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Nothing to Lose Audiobook

Nothing to Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel

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Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, 12 miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child's electrifying new novel, Reacher - a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose - goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.

It wasn't the welcome Reacher expected. He was just passing through, minding his own business. But within minutes of his arrival a deputy is in the hospital and Reacher is back in Hope, setting up a base of operations against Despair, where a huge, seething walled-off industrial site does something nobody is supposed to see...where a small plane takes off every night and returns seven hours later...where a garrison of well-trained and well-armed military cops - the kind of soldiers Reacher once commanded - waits and watches...where above all two young men have disappeared and two frightened young women wait and hope for their return.

Joining forces with a beautiful cop who runs Hope with a cool hand, Reacher goes up against Despair - against the deputies who try to break him and the rich man who tries to scare him - and starts to crack open the secrets, starts to expose the terrifying connection to a distant war that's killing Americans by the thousand.

Now, between a town and the man who owns it, between Reacher and his conscience, something has to give. And Reacher never gives an inch.

©2008 Lee Child; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Andrea Atlanta, GA, United States 12-13-14
    Andrea Atlanta, GA, United States 12-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I like Jack Reacher...but not a fan of this one."
    What did you like best about Nothing to Lose? What did you like least?

    The plot. It was like searching for something to write about. It was not anywhere close to Lee Child's best work.


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    Maineac 11-03-14
    Maineac 11-03-14
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    "Lee Child does it again..."
    Where does Nothing to Lose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average...good book


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Edge of seat...not so much


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dick is one of the best


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

    No movie...other Reacher books better


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    Leland Humble, TX, United States 06-08-14
    Leland Humble, TX, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Reacher is a hypocrit"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story was outrageous compared to the previous series. With the exception of Reacher not given full freedom to run about (SPOILER, but only for the first 15 minutes), the rest of Reacher reacting is pretty much him over reacting. The final nefarious plot is poorly built and requires quit a bit of nonsensical bias and huge suspicion of disbelief to seem rational.


    Has Nothing to Lose turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Because I realize that the Reacher series is about entertainment rather than seriousness. And with one exception, there is very little from one book that spills into another book, which I find disappointing at times (be nice if some of the events in the previous book was used in future books). "Nothing to Lose" is simply a book in the series that could be skipped with no loss.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    SPOILER: The company owner stranding Reacher at the Air Force Base. Almost wished the author had some fun with the reader and Reacher, and have Reacher realize he made a major mistake with his over reaction.


    Was Nothing to Lose worth the listening time?

    I get books for my long commute. For that, it was worth a listen. If you wanted a good book just to enjoy some night or weekend, it wouldn't be worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    SPOILER: This whole book is premised on a city wanting to live in privacy in a manner hardly different than Reacher himself. Sure, they have freedom sucking laws that people would consider to be overbearing to liberty, perhaps illegal in civil rights. But if so, its hardly anymore illegal than Reacher constantly lying to people to hide his true identity and thus have his privacy. I kept wondering when Reacher would realize Despair was a town living the Reacher life without being a drifter.

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    Mike Edmonds, WA, USA 05-05-14
    Mike Edmonds, WA, USA 05-05-14 Member Since 2004
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    "I disliked the characters you're supposed to like"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    I will give the Jack Reacher books another try, but I should have take the advise from others and skipped this one.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    The characters you're supposed to like in a Jack Reacher book are the bad guys/gals. Reacher and the lady police officer commit murder when they didn't need to. They didn't shoot a sniper who had innocents in their sights. They killed bad guys who were going to kill days/weeks in the future with plenty of time to arrest them with plenty of evidence to convict them. Instead, they choose to kill them in a way that likely would harm, possibly kill innocent civilians. It wasn't just Reacher; it was the female police officer too.There are political positions the characters take that I disagreed with, like justifying desertion, but I'm usually okay with that if it advances the story. But the characters didn't just take positions on subjects I disagreed with; they committed murder when there was clear and obvious alternatives.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Jack Reacher and the character from the previous books, skip this one. He doesn't defend innocent people from bullies; he's the bully in this book picking fights that don't need to be picked; setting fire to police stations that don't need to be set; and in the end, murdering bad guys who should be arrested and stand trial. They weren't going anywhere. The evidence against them was locked up with them.Skip this book, if you like the character of Jack Reacher. He's not the same guy in this book.

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    Pamela 05-04-14
    Pamela 05-04-14 Member Since 2003

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    "Trying to. Stick with it but the reader is making"
    What did you love best about Nothing to Lose?

    I'm still listening but want to give an early review just to say I've tried listening to Dick Hill read in the past and could not get through the book. There is little inflection in the voices of different situations or characters - he is just boring to listen to. I will update this review if I can actually get through this book but I will certainly not download another one read by him.


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

    Absolutely not


    Any additional comments?

    I only tried this reader again because I wanted to listen to a Jack Reacher story but it just isn't worth the torture - sorry Dick Hill. Maybe you can put more feeling into your future readings

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    April 03-18-14
    April 03-18-14
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    "Most boring Reacher novel so far"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't think...


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    It seemed as though Reacher was 'reaching' for a reason to to destroy the bad guys in this book. One far-fetched scenario after another as he explored his theories; most of which didn't pan out. Vaugh was not believable as a cop. She was there just to act as a sounding board for Reacher's reason for doing all kinds of bizarre things, which she eventually agreed with despite all common-sense or ethical duty to the contrary.

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    Only the bomb at the end made all the effort worth while and it almost seemed an after thought. No huge conspiracy theory that the novel was building up to. Just a dumbass preacher who wanted to speed up the Rapture. *Reacher* went ahead a detonated it for satisfaction mostly - creating a huge environmental hazard for no good reason or even seeming to consider the effects. Put a chain link fence around it and all will be ok... That will surely keep out the critters and curious kids of the future.

    The treks between Hope and Despair were just plain boring. I usually only like unabridged novels, but this one could have made a 2 hour abridged version easily...


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dick Hill's performance was as good as usual.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nothing to Lose?

    Many of the descriptions about the army paper work or processes that might happen in a given scene and just about all the verbose traveling between Hope and Despair and around despair.


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    Michael Bel Air, MD, United States 01-27-14
    Michael Bel Air, MD, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Ridiculous!"
    What would have made Nothing to Lose better?

    This was a completely ridiculous and implausible plot and story line. Lee Child had been turning out good stories. This was a complete bust.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dick Hill is an engrossing reader. I have listened to him many times and always enjoy his performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nothing to Lose?

    I would have cut this entire story premise. You could drive a truck through the holes in this story. The political insight was also off target and unnecessary. I am going to take a long break from reading this series.


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    Tony P northeast Tennessee 12-22-13
    Tony P northeast Tennessee 12-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Jack Reacher as Bully"
    Any additional comments?

    I've read all of the Jack Reacher books in order up to this one. This is the first book where I didn't really like him. He acts like a bully throughout the entire story, and the ending (albeit dramatic) is not very satisfying.

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    Campby Texas 10-13-13
    Campby Texas 10-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst reacher yet"
    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Improbable, reacher continuously confronts his enemies, unarmed. In reality they would have just shot him and it would have been over but probably a better story. Usually like reacher but I might need to wait a while for another get the bad taste out from this one.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Performance was fine


    What character would you cut from Nothing to Lose?

    Reacher


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    Amazon Customer NC, USA 09-29-13
    Amazon Customer NC, USA 09-29-13 Member Since 2012

    A voracious reader with varied tastes. I enjoy listening anytime I'm driving and switching to reading on my Kindle in my down time.

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    "Not Up to Par"

    I am a HUGE fan of Lee Child AND Jack Reacher. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. The story was shallow and could have been told in half the time.

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