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
The FBI portrayal was so dumb I was incredulous. Insane depiction of a professional law enforcement agency.
32-year old chemist and pharmacist from Québec, Canada. I've listened to over 100 audiobooks in 18 months : classic detective, sci-fi, 20th century history.
It was a pain to listen to. I still have 4 hours of listening to go and I don't want to listen anymore. On top of a passable storyline, this may be the poorest narration I've ever heard. Full of exaggerations and skewed facts (like acetone described as a thick liquid... it's less viscous than water), I felt stupid for even keeping on listening to it for so long.
For me, this started off Ok, started to get my interest then dragged on to the point of boredom. I guessed the end and the unsub's identity a fair few hours from the end and also the killing method. The character used as a 'curve ball' to send you in one direction was pointless and frustrating and just added to my dislike of this story. This is my least favourite of the first 10 Reacher books that I have read/heard and am not sure if I would recommend it.
I quite like Jonathan McClain in some of the series but here there are some annoying voices which added to my dislike of this book. Also, after Reacher had collaborated with the FBI in the 2nd in the series, shouldn't that have been mentioned here too?
Sorry, but this one just wasn't for me.
Not really. Pretty good story line but bizarre narration. I have listened to hundreds of audible selections and this was among the poorest with regard to narration. The FBI agents are narrated in a cartoonish (Inspector Gadget comes to mind) manner; if FBI agent Blake's narration were in text message format it would be all caps with exclamation marks after every word, phrase or sentence. Really strange. NO ONE in real life talks like that. And his female sidekick, Lamarr... sounds like a psycho in desperate need of a good psychotherapist. It was actually painful listening to much of the narration. Just horribly done.
Story line was OK and somewhat plausible although the deception by the villain was so complicated that it made no sense whatsoever. Much easier to create a serial murder scenario without having to lug hundreds of gallons of "camo green" paint all over the country.
In my opinion, Mr. McClain has a lot of learning to do or needs to seek another profession.
Compared to some of the other Jack Reacher novels....NO.
Great story - one could never quite get a handle on who was the bad guy.
Gosh how to pick one memorable moment. I guess when the chaplain walked up and you found out that the Colonel was not THE bad guy.
I liked Harper - she was smart, sexy, a bit of a tease.
Don't forget to trust your own instincts.....
Don't want to give anything away - I never agreed with the profiler's description of who the killer was likely to be.
Enjoy listening to many different types of books. I like to listen while I am in the car and working.
Yes, easier to follow the characters and picture them mentally
He's OK, but Dick Hill is the best voice for Reacher.
Love Audibles. Read all I can.
hits the spot
There's something in this violent, smart, simple, vigilantly-under-control character (Reacher) that hits the right balance of righteousness, adventure, mystery, and must importantly, reality. Reachers ramblings again reel us in and keep us wondering whether this time he's gone too far this time. Best read from first book on, I'm on the 7th and have no reason to stop.
I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.
The narrator is mundane, thus so is the book. It put me to sleep.
The story was probably okay, but the narrator ruined it.
Lee Child deserves Dick Hill.
Don't know anything special about it.
I figured out how it was done early on in the book. The clues just couldn't lead any other way. I figured out who the murderer was as well so the book wasn't as tense as his others.
I have become used to Dick Hill's voice and inflections. Jonathan's voice did not match the Reacher I have in my mind so he appeared to be a different person and I didn't enjoy it as much as I usually do.
Liam Nieson as Jack Reacher. He is a little thin, but at least he is tall and an excellent actor.
I totally enjoy all of Lee Child's books. This may not have been his best, but I enjoyed listening all the same.
Not likely. I didn't like the narrator
Didn't see that coming. Reacher didn't have to do that.
Not good. His portrayal of Blake was laughable. Other characters not believable. Wrong guy for Jack Reacher.
It wasn't a bad story but if the narration isn't good it takes you out of the story
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