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The Christmas Scorpion

A Jack Reacher Short Story
By: Lee Child
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: Jack Reacher, Book 22.5
Length: 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Christmas Scorpion by Lee Child.

Jack Reacher likes to head south for the winter, to stay warm, so just before Christmas he arrives in a small town in Southern California. But the weather there is not warm and dry, as it’s supposed to be: he arrives in a freak blizzard. 

Reacher finds refuge in a snowed-in roadhouse with four other strangers stranded by the storm. Two of them are British military police, separated by the weather from the VIP they are detailed to protect. Can Reacher help them find their guy, or will an undercover assassin find him first? 

©2018 Lee Child (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Not keen on really short stories

Whilst the story was clever, I don’t think it was worth the price. Only 33 minutes.
I love the Jack Reacher series and have every one of Lee Child’s Reacher stories.

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Short story is right 17 mins

very short, not worth using a credit on, would be alright if it was very cheap

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Rip Off

Didn’t read the other reviews. 9 bucks for 33 minutes. Expected it to be like his other long books.

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Waste of Money

$9au for a 40 minute story. My fault for not reading all the info I just didn't expect it. Won't happen again Audio Book. Rubbish !

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30min story

its only 30 minutes. short story seems like an exaggeration.
the usual JR enjoyable story.

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A must for all ages

A very informative book written in a language we can all understand. Well done Scott

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  • Simon
  • 01-10-2018

Reacher's Scooby Doo Ending!

Excellent, I don't normally spend the money on short stories but after reading the collection a while back I fancied a little bit of Reacher to tide me over until the next one. I'm actually glad I did!

This is classic Reacher, a Reacher being obstinate with authority conversation and some of his clever investigation with a suitably daft plot and a little bit of action all squeezed into a little over thirty minutes of Jeff Harding's excellent portrayal of Reacher and his fellow characters.

The ending really is all a bit Scooby Doo but why not? It is the Christmas Scorpion after all!

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  • Stephen
  • 30-10-2018

Nice wee tale

I enjoyed this very short story. But then I'm a huge Reacher fan. Wanted more..

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  • martin harrison
  • 01-10-2018

to short

narrated beautifully as usual good little story keeps you guessing but satisfied at the end.

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  • J D HOOK
  • 20-12-2019

Short and sweet

This was a short story, basically, the Jack Reacher Christmas special. The story was a little silly near the end but enjoyable, Jeff Harding superb as always. I certainly enjoyed it a whole lot more than "The Fourth Man".

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  • John L.
  • 26-12-2018

Something of a let down

Coming from a real Jack Reacher advocate, this is something of a let down. An implausible plot with an unbelievable ending - very disappointing.

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  • Glenn
  • 05-10-2018

Great story, shame they rushed the ending

It could have done with an extra chapter, which kind of spoiled it. But it is a short story so I guess that's what you get. Can't wait for the next full book in the series.

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  • MrMass
  • 22-11-2019

wasted a credit and book choice on a 34min ebook

wasted a credit and book choice on a 34min ebook. dont waste yours aswell please

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  • Ff7099
  • 30-01-2019

What a waste of money. 30 minutes long.

What a waste of money. 30 minutes long. should have check the length before buying.