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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Tripwire by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding.

For Jack Reacher, being invisible has become a habit.

He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys.

He doesn't want to be found.

But someone has sent a private detective to seek him out. Then Reacher finds the guy beaten to death with his fingertips sliced off. It's time to head north and work out who is trying to find him and why.

©2013 Lee Child (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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not the fast reacher book you are looking for

By far the slowest Jack Reacher I read. after reading half way you feel like quitting.

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  • Simon
  • 05-27-18

Tripwired for Sound!


The crackling brickwork of Child's prose coupled with the crunchy granite of Harding's voice used together to form the human concrete that is Jack Reacher is a combination strong enough to lay a patio that would outlast Stonehenge. These were amongst the first audiobooks I ever listened to on CD and re-visiting them has been pure joy!

This one's a little more staid than the previous two, we get to see a lot of what's going on under the hood with Reacher and it's more about his investigative work and background rather than the brutal violence that he's famed for.

In truth this one could arguably have done with some tighter editing but it still delivers lots of classical Reacher deduction and the central story line is compelling. It retains the stark directness of approach and a relatively simplified world that characterizes the earlier Reacher books. I would guess that your old English teacher would never use them to demonstrate the finer points of the literary art but I bet he secretly has a copy of a couple of them stashed away at home!

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  • Michael P Varley
  • 11-30-17

Not my favourite reacher novel but great narration

Well I'm three books into the Jack Reacher series. I would say this was the slowest of the three with more intrigue than action and of course as we learn more and more about reacher, the more we like him, so this maybe compensates for the lack of pace.

The major positive was the narrator. He is probably the best yet for the reacher books and actually makes the female characters sound feminine and believable. I guess this is an ongoing issue in all audio books but it's a major plus and helps you get immersed in the story.

So still a 4/5 for the story and I'm already onto book four which I note has the same narrator!

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  • Tony Powell
  • 06-15-18

best by far

fantastic book the most enjoyable jack reacher book I've read. buy it now you'll not regret it

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  • Mr. T. J. Murphy
  • 06-12-18

Good plot but slow pacing

The plot was strong but lacking good pacing. While I enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot I felt like to much time as spent describing travel rathe than what the characters thought and felt about their destination. The prefomence was good but the reader tends to run out of voices and leaves me unsure who is talking at times.

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  • Peter
  • 05-30-18

Typical Reacher shame about the narration

Some of the plot is implausible but it is a Jack Reached novel, so no real surprises there! Overall a well written yarn that engages you from start to finish.
Unfortunately the narrator spoils the listening enjoyment. He has this annoying habit of putting stress on the last syllable of every sentence and as Lee Child often uses sequences of short sentences this narration spoils the overall enjoyment.
If you like Reacher then buy the book not the audio version

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-28-18

1st audio book I've listened to. Love it!

As above really. Terrific! It's the first time I've listened to an audio book and didn't know what to expect! Loved it. The reacher books are great and it was superbly presented!

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  • Mr. D. F. Watts
  • 05-22-18

Story is dull

For such a dull story there are lots of grotesque activities and characters. too much inactivity in the book, was glad when all was finally over.

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  • Alan Kelly
  • 04-19-18

Tripped up by tripwire

The story is interesting but some of the dialogue focus seems to slow the progress of said story and combined with the narrators irritating tonality, I found myself doing 30 second skips to avoid getting bogged by sections which added nothing of value in terms of artistry or story enhancement.

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  • Judith Bicknell
  • 03-31-18

Another Winner for Me

Terrific, love the way it's read, voice fitting well, even the ladies, in spite of Jeff's distinctly male voice.

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  • Kirsten
  • 03-19-18

Lee Child Does It Again!

An excellent story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you wanting more. Another Lee Child triumph!

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  • Stephanie Whitworth
  • 01-31-18

great book

Very good book. Good story and well written. Shame that Tom cruise ruined the movies

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-18

Great Story

Some chapters hard to listen to because they were full of so much over information but in context added to the story. looking forward to the next one

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  • Dwayne
  • 04-27-18

Okay, but far from Child's best.

Not a bad yarn, but I was left with unanswered holes and a story convolution near the end that screamed 'amateur'. Reacher asked what it was, so he told him. (But not the reader!) Terrible technique.

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  • carol Vona
  • 04-20-18

Excellent listen

Always satisfied with lee child’s books. The character jack reacher is addictive exciting and thrilling. I’ve not listened to a bad book yet. Loved every moment of this book and all its characters. The narrator is also fantastic.

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  • Amanda Hacche
  • 04-12-18

My opinion

Good story great narration. An enjoyable experience to listen to. Nothing exceptional but still good

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  • lorrena
  • 02-20-18

Brilliant

The narrator has an amazing voice but I found this book anti climatic compared to the authors previous work. The jack reacher series jumps all over the place and doesn’t follow a linear timeline. Once you accept that the books are fabulous.

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  • Donna
  • 01-05-18

Very Clever !

Thoroughly enjoyable! My favourite male friends Lee Jeff and Jack. What a blast! Thanks guys!!!

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  • Mathew
  • 01-03-18

Great

Another good read, will be continuing with the next book as soon as I'm done.