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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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  • R 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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  • 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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  • MJG65
  • 08-16-18

Long winded & annoying.

There is far too much "He said" "She said" - the narrator has enough vocal range for this to be unnecessary. I don't know exactly where in the US everyone terminates their every sentence with "Riiiiiiiiight?" but I've never found it. Also, if I had a pound for every time someone "shrugged" in this story, I could retire.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-18

Cracking listen

This has it all, intrigue, drama and action. Probably the best hero in fiction today.

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  • andy stanbridge
  • 10-06-18

a good listen

the strory flowed nicely with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing
well read

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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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  • 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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  • Raymond
  • 10-13-18

Audible recording - Recorded and released out of order

I really enjoy the Jack Reacher series and have read and listened to them more than once. This is the first time I have used audible for Die trying and the version I downloaded is out of order. Chapter 1 as recorded is about half way through the audible file, so if you start at chapter 1 as listed in audible you get to start listening halfway through the story.
Very disappointing. Although this is the first time this has happened in the years that I have been using audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-18

not a fan

Not a great fan of this narrator, he doesn't do Lee Child's work justice in our opinion.

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  • Dwayne
  • 07-17-18

OMG What a terrible book

Lucky this wasn't Lee Child's first book. It's terrible. Plot stinks. Characters are a joke. And the writing is rubbish.

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  • Ken
  • 07-12-18

Not as good as the first book

I liked the first book in the series so I went straight on to this one but I'm now feeling less impressed. I think the lack of plausibility is my biggest complaint. Like come on, how does this guy just wander around minding his own business and randomly get involved with the most major crimes ever?

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  • Roberta Downey
  • 05-18-18

Die Trying

loved it, sad when it fi ishec. look forwaed to Jack Reachers next adventure. just love the narrator

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-18

fantastic even better the second time on Audible

I loved it it's one of those stories that you can read over and over

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  • Stephanie Whitworth
  • 01-25-18

Great story

Very good story. Again i was annoyed with the writing style changing between the 3rd and 1st person. and constand he said then she said.

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  • Donna
  • 12-26-17

Where is the real Reacher?

A disappounting story line. Reacher is blocked at every turn, and all attemps to free himself and Holly are in vain until the second last chapter. A frustrating read.