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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling novel featuring the "wonderfully epic hero" (People) who inspired the hit film Jack Reacher.

Thumbing across the scorched West Texas desert, loner Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there. Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is pretty Carmen Greer. But for Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch. Carmen's got a story to tell, and it's a wild one. All about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that's pure Gothic. She's also got a plan. Jack Reacher's part of it. And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.

©2011 Lee Child (P)2015 Random House Audio

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Very slow build makes the payoff unsatisfying

I think I could have skipped the first 8 chapters and made this book more enjoyable. it's such a long, slow build laying the foundation for the actual story. I enjoy the series and the Reacher revelations as the story unfolds were enjoyable, but the time list in the beginning made the fact the book was coming to an end the best part.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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great writer even better narrator.

this,narrator. dick hill makes the book and characters come alive. it's another hit for sure

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Detective sleuthing in Texas

Echo Burning is Lee Child's 5th Jack Reacher volume. This time out Jack is wandering through Texas when he comes to the aid of a domestic violence victim eventually accused of murder. Although the original release was 15 years ago, the illegal immigrant issue plays prominent. This time out, the classic Reacher insight and deductive reasoning comes much later in the tale as Jack must navigate corrupt officials, a naive attorney, riff-raff bigotry, and a professional hit squad.

Rather than mixing in Jack's various skillsets throughout the story, Jack begins trying to stay uninvolved, followed by fighting, then deciphering all the clues, and finally his shooting skills are called into action. One unique feature is the denouement where Reacher expounds on all the clues to all the parties with the killer included.

Dick Hill reprises Jack in his typical excellent style with solid pacing, tone and mood.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Dick Hill did fabulous, and story kept me guessing

Would you listen to Echo Burning again? Why?

I definitely would listen to this book again. Dick Hill's ability to do all the voices with precision really made this a slam dunk for me. He not only was able to soften his voice to get the inflexions right for the women, but nailed the little girl's voice too, and as always, was hard and ruthless when doing Reacher's voice, especially in the action spots.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the humanization of Jack Reacher in this story. In other Reacher books, we've seen Reacher have some sympathy for others but mostly just agression for those who are doing bad things. In this story, we get both sides, his sympathy and understanding when dealing with a small child, and other innocent people, and his ruthfulness when dealing with the bad guys. Reacher is the perfect example of a man in this story, I feel, protecting those who need protecting, and dealing with those who need dealt with.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Interestingly enough, my favorite character was Ellie, the little girl. The book did a fantastic job at describing her character, and making her really come alive, and Dick Hill did a fantastic job of making her come alive as much as possible with his voice inflexions and getting all of her emotions spot-on. When she's scared, you hear fear in Dick's voice; when she's happy, you can hear the joy and excitement too. Dick Hill became one of my favorite narrator's from this story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to about 3 Reacher books now, and all of them were narrated by Dick Hill. I started out just kind of tolerating Dick Hill as the narrator, because it seemed he was not able to really change his voice in ways that made each character come alive...but as soon as I heard him describing the action spots in these 3 books, I began to really like him, as he made them come alive for me. Then he did this book, and just absolutely knocked it out of the park as far as I'm concerned. He has become one of my favorite narrators now, and I don't think I could listen to a Reacher story he didn't narrate, as Reacher and Dick Hill have become synonymous for me.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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An Under Reach(er) for Jack

What did you love best about Echo Burning?

That it was a Jack Reacher novel. I am a big fan of the entire series.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There were way too many slow segments during the the character and plot development. At the end of the day, it was a a pretty good story, but it took way too long to get there. This would have been better as a well edited novella.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Dick Hall is perfect for the Jack Reacher stories, even when "Reacher said nothing".

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, unless I had known which segments to skip.

Any additional comments?

Not his best, but I'll keep on reading.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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very dissapointed

What did you like best about Echo Burning? What did you like least?

I started off listening to this series from the beginning and LOVED each book prior to this one. In fact I was ready to purchase the entire series. I drive a lot so i have a lot of time to listen. Johnathan McClain did an amazing job reading the books. I was hooked. Then... On this book, and the entire remainder of the series, Dick Hill is reading them... It was painful. I'm sure he is a nice guy and reads other types of books well. Maybe something like the bible or Shakespeare. But he ruined this series for me.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story line was fine. It seemed similar to the rest of the series and was the only thing that kept my attention.

How could the performance have been better?

The selection of the narrator was just WRONG. Really wrong. The narrator trying to do children's or women voices was painful. The lead female who I think was written to be a strong character, came across as whiny and weak. It changed the way the story came out.
The narrator seemed to have no control over his breathing. Some syllables were blurted out... others were skipped over. All voices he was trying to produce sounded really really old. which only worked out for the older characters in the story.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I would probably wait for this book to come out on Netflix or something. It is not a theater type of story. Other books in the series are definitely good movies.

Any additional comments?

PLEASE PLEASE reproduce this series with a different narrator.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Reviewer said nothing.... click!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better written story line. I do really enjoy the Reacher series, but this one falls flat.

If you’ve listened to books by Lee Child before, how does this one compare?

The book kept my attention and I do like the reacher character. He needs a little more sex, the guy is never getting any. He and Alice should have hooked up.

What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

"He said nothing"

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I have Lee Child's writing and I will continue to read / listen to his work. I love how he paints the canvas and tells the his stories. I enjoy the detail he provides as a whole. With that said, one of the writing styles started to bug me. Reacher, said nothing. Alice, said nothing. The repetitive use started bothering me and as I would hear it over and over, I started saying it out loud just waiting for it again. I understand the use, but it should have been edited out earlier. Just my 2 cents, but I can't paint a canvas like Mr. Child, so I need to eat the words myself and "Reviewer says nothing".

Any additional comments?

Of course I will continue to follow Reacher as long as Lee Child is the one writing them. As soon as he has a machine of ghost writers, I am out.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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loved this book can't wait for next in series

love the story, jack reacher is one of my all time favorite characters. not one part of these books is dull or boring. from start to finish

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Probably the worst of the Reacher books

I'm a Jack Reacher fan but, Lee Childs just didn't hour his usual mark with this one. It's subpar. It's still Reacher so, of course, I finished it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Really tense one. Enjoyed the detective work.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If the finale was described a little better. I felt like there wasnt the best description of the area.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. The lies and reveals of a certain character over and over again REALLY kept me curious.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

I prefer McClane as Reacher. Dick Hill sounds older. He doesnt sound cocky or angry enough.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

This one was good. Not the best and certainly not the worst. A great addition.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful