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 expects the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.
©2005 Lee Child (P)2012 Penguin Audio
It meets expectations for a Jack Reacher book. If you liked the first two, you will like this book.
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FIRST what the H**L happened at end when Reacher had gun trained on Hoby and the end... The audio did not say....
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
At age 43 British TV executive Jim Grant started writing novels using the pen name Lee Child about a retired US Army major turned vagabond he named Jack Reacher. After 21 novels, several short stories, and two movies it a good bet that more Americans can identify Jack Reacher than can name the US VP. Lee Child is very much a commercial writer; he writes for commercial success. I have no issue with that because the Reacher character is intriguing and the novels are all great fun. Child/Grant has built a large following so all of his novels are guaranteed best sellers. Lee Child is clever.
I have listened to all Jack Reacher novels at least once. Although some of the novels do build on the previous one, others skip around in the chronology of Reacher's life so reading them in order is not especially helpful.
My only issue with Tripwire with the narration which is completely satisfactory, but Dick Hill, not Jonathan McClain, is the voice of the Reacher novels and he is who I want and expect to hear when I listen to a Reacher audio novel.
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I found the narration to be involving and nicely done. Some others have voiced displeasure with the narrator, but he does an excellent job of giving each character a distinct voice that is consistant through the entire book. Makes it very easy to disinguish who is who in conversations. This is the third book in the series and it moves at a slightly slower, more controlled pace than the first two. Sort of gives us a more detailed view into Jack Reacher's mindset and motivations overall and I for one, enjoyed that. There was a decent twist to the story and if you're paying attention you will figure it out pretty early on and if not, then it's a nice enough surprise at the end. On to book four now.
I continue the saga of the Jack Reacher series, this one was performed very well by Mr. McClain. I think I read a review that was a little rough on this narrator in the series, I would have to say that Jonathon did an excellent job in my eye. I really like this series, different than a normal cop and robber story line, but still every bit as engaging. I think of this as a Columbo on steriods. A bit odd, but great story lines and character development. Good work.
Early adopter, longtime listener, bookhungry.
Give this one a pass. The story is marred by too torture-y a villain, made almost laughable because the narrator Jonathan McClain made the serious error of using a voice exactly like the Austin Powers' villain Dr Evil. The girl is more than usually bland, her character mainly delineated by her extreme thinness, and the romance is anemic. Child must have been tired when he got to this one, and in many passages he simply repeats sentences—at one big reveal, Reacher actually has someone repeat a piece of news (which we've seen coming for about an hour) four times. Four times. Skip to the next, this one was a dud.
Jack Reacher is an interesting character-Tough but kind.
His various voices just brought the story to life. He made the story exciting!!!
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I wouldn't recomend this book too highly. The story was good but sometimes the author goes into way too much details at the wrong times.
The story takes the reader into different directions, where you're not sure of the outcome until towards the end of the book.
No, I wasn't too impressed.
No, again becasue the details comes up at times when the story starts to get interested.
If you're a Jack Reacher fan, you might already have this in your Library. After I downloaded it and listened to it, I found I had a Dick Hill version of Tripwire I downloaded in 2009. It doesn't seem to be available in the Audible store, but I'll take Dick Hill over this narrator any day. McClain isn't a bad narrator, and if I didn't already feel that Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher, I would have probably liked him OK.
If you think Tom Cruise is going to make a believable Jack Reacher in the movie, you might like this narrator, and if you don't already have this book in your library, and you're a Jack Reacher fan as I am, you might not have any choice but to go with this book. The Dick Hill version doesn't seem to be available.
It was difficult to rate this book. McClain is an OK narrator. It's just that he's not Dick Hill, and after downloading this version, I discovered I already had the Dick Hill version. Luckily, after 3 years and 700 or so books, the story was fresh. I had forgotten most of it. I might go back and listen to the Dick Hill version to compare the two. Since I already had that one, it was a waste of a credit.
Two of the three books rolled out and purporting to fill the gap in the Jack Reacher series were already available on Audible read by Dick Hill. This one read by Jonathan McClain is not totally awful but it is a pale imitation of the real thing. If you are a Jack Reacher fan from the previous books available in the Audible series, you will be sadly disappointed.
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