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Personal | [Lee Child]

Personal

Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he’s a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him. This new heartstopping, nailbiting book in Lee Child’s number-one best-selling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris - and then to London.
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Publisher's Summary

Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he’s a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him.

This new heartstopping, nailbiting book in Lee Child’s number-one best-selling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris - and then to London. The stakes have never been higher - because this time, it’s personal.

The brand-new Jack Reacher short story, "Not a Drill", is now also available exclusively as a digital download.

©2014 Lee Child (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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    Greg 09-10-14
    Greg 09-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A swing and a miss"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Story line needed more work. Overall needed more action and violence.


    Would you recommend Personal to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, out of all the Jack Reacher books this is near the bottom.


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

    Yes, consistent performance.


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

    No. Definitely not Tom Cruise.


    Any additional comments?

    Jack Reacher needs to die. What a fantastic book that would be.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 09-15-14
    Jane 09-15-14

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Tedious"

    I have enjoyed Jack Reacher sagas before, but this one did not engage me at all. Jeff Harding did well to put energy and some urgency into his reading of it, but even that could not rescue this book. Despite being tempted to ditch Personal, I limped on but the end did not redeem it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Paul Sydney 09-14-14
    Frank Paul Sydney 09-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Much better casting of the voices, especially for Reacher. I can forgive the selection of Tom Cruise, but I don't understand why Reacher was made to sound angry and aggressive and suspicious all the time...he sounds like a caricature of Reacher...and all the other voices are worse.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    It was a weak story, it felt like Lee went through the motions on this one. Dare I say it, it felt like he did a Grisham.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Harding’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Personal?

    Ms Nice


    Any additional comments?

    I have read every Reacher book from the beginning and am a long term fan...but the audio version of this book is a fail.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus 10-13-14
    Marcus 10-13-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Not up to Mr Child's usual standard"

    Lee Child doesn't have a bigger fan than me. But this is a little disappointing - for two reasons. Firstly, he's spending way too much time explaining in minute detail how Reacher mangles bad toughguys and how he creeps through corridoors. And secondly - what was the Producer/Director thinking!?! Some of the characters' voices (brilliantly read by Jeff Harding) are inaudible (travelling in a car or where there's anything other than pristine silence). Didn't anyone look at the VU meters in the studio! This is a 'Childish' mistake - for which the Producer/Director must take responsibility.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Steve
    2/5/15
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    "Not Best in Series."

    A little lack luster compared to most of the series but still an enjoyable book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Great Horwood, United Kingdom
    9/9/14
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    "Reacher gets Dull !"

    Sorry Mr Child, you have dropped the ball on this one. 15% Reacher 85% sleeper....yawn!
    I have listened to every Reacher story and this is dull as ditch water. There is far far to much over thinking of everything Reacher does and over explaining every little detail just to pad out a weak story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart Gilbert
    1/29/15
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    "Still enjoyable but not the best Jack Reacher."
    If you could sum up Personal in three words, what would they be?

    Villains too cartoonish.


    Would you recommend Personal to your friends? Why or why not?

    Despite the shortcomings this Jack Reacher is still a good read and Lee Child's writing is still way ahead of the average thriller writer. The author clearly wanted to set a Reacher story in his home country. Unfortunately the location seems restrictive. The UK is a much more intimate setting compared to the huge geography of the U.S. Policing is much more formal and centralised in England and Reacher's semi-forced collaboration with the forces of law and order makes him more of a bystander than usual. He still makes his own decisions and drives the storyline but he seems much more constrained than in previous books. The villains are too exaggerated to be truly believable; a sniper who is just too good to be true and a gangster who is physically huge and supposedly terrifying but actually comes across as not particularly bright and all too easily provoked into poor decisions.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

    The only characters I can clearly remember from this story are Reacher himself who Jeff Harding voices to damn near perfection, the sniper who in my memory has little dialogue, the main villain who is an East London character (very different to a cockney and well voiced by Harding) and Reacher's U.S. government minder who was a bit insipid compared to Reacher's previous female companions. I recall there was a mysterious British authority figure. (Presumably Special Branch) but I can't picture him in my head and remember very little about his part in the story. There were some Russian or Eastern European gangsters but they didn't make much of an impression on my memory.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It left me reasonably satisfied but wanting more. For the first time ever when reading a Lee Child I found myself thinking of ways it could have been better.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a light and fluffy Reacher novel that at least assuaged the itch until the next real story comes out. Having said that I'll almost certainly read it again at some point and would definitely read it in preference to some other so called thrillers out there at the moment. Even when not at his best Lee Child still writes a great tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R. Pendleton
    Didsbury, Madchester
    10/19/14
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    "Truly Unbelievable"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you have personal hygiene problems, America may need you.


    Has Personal put you off other books in this genre?

    I have another book by this author and it was ok. However he has really pushed the bounds of fantasy with this one.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narration was fine, just the content.


    What character would you cut from Personal?

    The main character at 25 stones and 6 ft 5 inches, is clearly overweight, unless he spends half his life in the gym (which he doesn't ).
    He uses just a toothbrush for personal hygiene. No toothpaste or deodorant. The character only changes clothes every other week, if there is a handy second hand clothes handy which stocks everything including underwear!
    He doesn't seem surprised when other undercover operatives spot him. I should think they just follow the smell and the flies.I guess he is supposed to be a real man?


    Any additional comments?

    The plot is also very weak. I am surprised his editor, let him get away with this offering, it will do nothing for his reputation.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • shorty
    7/22/15
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    "very good"

    gripping kept me turning the pages jack reacher at his best highly recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
    7/20/15
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    "Always good for me."

    A well paced story with the usual twists and turns. I always know when a story is better than most & I have chosen well as my wife returns from a long car journey & stays sitting in the driveway listening to more... A Jack Reacher story invariably merits a long drive! 😀

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    Lancaster, United Kingdom
    6/24/15
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    "Complete rubbish!"

    The narrator for this book just made me yawn from start to finish.....none of the charisma or wit of Reacher that is more commonly found in Lee Child books. Dreadful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah
    6/17/15
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    "Getting 'Personal' with Jack Reacher is great fun."
    Would you listen to Personal again? Why?

    I would. The narrative, while initially a little slower soon picks up the pace and barely relents after that and there's a lot of detail that the reader needs to second time through to pick up on with the same skill as the lead character.


    What other book might you compare Personal to, and why?

    Personal is a more action packed, international version of Truth by Peter Temple. The higher access of Reacher himself allows the character (and plot) to cut through some of the more bureaucratic portions of realistic police work, but it has the same grit and perpetual exhaustion felt in the characters and the grim, cynical look at the world.


    What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

    He really threw himself into it, and sometimes missed the mark a little, but his Reacher and Bennett were phenomenal.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Since I don't wish to spoil anything, I'll simply say the last stop in Paris. And a shed in London.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a look if you enjoy the crime genre with some surprising complexity and an entertaining lead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Humphries
    6/16/15
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    "Another awesome story about the awesomeness of Jack Reacher...just awesome!"

    Jeff Harding delivers another great performance as the enigmatic rogue, Jack Reacher. I only wish the film portrayal could have been as good as the audiobook.

    Not long until the next instalment from Lee Child. August couldn't come soon enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. I. L. M. Challis
    UK
    6/4/15
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    "Dreary!"
    What would have made Personal better?

    Oh dear, was this really written by Lee Child? I have read every Jack Reacher book and every one was at least 50% better than this. Normally I dont want to put them down, but this one was so incredibly dreary I found it hard to pick it up again and try to finish.
    Another thing I found really annoying was Lee's constant dig and the UK. So obvious he has something against my Country which has put me right off this author.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    The book dragged on and on and just hardly moved at all in the first half. Waste of time reading.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

    none


    What character would you cut from Personal?

    Can I say the Author?


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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