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Die Trying Audiobook

Die Trying: Jack Reacher 2

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Publisher's Summary

Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach.

Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

©1998 Lee Child (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

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    Hugh Inverell, Australia 02/09/2014
    Hugh Inverell, Australia 02/09/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "An absolute Ripper! Lee Child at his Best!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who wants a book that holds them riveted to every "page". This is it! Fantastic!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The constant excitement and anticipation. The suspense and the constant desire to know what will happen next. A surprise on every "page"


    Which character – as performed by Johnathan McClain – was your favourite?

    The Villain. Positively terrifying, chilling, insane.


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

    Reacher. A man of steel. Will he survive this one?


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Lee Child's stories. This one is an absolute standout!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan 22/07/2014
    Nathan 22/07/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "The narration gets grating."
    What did you like most about Die Trying?

    Lee Child does another Jack Reacher story. If you like Jack Reacher, you will like this book. It's as simple as that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Detailed descriptions of the world around him. Sucks you in and gives you insight without having to reference/research to everything he is talking about.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Johnathan McClain’s performances?

    Not really... His accents are great, but he insists on, "he said" "she said", all the time. If he is doing distinct and defined voices for each character he does not need to do this but does and it's very jarring.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Hui 20/07/2016
    Elaine Hui 20/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Die trying"

    Excellent 2nd book in the series. Great action and twists in the story. Loved it and would recommend it but still wasn't as good as the first book Killing Floor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 06/07/2015
    Jenny 06/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Highly entertaining"

    A terrific tale, and very well read by the narrator. Once again Audible has kept me up at night because I simply couldn't stop listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abigail 02/05/2015
    Abigail 02/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "He said. She said."

    Really liked the story. Hard to top the first novel. The voices were great, but I have to agree with Nathan that there were too many "s/he said" moments. Webster's shouting voice was a bit too much to take towards the end. Reacher still rocks in this novel though!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 21/01/2015
    Michael 21/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Oldmanmulloz"

    Entertaining as usual. Jack Reacher is almost as good as Matthew Reilly's SCARECROW. I am going to start J.R. 3 straight away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 30/11/2016
    Michael 30/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Another Jack Reacher nail biter."

    I need to give Lee child's a break. I'm emotionally exhausted. The bad guys are really bad and that takes its toll. child's has the ability to let the reader work things out in advance but always manages a few twists that come out of the blue. I just had to get to the end. good book.

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  • kathryn
    London, United Kingdom
    7/08/13
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    "stupedously silly enjoyment"
    Where does Die Trying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lee Child is a genius at taking all the tropes of an action movie, and of a ridiculously competent action lead, and making them feel believable and grounded. Reacher is somewhere between Rambo and Sherlock Holmes in his ability to work out whats going on and deal with it in the most efficiently violent way possible. What helps the reader suspend their disbelief is that nothing in these books is vague; everything is meticulously explained. But Child doesn't drily regurgitate his research, he writes with a crisp, spare, lively style. The pacing is also excellent, the tension never letting up as we track the movements of the several parties involved. The various mysteries and cliffhangars threading the book are maintained expertly. Child is a master of leaking information to the reader in one subplot just as it will affect them most because of what's going on in the other subplot. The supporting cast are well sketched enough to keep easy track of, and to feel genuinely attached to in many cases. In this outing, Holly Johnson serves as Reacher's point woman, emerging as perhaps more impressive than even Reacher.


    Would you recommend Die Trying to your friends? Why or why not?

    This is definitely one I'd reccommend unabridged. The plot is ruthlessly lean in any case. I also think action thrillers like this are particularly great for audio. Listening to a Reacher as you get on with your work is like watching a movie without the inconvenience of having to look at a screen. Some books you want to immerse yourself in the lyrical language on the printed page. Listening on audio, you might not get to wallow in the beauty of the descriptions, and the beautifully-crafted lines of dialogue might be coloured by indifferent performances. A Reacher is not a book that you have to worry about this.


    What aspect of Johnathan McClain’s performance would you have changed?

    John McClain gave a thoroughly creditable performance. His tone was laconic, but engagingly varied (on another Reacher novel the reader's habit of giving every line the exact same intonation began to get to me). McClain's voices for each character were suitable (if a little extreme sometimes - the bad guy sounded like both Mickey Mouse and Michael Jackson at points, and General Garber's overly gruff bark made me burst out laughing), and largely consistent. I did feel McClain got a bit mixed up at a few points and ascribed the wrong voice to a the wrong character, or accidentally carried a character's voice over into his narration. But these were rare instances within a very enjoyable performance.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • aussieGeorge68
    Sydney Australia
    9/05/13
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    "A Riviting Listen"

    This is not a perfect book, it's plot wanders a bit and some things made me wonder to yourself why the characters seem to be doing things the hard way.

    But ...

    This book was very usual in it kept my interest and keep me involved for the entire 8+ hours. The story just flowed beautifully and I never once got board.

    This is not high literature, but is the perfect book for the lovers of action novels.

    The narrator was nice to listen to, but some of his character voices were cartoonish, with the director of the FBI sounding like something between James Cagney and Popeye.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • N
    Oakleigh South, Australia
    16/03/13
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    "Great fun story exiting"
    If you could sum up Die Trying in three words, what would they be?

    Tense, Satisfying, wild ride.


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

    He is not as good for this type of book as Dick Hill the narrator in the Killing Floor the previous book in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, but he is good and I did enjoy the story very much.


    Any additional comments?

    So far the "Jack Reacher" series is very good. I am reading through it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mads
    19/12/15
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    "Eciting book, mediocre performance"

    Not enough pause for paragraphs and silly voices.

    The tempo is ok, the recording quality is good.

    The book is exciting and pretty well written for a thriller, but it's a quilty pleasure, entertainment rather than content. The underlying mystery is not solvable without the clues given in the final reveals, so it's straightforward, hear it unfold and conclude. Which is relaxing of course, attention isn't paramount to closure. As per usual, Reacher is clinical and a bit one dimensional, which underscores his hard-ass image, but developes but little.

    Enjoyable book, and I'm already purchasing Tripwire, knowing what to expect, an action packed easy episodic installment in an entertaining series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K
    Australia
    23/12/14
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    "Good to kill the miles"
    Would you listen to Die Trying again? Why?

    The story is not the best from this author, but the plot does keep moving and I like that sort of story for long trips.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Die Trying?

    The most memorable part of the story is the trip following the kidnaping. It builds suspences and forms a solid foundation for the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    THe plot is fast moving and has a little bit of substane. The plot has also aged well as the book as not a recent release. While not timeless, it will be relivant for a number or years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    21/07/14
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    "Jack Reacher"
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    Am a newbie with Jack Reacher. This story was good and the narrator one of the best I have heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Aaron
    MELTON MOWBRAY, United Kingdom
    15/02/14
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    "A meagre offering compared to 'Killing Floor'."

    I literally blasted through the first Jack Reacher audiobook (Killing Floor) and was VERY excited to get stuck into Die Trying. To start, the book was great. It had a really good premise and left me thinking that Child was onto a brilliant plot.

    Let's just say that I did not think that again.

    The first mistake made with this book is totally beyond Lee Child's powers as an author to stop: changing the narrator. Dick Hill did a great job in the first one and really brought each and every character to life. Jonathan McClain just makes you wish every character was dead. At times his vocals are good, but those times aren't frequent enough. It's his character work that really hurts the piece. Reacher comes across as an arrogant, cocky, annoying guy at times (might just be my being overly critical). Bo sounds like a fat, asthmatic 7 year-old girl who is constantly surprised (could not take him seriously because of this). Several of the other characters voices change in pitch for no reason and a couple even sound like Bo at times.

    Back to the story. As I said, it starts off great, but it just goes down hill. The idea of domestic terrorism is great. Shows just what could happen if the government pushes people the wrong way for too long. But some of the things that happen throughout are so far-fetched I was tempted to stop reading. I get that Reacher is a highly trained ex-military...but he seems to be a jack of all trades and master of even more. No military man should be capable of performing every task under the sun as though he had been trained at it for his entire life. I thought at one point 'if he stumbled across a nest of vipers we would suddenly learn he had training in India to be a snake charmer.'

    One upside to the book is that it's very informative. As I said above, Reacher has a flawless working knowledge of everything. And he imparts that knowledge.

    I did see this book through to the end purely to see if certain characters got what was coming to them and my dislike of leaving something unfinished. Not through any real love for the story like I had with Killing Floor.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • L
    11/02/15
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    "Recording has some out of sync chapters...."

    Good book but it gets confusing around chapter 40-42, until I realised that it was because the chapters are out of sequence!

    Otherwise the performance is fine.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    15/07/13
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    "Groan..."

    I probably will upset a few fans here - I did not get on at all, yes the premise is superb, but I felt it was like reading an artillery manual, on how to shoot a gun, again and again in painful detail in various formats, not sure whether I can read any more in the series, though I am told that they get better,will have to wait and see.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    3/09/14
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    "Poor voice work ruined this for me."
    Would you try another book written by Lee Child or narrated by Johnathan McClain?

    Lee Child absolutely, but I would not listen to Johnathan McClain again. It was like reading with a small child.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Yes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Johnathan McClain’s performances?

    Never!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment but not with the book, just the narrator.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    24/08/16
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    "Another gripping and plausible Reacher thriller"

    Jack Reacher, a likeable tough guy, inadvertently gets embroiled in a challenging but topical dilemma. The reader us cheer leading right the way through and however fantastical the story, Lee Child provides a detailed narrative that is completely plausible. The only problem with books like this is that they demand all of your attention and so you can't let them go, forsaking all other responsibilities

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    19/08/16
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    "a very good read"
    What did you like most about Die Trying?

    the way get around


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    jack as my picture in my mind is better than the film they made about jack reacher
    and so is this book


    Which character – as performed by Johnathan McClain – was your favourite?

    jack


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Chistopher Franck
    28/06/16
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    "Utter rubbish!"

    Russian football hooligans might find something of interest in this piece of exquisite violence. Nobody else will.
    I bought it, listened through it and realized my mistake.
    I cannot fathom why this writer is so popular - unless there are tonnes of Russian hooligans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ray Ronan
    Ireland
    13/06/16
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    "superb"

    One of the best Reacher books if not the one I enjoyed the most. Narration was great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L. Brumtpon
    23/05/16
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    "gripping from start to finish. "

    the details added about every aspect was captivating. Narated expertly you feel like you are watching a movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Davo
    10/05/16
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    "All good really and worth a second listen"

    I liked it, I had heard that it wasn't as well narrated as the first book but not so as far as I'm concerned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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