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Without Fail Audiobook

Without Fail: A Jack Reacher Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

Skilled, stealthy, and anonymous, Jack Reacher is the perfect man for the job: to assassinate the vice president of the United States. Theoretically. The head of a high-level Secret Service security detail wants Reacher to find the holes in her system - and fast. A group of desperate men already has the vice president in its sights. And it will stop at nothing to realize its objective.

The assassins have planned well. But they never planned on Jack Reacher.

See Jack Reacher now in his first major motion picture!

©2015 Lee Child (P)2015 Random House Audio

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    Steven Big Rapids, MI 12-28-15
    Steven Big Rapids, MI 12-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Jack Reacher hired to help the secret service"

    I have come figure out that JsckReacher is as bad as he needs to be. He is Sherlock Holmes on steroids. Sometimes He uses his fists, sometimes a gun, but always his brain. In thus particular novel he uses his brain more than his braun, but that doesn't mean it is without action.
    it's a good listen.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 05-22-16
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 05-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Reacher as a protective services consultant"

    Without Fail is Lee Child's 6th Jack Reacher adventure. This time out, Jack is pressed into service as a security consultant for the recently elevated head of the vice-president elect's Secret Service detail. After finding holes, Reacher is further engaged to assist in an ongoing credible threat against the VP. In usual Reacher fashion, he sleuthes his way to the source and identity of the assassination plotters, while running rings around the Secret Service and the FBI in the process.

    This episode is less action oriented and much more cerebral. The clues are subtle and fragmented, but Reacher manages a logical, deliberate, and thorough analysis that is both engaging and entertaining. Jack's Sherlock Holmes side is full on this time out. Child provides a bit of backstory on Jack's brother not mentioned much since his debut, with the Secret Service contact coming from a former lover of Joe. While Jack's loner status needs no further documentation, Child provides more support by either skillfully eliminating potential paramours as well as dropping hints at some complicating background information regarding a former professional colleague the Jack involves. In this manner Child has given himself license to bring her back without romantic issues requiring attention or explanation.

    The narration is typically superb; Dick Hill is "the" voice of Jack Reacher and his range of characters, including both genders is masterfully rendered. Pacing especially is perfectly suited to the cerebral, deductive theme of the tale. At the rate Jack is going, he will be known to every Federal agency, although no one will want to talk about it.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Drew Spray 02-18-16
    Drew Spray 02-18-16
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    "A must listen for Jack Reacher fans"

    Another excellent audio book by Lee Child. Great performance by Dick Hill. It comes highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Guidry 01-22-16
    Guidry 01-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great read our listen"

    love the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child! I started with the first book and will listen my way to the last book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    veronica 01-21-16
    veronica 01-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it."

    couldn't get me to turn off the book. I was listening for hours at a time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sean Richardson, TX, United States 10-12-16
    sean Richardson, TX, United States 10-12-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Meh"

    Not his best work, but not bad. Slower than usual. Picked up at the end.

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    Amazon Customer 04-13-16
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    "ok at best. "

    not my favorite reacher novel by far. narrator sounds like my grandfather when he's drunk. why is the secret service lead so inept and whiney?

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tuomas 12-07-15
    Tuomas 12-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but not the best Reacher"

    Same good narrator as in other Reachers. Story was good, but not as good as previous Reachers

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Titus 11-23-15
    Ron Titus 11-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Ok, but some observations."

    I have listened to quite a few Jack Reacher books and generally enjoy them. Two things about this book.
    First, I picked up several things that should have been explored-for example, in the part where tapes were being reviewed, why didn't they look at tapes from other days? And obvious analysis step overlooked. There were others.
    Second, I like the reader's voice for Jack, but he continued to use the same "choppy" hesitations and tone for all characters. It became somewhat annoying after a while. I would be happier if Jack's voice was distinctive.
    None of these remarks will keep me from buying the next book or an older one I haven't listened to.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Terrance Ferguson 02-21-17 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.

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    "VERY well written. Ending was a let down."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. There are much better books in the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Without Fail?

    When one of the major characters is shot in the neck. Very jarring.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only as reacher. I enjoy yhim.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Something something Duty. Something something in the shadows.


    Any additional comments?

    Just incredibly written. Such a great thread but once the mystery is revealed it is disappointing. Was not as bad as the end of Running Blind/The Visitor which was pretty unbelievable but this was just... far fetched? If it wasnt for that, this one would be one of my favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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