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Publisher's Summary

The brand-new Jack Reacher short story, published as an audio exclusive.

The tiny town of Naismith has nothing going for it - except the start of a wilderness trail through Maine's ancient forests. But one day the trail is suddenly closed by county police.

No reason is given. Rumours start - is there something in the woods that no one must see? That no one must even know about? Then Jack Reacher drifts into town. What does he make of the Do Not Enter tape strung between the trees?

©2014 Lee Child (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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Don't Waste Your Credit

I am an avid fan of Lee Child & Jack Reacher books. I have them all. This one is a waste of the credit or $ whichever way you buy it. The narration is atrocious, Kerry Shale makes the characters sound like a bunch of boofheads and you just can't relate to the character. I know its a short story so by its nature, you don't get to know the characters in detail. However if it hadn't been a short story I would have stopped listening. Story line was ok (for a short story) but hey, spend your money on something else.

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  • Ian
  • 24-05-2016

jack Reacher or Batman?

As I have listened to all of the Jack Reacher novels. I have to wonder why use this narrator. Nothing personal. just every time I heard Jacks character, I could only picture Batman. it's short. buy the paper back. read it yourself.
story was quite Ho Hum too.

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  • Duncan
  • 02-08-2014

NOT A THRILL

Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Kerry Shale?

Yes. A great author hero and performer.

What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

It was boring and lacked action and drama.The first Lee Child book that has disappointed me.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The Performer tried to make something of a pot-boiler.

What character would you cut from Not a Drill?

If I was Lee Child I would not have published this book.

Any additional comments?

I am sorry to be negative as I am a great admirer of Lee Child.

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  • melanie
  • 07-08-2019

Warning: it’s a short story.

While the narration was not bad the story seems to be only getting started when it was over. This, it was not very interesting. An amount of build up is fair enough but I was simply expecting more story for my credit.

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  • Jesper
  • 01-04-2016

not worthwhile listening to

didn't like the story or the narrator. feels like i wasted 1 hour. first time ever with a Reacher story

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  • Frank Paul
  • 14-09-2014

Lee: Please stop writing short stories!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

someone who has never read a Reacher book

What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not to write it at al

What didn’t you like about Kerry Shale’s performance?

Too husky, and turned Reacher into a caricature

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

yes, yes and yes

Any additional comments?

Lee, please do NOT write any more Reacher short stories. They only lead to alienating your long term fans.

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  • david
  • 02-06-2016

I have been ripped off for such a short story

the reader thought he was playing Clint Eastwood, the story was way below the standard I expect from Lee Child, and so short, I paid the same as a 12hr book!

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  • Alkes
  • 04-08-2015

Meh

I've all the Reacher novels and I love them. This was a waste of my time though. Not a fan

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  • Colin
  • 31-05-2016

Very disappointed

As a Lee Child / Jack Reacher fan this was by far the worst I have read or listen to.

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  • Joseph
  • 02-01-2015

A good little story

By Lee Child's standards this is a very short story but intriguing nonetheless.

Reacher is his usual mysterious self, breaking the rules where necessary, and using a Sherlock Holmes-like sense of justice when needed.

I can't say too much without becoming a "Spoiler" but the story leaves one thinking about the suggestions it contains.

Kerry Shale reads the Reacher books when they are presented in an abridged format and it would be nice to hear his gravelly voice in a full length story.

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  • spud cox
  • 07-07-2020

did noot order .Already have this on kindle

see above did not order this book or ordered by mistake.Do not remember signing to this company.already have a kindle a.c c.

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  • Paul J.
  • 22-06-2020

I am not keen on short stories

I am reading the Jack Reacher stories numerically so doing the n.5s as they arrive. They are contained and finish correctly but just lack any depth. Kerry Shale does a brilliant job narrating as always. I am buying these through Kindle with Whispersync, I really don’t recommend them at the Audible price.

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  • Mr. C. C. Lowe
  • 11-04-2020

An interesting short story

A cracking short story. Not as engaging as Reacher usually is but performed and acquitted in excellent fashion.

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  • J D HOOK
  • 22-12-2019

Loved the Twin Peaks setting

I liked the setting but not keen on Kerry Shales Batman voice. Enjoyable story though.

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  • Paul
  • 24-05-2016

Ok, but slightly dissatisfying.

Fairly implausible storyline that takes its time getting there and is all too suddenly over and gone leaving me feel slightly cheated.

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  • Sylvia Hampton
  • 11-05-2016

Excellent

Always a good read. Favourite author and excellent writer. Presented very well enjoyed it all

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