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Tripwire: Jack Reacher, Book 3 | [Lee Child]

Tripwire: Jack Reacher, Book 3

Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.
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Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.

©2005 Lee Child (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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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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    "I like Jack's wandering life."
    What did you love best about Tripwire?

    I enjoyed meeting more of the characters Jack knew from his Army days. His life fascinates me. When I listen to these books I feel like I can become a wanderer too. But I am nowhere near as fascinating as Reacher, so I have to live vicariously through his tales. But these audio books make that so easy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack. It's all about Jack!


    Any additional comments?

    It appears there may be a return of a lover in book 4. I was starting to wonder if he would have a new lover in every book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James C Las Vegas, NV 12-21-13
    James C Las Vegas, NV 12-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Mediocre story, horrible narration"
    Any additional comments?

    Typical of Lee Child, there are many critical plot elements that stretch credulity. The bad guy is over-stereotypied to the point of annoyance, but my biggest criticism is that the narrator is simply Awful…didn't they ask for a sample of this guy's work before they paid him to do the whole book?? I almost stopped listening on several occasions but was bored and plodded on as a result of a lazy curiosity to find out what happened. But don't follow my example, please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Northridge, CA, United States 10-01-13
    David Northridge, CA, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't Get Tripped Up On This One"


    Having read & enjoyed the first 2 Reacher books, I was ready to continue to enjoy the series in order. Seems like I hit a dead end with Book 3.

    This one was a tough one to get through...the 2 parallel story-lines (one boring and under-motivated, one corny when it's not cruel) take forever to merge...and when they do, the 'twist' involving the villain (one that any reader can see coming a mile away) just isn't enough to reward the slog to get to that point.

    Along the way, the reader is treated to endless descriptive scenes that come off not as useful exposition, but page-filling. We all know what an airport or a row of apartment mailboxes looks like, or that it's hot in Texas, thanks. The cumulative effect is exhausting.

    Contrast that to Baldacci's "John Puller" books that involve a similar character...but with a tighter, much leaner approach.

    A production annoyance (not Child's fault): there's not enough of a narrative pause when changing scenarios from one story-line to another, so the reader is forced to take a second to realize who we're talking about...never a good thing when you're trying to get involved with a story.

    One bright spot is Jonathan McClain's great read...much more enjoyable IMO than Dick Hill, who I'm not a fan of.

    This one is probably an anomaly in the series, but it's going to be a while before I'll feel like checking in on Jack Reacher again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 07-17-13
    Paul 07-17-13
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    "Rambling storyline meets lousy narration"
    What would have made Tripwire better?

    tighter editing, better narration


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    cut out about half of the book, so much of it is irrelevant filler


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    terrible accents, flat, boring voice


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-01-13
    Pat LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice twist on the ending - caught me by surprize"
    What made the experience of listening to Tripwire the most enjoyable?

    Villain got his just desserts at the end


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reacher, of course. His intuition and logic proved superior, admirable, but mostly believable. Seems like someone I'd really enjoy meeting - an authentic sort.


    What about Jonathan McClain’s performance did you like?

    His good voice variation on the the characters made the story easier to follow.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not possible, and I prefer books that have interesting section wrap-ups that allow stopping after 2-4 hours to be continued as my schedule allows.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the way Reacher seems to be a good role model, albeit a bit unbelievable. He's grounded and seems to be one who won't take no for an answer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Y. Grove Fredericksburg, VA 06-28-13
    Y. Grove Fredericksburg, VA 06-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I want Dick Hill Back!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have Dick Hill narrate it. Johnathan McClain is an ok narrator but I got lost in the story sometimes because all the voices sounded the same. Also, his voice is too soft for the image I have of Jack Reacher. Where as Dick Hill has the right amount of raspiness to his voice to pull it off.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Bring Dick Hill as narrator back. The story was great I just could not hardly get past the narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He isn't Jack Reacher......


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If the right person were playing Jack Reacher, yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't say it enough....I like Dick Hill as Jack Reacher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Murphy 06-08-13
    Mike Murphy 06-08-13

    Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.

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    "The humiliation scenes were too hard bitten for me"

    I found listening to the first two Reacher novels soothing, Child's sparse, almost documentary-style prose with its focus on facts and street names and physical routines, combined with McClain's calm but never dull voice, create a rhythm that I enjoy.

    I also like the idea that Reacher is the competent but detached alpha male who will punish evil-doers and save the beautiful woman, even though we all know he won't stay with her.

    "Tripwire" is darker and more serious than its predecessors. The serious side of the book allows for the fact that when drifting becomes a conscious choice, it is a rejection of the world that suggests something is broken. It presents the possibility of Reacher staying with the girl and even having somewhere of his own for them both to stay. It asks the question whether Reacher can do that and still stay Reacher. All good stuff that makes Reacher more real.

    The darker side of the book spoiled it for me. The evil-doer in this book gets off on inflicting humiliation and pain. The pain mostly takes place "off camera", for which I was grateful but the humiliation is described in great detail. It is convincing and completely repulsive. It's not gratuitous. It drives the story and it is not glorified but it left me feeling angry and soiled and degraded by my own voyeurism.

    This is a tribute to Child's writing but it violated the expectations I came to the book with and filled my head with things I'd rather not give house room to.

    I'll try one more Reacher book, but if this focus on the anatomy of evil continues, I will look for my entertainment elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ioanna Montreal, QC, Canada 06-03-13
    Ioanna Montreal, QC, Canada 06-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Much better than I expected."

    Reading the other reviews, I got the impression that this book was not going to be as good as I hoped. But, since I decided to read the entire series in the right sequence, I bought it anyway. I was pleasantly surprised!

    McClain is a good narrator. No, he's not Dick Hill, but if you can get over this fact, you'll enjoy this book as much as most other books in the series. Actually, I found that McClain makes the bad guys sound creepier, and the women sound smarter, than Dick Hill does.

    The story is good; Reacher investigates an old Missing In Action case in order to protect someone very dear to him, whom he never really thought he'd see again. If you like the Reacher series, there is no real reason why you shouldn't like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brett England Chesapeake, VA USA 05-13-13
    Brett England Chesapeake, VA USA 05-13-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "Third time out with Lee Child is a "no" for me."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Child once again babbles on ad infinitum over mundane details that should have been excised by a better editor.


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it shorter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Reacher #1: Killing Floor was very good. Reacher #2: Die Trying was good, even though Reacher spends almost half of the book in the back of a truck. Lame. This one is so bad I can't finish it.

    I'm guessing there's no reason to even start Reacher #4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna United States 05-11-13
    Donna United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Predictable, violent"

    I'll admit I'm sensitive to violence, but each of the three Jack Reacher books I've read all include torture and humiliation. Although the story itself was decent, a typical 'catch em in the nick of time' murder mystery, the violent overtone ruined the book for ME. I've only read the first three books, but they were pretty much all the same so I'm done with the Jack Reacher series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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