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Night School Audiobook

Night School: Jack Reacher 21

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Greg McMahon 01/12/2016
    Greg McMahon 01/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SimonDent 19/11/2016
    SimonDent 19/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "v good"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 21/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A good tale told in the classic Lee Child's style"

    Good read within the Jack Reacher series. An unanticipated turn of events towards the end which adds to a good tale.
    Mach Reacher strikes again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 15/01/2017
    Carol 15/01/2017
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    "Reacher"

    Was excellent...one of Child's better storylines as it was believable. Now I want another

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Gartland 10/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Love listening to Jeff Harding"

    Perfect story to read as an audiobook with the perfect mix of action and dialogue. Also brilliantly read by Jeff Harding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    phil 05/01/2017
    phil 05/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Simple story - easy listening"

    Story line very simple and predictable. Ending the same without all the loose ends tied up. probably should have expected as much. Ok - no thought required though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Bowler South Brisbane, QLD Australia 27/12/2016
    Simon Bowler South Brisbane, QLD Australia 27/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Major Reacher saves the world"

    A 1990's prequel gives Lee Child room to vary the formula. Jack is still a (decorated) MP. Taut story with an intriguing plot and Jack's never-fail physical prowess and amazing smarts.

    Deeply satisfying

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    Lars 09/12/2016
    Lars 09/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Lee Child story"

    Probably the best story line of the Jack Reacher series. Clearly a bit dated, set around the early '90s with no mobiles, minimal computer technology. I also enjoyed Child's irony describing the US Armed Forces' enormous budget and ditto waste.

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    Chris 05/12/2016
    Chris 05/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "worth it"

    another ripper by the mrn the legend CHILD and HARDING

    well worth a purchase guys

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    Alf 04/12/2016
    Alf 04/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Last Lee Child"

    I was a lover of Lee Child books until now. Where did he go and who wrote this over long collection of words and semi connected sentences in the guise of a story. Sorry but no more Reacher for me.
    Alf

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  • Michael
    30/12/16
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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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ACT1
    Australia
    27/11/16
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cody Konior
    West Perth, Western Australia Australia
    23/11/16
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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.

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  • Film_Strip
    15/11/16
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    "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!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Dale R Green
    6/12/16
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    "Who wrote this!!"

    I have loved ever jack reacher novel to date. I have had them all on audiobook. This did not feel like a jack reacher. The formula is completely out. The story is shallow. Where was the mystery or the side plot. Zero suspense. The narrator was also very poor. The staccato delivery was shocking. Stop start narration as though he couldn't slip out of character. Also the continued suggestions that Germany is or was completely racist in the late nineties is abhorrent... and yes I know this is a work of fiction. The worst thing to happen to jack reacher since tom cruise..

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • M. O. Butler
    UK
    10/11/16
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    "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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • D. Thake
    England
    15/11/16
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    "Not the best"

    I usually like Jeff Harding's reading of the Reacher books, but he seems bored here. Maybe it's the short sentences that child has taken to writing in. Don't get much emotion across. All sound the same. Story is pretty good though compared to the last couple

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn Blake
    18/01/17
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    "Painful"

    I couldn't get through this audiobook as I found Jeff Harding awful to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/01/17
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    "Awful narration"

    The narrator's voice is incredibly dull and monotone- all male characters sound the same, making it very difficult to follow. #shouldhaveboughtthebook

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    15/01/17
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    "prefer to read"

    Narrator too dull for me. First I've listened to a Lee child book. I think I prefer reading them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marg
    15/01/17
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    "Annoying"

    As a rule I'm a huge fan of Lee Child and this is the first time I've had one of his on Audible. Unfortunately I couldn't tell you what happens in this one, as I couldn't get past being annoyed by the narrator. His Jack Reacher voice makes Reacher sound like a thicko yob, and his take on the other characters is truly awful.
    There's a lot of repetition of the same phrases, which perhaps are fine when being read to oneself, but out loud they're boring. Maybe I'll buy the book and see.
    I sent the book back to Audible; so glad they replace what you don't like. I chose a Clive Cussler instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    9/11/16
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    "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.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • iainw
    UK
    12/11/16
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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