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Die Trying

Jack Reacher, Book 2
By: Lee Child
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: Jack Reacher, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (511 ratings)

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Die Trying is the second book in Lee Child’s internationally popular Jack Reacher series, read by Jeff Harding.

Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere.

A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. Reacher 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?

Although the Jack Reacher novels can be listened to in any order, Die Trying is the second in the series.

©1998 Lee Child (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Cunning, explosive.... A thumping good [listen]." (Time Out)

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Thing are not always what they seem!

Good narative, a little lost in detaial at times but kept me going to the end.

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Always gripping

Where does Die Trying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love Lee Child stories. Jeff Harding reads to perfection! I have never been disappointed by any of Lee Child's Jack Reacher books.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He IS Jack Reacher. His laconic reading style is perfect for these books.

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Good story, terrible narration.

This may be a personal thing but for me it really ruins the story when a male does a female voice. It’s terrible and instantly pulls me out of the moment with gritted teeth. Also in this case the Voices of certain characters did not fit at all with the descriptions of said characters. The narrator has a good enough voice for story telling but, and this goes for pretty much all audio book narration as far as I’m concerned, stick to slightly changing your voice for each character instead of doing ridiculous voices. In my opinion Jefferson Mays that reads the Expanses series is the bench mark in this regard.

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Great story but count how often the characters 'shrug!'

Except for all the shrugging this is a great read really really enjoyable listened in one go

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Every detail is important to solve the crime!

This book is more action packed than the first, more intrigue and crimes to solve. Child’s, like Matthew Reilly doesn’t tell you anything you don’t need to know! Pay attention to everything and all the clues are their to solve the mystery yourself. That’s half of the fun for me, pitting my brain against Reacher to see who getS it right first! The narrator of the audiobook is perfect for the character. The cover art showing a truck heading towards snowy mountains is misleading and poorly researched. The story never takes you to snow covered anything, I guess it just looks nice on the cover?

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Decent but slow story, average narration, right?

I nearly switched off after chapter 1 due to the narration - just not a fan of his voice and accent(s). I nearly switched off many times throughout since nearly every character (I imagine every page) had statements and/or questions ending with "right?". I can't believe it's as prolific as written. The story, overall, I felt was slow moving. It wasn't amazing - nothing I didn't want to put down - but decent enough that my compulsion to finish what I've started kicked in.

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🤷‍♂️

Once you notice how many times Lee Child's characters shrug, you won't be able to unhear it!

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pretty dumb story

hopelessly lackluster dumbest story . will not recommend to anyone. how this author makes a living writing like this is astonishing.

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typical Reacher, exciting and emotional,

typical Reacher, exciting, emotional and sometimes tense, good story, Child does a great job bringing the characters together

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reacher embroiled, reacher shags, reacher kills

Same story as the first book. Somehow still entertaining though, on to the next i suppose. Gosh i hope reacher gets mixed up in some shenanigans, has sex with a beautiful woman, then kills everyone in sight!! I wonder if someone gets there balls cut off in this one too?

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  • Simon
  • 04-04-2018

Seriously, Give It Any Rating You Want!

This is a book you could give almost any rating you want, and be able to justify it! For me these older Reacher books are gold dust. When I first started juggling CDs into my car stereo at service stations upon discovering Audiobooks my initial diet was Rebus and Reacher. Superb, classics both of them!

Listening to the gloriously crunchy, gravelly tones of Jeff Harding doing this amazing Reacher character and bringing him to life was a complete wonder to me. It is exactly the voice I imagine the tough, aloof Reacher having even if the female characters don't fare quite so well.

Add to this Child's punchy, staccato writing style, the deep thought analysis of Reacher calculating situations and the excellent action sequences I can easily rate this five stars very happily. The sniper sequences in his books I've always enjoyed and in Die Trying there is an absolute doozy.

On the other hand . . . the plot is bonkers. Really bonkers and if you put your plot hole pedant's hat on you will be like a pig in the proverbial rolling around for hours before you are finished. I can also well imagine some finding the narration a bit monotone even though I think it just fits perfectly.

So, choose your rating, I've gone for five stars based on the sheer exuberant enjoyment I've felt revisiting this, possibly fulled by a bit of nostalgia. Others will choose a variety of ratings but like it or loathe it you'll have plenty to say about Die Trying by the end.

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  • Andrea
  • 27-06-2018

brilliant

cant wait to listen to the rest of the series. the story and charactera are briliant and narrator makes it very exciting. perfect for long journeys in car

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  • GT
  • 23-12-2017

Ridiculous plot

There are so many holes in this plot, it's hard to know where to begin! The kidnappers think nothing of killing the owner of the car they are stealing but don't kill Jack Reacher who just happens to get caught up in the kidnap! To them, he would have been even less important than the car owner and they would have killed him almost immediately.

Bad guys point guns at him countless times - but they never pull the trigger - despite slicing up FBI agents and their own gang members...

Also, it would be almost impossible to group shots with a Barrett rifle at 1000 yards without having first 'zeroed in' the scope with the shooter's eye. At least three practice shots would be required before that grouping could be achieved. Once zeroed in for one shooter, the gun would not shoot accurately for another, unless the eye characteristics were the same, which is extremely unlikely.

Also, why answer the radio when it becomes clear the bad guy only wants to use it to make his demands? If he can't make them, he has no lever.

The FBI agents and Military personnel came across as rank amateurs. Storming the bad guys' fortress in city suits and shoes with a hand gun and no back up? Really?

As for the kidnap victim also being the President's god-daughter - please...

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  • CrazyPaulo
  • 07-11-2019

Didn't think it was as good as the first one

Not sure why, still OK though, and I enjoyed it. I thought the main villain was a bit stereotypical and dont understand why he didn't just kill Reacher at pretty much every point in the book.

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  • Paula Creser
  • 21-01-2019

Shrugged!

I really enjoyed the story but the word “shrugged” was used so excessively it was grating on my last nerve! Really hope that word has been dropped in the next book otherwise I will have to give up on the series!

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  • L. B
  • 21-07-2018

Male version of twilight?

Enjoyed it but made me cringe in some places. Also, I find this with other Lee Child books, but the story really started to die towards the middle and end.

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  • minimoo
  • 22-06-2018

Enjoyable and Captivating

Making my way through this series of books love that I can listen on any device, anywhere this is an amazing story and I love how Lee Childs does not beat about the bush just gets right into the story, I also like that each book is a separate story in its own right. I have put a couple of friends onto these books who have also been enjoying them so glad there is quite a few more to get through.

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  • Mr J Griffiths
  • 28-02-2018

Adolescent at Times

Well read, although the reader's characterisation of the only significant female voice became tiresome. A good story, though Reacher's he-man credentials stretched plausibility to the limit at times, and the too-detailed descriptions of guns and ballistics were for teenaged geeks only, and veered into comic-book territory. Started well but became a little tedious.

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  • lewis baker
  • 10-01-2018

simply brilliant

loved it top book same usual high standard from this genius series can't wait to listen to the rest

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  • Robbie W.
  • 02-01-2018

Non stop

Keeps twisting and keeps your attention throughout. Engaging plot and well thought out characters with gripping scenes.

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