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Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4 | [Lee Child]

Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.
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Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

©2005 Lee Child (P)2012 Peunguin Audio

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    Kristine ROWLETT, TX, United States 02-12-14
    Kristine ROWLETT, TX, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Figured it out one-quarter the way in"
    What disappointed you about Running Blind?

    Not believable. Obvious outcome. Stereotypical characters. Lots of plot filler. And Jack wasn't very appealing, doing and saying things that seemed not his style.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Jack finally figured it out but then the author seemed to drag out the telling to fill a few more pages.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. Narration was fine, although it wasn't the reader we're used to for Jack.


    What character would you cut from Running Blind?

    Just about any of the stupid FBI agents.


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    Jon 01-28-14
    Jon 01-28-14
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    "Good Story with some annoying characters"

    This is the 4th Reacher book I've listened to. While the stories are good I think they might be better as a read instead of an audiobook. I know this is an unabridged version but the number of times the reader uses the word "said" is annoying. He said, she said, on and on. If the reader was not using a difference tone in his voice for each character maybe it would work but that's not the case. The voice of the Blake character is just awful, think a very bad Cagney.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jennorex 01-08-14
    jennorex 01-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Best one so far"

    Great twist.. great action. i am only this far in the series but this one was amazing.

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    Jody EAGLE, ID, United States 01-06-14
    Jody EAGLE, ID, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Please ask Dick Hill to narrate this"
    If you could sum up Running Blind in three words, what would they be?

    McClain not Reacher


    What other book might you compare Running Blind to and why?

    Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels are favorites but the narration of this one ruins it. Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan McClain’s performance?

    I started to feel like this was dark comedy. The voices, especially female characters, were comical.


    Any additional comments?

    If this were the first Jack Reacher I listened to I would have no desire to listen to another. I will probably finish the book because the story holds my interest. I will try to imagine Dick Hill's narration to get through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric J. Toll 01-04-14

    Desert Aries

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    "I love Reacher; I returned this book."
    What would have made Running Blind better?

    A plot with a semblance of feasibility. I realize that all of the Reacher stories involve three themes -- incompetent or impotent professionals, a surprise corruption, and a requirement to set aside reality. It works in almost all of the books--especially the later novels. Running Blind has three problems. One, the plot is beyond believability. Two, the incompetence is so incompetent, it's not believable. Three, Dick Hill didn't narrate. I had decided to read the whole series, starting with Book 1. I couldn't listen to this book all the way through.


    Has Running Blind turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm still buying Reacher books, but I definitely recommend this for the "skip" list...or if you need to read or listen to it because you want to do the whole series, I'd suggest a library visit.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Jonathan McClain is a good narrator, but using him for Jack Reacher would be like, well, it would be like using Tom Cruise to play Reacher in a movie. McClain's voice isn't big enough to be Reacher and his portrayal of several other characters takes on a cartoon quality.

    I'd still consider listening to a book McClain performs, but I believe it was a good move to return to Dick Hill (who narrated book 1, but not books 2, 3, and 4). He sounds like Reacher is supposed to sound.


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

    Total disappointment. If this were the first Reacher book I'd have read, I'd never had opened (or pressed play) on any of the others. It's a real snoozer.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Child's FBI agents are too unrealistic. I'm sure there are incompetent FBI agents here and there, but definitely not the entire profile unit. In addition, were there a real serial killer case, the Bureau would not have left the entire investigation to a team this incompetent.

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    Amazon Customer michigan 12-29-13
    Amazon Customer michigan 12-29-13
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    "Predictable Story, Terrible Reader"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I enjoyed the first 3 Reacher books (with the exception of the reader on books 2 - 4), this one was very predictable, I knew who the killer was 1/3 of the way into the book and yet the book continued as if that was the great hidden mystery. It was entertaining enough to warrant 3 stars but I can't tell you how glad I am to finally be past this reader in the series, I can't imagine how a reader could be worse, why did it take 3 books to figure that out?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan McClain’s performances?

    No, never.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-29-13
    Kelly Colorado Springs 12-29-13 Member Since 2011

    I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!

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    "No surprise in this Reacher."
    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The FBI agents were cartoonish ... None of them seemed bright or clever. They weren't creative or engaged. Bumbling fools is a more accurate description. I like Jack, and I want him to be the star of the show... But I prefer the other characters to be smart and flawed; real. And Jody went from being the woman he remembered for 15 years of unrequited love to a whiny, money obsessed lawyer who had nothing in common with Reacher. They went from 0 to 100 back to 0 in the course of two books.

    Plus this episode in Reacher's story held no suspense or surprise. I knew the "bad guy" long before I should have. The plot was weak and the climax even weaker.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey RALEIGH, NC, United States 09-27-13
    Lindsey RALEIGH, NC, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Jack's acting like a jerk"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the overall plot of the story. Child kept me guessing about who the perp was until the climax scene, but the ride was spoiled somewhat by Reacher's attitude throughout the story. You are supposed to take his side because the FBI is threatening Jodie, and I did in the beginning, but he lost my sympathy when he is still being jerk halfway through the book. I thought, "he's already in this, why shouldn't he at least start trying to solve the case?" As it is, he doesn't even get serious until the last 5 chapters or so. By that point, the story was already pretty much ruined for me. I was expecting the Reacher we saw in "Die Trying", where he could have run but chose to stay and risk his life to help someone in need. I gave this three stars because he does end up coming around at the end and because the plot was very good. In fact, it's probably what made me finish the story. I really didn't care about Reacher's involvement toward the end; I just wanted to see who the killer was. I'm glad Child always has a good plot, but you can't have plot without a likable hero in this genre. I hope the next book brings back the old Reacher.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the book was, by far, the method used to kill the victims. If you are listening closely, it is something you can pick up in the beginning of the book, but it seems so far fetched that you dismiss it. This is brilliant because it follows Reacher's thought process almost exactly toward the end of the book. I think it helped me understand why he was so reluctant to discuss his theory with Agent Harper, even though he seemed to trust her. I also loved how portions of the book were told from the killer's perspective, which kind of made the reader/listener feel closer to the action. It was a little creepy, but good creepy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Reacher and Harper visit Agent Lamarr's sister to warn her about the murders. It was the first time you saw Reacher being nice to anyone but Jodie. I found myself cheering when the old Reacher started to poke his head out just a fraction.


    Was Running Blind worth the listening time?

    I think "Running Blind" is worth at least one listen, especially for big Reacher fans. I wouldn't recommend it for a first listen, though, and I probably will not listen to it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 09-16-13
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2011

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "I loved the book"

    I really enjoyed the book and I figured out that hypnotisumm or however you spell it must have a part in it, and I did think the FBI agent was the culprit, don't know why but those were the two thing's that stood out at the begining, but I didn't figure out why..as far as the narrator,,,,that I did not like, I think I have all the series, but if not, I will just get what I don't have, and if it is the same narrator, well I will just suck it up and get it anyway...Love Reacher

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    david 09-13-13
    david 09-13-13 Member Since 2011

    “the book I was reading turned out to be crack” ― Elizabeth Norris, Unraveling

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    "Same old Reacher"

    Good book, ass kicking reacher. It wasn't to hard to guess the "who did it", as the cast of characters was small. However, it was still a good listen and I'll listen to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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