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.
©1999 Lee Child (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks
This is by far the best Reacher story. It ties together a lot of Reacher's past experiences. Also the love affair with Jodi Garber, the daughter of Reacher's former CO adds an extra dimension to the story. Full of action, suspense and with just a touch of romance. Lee Child's best effort and I have listened to the whole lot.
Storyline not as captivating as others in the series. Narrator uses accents for different characters but occasionally doesn't switch accent to match the speaking character- annoying / distracting.
Disliked some of the brutality in the book. Plus the story got a bit boring, still isn't a bad read as you want to find out about the ending but wasn't as good as the first book Killing Floor I thought.
I really enjoyed Garricks voices and attention to detail in characterisation. This was a superb story, so much depth to even minor characters. Really a great story teller ....and the action hero is captured authentically
Good story and worth a go.
Not the most action packed Reacher story but still has good elements. The audiobook narrator just didn't seem to fit in my opinion either.
This is not my favorite of the Reacher series so far. It's a great story, don't get me wrong and I guess the thing I like the most is that Jack's character displays hope that he might settle down or at least have some sort of semblance of normal life but then that's not Jack Reacher is it?
My main complaint is the narrator. I just didn't buy this guys performance of the read. I'd have preferred him to keep it straight rather than try to develop character voices, in the end a lot of the time it didn't sound different enough and it just got annoying.
Otherwise it was pretty good.
Seems the author has developed a set formula and sticks too it just making the bad guys more bizarre. Probably my last Reacher novel
Cut out all the endless description of every movement, room etc that added nothing to the story or characters.
These days we all own calculators, so endelss calculations of how many seconds how many metres etc were just waffle put in to stretch a poorly developed plot to a never ending story.
I am a fan of all the Reacher stories, but this one was the exception - it was just plain boring.
The reader made things worse, he would be more suited to reading cook books for old ladies.
Why, why would ask anyone else but Jeff Harding to read Reacher ??????
Definitely nothing read by Mr Hagon, sorry mate look for something else to do.
Not many Reacher books left on here, but you can't go wrong with Jeff Harding, he makes bad writers sound good and good writers sound better!
A complete re-write.
None, I would turn it into a first person novel.
Clichés & implausible sequences. Teenage romance comic meets cheap gun-slingin' Western. An insult. Time waster!
"Jack Reacher.. Don't mess with this man"
Reacher novels have me hooked. I was not disappointed by this one and it kept me on the edge of my seat.
"Another Jack Reacher hit!"
A good story, not as good as the killing floor, but better than die trying. I'm looking forward to the next one.
"Great story awful recording"
Great story but the worst recording ever. You have to listen to it in mono because in stereo the sound drifts from ear to ear but in a really bad way. High notes in one ear and low notes in the other like some fake mono to stereo conversion
"Really poor production spoilt story"
I have to say that whilst we enjoy Jack Reacher stories (and will try another one) this was spoilt by the poor production quality. There was hardly a pause as the reader went from one story line to another making it confusing. There was a persistent hiss in the background and sound quality was poor. Couple this with a boring American drawl and you have poor production. And to cap it all off one of the story lines was left hanging by Lee Child. Damned annoying
I'm listening to The snow flower and the secret fan at the moment.
None, I'd just finish off what the hell happened to Chester Stone and his wife Maryline.
"Jack Reacher - The Pantomime"
Having read the first Jack Reacher book, and listened to the second (which was acceptable) I thought this was worth a try. Generally in the case of a series of books the story and characters improve with each one, this seems to be a break in that rule.
Once again Jack Reacher is the indestructible and charismatic Greek God you have come to know from the previous books, once again quickly finding a helpless (and very attractive) young woman to protect from the antagonist. The story just seemed very tired after a while, with bad guys invariably being so unpleasant and evil that it went beyond my ability to think them real. That said, the story is entertaining enough even though it is very predictable.
The narration however utterly spoils this. The narrator seems horrendously out of his depth, frequently confusing which of the characters he is voicing and occasionally forgetting to change his pitch when switching between Reacher and the female character. Moreover he has an embarrassing habit of making the main antagonist sound like a pantomime villain, which at times just really ruined the sense of tension that I think should have been building. The timing between characters speaking was far too hurried and without a skilful mastery of different voices (which this narrator lacks) it makes it very confusing as to which of the characters is actually speaking from one moment to then next.
"another gripping story"
Its the 3rd Jack Reacher book ive read(listened to) and cant wait to read more. The villains are always terrifying and brilliantly written. (Also my vision of Reacher is NOT Tom Cruise!!)
"Good Plot concept -but a fail as a novel."
This is my third book of the Jack Reacher series and i was disappointed. The author had an excellent concept - interesting characters, and an adequate narrator. However this book failed to live up to the caliber of the first books of the series. On several occasions, the reader is forced to plod through meaningless dribble. For example the scene that describes how the villain took of his clothes is just plain pointless. There are several other occasions that serve to add only to word count. I was also disappointed in the character development of Reacher. It just softened him up too much. (not physically, but mentally. )So will I try the next book in the series? Maybe, but not for a couple of months.
"the worst jack reacher book I've listened ."
I struggled to get my head round Jack's character his portrayed him as a pussie
jack never backed down to anyone
Amazing story. Emotional and climatic ending. Good suspense and narration from Garrick. My best Reacher novel yet (but only read 5). First class.
"Kept me guessing"
I enjoyed the build to the end of the book and I felt a good twist.
I like Reacher although he is somewhat superhuman!
If you like Lee Child and this character, you'll like this.
This is the third narrator I've heard - better than Jonathan McLain whose monotonous voice I hated but not as good as Dick Hill.
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