Normally I listen to audiobooks while driving to and from work. With Die Trying, I would get home and still be listening while preparing dinner. After everyone was settled in for the evening, instead of turning on the idiot box, I would listen for hours. The story was fast paced, very detailed allowing you to visualize every scene. Can't wait to start Trip Wire!
The plot was not very entertaining and I often felt the writer made things happen even when they made no sense or fit into the story. The feeling was the ending was the goal and the trip there did not matter.
I like the first book so I guess my expectations were just to high.
1. Shorter, tighter plot. 2. Good narrator
Overall premise ok, but it is way too long for the plotline so there are many passages that are just filler, with no value to the plot.
Accents were terrible, female voices ridiculous and overall delivery very flat
first few hours are OK, by the end I couldn't wait for it to be over.
Not sure, probably try another.
If you read this after the Killing floor, and appreciated the plot and how the story unfolded then this one, in my opinion does do it as well. The whole story thing seems unlikely.
I never noticed in The Killing Floor, how often the character's conversations end with someone saying "Right?" Almost all the characters say this at the end of sentence,. In this book, with this narrator it's immediately jarring and continues throughout. I found it pretty distracting on top of a mediocre performance. If I listen to another of Child's books, I'll probably listen to a Dick Hill one.
Listened to the first book, it was great, read the reviews for the second and third where everyone dissed the narrater, can't agree with their call. Story line on this one was a little hokey with the militia members being brain dead zombies, but overall it was an interesting story that I enjoyed listening to. By the way, if Mr. McClain is a boring narrater, let me offer up some other books I've listened to. Mr. McClain does a good job, keeps the characters differentiated, only struggled with the female characters.
I agree with some of the other reviewers that Dick Hill is the "real" Jack Reacher, and I have listened to both versions of this book. I have to say that Jonathan McClain does a great job with the non-Reacher characters, and his version of Reacher is certainly acceptable. I wouldn't hesitate to buy the book due to the narrator and actually think that he did a great job with the main villain. The story is one of the better Reacher stories, even if a certain degree of suspension disbelief is necessary. If you're a fan of the series or if you love thrillers of the Flynn, Clancy, Thor ilk, I think you'll enjoy this one.
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First I have t say how much more I enjoy Johnathan McClain's narration vs that of Dick Hill.
McClain gave greater voice to his women's characters as opposed to the 'everyone sounds the same' of Dick Hill. I so wish that some other-any other-narrator than Hill had done this series..
Yeah-I'm not a fan.
I don't remember reading this book..I do know that I found Reacher about 4 years into the series, in any case, I didn't remember anything about this story except the shotgun holes in the roof of the van.
The story follows what has become a very typical Jack Reacher kind of arc. It was a good listen gave very little character development about Reacher and sets up General Garber to be part of Reachers life.
Worth the credit if you're a Reacher fan.
I came to this after listening to all the other Reacher books, as i had become accustomed to Dick Hill. OK, Reacher sounds different, but I cannot understand the criticism. I thought it was excellently narrated and the voices were good (at least to my British ears).
The story was really compelling and I finished it in two days. Overall a very good listen.
A pet peeve of mine and not the fault of the performer. But when a conversation is being held by two people it is pretty obvious who is saying what so the constant use of "He said" and "She said" got annoying. Past that a good story with some suspense added. Would make a good movie I think. Definitely worth the money.
This is my 2nd Jack Reacher book and the storylines were pretty good. The literary style is a little different but I was ok with it. I'm uncertain I will purchase another, as in both books he rescued a damsel in distress, had a "relationship" for the duration of the book and then parted ways. Not very original. I do not know if other books in the series follow this same pattern.