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Night School Audiobook

Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21

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Publisher's Summary

Discover the thriller series that The New York Times calls "utterly addictive". After 11 straight global number one best sellers, Lee Child sends listeners back to school with the most explosive Jack Reacher novel yet.

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind.

Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there.

Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset undercover inside the cell has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: "The American wants a hundred million dollars."

For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don't get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism.

From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law.

©2016 Lee Child (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Dick Hill's gruff, laconic voice continues to be a pitch-perfect match for swaggering hero Jack Reacher.... Hill's considerable range of accents also breathes life into a diverse supporting cast. Hill's voice remains an indispensable asset to Reacher's characterization." (AudioFile)

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    Phil 11-13-16
    Phil 11-13-16
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    "Disappointing"

    I am a huge Jack Reacher fan. I usually buy the next book in the series the day it comes out, devour it quickly and then wait impatiently for the next offering. I had been counting the days for Night School's release and bought it as soon as the audible book was available. I can only compare my disappointment with this book by comparing it to my disappointment in watching Tom Cruise portray my beloved Jack Reacher on film. Both just don't work. I'll leave the Cruise discussion for another format. Night School starts with Reacher making his typical deductions as to why he finds himself sent to a "multiagency cooperation school" with two other successful investigators from other government agencies. Unlike past efforts, these deductions were not difficult or interesting. Unfortunately that also described the rest of the book. It plodded forward, with limited flashes of the Reacher I love. I was even indifferent to Reacher's "love interest" that came across as two people using the other for sex with little effort put forth into even a friendship. I finished the book, disappointed that the improvements I kept hoping for never came. I honestly felt more vested in the "bad guy's" plot and future plans than in Reacher's efforts to stop him. Will I read the next book in the series? Absolutely, and I will hope this was just a one off boring book and not a sign of future offering.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 12-05-16
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 12-05-16 Member Since 2017

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.

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    "Another disappointment"

    I used to look forward to a new Reacher novel every 12-13 months, but there have been enough recent stinkers that I'll probably get my annual Reacher fix by re-listening to some from earlier in the series. Night School could have had another protagonist with a different name (let's pick Snopes) and the only clue the listener would have that it was a Reacher novel was the handful of "Snopes said nothing" sprinkled throughout the 13+ hours. And was this storyline even believable? I'm not a weapons expert but my first guess is there is no way this could have ever happened, even in a suspended-reality world. Reacher had a couple of physical confrontations with burly antagonists but his "take no prisoners" persona was pretty much absent during most of the book. This offering by Childs wasn't quite as bad as the installment several books back when Reacher spent most of the story sitting in the back seat of a car. But it was close. Reacher fans will be disappointed by Night School. Listen to an earlier series offering instead.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Genny Waddell 11-09-16

    Genny

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    "NOT MY FAVORITE JACK REACHER BOOK"

    When I start struggling with a long-awaited book by a favorire author early on, something is wrong. I had difficulty focusing on the story right away. because things seemed too quiet for Reacher's character. I could not imagine Jack Reacher sitting in a room on a too-small desk, waiting patiently, chitchatting, and swapping information with the other two students. He seldom ever shares information, especially about himself, with those whom he does not know or trust. He does trust Garber, but even there, Jack is not apt to taccept a new, unusual assignment without doing some personal vetting of his own.

    Frances Neagley remains one of my favorites, but too many of the other characters seem too bland.

    I have always enjoyed Dick Hill, one of the best, but some of his German accents were out of Hogan's Heroes at times.

    I still remain a devoted Lee Child fan, but I think I want Reacher home again, sauntering along roads that turn complicated, sometimes mysterious, as he triumphs over evil, mostly alone or aided by trusted friends.

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Liz H 11-14-16
    Liz H 11-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lacking action, too descriptive"

    Too much explanation and not enough action. Did not hold my attention like all the other Jack Reacher books. Huge fan.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    anita 11-12-16
    anita 11-12-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring"
    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I usually love Jack Reacher and this reader but this book just didnt hold my attention.


    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jill 11-19-16
    Jill 11-19-16
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    "Disappointed Again"

    After listening to several of the Jack Reacher series, I couldn't help but notice an unappealing trend. The author seems to feel it's necessary to include a rather detailed sex relationship between Reacher and whatever female is included in the story. I found this story in particular to be disappointing because he slept with his superior while at the same time stressing the inappropriateness of doing the same with his subordinate. Double standard? If I wanted a romance novel I would've bought one. In addition, the beginning of the book led you to believe the three organizations would be tackling the case together, which was very a exciting concept, but the other two "team" members were barely mentioned. It seems the author was too focused on Reacher getting the girl and extensive boring monologues. Also, the story was not fully developed and the ending was typical. This is the last Lee Childs book I will waste money and time on. If you've read one, then you've read them all.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Blue Dragonfly 11-08-16

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    "Boring and tedious"
    What would have made Night School better?

    It would have been better if it had never been written. Is Lee Child running out of ideas to try to make Reacher interesting?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    I have loved most of the Jack Reacher books, however I am beginning to wonder if an author can carry a character too far. I certainly will wait for reviews the next time before I order another one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Dick Hill is not a narrator I care for much. I certainly wouldn't pick a book based on him being the narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Definitely disappointment! I couldn't even finish it and didn't care if I did. I will return it for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed the Reacher books in the past that took him back to his army days and his old comrades. That is why I bought this one. I think Lee Child's character has run its course and there isn't a good story left to tell. The old formula just doesn't work anymore. In this book, Reacher is just plain stupid and ponderously boring.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Nina McColl, SC, United States 11-10-16
    Nina McColl, SC, United States 11-10-16 Member Since 2016

    Retired healthcare manager, Grams to twin grandsons, Mom to 3, and Havanese Breeder. I enjoy SciFi, Espionage, Historical Fiction.

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    "Ugh! Love Reacher, Not this one."
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes


    Has Night School turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I usually devour the Reacher books, but this one just isn't a grabber. After listening to the first chapters for the 3rd time, I'll return it (love Audible's return policy). The book turns to white noise as my mind wanders off to where I was and what was happening around me during Y2K. After 6 chapters, 3 times, it's time to move on. Disappointing.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Thorne 11-14-16
    Thorne 11-14-16
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    "I think there was a good story"

    I couldn't tell by listening-Mr Hill sounded a bit like Katherine Hepern
    It was like seeing Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Distracting and unbelievable.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 11-11-16
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 11-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I just spent a month with Jack Reacher!"

    You simply cannot go wrong with Lee Child — This man can write. Every couple of years I go back and listen to the whole series all over again from the beginning, picking up the new episodes that have come along in the interim. Well, I just finished another go-around, and I still love Jack Reacher. Color me ready for the next one. If you have not listened to any of the previous Jack Reacher novels, you could probably enjoy starting with “Night School” — all of the novels in the Jack Reacher series stand alone fairly well, unlike most other thriller series — but I would recommend against it, because “Night School” is one of the series’ flashback novels. However, if you cannot afford to start at the beginning of the series, here is what you need to know about Jack Reacher:
    1) Jack Reacher is BIG.
    2) Jack Reacher is STRONG.
    3) Jack Reacher is SMART.
    4) Jack Reacher takes out the trash.
    You should also know that most of the novels in this series take place in contemporary time, now long after Reacher mustered out of the U.S. Army (in 1997), where he had served as a Military Police Officer. Nowadays, Reacher travels around the contiguous U.S. (so far, he has not made it to Alaska or Hawaii) — carrying nothing but his folding toothbrush — setting things right. He never knows where he is going to fetch up next; but, rest assured, wherever he lands, they need him. However, every so often — including “Night School” — we get to go back to Reacher’s Army days, to hear about how he got this way. In “Night School,” Reacher teams up with his totally awesome sergeant, Frances Neagley (I especially love the episodes that include her!), to deal with some bad guys in 1996 Germany. Men gotta love Jack Reacher, because he is the manliest man imaginable. Women gotta love this series, because Frances Neagley is even tougher than Reacher! (No misogyny here, ladies!) I want Lee Child to start a new series telling us all about Frances Neagley.
    Listening to the whole Jack Reacher series through again for about the fourth time, I noticed the gradual change in narrator Dick Hill’s voice. He definitely is starting to sound like an old man, now (which might, sadly, disqualify him for many future Jack Reacher narrations), but he still retains all his acting chops. I am having a little trouble understanding why other reviewers are expressing such dislike for his narration. True, he never did do accents well; but, he makes up for that with his acting skill, his range of voices, and his precision timing. I give “Night School” five stars, across the board.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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