Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high-flyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead.
Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.
©2000 Lee Child (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks
Not really, no. The story itself was pretty average, but the narration made it all but unbearable.
I had it figured by the end of the third chapter, so was hardly surprised by the ending. Predictable and slow.
The narrator's normal reading voice is fine, but his characters are horrible. Reacher sounds like something from Loony Tunes, every female sounds like a granny, and there's a fair bit of Pluto and Daffy Duck mixed in too. Reacher sounds like he is mentally impaired (no offence meant to those unfortunate souls), and the two supposedly hot women in the plot both sound like they are in their late eighties. Horrible.
Surprisingly, yes. I think it could make a fairly interesting film - if the possible baddies aren't revealed so obviously early in the storyline.
This has been a low-point for me, in my Jack Reacher life. Echo Burning used to sit at the lowest rung of the ladder, but now that spot belongs to The Visitor. If I hadn't waited so long to start listening to this book, I would've returned it. The story was below par for Child, and the narration was terrible. No more Wayward Morse-read books for me - Jeff Harding does it so much better.
Love the Reacher series but this narrator is terrible.................. His voice is exceptionally annoying and his character voices just, well, grate.
Would NEVER choose any book narrated by Hayward Morse.............EVER !!!!!
Annoyance..........................his voice and delivery was sub-standard.
The narrator ruined this audiobook
Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.
I do not know how, given that the quantity of books I have read, that I have not discovered Jack Reacher until after the release of the movie. And while the movie was good it is really not a representation of the character Lee Childs has developed.
I have found that on pretty good at working at the plot halfway through the book. But in this case I needed to go through to the last couple of chapters to give a full grasp of the mystery contained within. It is a real talent for an author to be able to do this and to keep you on the edge of your cheer all the way through the book.
The narration in this book fits the character of Jack Reacher. in a lot of cases the narrator is just telling the story that the author has put together. In this case I think Hayward Morse has added to the intrigue and suspense of the novel.
If you haven't been exposed to Jack Reacher, now is the time to start.
I don't want to give away the story lines be but is great listen. Can't wait for the next one
The characters voices were unbelievably bad. I struggled to reach the end, despite loving the Reacher series. Ruined what should have been a great listen, I'm afraid. My advice is to skip this audiobook and buy the book to read.
this was yet another awesome Jack Reacher story, but the narrator was terrible. he hissed is sssss and the tones used for female characters made me feel sick. On top of that the recording quality was second rate, and made it sound like it was recorded in someones bathroom. I persisted in the hope that I will enjoy the next installment in Jack Reachers life without this narrator.
Having just listened to Tripwire... the change in Reacher's voice is one thing but Jodie's is super hard to get one's head around! haha. And eye-talian ... again and again and again ... seriously?
No, it's too hard to listen to with Hayward Morse narrating. He makes Jack Reacher sound like a dufus, and all the women sound whiney. I love Jack Reacher books, this is so far the only one I haven't enjoyed, and that is because of the narration. Not the best of the Reacher series either, a little bit predictable unfortunately. Still love every other Reacher book though.
He didn't give a great portrayal of Jack Reacher with the voice he chose to use for him, made him seem slow and a bit dull. Jeff Harding and Dick Hill do an awesome job of narrating Reacher, (and all of the other characters in the books) just not Hayward Morse. If this was the first Reacher book I listened to, I would have given up.
Try any of the other Reacher books narrated by Jeff Harding or Dick Hill.
The funniest book yet. For a hardcore pulp fiction like book its very funny, in a good way. Clever humor as a natural part of the story.
As usual the story as a whole and the way all the pieces delightful fit together.
Help! The series is sooo addictive I cant stop listening!
YES! Tired now.
"Comic voices spoil a good yarn..."
The narration is appalling. Corny FBI tough men, and women who sound like characters from the Simpsons. The story is possibly one of the best Reacher books so far, and needs re-telling.
"Good Book Shame about the Voice Actor!"
No I would not, the voice acting is in consistent and I found it a hard listen
No, if this is to go by i would avoid them and try the Abridged version as it has a different vocal talent
I would only listen to this book again if the vocal talent was recast, i dont think he does the book Justice with his bad accents and awful female voices
"Great story let down by poor narration"
A different narrator
Reacher, Jack Reacher is the reason I buy these books.
Poor and inconsistent voice acting. I.e. one characters voice bled into another. No pauses for new paragraphs, I could keep going but I don't have time
Most definitely the narrator, it was not enjoyable at all to listen to...I only persevered because I am going through the Jack Reacher series
When Hayward Morse finished reading.
Everything! but most especially his women's voices...they sounded like no woman I have ever heard
I enjoyed the story and quietly pleased that Reacher did not behave out of character by giving up his roamings
I've got most of Lee Child's audiobooks & have enjoyed them, but if this had been the first book I'd listen to I doubt I would've got to the others.
The whole thing is ruined by the narrator, he make Jack Reacher sound like an idiot, I half expected to hear D'oh (from the Simpsons each time he spoke). I won't even try to guess what women he's heard speak, because his interpretation is terrible.
I has to give up after 30mins because it was driving me mad, I'd rather listen to finger nails down a blackboard.
Changer the narrator
His tone, his interpretation of Jack Reachers speech & his female characters speech
Don't know I only made it through 30mins
Re-record this book with Jeff Harding as the narrator
"Just what I expected from Jack Reacher!"
The story moved along quite well and had all of the action I expect from a Jack Reacher Novel.
Unfortunately I guessed the ending so not as much of a surprise as previous novels.
I enjoyed the scene where Reacher gets help from his army buddies.
This is not that type of book
"Reacher Carries on"
As good as expected, a well paced performance
The moment where the murderer was found and the action in the bathroom during that scene
This book just kept you interested pulling you along at a stead pace.
"Decent story let down by narrator"
Jack Reacher novels are not hard to digest and much like watching a Die Hard/ Jason Statham/ Arnie movie... full of cliches. But they pass the time entertainingly enough.
I have listened to four now; Killing Floor, Die Trying, Trip Wire and now The Visitor.
Hayward Morse narrates all the women, who are supposedly smart, intelligent and capable (FBI agents, high flying solicitors, detectives,) with whiny, nasal voices that makes anything they stupid, pathetic and two dimensional. The intonation he uses in their given lines is appalling and really spoils the book. Such a shame as this one has quite a passable story line.
Never made it to the end of this book the narration has put me right off. I think it's terrible.
"Good story spoiled by silly voices. It's a shame."
The book but not this performance
I like all the Jack Reacher books - and they have got better as they have gone on.
Not really. On the basis of the voice characterisations in this book I'd have to say no. Shame
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