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Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

©2005 Lee Child (P)2012 Peunguin Audio

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running blind with a surprise around the corner

What made the experience of listening to Running Blind the most enjoyable?

The story line was great and McClain brought it to life.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the many twists to the story line, just when it would start to get lost in details a new turn was added. I also liked the attitude towards the FBI.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan McClain – was your favorite?

Reacher was my favorite character, what guy doesn't see himself as the tragic hero.

Any additional comments?

I will be listening to this again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I don't know what to say.

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On one hand if your a Reacher fan you have to read this book.<br/>On the other hand if you've read other of his books and come back to this one like I did you will regret it.<br/>This doesn't even sound like a Reacher book, the performance not him, the story not him, the way he speaks not him. I did not enjoy this book at all.<br/>But... like me, you have to listen to it because it's a Reacher book. Try to enjoy.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Even blind Jack is still faster than you

Running Blind is Lee Child's 4th Jack Reacher installment. Jack is conned into assisting the FBI with a serial murderer going after former military female sexual harassment victims while staying one step ahead of NYC mob activity in the protection racket. Jack also continues to struggle with being tied down with a home and feels torn and trapped between his feelings for Jodie and his preference for few long term commitments.

This time out, Jack is squarely viewed by the FBI as the "bad guy" and must deal with resentment and suspicion. His deductive skills are much in evidence with a complex set of ritualistic murders that are truly baffling. At the same time, his physicality is less pronounced this time out. Jack eventually puts the puzzle together and still ends up on the wrong side of the FBI even while besting their best.

The narration is outstanding with Jonathan McCalin reprising his Reacher role while delivering a solid range of voices. Pacing and mood are perfect for Jack Reacher.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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McClain a terrible narrator for this series

Would you consider the audio edition of Running Blind to be better than the print version?

Audible's offering of this book not by usual narrator, Dick Hill. McClain is not a good narrator. So Dick Hill's audio would be better than print version. He brings it to life. McClain makes you not even want to listen; in fact, I didn't, and I returned it.

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

I like all the Reacher books. Fun to really listen to the dialog to pick up clues before Reacher does.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I couldn't even finish listening to McClain. In fact, I started researching why I thought he was so bad. I previously listened to all the Reacher audiobooks which I got from the library. All books were narrated by Dick Hill - and he did an awesome job. I discovered Audible didn't offer the Dick Hill read. Didn't realize there could be different narrators for the same book. Just assumed it was the same as what I got from the library. So...if you're really familiar with a book series, check narrators before ordering from Audible. Luckily Audible is gracious about letting you return books with which you are unhappy.

Any additional comments?

Wish Audible would offer all the Reacher books narrated only by Dick Hill.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Who did it?

Shocking discovery!! Love Reacher and Lee Child!! Great details. They want 6 more words but I’ve gotten as excited as I can.

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Very Implausible Plot

This is the fourth Jack Reacher book I've listened to, so I obviously enjoy the author. And while, each of the author's books had elements that required some level of &quot;suspension of disbelief&quot;, this one had a plot device that was so implausible that it made that difficult to do so.

To avoid providing spoilers, I won't go into detail on what I found implausible. I would just say it was easy to guess the plot device the author intended from early on, and it seems so far fetched it made it difficult to enjoy the book.

I would recommend the first three books in the series. I would recommend a pass on this one.

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Need 2 Narrators

Having one narrator do both male and female voices drives me nuts. On top of not one the better Reachers stories... just ok

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A bit slow...

I love Reacher but this book needed some editing. Parts of the book were exciting and others seemed to linger.
It may have been better if there was a 2nd narrator for the female roles.

I've read the paper copy of some of the other books. Running Blind is a "one off" of an otherwise 5 star series.

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Buy the book!

Would you listen to Running Blind again? Why?

Nope. Not for a minute. If it wasn't for being a Jack Reacher fan I would have returned this book before the end of the second chapter. I had two issues with the performance by J. McClain: 1) he chose a whiny, nasal, irritating voice for one of the main supporting characters which made it horrid to listen to for any length of time. 2) you would have thought that Lee Child wrote almost all the dialogue for the secondary characters in ALL CAPS. THEY SHOUTED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE BOOK. I wish I had read this instead, it would have saved me a headache.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Johnathan McClain?

I'm a Scott Brick fan, so probably him.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As stated above, my most extreme reaction was the desire to turn off this book and read it instead...

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Another great book

I knew who the killer was pretty quick but it didn't detract from the story.