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Bad Luck and Trouble

Jack Reacher 11
By: Lee Child
Narrated by: Jeff` Harding
Series: Jack Reacher, Book 11
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (418 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You DO NOT MESS with the Special Investigators!

The events of 9/11 changed Jack Reacher’s drifter life in a practical way. In addition to his folding toothbrush, he now needs to carry photo ID to get around. Yet he is still as close to untraceable as a human being in America can get.

So when a member of his old Army unit manages to get a message to him, he knows it has to be deadly serious. The Special Investigators always watched each other’s backs. Now Reacher must put the old unit back together. Someone has killed one of them, and he can’t let that go.

©2007 Lee Child (P)2011 Random House AudioBooks

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Enjoying this series.

I really enjoyed how we are getting to know about reacher’s background and past as he deals with things in the future. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

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Just awesome.

Getting the old team together was just awesome. Loved it. Didn’t want the book to end.

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Good performance, poor presentation

Narration, as always, was solid and easy to listen to. Main gripe with this book was that the chapters did not allign with the chapters in the book, so trying to use sleep mode was a bit of a nightmare with it stopping partway through certain chapters. Story was as to be expected with a Jack Reacher book, nothing spectacular but easy enough to get into and listen through

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Great listen

Reacher is at his best in this book the guy would be a true hero if not fiction or is he!

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Jack Reacher Classic!!!

Absolutely loved it! Everyone needs a tough hero like Jack Reacher in their lives! 😊

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Not one of his best

I normally love Jack Reacher novels but this one didn't do it for me. Still enjoyed it though.

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Superb

Great story and Jeff Harding is the master of narration, I highly recommend this book

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Superb reading

Lots of fun reading with the addition of his past comrades. Lee, we need more of Jack in our lives. If you were to ask me whether i wanted more I'd have to say "If you wouldn't mind, mate!?!" Oh yeah <3 ☆☆☆☆☆ ♡♡♡♡♡

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ok book

not his best book I enjoyed it but felt the story line was a bit flat.

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I loved it

If I hadn't just finished it, I would listen to it again. definitely one of the best Jack Reacher novels so far

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  • Garry
  • 25-01-2018

AWESOME

Once I started to listening to the story it was hard to push the stop button but have to work for a living and to pay for the next in the series

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  • Elize
  • 21-10-2017

syncronise please!!

chapters offered on screen and chapters offered by the reader are not syncronised. very disappointing.

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  • Clive Byerley
  • 22-04-2017

There's always a runt in the litter.

Not up to the usual standard. Soft ending. Very well read by a master of his craft.

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  • Joe de Swardt
  • 15-07-2013

Jack has mates = more trouble, more action.

What made the experience of listening to Bad Luck and Trouble the most enjoyable?

The story is nonsense, but don't let that put you off, Lee Child sells you all of this ridiculousness to the point that you will take a bullet for it. You will probably not want to talk about it in two weeks time down at the pub, but you will buy the next Jack Reacher audiobook from Audible. Jack is an enigma, the improbability of your primordial genetic code. What is not to love with touching your reptilian brain with so much relish? I love the fact that it is such nonsense - so loveable and so enjoyable. Perfect fiction and escape.

What did you like best about this story?

It Jack, he's back and he's got mates. Baddies fear and tremble!

Which scene was your favorite?

The first scene, no, correction the last scene.... Hum, in reconsideration the middle bit.

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

Moved me? What kind of question is this for a Jack Reacher novel? It does not move, it kicks your butt.

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  • Rosemary
  • 11-12-2012

Don't mess with the Investigators

Jack with some of his old team. Not the usual loner this time, but still good, revenge, naive baddies, a little laboured with the constant drives through LA, but overall enjoyable.

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  • Marion
  • 09-10-2012

Think Jack's showing his age

Have been a constant Reacher fan but whether it was the almost tired voice given to him by Mr Harding or my personal attitude at the time, I felt that Jack was also tired of being leader of the push. There was certainly plenty of action but not the usual edginess to his character. Maybe there were too many characters to contend with.

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  • Jackie
  • 11-08-2012

Terrific

What made the experience of listening to Bad Luck and Trouble the most enjoyable?

Story line made me think, the characters role was interesting and they played their part well

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I was constantly thinking and hoping for a good result in the end

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

The visit to the morgue was one of finality and hope

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  • Mr Rupert Seymour
  • 07-04-2013

There's something about that man.

I have now either read or heard all the Reacher books and oh I wish there were more. With the voice of Jeff Harding - surely the finest voice blending stern threats and machismo on the block - along with the words of Lee Child our creator of Reacher there must be so much more to come. Why? Reacher is both sensitive lover and thug with a heart, 6' 5" of unforgiving justice who carries two fists packed with bone breaking deliverance married with just a scintilla of irony. A caring ex-army major who finds comfort in helping the weak whilst breaking the arm of the town bully. This is why we need more. There's a twisted morality to the character. A flawed hero with neither an address or pretensions.

In this story his old army team highlights the unbreakable loyalty they have to Reacher and each other when one of their number is threatened. I would spoil the reading for you if I went on save to say it is 22 carat Reacher. Listen but don't mess with that man!

In this strory his old army team highlights the unbreakable loyalty they have to Reacher and each other when one of their number is threatened. I would spoil the reading for you if I went on save to say it is 22 carat Reacher. Listen but don't mess with that man!

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  • Simon
  • 08-09-2015

Classic Reacher!

Jack Reacher fans know what they want and Child delivers in spades with "Bad Luck and Trouble". It's classic Reacher and scenes like him making a decision about how high the helicopter should fly are perfect Reacher moments - you'll see what I mean. If you like most of the other books, this is one of the best and you're going to enjoy it!

For anyone who hasn't read any of the previous books this is fairly uncompromising thriller fiction. Like most books in the genre you have to suspend a certain amount of your brain's logic processing but it's glorious fun if you like your main characters in the hard, uncompromising mould. You don't mess with Jack Reacher!

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  • Mrs
  • 01-12-2013

Lee Child is always reliable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Lee Childs always writes a great book that is very good to listen to.Great characters and Jack as solid as ever

What did you like best about this story?

Strong women with well thought out background. Jack is such a strong chracter that I feel like I know him personally

What about Jeff` Harding’s performance did you like?

Jeff sounds just like I would expect Jack to sound like and it is like he is telling the story

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither made me laugh or cry but still kept me looking forward to the next installment untill the end and then to look forward to litening again another day

Any additional comments?

If you like this you will like them all. They are all very different

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  • Roderick Paterson
  • 16-04-2013

Jack Reacher at his best

When Reacher teams back up with his former team there is more opportunity for the character to interact and less of the statement "Reacher said nothing". Brilliant balance of crossing plots and an epic ending.

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  • Andy Murray
  • 06-12-2016

Awesome - probably my favourite Reacher book

This is a great tale. Reacher is a bad ass but he's getting a little older and slower so this time he has help!

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  • Edward
  • 15-03-2014

A real thriller

What did you like most about Bad Luck and Trouble?

My favourite Jack Reacher so far. Back with his old Army buddies and seeking revenge for their murdered friends. Don't mess with the special investigators!

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  • Malcolm Todd
  • 25-01-2013

The Man !

Fast paced, good characters, great story. Love the Reacher books and this the best one by far.

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  • David
  • 10-04-2011

a long long time getting anywhere!

I don't think I've ever read a Lee Childs book that takes so long to get anywhere. It's as if he was being paid by the word / page, rather than the storyline. One of my least favourite Reacher books!Disappointing!

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  • trevor burgess
  • 19-10-2020

Good read

This was a a really good read. It had you gripped all the way through.

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  • Ian G.
  • 24-09-2020

Best of the series so far

Reacher having some of his old crew with him added a real different dynamic to the story.