For Jack Reacher being invisible has become a habit. He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys. He doesn't want to be found.
But someone has sent a private detective to seek him out. Then Reacher finds the guy beaten to death with his fingertips sliced off.
It's time to head north and work out who is trying to find him and why.
©1999 Lee Child (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks
Cut out all the endless description of every movement, room etc that added nothing to the story or characters.
These days we all own calculators, so endelss calculations of how many seconds how many metres etc were just waffle put in to stretch a poorly developed plot to a never ending story.
I am a fan of all the Reacher stories, but this one was the exception - it was just plain boring.
The reader made things worse, he would be more suited to reading cook books for old ladies.
Why, why would ask anyone else but Jeff Harding to read Reacher ??????
Definitely nothing read by Mr Hagon, sorry mate look for something else to do.
Not many Reacher books left on here, but you can't go wrong with Jeff Harding, he makes bad writers sound good and good writers sound better!
A complete re-write.
None, I would turn it into a first person novel.
"Jack Reacher - The Pantomime"
Having read the first Jack Reacher book, and listened to the second (which was acceptable) I thought this was worth a try. Generally in the case of a series of books the story and characters improve with each one, this seems to be a break in that rule.
Once again Jack Reacher is the indestructible and charismatic Greek God you have come to know from the previous books, once again quickly finding a helpless (and very attractive) young woman to protect from the antagonist. The story just seemed very tired after a while, with bad guys invariably being so unpleasant and evil that it went beyond my ability to think them real. That said, the story is entertaining enough even though it is very predictable.
The narration however utterly spoils this. The narrator seems horrendously out of his depth, frequently confusing which of the characters he is voicing and occasionally forgetting to change his pitch when switching between Reacher and the female character. Moreover he has an embarrassing habit of making the main antagonist sound like a pantomime villain, which at times just really ruined the sense of tension that I think should have been building. The timing between characters speaking was far too hurried and without a skilful mastery of different voices (which this narrator lacks) it makes it very confusing as to which of the characters is actually speaking from one moment to then next.
"Jack Reacher.. Don't mess with this man"
Reacher novels have me hooked. I was not disappointed by this one and it kept me on the edge of my seat.
"Really poor production spoilt story"
I have to say that whilst we enjoy Jack Reacher stories (and will try another one) this was spoilt by the poor production quality. There was hardly a pause as the reader went from one story line to another making it confusing. There was a persistent hiss in the background and sound quality was poor. Couple this with a boring American drawl and you have poor production. And to cap it all off one of the story lines was left hanging by Lee Child. Damned annoying
I'm listening to The snow flower and the secret fan at the moment.
None, I'd just finish off what the hell happened to Chester Stone and his wife Maryline.
"Great story awful recording"
Great story but the worst recording ever. You have to listen to it in mono because in stereo the sound drifts from ear to ear but in a really bad way. High notes in one ear and low notes in the other like some fake mono to stereo conversion
"Not what we expect from an all action hero"
Not sure, maybe
Too much "will they won't they" love interest and not enough action
Reasonable differentiation between characters
Certainly not - we couldn't finish this one
This is the third Jack Reacher audio we've listened to but we couldn't get past the first half. My wife and I both got really bored with his supposed love interest and gave up on it long before the half way point
not as engrossing as first two books. I think the author is painting new superman.
"Great story. Narration not as bad as said."
Big Lee Child/ Jack Reacher fan. This is the first audiobook I've experienced so to me the narration was simply an older gentleman reading me the story. I've nothing to compare it to I just took it for what it was.
Story was great as usual. Ive read the first few in the series but decided to go through the rest via audiobook and was thoroughly entertained. Made time fly on my commute so I'm happy.
Tripwire. Another great story. Lots of characters, in far flung places. With an insight into the investigative powers and records used by the military. Looking towards to Reachers next case.
"Very gripping story that was excellently spoken."
The narrator was much better than the previous guy. I felt that he was being every chracter that he voiced. Brilliant on every level.
"predictable but has it's moments."
same old story, predictable but that's what people like I suppose, I hope Reacher retires soon
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