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Nothing to Lose

Jack Reacher 12
By: Lee Child
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: Jack Reacher, Book 12
Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (309 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two small towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can't find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four redneck deputies who want to run him out of town. Mistake. They're picking on the wrong guy. Jack Reacher is a big man, and he's in shape. No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing, except bloody-minded curiosity. What is the secret the locals seem so keen to hide?

A hard man is good to find. Ex-military cop Reacher is today's most addictive hero. Now he pulls on a tiny loose thread, to unravel conspiracies that expose the most shocking truths. Because, after all, Jack Reacher has nothing to lose.

©2008 Lee Child (P)2009 Random House Audio

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Excellent story <br />

Kept me interested. very relevant to today's environment very real. enjoyed it till the end

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was a good listen to

I enjoyed the book it was a good listen too if you'd like to pass the time I would recommend this

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Jack Teacher. Always a good listen.

entertsining. a bit far fetched but keeps you listening. give it a try, its good

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great read

loved it, another good reacher book in the series. looking forward to the next book

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Lee Child and Jeff Harding always deliver

I have become addicted to these books. Both the story line and the narrator are brilliant. It's funny, because at the start I thought I would not be able to listen to Jeff's voice for 13 hrs and 26 mins, but in fact, I now find Jeff's voice and manner perfect for the character and story. This was a well written story with a character that I am becoming a fan of. If you like some action, some suspense and a good old fashion story where there is right and wrong, this is a must listen/read. Highly recommended.

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Went no where

Promise of a good mystery and story. But the "twist" came out of thin air.

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Excelent long story. for your holiday season.

Loved it, most memorable moments were the segways of technical detail just when something monumental was about to happen.
very clever.

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who's gonna play Reacher?

love reacher. looking forward to seeing who plays him next on the big screen 😉

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Another great Jack Reacher novel

Loving the way Lee Child is revealing parts of Jack Reacher's life before and after the Army in each novel.

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  • Joe de Swardt
  • 15-07-2013

Jack does scrapyard challenge.

What did you love best about Nothing to Lose?

Closed, stifling, suspicious? Jack can punch all the way to freedom.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nothing to Lose?

Early on Jack enters the town and orders a beer, the locals give him the evil eye, and Jack responds like Jack does. Stereo and deluxe.

What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

Jeff gets Reacher, awkward, elusive, charismatic, blunt. Believe, I tell you, believe!

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

Come on this is Jack Reacher, if you get moved by fiction, this is not your genre. You get a kick! Plenty of those in this novel, each as purging as dry figs.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-2018

Chapters.

I hate it when the chapters don't align to that offered as chapters from the book. One has trouble finding the place to start listening, when distracted. I loved the story.

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  • Mr Rupert Seymour
  • 28-06-2013

Reacher ... a magnet for trouble

Oh Reacher Reacher when will you learn to keep your 6' 5" frome out of trouble. If Lee Child's creation did then we would robbed of a dusty, eccentric, travelling rough neck with the moral code of the Lone Ranger wedded to the chivalry of a medieval knight. This strory saunters along gathering dust and trouble. None of the trouble is of Reachers making of course though in the breaking of a few arms and heads he is more than able to find solutions.
Without the voice of Jeff Harding ... who in my mind is THE Reacher ... the vision would not be complete. Jeff Hardings voice is 6' 5"" tall and what a fine story he tells.

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  • P. Teece
  • 01-02-2016

Not up to Lee Child's usual high standard

I have listened to every book up to this point in the order they were written, which I highly recommend, some people have said you don't have to read or listen to them in order but you do miss out on the overall development of the Jack Reacher character and how he adapts to changes in technology over the years, as well as the experiences he has and there are many references to previous stories in his books which although do not impact on the story add to the enjoyment when you are 'in the know'.

Jeff Harding is Jack Reacher, I have never been disappointed with his performances, he is excellent, his female voices might be a little samey but overall his is superb, by far the best narrator out of those who have also done previous books.

The story.. don't worry no spoilers

Regretfully I have to say this is by far the least interesting story of the first 12 books, up to now every book without fail has been a thrilling ride, unfortunately this one just wasn't.
It got to the point where I was actually not listening to the book, there was just far too much superfluous descriptive prose which I personally felt were only in there to try and bulk out a lacklustre story, I just didn't feel engaged with Jack and his curiosity to get to the truth, I felt disinterested in the plot and the characters involved.

Don't get me wrong, there are great scenes in the book where Reacher dishes out his usual form of justice, not least the scene with the orderly, it is just epic but it wasn't enough. Even the ending was a disappointment, I have told myself when I get to the last book I will start again from the first book but I have to say this one will get missed out.

Hoping Jack Reacher 13 is Lee Child back on form.

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  • calum
  • 18-03-2014

Bit pedestrian and fanciful tale

Would you listen to Nothing to Lose again? Why?

Wouldn't listen again as unlike the other Reacher novels it has poor character development , little emotional connection and fanciful story.

What will your next listen be?

Simon Kernick - Stay alive

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

Good performance by jeff harding but struggles to work with poor material.

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

No part of the book really engaged me emotionally and the whole experience left an insubstantial feeling.

Any additional comments?

After listening to all the reacher novels so far this has made me want to take a long wait before trying book 13.

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  • Paul Brown
  • 05-09-2011

Excellent, Fast-paced Thriller

Lee Child's character Jack Reacher is a fantastically controversial hero - a man who lives by his own rules and considers that results always justify the means. Throughout the series he wanders the US with a random freedom bordering on an obsession to be hidden from the world - anonymous in the crowd. Wherever he encounters wrongs he puts them to rights in his own direct and ruthless way - often trespassing on the law, his results always land on the right side of justice.

In Nothing to Lose, Reachers wanders into a town called Despair in the state of Colorado - and is promptly arrested by the town deputies for violating the Vagrancy Ordinance. He is ejected back to the town he had come from, Hope where he is met by his soon-to-be reluctant ally, a police officer named Vaughn.

Reacher's stubborn curiosity carries him back into despair and together is Vaughn he uncovers a conspiracy that involves the whole town, being carried out by the unbalanced sectarian owner of the metal recycling plant that provides business and revenue for the entire town of Despair.

Through the character of Reacher, the author injects interesting views of military duty and desertion, of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Army as an institution.

All in all a very enjoyable, fast paced thriller with a good mix of dry humour and action. It fully deserves the 5 star rating I have given it and it is well read by Jeff Harding.

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  • Kerry McMillan
  • 24-05-2015

Give this one a miss

I didn't enjoy this one. Didn't engage with the characters or subject matter. Not this time.

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  • G
  • 01-12-2013

Excellent

Really enjoying the Jack Reacher novels and this one I couldn't stop listening to, the storyline really draws you in, this is the 12th Jack Reacher book and they just keep getting better. Again Jeff Harding does an excellent job of narrating the story, looking forward to the next one!

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  • Beachcop288
  • 14-09-2020

Not his best.Reacher is written as reckless.

Not his best by any means. Story fragmented and Reacher is written as reckless....the end particularly!

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  • Steve
  • 09-09-2020

Really slow story

This is the only Jack Reacher book that I haven’t enjoyed so far. It was just slow. The plot seemed to take ages to unfold. Quite unlike all the other books.

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  • nigel robinson
  • 27-08-2020

Awesome, as usual

Audible equivalent of a page Turner, difficult to stop listening, to the annoyance of my family!!
Great narration, plot twists, characterisation and evocative paragraphing. Thank you for a great version.

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  • Darren
  • 08-08-2020

great

as per usual great story and onto the next one. just waiting for my credit!!!