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In the morning they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school.

Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make cold sweat trickle down your spine.

©2016 Lee Child (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Not as riveting as usual

I always enjoy Reacher books but this one was a bit "meh" for me. Hard to pinpoint why, exactly but it was very detailed, lots going on, lots of names and not always as pictorial as his narrative usually is. Might have been me just having a bad day and I will go back and have another listen down the track but it won't be one I will be clamouring to listen to again

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Reacher good, narrator not

I've listened to all of the Reacher books in the series. On the whole the story was fine if not a little unexciting compared to others.

But I don't think Jeff nailed it with this performance. He has a good Reacher voice but throughout the book he sounded really flat. Sometimes this works because Reacher himself is flat but in this case I noticed and it got a little tiring.

During scenes with multiple voices it sometimes got a little confused who was talking. He didn't switch voices properly. It's probably difficult to do and not world ending just my observation.

Overall I liked the book and fans of the series will like it too. But it's not awesome. Also, personally, I prefer books which continue the timeline rather than being set in Reacher's past. I get the feeling Lee Child might have written himself into a corner in that regard. I really hope he finds a way out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible Narration!

The story is like most other reacher stories - as in the story is not great in itself but the character makes up for it. In this case, the narration doesn't allow that. Overall only for the fans of the series and that too those who cannot read the actual book.

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  • Ray
  • Rockhampton, Australia
  • 02-17-17

Reacher said nothing......

I am a big fan of Jack Reacher! I have rarely been disappointed by any of his stories in spite of the tendency of Lee Child (Author), to follow a tried and true format.
The one thing that struck me with this offering was the Narrators delivery of the short punchy sentences that Lee Child likes to use!
It is difficult to simulate a narration in text but each line is delivered in exactly the same cadence! Strangely, it seems to work!! Jeff Harding's voice suits this kind of writing style.
Overall? I enjoyed it! As for my Headline, well that's one of the most often used sentences in every book!

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gotta love Jack teacher gets better and better

like a fine burgundy red this action gets better with age, Lee child genious again!!

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  • Film_Strip
  • 11-15-16

Really Disappointed

I've read all of the Reachers as hardbacks and love them. Formulaic in places but isn't that what fans find most comfortable? Reacher doesn't change for anyone and he's a great character for it.

I have started listening to the books now and have been enjoying the performances on the whole. Jeff Harding normally gives excellent character performances and of course breathes life into the main man where Hollywood has failed.

I'm afraid I disagree with some other reviewers here in that I have had to stop listening because of the poor performance. The character dialogue is fine but the narrator sounds like he's reading the story to us for the umpteenth time because we have failed to understand all his other attempts. His voice sounds exasperated and slightly irritated and this phrasing and intonation is repeated for sentence after sentence.

I'm now so aware of this that I miss whole chunks of the story because I'm thinking about the way it's being read. Maybe it's just me and Mr Harding is right to be irritated!

I'm going to buy the book in paper form and try again with the story - who knows, it could be the way it's been written and actually does read like a long forensic report.

Planning for the worst, hoping for the best!

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • M. O. Butler
  • 11-10-16

Loved It Jeff Harding Brings Reacher story to life

Great Reacher Story Excellently narrated by Jeff Harding featuring part of the old team ."Don't mess with the special Investigators". Thanks again Lee Child

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • ashley turnbull
  • 10-02-17

Brilliant

Another top story, captured perfectly by Jeff Harding. Gripping descriptions and details tell the tale and keept me interested all the way through.

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  • iainw
  • 11-12-16

Not the best Reacher but adequate

If you could sum up Night School in three words, what would they be?

More of same

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Slow burner but gets there in the end. It does not grip you from the outset so you have to persist for several hours.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As usual - the finale

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Reacher - sans Tom Cruise!

Any additional comments?

Jeff Harding does his usual excellent job of bringing the plot to life in a uniquely Reacher way, but the book lacks the lustre of previous efforts.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 11-09-16

Reacher Beats Cruise Control

Night School is another quality Jack Reacher novel. It has plenty of the familiar quasi-plausible plot lines and most importantly his trademark logical deductions and judge-jury-executioner approach to dealing with the bad guys. Jeff Harding crunches through gravel to bring the book to life with his granite like voice as narrator.

If I am totally honest I lap these up generally with relish but my favourite Reacher moments were when he is “just a guy” who gets caught up in fighting for the little guys against bigger guys. This is a bit different, a prequel to the other novels, and sees Jack working for his country against a massive threat to the world. He is co-operating, as much as Reacher ever does, with major law enforcement agencies again so it’s not quite my absolute favourite style of Reacher story.

The recent Reachers have mostly been good but they do seem geared more to Hollywood blockbuster plots which to me raises the suspicion that Child is influenced at least a bit in that direction. The old (or in this case young) Jack still shines through though.

It remains true that if you want to see a quality, high budget action block buster style movie Tom Cruise is definitely a valid choice. The *only* place you can find Jack Reacher though is in these books.

16 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr
  • 09-23-17

One of the best Reachers

Would you consider the audio edition of Night School to be better than the print version?

Not read the book

What did you like best about this story?

not as much fighting as usual, and not as much of Reacher wandering around town grids while describing distances (though there was still some of that ). I liked that it was more like a detective story than some of his others.

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

Not heard any others by him. Accent takes a bit of getting used to, but better than many others.

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

Could have but listened in half hour chunks while commuting

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  • Dirk den-Hartog
  • 07-16-17

Great story<br /><br />

loved the story and performance but the end game was too simple and quick. just one eventful chapter more would have been perfect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-17

Enjoyed this

This is the first Audible Lee Child book I have listened to and I found the reading style quite difficult to adjust to. In my head, when reading previous books, this is not how I read and not how I imagine Reacher speaking. Once I got used to it, it didn't bother me any more. Enjoyed the story and will be buying the next Jack Reacher book on Audible.

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  • Steve
  • 06-23-17

I really enjoy the narrator and story.

I never get tired of a good JR story, if Lee Child agrees to another film, please let's not have a small guy playing the big man 😉

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  • Steve G
  • 05-15-17

A good read...

Good storyline but not as good as some of his others. Narrated well. Now looking forward to Lee Child's next one...

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  • Greg McMahon
  • 12-01-16

A good story let down by average narration.

A good story once again from Lee but what was Jeff Harding doing? Most of the story was like he was reading bulletted points and finishing sentences with an upward inflection. Drove me nuts. I don't recall his previous narrations being this annoying. Usually very good. Also the editting was at times distracting will pregnant pauses. not good

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  • Raymond
  • 02-07-17

Boring Grating 2nd Worst Ever

This book dragged on beginning to end.
The narrator is primary reason with grating monotone but even the story was 70% packing. A sleeping pill. I deserve a replacement for perseverance.

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  • SimonDent
  • 11-19-16

v good

Jeff Harding is fantastic as usual. good story solid through to the end. classic reacher

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  • Craig
  • 04-28-18

Good story but…

I thought this was a good story the The pages turning. Very enjoyable. I'll keep going with the series though.

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  • adrian
  • 01-25-18

Narrator

Awful narration, read it like he was reading a shopping list.
Took a lot of willpower to listen to the whole book.

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  • bronwyn
  • 01-11-18

Not the best Reacher but worth a listen

Little disappointed with the narration, especially the faux female voice, otherwise it was a good listen and worth considering.

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  • Debra
  • 11-24-17

Jack Reacher

Loved the story and its twists and turns to a brilliant climax. Lee Childs does it again

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  • Jane
  • 11-20-17

Not the best Jack Reacher

I have listened to many in this series and this book was fine. By that, I mean neither good nor particularly bad but fine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-17

I couldn’t listen past a couple of chapters

I found the narrator terrible to listen to. Unable to be engaged in the storyline.

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  • Roguetrader
  • 09-25-17

Decent prequel story.

Pretty good story, exceptional narration by Jeff Harding. Not the best Jack Teacher story, but not the worst either. Perhaps a little light-on for action...