We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
The Enemy Audiobook

The Enemy: Jack Reacher 8

Regular Price:$34.01
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

New Year's Day, 1990. A soldier is found dead in a sleazy motel bed. Jack Reacher is the officer on duty.

The soldier turns out to be a two-star general. The situation is bad enough, then Reacher finds the general's wife.

This stomach-churning thriller turns back the clock to a younger Reacher, in dogtags. A Reacher who still believes in the service. A Reacher who imposes army discipline. Even if only in his own pragmatic way...

©2004 Lee Child (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (68 )
5 star
 (43)
4 star
 (22)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.5 (64 )
5 star
 (40)
4 star
 (20)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.8 (64 )
5 star
 (50)
4 star
 (14)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Kate 29/07/2016
    Kate 29/07/2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good mystery"

    Had me questioning 'Who dunnit' all the way through. Laughing and crying at times. Good listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Hugh Inverell, Australia 24/07/2016
    Hugh Inverell, Australia 24/07/2016 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Listen to / read this one first"

    I came back to this one for my second listen having read / listened to every other Jack Reacher story at least once. I enjoyed this even better the second time around. I feel I know the main character so much better now and rate The Enemy very highly. It has so much more meaning now and puts many of the other stories into perspective. I love Lee Child's writing style and the Jack Reacher series is one of the best in modern times. I thoroughly recommend this story and all of the other 19 or so in the series. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    SDB 13/11/2015
    SDB 13/11/2015 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The best so far"

    I enjoyed The Enemy very much. It has been the best one so far. Particularly the setting......Reacher's days in the Military

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Micheal Brisbane, Australia 06/09/2015
    Micheal Brisbane, Australia 06/09/2015 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good background"

    Not much action but still a worthy read. Getting some insight into Reacher's character and why he does what he does is pretty helpful. Looking forward to the next instalment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Benjamin 16/02/2015
    Benjamin 16/02/2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A less engaging chapter"

    Let me just say, Jeff Harding was his usual great self. He has become the voice of Reacher for me now and generally does a solid job with the supplementary characters. I'm very happy to see he has narrated the remaining books.

    I felt the this eighth chapter lacked much pull for me. It was interesting to get a sense of Reacher's back story and time in service, but the actual story didn't get me going.

    I'm not worried having thoroughly enjoyed 6 of the 8 thus far, I'm sure the 9th release will have me hooked again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Julia McCra Vic 06/03/2014
    Julia McCra Vic 06/03/2014 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another good Reacher read"
    Any additional comments?

    Just wanted to note that this book is out of sink in the Jack Reacher Series, this story is about Reacher when he was in the Military Police, I still enjoyed it and it filled in some of the gaps for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Mike Murphy
    Switzerland
    16/01/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating "Origins of Jack Reacher" novel"

    "The Enemy", the ninth Jack Reacher book, takes us back to January 1990, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when Reacher was a Major in the Military Police.

    One of the things I enjoyed about the previous book, "The Persuader" was the glimpses it gave me of who Jack Reacher was when he was in the Army. It left me hungry for more. Perhaps it had the same impact on Lee Child because "The Enemy is set entirely in Reacher's Army past.

    "The Enemy" is a sort of "Origins of Wolverine" book. it deepened my understanding of how the Jack Reacher I met in the previous books came to be the way he is.

    "The Enemy" explores how the US Army works via an investigation into the death of General. The plot is tight, complex and satisfying, spiced by conflicts with an asshole superior officer with an agenda and a larger mystery around a coordinated but unexplained large-scale re-assignment of Special Unit MPs.

    I know nothing of the US Army other than what I've seen of their bases in Germany and the UK but I found Child's depiction of it convincing and compelling: the sheer scale of the organization as it was back then, the way bases are the same everywhere in the world, right down to the menus in the Officers' Club, the power of rank, the freedom to work the system, the complete lack of control on where and under whom you will serve.

    I enjoyed seeing Reacher outside the US, in Germany (where the US bases make everything seem as close to home as possible) and France in which Reacher, son of a French woman, seems more at home than in North Carolina. I was fascinated to see how Reacher behaved with his older brother, a man who was killed in the first Jack Reacher book, "Killing Floor" and who's ghostwad evoked in the sixth book "Without Fail" when Reacher is approached by his brother's ex-girl friend.

    Reacher in 1990 seemed less damaged and less lost than the Reacher in the other books. The Army and his family give him stability and a sense of purpose. It becomes clear how the loss of these things would change him for the worse.

    But the 1990 Reacher is still recognisable. The things that make him scary are already present: his tendency towards violent confrontation, his inablity to let things go, his habit of using others to achieve his own agenda and his willingness to appoint himself as both judge and executioner. The things that prevent me from writing him off as a psychotic thug are also there: hisdrive to do the right thing, his willingness to take the consequences for his actions and his strong desire to keep the Army the way he thinks it should be.

    "The Enemy" is a well-written period criminal investigation novel that would be attractive as a stand-alone novel. The insight's that it brings on Reacher's origins move it up into a compelling read and encourages me to thank that the Reacher novels will continue to get better, which is good news as I still have eleven more to go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Steven
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another brilliant Jack Reacher book by Lee Child"
    Where does The Enemy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Enemy is of a very high standard and very much like Lee Child's other Jack Reacher books, an in-depth journey into Whitehouse politics and murder


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You cannot rate anyone in a Jack Reacher book any higher than Jack Reacher himself. A very convincing portrait of an ex-army policeman with all the skills, knowledge and experience of someone who grew-up as an army child


    What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I believe Jeff Harding is one of the greatest US voice-over artists that has ever been used to read USA-based audio books. As a blind reader of thriller audio books, I have listened to a large number of his audio books and I marvel at his capacity to not only make the books interesting but to read in so many different voices and dialects, even British English on some occasions! I rate Jeff as one of the best.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving much away, the scene where the vice President was visiting a homeless shelter to serve lunch was the most moving part of the book


    Any additional comments?

    I rate this book as one of the best in the Jack Reacher series.... although I must say, I have already read seven and they are all brilliant

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    United Kingdom
    3/12/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another good Reacher Novel"
    What did you like most about The Enemy?

    The story was well planned out and kept me guessing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jeff Harding narrating made it all the more easy to listen to, he is the best.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

    Jack Reacher.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great Jack Reacher novel. The plot was interesting and action packed. If you like the series or the genre you'll like the enemy, a real listener/page turner.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    7/07/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another excelent Jack Reacher novel."

    With a gripping story line and excellent narration this was another excelent thriller from one of the best modern writers of today. This is my third Lee Child audio book in a row and will probably be my next choice when my next credit comes due.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tobias
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom
    13/03/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    ""I said nothing!""
    If you could sum up The Enemy in three words, what would they be?

    I said nothing!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Enemy?

    The annoyance I felt at his disregard for Army protocols which seemed out of character but perhaps a means to an end in terms of the wider plot.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The dinner scene in Germany


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Never has such an engaging story had so many statements saying that he/she/they/we/I said nothing. Although the story didn't take a genius to figure out the perpetrator(s) it was clearly going to be tough for Reacher to do his thing. At first I thought thi

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    United Kingdom
    3/02/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "More about Jack Reacher"


    Memorable characters, a superlative, thought-provoking story about the times in which we live, and superlatively read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gary Odlum
    20/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "kerry shale great story teller Lee child great wri"

    kerry shale great story teller Lee child great writer Jack Reacher series the best. if your a fan I suggest you try all novels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MAW
    29/08/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good Story"

    Good insight into Reacher as a soldier. really well read. thoroughly enjoyable. highly reccommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • andy t
    18/08/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Reacher, Childs and Harding come up trumps again"
    Any additional comments?

    Another gripping story this was another excellent thriller from Lee Child I agree with another reviewer “Never has such an engaging story had so many statements saying that he/she/they/we/I said nothing.” I chuckle at times but I love the series.
    Also Jeff Harding’s narrating was very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    14/08/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Blast from the past"

    A great book, with a great narrator, really enjoyed getting a look Reacher's and meeting Joe

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Dursley, United Kingdom
    9/07/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of his best"

    I have read several Lee Child books, not necessarily in the correct order. This one explains his army career and has an excellent plot. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Jeff Harding is an excellent narrator adding much to the enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.