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Persuader Audiobook

Persuader

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Jack Reacher.

The ultimate loner.

An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

And without fear. Which is good, because trouble - big, violent, complicated trouble - finds Reacher wherever he goes. And when trouble finds him, Reacher does not quit, not once...not ever.

But some unfinished business has now found Reacher. And Reacher is a man who hates unfinished business.

Ten years ago, a key investigation went sour and someone got away with murder. Now a chance encounter brings it all back. Now Reacher sees his one last shot. Some would call it vengeance. Some would call it redemption. Reacher would call it...justice.

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

©2004 Lee Child; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 06-19-09
    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 06-19-09 Member Since 2016

    Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!

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    "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"

    I have listened to many of Lee Child's books with Jack Reacher, but I have to say this was my favorite to date. The story was seamless, very well thought out, and very well written. All of the characters were believable and Child gave us some of his best ones yet. Dick Hill is a fantastic narrator, and did his usual great job. All-in-all a very exciting, "sit-on-the-edge of your seat" story, but with provocative human elements. I believe that Child is improving as an author, and it is noticeable in this book. This was my first read where Reacher is acting in an undercover capacity while working with another agency (not sure if he has any other stories where he does this.) He must infiltrate a very dangerous smuggling ring in an effort to fulfill two objectives: recover a kidnapped federal agent, and take care of some unfinished business of his own from an arrest-gone-wrong in his old days as an MP. Child brilliantly weaves this past story into the present one, and this makes for an even more compelling story. In this book we are given more insight to Reacher, the man, than any of his books I have read so far. As with most of Child's Jack Reacher stories, one doesn't have to have read any previous books to enjoy this one, so even if this would be your first Reacher novel, go for it! I highly recommend this listen!

    59 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 12-27-10
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 12-27-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Superman Reacher novel."

    Child is getting better as a writer, and many of the flaws of the earlier books are less present here. Reacher isn't as invulnerable and doesn't know everything, and there are fewer jarring coincidences for you to ignore or pretend not to notice. The characters mostly behave in character, and fewer bad guys act completely like bad guys. Most of the dangers and decisions actually make sense, unlike in some earlier novels. All in all, it's a good book to add to the series, or if you are new, it's a pretty good place to dive into the series.

    A couple of the moral issues raised in the book bothered me, I must admit. There's a review below that mentions Reacher being a homicidal maniac, but the reviewer obviously didn't read the book. Still, there are a few cases where Reacher's moral code allows him to blatantly murder a few henchmen who aren't necessarily clear evil-doers. Pretty standard stuff for most movies these days, but one reason I read books instead of watching movies is to hear more complex discussions of morals and conscience and stuff like that. The bodies hit the floor with little or no reflection on who they might have been, whether they may have been guilty of anything or not. At times it is distracting. I can buy into the portrait of Reacher as a character who simply does what he does, and leaves it to the reader to judge ethics, but even so, he's close to the line a few times.

    That said, it's pretty standard fare for the genre. Good page-turner that will keep up you up past your allotted time.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-19-09
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-19-09 Listener Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.

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    "Reacher is still the Man of Steel"

    After listening to "Persuader" I am persuaded that author Lee Child made a point of creating antagonists for Reacher that would test his mettle. At times you wondered if Reacher would prevail against some pretty steep odds. But if you're a fan of Reacher, you could guess where things would lead. I think Child was very effective in telling parallel stories that were tied together during the last two-three hours of the listen. I was disappointed that there were some loose ends left untied at the end, but nothing major. And the narration, as usual, was excellent. Bottom line - if you like the Reacher series (and I do), you like this listen (I did).

    49 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 12-09-14
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 12-09-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved This Book"

    This was a rip-roaring adventure. I loved it from the first page (literally) to the last page.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jim 07-18-14
    jim 07-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Dick Hill ruins good books. Worst narrator ever."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Almost unable to listen to due to lousey narrator.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lee Child before, how does this one compare?

    This book is completely the same as past books. You can predict everything before it happens. That is if you can hear it. Because the narrator mumbles so much.


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

    Someone that can control their volume and doesn't accentuate the last few words of every sentence.


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

    Can you believe they cast Tom Cruise in the Jack Reacher movie? What is he? 5'6" tall?
    And they make such a big deal about Reacher being 6'5" in the early books.


    Any additional comments?

    Dick Hill ruins good books. And destroys mediocre ones.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 09-15-10
    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 09-15-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Maybe his best - it was great but missed a bit"

    This was the most thoughtful and complex Reacher I have read. More multidimensional, more characters, etc. The person who reviewed the book by asserting that Reacher shooting and killing a van full of innocent people destroyed any sympathies for him as a protagonist (my words) either did not finish the book or was not paying attention. I won't do a spoiler but the critique was off-target.

    Another liked how Child spun two stories together. This to me was a flaw. There was too much back and forth in the last two hours of the story for my taste.

    Overall, my favorite of the several Reachers I have read. Dick Hill has the touch as narrator, too.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-29-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "2 stars for the back story. 4 stars for the rest."

    Another fun tough guy Reacher story. Several scenes where he takes out bad guys, my favorite parts.

    STORY BRIEF:
    Reacher thought he killed bad guy Quinn ten years ago. He recently saw Quinn on the street. He learns that FBI agents are trying to catch Quinn and Beck who work together. They believe Beck is into drug smuggling. Reacher gets hired by Beck and is now undercover.

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    There is a great scene in the beginning with Reacher thwarting a kidnaping attempt. There’s a fun scene later where Reacher kills two men with one stone. It weighed ten pounds. I still laugh when I think about it. What a tough guy. Ok so this is another typical Reacher story. It’s fun. It’s escapist. There are some really bad guys, and Reacher does them in. There were a few parts where I was thinking, don’t do that, or why are you doing that, or this is illogical. But it’s best if I try not to be too logical or analytical. Just enjoy it. It’s revenge, justice, and vigilantism. If civil and legal rights for bad guys are important to you, you may not like this. Even though I had a few grumbles about the book, as soon as I finished it, I went straight to the next one. These Reacher books keep me entertained and engaged.

    I did not like the way the author told the back story from ten years ago. I would have preferred the author tell it completely at the beginning of the book and then do the current day story without interruption. The back story was broken into about a dozen pieces, with little chunks thrown in throughout the book. It was distracting and interrupting. At times I was confused until a character’s name was said which told me whether it was now or then. And, the back story was not very good. Also, I would have liked an epilogue to find out what happened to Beck and his family.

    Narrator: Dick Hill was very good.
    Series: This is book 7 in the Jack Reacher series.
    Genre: Mystery suspense thriller.
    Ending: Good.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 06-27-16
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 06-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Jack reaches for the lobster dog on the beach"

    Persuader is Lee Child's 7th Jack Reacher installment. As usual, this is another stand-alone adventure. Jack runs into a figure believed 10 years dead. As Jack attempts to follow up, he runs into an off the books DEA operation that suborns Jack into an undercover operation. Jack plays along in order to get closer to the individual he has unfinished business with. As typical, Jack's "Holmesian" deductive reasoning slowly unravels a long standing mystery. At the same time, Jack is flashing back to 10 years earlier, when an op during his military career went south.

    Jack's excellent tradecraft is on full display as he systematically outwits each adversary in succession as he crawls his way to the big dog and his chance to correct the past failure. At the same, Jack's physicality is always present, sometimes blindingly fast with plenty of variety in terms of styles, brutality, and lethality.

    Dick Hill's performance is simply superb with an expert mastery of the full range of voices, including both genders. His pacing, tone and mood perfectly match the Reacher persona as well as Child's storytelling style. This is definitely a can't stop listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Tucson, AZ, United States 03-17-10
    Renee Tucson, AZ, United States 03-17-10
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    "Yes! More Lee Childs! Always worth the ticket."

    Lu-u-ved it. Reacher reasons and muscles his way through intricate difficulties and unspeakable difficulties as only he can. Very, very nice.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta 02-02-10
    Roberta 02-02-10
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    "Enthralling"

    Excellent book. I and my friends all enjoy this series of books. They can be violent, but all satisfy. Each is different in a similar way. Aside from Reacher, most of the characters are new in each book. Of it's kind, this book can't be beat. Well worth the download. Oh, yes, and the narrator is perfect.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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