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Tripwire is the third book in Lee Child’s internationally popular Jack Reacher series, read by Jeff Harding.

For Jack Reacher being invisible has become a habit.

He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys.

He doesn't want to be found.

But someone has sent a private detective to seek him out. Then Reacher finds the guy beaten to death with his fingertips sliced off. It's time to head north and work out who is trying to find him and why.

Although the Jack Reacher novels can be listened to in any order, Tripwire is the third in the series.

©1999 Lee Child (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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great book

Very good book. Good story and well written. Shame that Tom cruise ruined the movies

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Scooby Doo.

The only function of women in this book is as victims, as objects for the hero to have sex with as complications, or to suffer sexual violence that the author describes with apparent relish and in pornographic detail. Sometimes Child is better than this, but not here. Entertaining but pretty offensive, and has a tenuous plot. And the "baddie" has a scarred face, hook hand, and is read in an "evil" voice. Yup.

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Narration was painfully monotonous

Storyline not bad, but wouldn't have been more enjoyable with a different narrator. Did finish it though.

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Okay, but far from Child's best.

Not a bad yarn, but I was left with unanswered holes and a story convolution near the end that screamed 'amateur'. Reacher asked what it was, so he told him. (But not the reader!) Terrible technique.

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A struggle to get through

It felt like real police investigation, long and boring. There wasn't enough Reacher badassery for my liking.

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very awaome

just such an enjoyable book to listen on the road. highly recommend it. hopefully more to come

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Jack Reacher

I’m a big fan of this character and so I really enjoyed this book. Loved the storyline right up to the ending. Great read!

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great storybook

am loving the jack reacher audio books, so well read and intriguing story line

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one of my favourite Reacher books!

Fantastic read. Always learn a lot from these books which is a bonus. We all need Reacher in our lives 😉

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A slow burner.

A very slow burner the book is awesome Albeit slow compared to book 2. the performance by Jeff is spectacular as per normal.

Over all happy with the purchase.

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  • LINZI
  • 31-07-2018

Not his best.

A typical Reacher but the ending felt really rushed. There were several characters who were right throughout the book and at the end you heard nothing about them. The ending was less realistic than usual, with the police effectively ignoring a trail of damage and dead bodies because 2 police officers had been killed. I doubt they have that much leeway ito overlook things. Resulted in a sloppy unfinished feel.

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  • zulfi
  • 19-05-2018

not the fast reacher book you are looking for

By far the slowest Jack Reacher I read. after reading half way you feel like quitting.

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  • Andrey
  • 23-07-2019

Could not finish

Could not finish this book.
Main character is portrayed as clever guy, but behave as a not very bright guy.
Most of the plot is clear from the start of the book

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  • Yonah Russ
  • 15-04-2019

Narrarated like a baseball game play by play.

Narrator was awful. Couldn't wait till the end to review. I'll try to keep listening for the sake of the story.

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  • Simon
  • 27-05-2018

Tripwired for Sound!


The crackling brickwork of Child's prose coupled with the crunchy granite of Harding's voice used together to form the human concrete that is Jack Reacher is a combination strong enough to lay a patio that would outlast Stonehenge. These were amongst the first audiobooks I ever listened to on CD and re-visiting them has been pure joy!

This one's a little more staid than the previous two, we get to see a lot of what's going on under the hood with Reacher and it's more about his investigative work and background rather than the brutal violence that he's famed for.

In truth this one could arguably have done with some tighter editing but it still delivers lots of classical Reacher deduction and the central story line is compelling. It retains the stark directness of approach and a relatively simplified world that characterizes the earlier Reacher books. I would guess that your old English teacher would never use them to demonstrate the finer points of the literary art but I bet he secretly has a copy of a couple of them stashed away at home!

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  • Jude Malta
  • 31-03-2018

Another Winner for Me

Terrific, love the way it's read, voice fitting well, even the ladies, in spite of Jeff's distinctly male voice.

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  • Bea
  • 27-08-2019

Narrator

This guy reads like he’s reading a list. Awful narration. Characterisation of female characters: makes the all sound like bimbos.

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  • Michael P Varley
  • 30-11-2017

Not my favourite reacher novel but great narration

Well I'm three books into the Jack Reacher series. I would say this was the slowest of the three with more intrigue than action and of course as we learn more and more about reacher, the more we like him, so this maybe compensates for the lack of pace.

The major positive was the narrator. He is probably the best yet for the reacher books and actually makes the female characters sound feminine and believable. I guess this is an ongoing issue in all audio books but it's a major plus and helps you get immersed in the story.

So still a 4/5 for the story and I'm already onto book four which I note has the same narrator!

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  • Tony Powell
  • 15-06-2018

best by far

fantastic book the most enjoyable jack reacher book I've read. buy it now you'll not regret it

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  • Mr. D. F. Watts
  • 22-05-2018

Story is dull

For such a dull story there are lots of grotesque activities and characters. too much inactivity in the book, was glad when all was finally over.

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  • Claire Hailstone
  • 09-06-2021

master piece

5 stars, Lee child never let's you down.
reacher is a formidable character as per usual.

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  • MAJ2316
  • 29-05-2021

Another thriller from Lee Child

The story line is great yet again. Jack is his usual self. brilliant all round story. The mix of Lee Child writing and Jeff Harding reading is for me something that keeps me wanting more.. Book 4 next..

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  • DEREK
  • 27-05-2021

First Class

Another fast pace and entertaining story . Long may Jack Reached continue in the safe hands of Lee Child.

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  • Jack
  • 08-05-2021

Worst Reacher I've come across

This is absolutely my least favourite Reacher novel. Child's repetitive writing style does nothing but grate this time around, because the plot frequently takes a back seat to wastes of mostly empty narration. Speaking of the plot, though: it starts off reasonably well-paced, with a series of moving parts all coming together towards a final confrontation that, by around the middle of the book, seems crushingly inevitable and deliciously complicated. Then Lee Child realises that he's set some of the pieces almost at the end of their paths while Reacher himself is still largely unaware there's any real threat, and Child panics, and the plot dissolves into a mess of delays, journeys and minor discoveries. The confrontation itself, when it arrives, is lackluster. I'll not describe the details, but I'll mention that it involves a twist that the characters treat as though it were earth-shattering, but left me wondering why on earth it mattered. All in all, this book seems to be largely a stepping stone on the path to the more refined Reacher novels of the later series.

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