Die Trying

Jack Reacher, Book 2
By: Lee Child
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: Jack Reacher, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Die Trying by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding.

Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere.

A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm.

And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach.

Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

©2013 Lee Child (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Simon
  • 04-04-18

Seriously, Give It Any Rating You Want!

This is a book you could give almost any rating you want, and be able to justify it! For me these older Reacher books are gold dust. When I first started juggling CDs into my car stereo at service stations upon discovering Audiobooks my initial diet was Rebus and Reacher. Superb, classics both of them!

Listening to the gloriously crunchy, gravelly tones of Jeff Harding doing this amazing Reacher character and bringing him to life was a complete wonder to me. It is exactly the voice I imagine the tough, aloof Reacher having even if the female characters don't fare quite so well.

Add to this Child's punchy, staccato writing style, the deep thought analysis of Reacher calculating situations and the excellent action sequences I can easily rate this five stars very happily. The sniper sequences in his books I've always enjoyed and in Die Trying there is an absolute doozy.

On the other hand . . . the plot is bonkers. Really bonkers and if you put your plot hole pedant's hat on you will be like a pig in the proverbial rolling around for hours before you are finished. I can also well imagine some finding the narration a bit monotone even though I think it just fits perfectly.

So, choose your rating, I've gone for five stars based on the sheer exuberant enjoyment I've felt revisiting this, possibly fulled by a bit of nostalgia. Others will choose a variety of ratings but like it or loathe it you'll have plenty to say about Die Trying by the end.

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  • Andrea Lee
  • 06-27-18

brilliant

cant wait to listen to the rest of the series. the story and charactera are briliant and narrator makes it very exciting. perfect for long journeys in car

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  • GT
  • 12-23-17

Ridiculous plot

There are so many holes in this plot, it's hard to know where to begin! The kidnappers think nothing of killing the owner of the car they are stealing but don't kill Jack Reacher who just happens to get caught up in the kidnap! To them, he would have been even less important than the car owner and they would have killed him almost immediately.

Bad guys point guns at him countless times - but they never pull the trigger - despite slicing up FBI agents and their own gang members...

Also, it would be almost impossible to group shots with a Barrett rifle at 1000 yards without having first 'zeroed in' the scope with the shooter's eye. At least three practice shots would be required before that grouping could be achieved. Once zeroed in for one shooter, the gun would not shoot accurately for another, unless the eye characteristics were the same, which is extremely unlikely.

Also, why answer the radio when it becomes clear the bad guy only wants to use it to make his demands? If he can't make them, he has no lever.

The FBI agents and Military personnel came across as rank amateurs. Storming the bad guys' fortress in city suits and shoes with a hand gun and no back up? Really?

As for the kidnap victim also being the President's god-daughter - please...

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  • minimoo
  • 06-22-18

Enjoyable and Captivating

Making my way through this series of books love that I can listen on any device, anywhere this is an amazing story and I love how Lee Childs does not beat about the bush just gets right into the story, I also like that each book is a separate story in its own right. I have put a couple of friends onto these books who have also been enjoying them so glad there is quite a few more to get through.

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  • lewis baker
  • 01-10-18

simply brilliant

loved it top book same usual high standard from this genius series can't wait to listen to the rest

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  • Robbie W.
  • 01-02-18

Non stop

Keeps twisting and keeps your attention throughout. Engaging plot and well thought out characters with gripping scenes.

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  • Talbot
  • 01-21-18

Not a favourite

Enjoyed this romp of an adventure. Struggled at times with the narration style, in particular found 'He said / She said' very irritating.

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  • Susie Tisone
  • 02-21-20

Enjoyable rubbish

The story was far-fetched but I enjoyed it anyway. The reader is good for the Reacher novels. Light-weight fun.

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  • Michael
  • 01-26-20

A Guilty Pleasure

I've listened to the first two Jack Reacher books now and I'll probably start the third before too long.

I'm really enjoying Lee Child's plot lines and the way he manages to throw in a few twists and turns. Sadly, that's about the only positive I have to say about the first two books. His characters are very one dimensional, even Reacher. His female characters are pretty terrible in fact.

You can tell some research has taken place but not enough - especially with regard to military skills.

All that said, there's something that keeps me opening the app and playing the book. A bit like a trashy soap opera.

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  • Toms WhiskyReviews
  • 01-03-20

Great story poor narration

I love the Reacher series utterly loving the way it’s written and the storylines and twists but the narration is terrible with Jeff sounding monotonous and robotic almost like he was auto tuned the whole time

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  • mforlong44
  • 02-08-18

Thing are not always what they seem!<br />

Good narative, a little lost in detaial at times but kept me going to the end.

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  • Aunty K
  • 03-06-18

Always gripping

Where does Die Trying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love Lee Child stories. Jeff Harding reads to perfection! I have never been disappointed by any of Lee Child's Jack Reacher books.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He IS Jack Reacher. His laconic reading style is perfect for these books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-19

pretty dumb story

hopelessly lackluster dumbest story . will not recommend to anyone. how this author makes a living writing like this is astonishing.

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  • Chris
  • 08-07-19

typical Reacher, exciting and emotional,

typical Reacher, exciting, emotional and sometimes tense, good story, Child does a great job bringing the characters together

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  • Pete
  • 06-27-19

reacher embroiled, reacher shags, reacher kills

Same story as the first book. Somehow still entertaining though, on to the next i suppose. Gosh i hope reacher gets mixed up in some shenanigans, has sex with a beautiful woman, then kills everyone in sight!!
I wonder if someone gets there balls cut off in this one too?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-19

As stoic as ever.

Does Jack ever feel real fear, like the rest of us? He did in this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-19

one of the best

great book good story line even if a bit unbelievable reader very good 😃😃 thanks

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  • Mr Scott P Ginnane
  • 02-10-19

Good story, terrible narration.

This may be a personal thing but for me it really ruins the story when a male does a female voice. It’s terrible and instantly pulls me out of the moment with gritted teeth. Also in this case the
Voices of certain characters did not fit at all with the descriptions of said characters. The narrator has a good enough voice for story telling but, and this goes for pretty much all audio book narration as far as I’m concerned, stick to slightly changing your voice for each character instead of doing ridiculous voices. In my opinion Jefferson Mays that reads the Expanses series is the bench mark in this regard.

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  • Ross
  • 01-29-19

Excellent Read<br />

Very contemporary to today's issues and could actually be classed as documentary. A good read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-19

Woman's voice for main bad guy..?!

Good story but I can't forgive that the voice of main bad guy was the same as main woman character, plus voices of other characters were the same as well..