frustrating in this book. I'm giving book 6 in the series a go next; but it will probably be my last. Here's to hoping that book 6 picks things up again; otherwise no more Lee Child for me.
Fit for purpose
I find Reachers attitude awful - for example; expecting a lay person, in this case a lawyer to take part in a gunfight without explanation, background, reason or justification. I found it frustrating as hell on the lawyers behalf and that was just listening to it. Had I been the lawyer I would have refused flatly on the basis of lack of information to make an informed decision to risk my life. Simply awful human factors Mr Child!
"Predictable but Enjoyable Nevertheless!"
I love the Jack Reacher character and in this Texan adventure you get a real sense of the environment and resident prejudice as the plot enfolds with its twists and turns.
"What's not to like?"
I am late to Lee Child and the Jack Reacher series, if you are too you will love these books. Interesting exciting stuff. Just glad there are loads of new ones to get to.
"another great Reacher story"
Jeff Harding is a brilliant narrator of this books, excellent story recommended
everything, got sucked in and couldnt put it down
The voice of Jeff Harding sounds like the voice of Jack Reacher
"Good but not the best story"
much better than the narrator of the previous book.
had random parts where music played in the background for no reason
"One of my favourite Reacher stories."
I love all of the reacher stories but this is one of my particular favourites.
Think I might
I find Lee Childshard work to read, but having it told made it easier and the story's good
No I haven't.
No, I 'read' it every night at bed time. Great end to the day.
Thoroughly recommend this way of reading books
"'Reacher said nothing'"
Funny wild west story. So far the most realistic of the books if read in order. Narrator much better too and seems to do all the rest as far as I can see. :)
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