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
irritating character sketches
The reading of the FBI character voices was totally irritating and unrealistic. The constant grating antagonistic voices rendered the scenes with the FBI absurd.
I don't know
I liked the first Jack Reacher novel. However, since then, it seems like Lee Child's is phoning it in. The action is good, the sexual tension is good, Jack Reacher is a well rounded character but there are too many improbabilities. In each of the following books there were too many times when the antagonist/s would have just shot Reacher or other hostages, situations where hostages have a chance to get away but don't. In one book there is a stalemate between Reacher and the main antagonist, however, if you look critically at the situation, the other hostages could have just gotten up and walked out. The antagonist had ahold of one hostage whom he could not shoot without Reacher killing him. All other henchmen had been dispatched, therefore, the other hostages could have just gotten up and walked out. The antagonist wasn't going to take his gun off of his hostage to stop them.
This book was the straw though. The way the victims were manipulated is not just improbable, but impossible.
I'm bored with the lazy writing now.
The story line was great and McClain brought it to life.
I enjoyed the many twists to the story line, just when it would start to get lost in details a new turn was added. I also liked the attitude towards the FBI.
Reacher was my favorite character, what guy doesn't see himself as the tragic hero.
I will be listening to this again.
Someone with zero deductive skills, perhaps someone in a vegetative state might like it.
Yes, the first three books were quite good.
Just finished Running Blind. WHAT A TOTAL TURD! When it became painfully obvious who the bad guy was like 25% into the book I had to go online to see if we were supposed to know this or not? All the people on Amazon reviews who loved the "surprise ending," where the killer is revealed, must be the stupidest people on the planet... at least of those that can read. The first three books in the series were really enjoyable but good God, Lee Child must have lost a bet or something. End of rant.
Audible's offering of this book not by usual narrator, Dick Hill. McClain is not a good narrator. So Dick Hill's audio would be better than print version. He brings it to life. McClain makes you not even want to listen; in fact, I didn't, and I returned it.
I like all the Reacher books. Fun to really listen to the dialog to pick up clues before Reacher does.
I couldn't even finish listening to McClain. In fact, I started researching why I thought he was so bad. I previously listened to all the Reacher audiobooks which I got from the library. All books were narrated by Dick Hill - and he did an awesome job. I discovered Audible didn't offer the Dick Hill read. Didn't realize there could be different narrators for the same book. Just assumed it was the same as what I got from the library. So...if you're really familiar with a book series, check narrators before ordering from Audible. Luckily Audible is gracious about letting you return books with which you are unhappy.
Wish Audible would offer all the Reacher books narrated only by Dick Hill.
I have no idea. There is no one in my experience that would actually enjoy this Reacher book.
I am not sure on what he bases his opinion of the FBI and its relationship with the military. I spent 26+ years as Agent and 10 years in the military, 3+ as an OSI Agent. I never met or worked with anyone even close to his negative depictions of FBI Agents. We had wonderful working relationships with the military, and I saw both sides. Of course, when different agencies are charged with the same mission, there will be some disagreements, but none even approaching his descriptions. I have no problem with criticism of the Bureau, but base it on reality, not some biased fiction or opinion. His dislike of the FBI is unjustified and over-the-top. Period!
A couple of other points - Ft. Dix is an Army Base, Not a Marine Base.
And, maybe he could reduce the amount of times he uses the phrase, " ____said nothing" - fill in the blank - "Reacher", "He", et al.
His renditions of the FBI Agents voices was extremely irritating - the proverbial "chalk/blackboard". They all sounded like a very angry Edith Bunker going through menopause. Even I, a retired Agent, started disliking the FBI! Maybe that was his objective?
I'm sure Mr. McClain is a very good actor, but he is not Reacher. That role belongs to Dick Hill.
Cutting a character would not have solved my problems with this book.
This was my 5th Reacher. I'm glad it wasn't my first, or it would have ended there. I will try others, but not with Mr. McClain.
You'll read it because it is a continuation of the Reacher series. But you'll hold your nose.
I'll never get another McClain narrated Reacher book again. Totally unbeleivable. His rendition of Reacher is bad enough, but the other character are totally unrealistic. A 2nd grader would have better character voices.
Totally disappointed. Never again.
Stick with Hill as the narrator.
Another solid, thrilling Reacher tale, with all I've come to enjoy about Child's lonely hero. But the narration here is either awful, or I'm spoiled by Dick Hill, who has become Reacher for me (far more than Tom Cruise ever will). It just doesn't sound right.
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