The best-selling novel featuring the "wonderfully epic hero" (People) who inspired the hit film Jack Reacher.
Thumbing across the scorched West Texas desert, loner Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there. Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is pretty Carmen Greer. But for Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch. Carmen's got a story to tell, and it's a wild one. All about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that's pure Gothic. She's also got a plan. Jack Reacher's part of it. And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.
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Dick Hill did fabulous, and story kept me guessing
I definitely would listen to this book again. Dick Hill's ability to do all the voices with precision really made this a slam dunk for me. He not only was able to soften his voice to get the inflexions right for the women, but nailed the little girl's voice too, and as always, was hard and ruthless when doing Reacher's voice, especially in the action spots.
I liked the humanization of Jack Reacher in this story. In other Reacher books, we've seen Reacher have some sympathy for others but mostly just agression for those who are doing bad things. In this story, we get both sides, his sympathy and understanding when dealing with a small child, and other innocent people, and his ruthfulness when dealing with the bad guys. Reacher is the perfect example of a man in this story, I feel, protecting those who need protecting, and dealing with those who need dealt with.
Interestingly enough, my favorite character was Ellie, the little girl. The book did a fantastic job at describing her character, and making her really come alive, and Dick Hill did a fantastic job of making her come alive as much as possible with his voice inflexions and getting all of her emotions spot-on. When she's scared, you hear fear in Dick's voice; when she's happy, you can hear the joy and excitement too. Dick Hill became one of my favorite narrator's from this story.
Yes it was.
I have listened to about 3 Reacher books now, and all of them were narrated by Dick Hill. I started out just kind of tolerating Dick Hill as the narrator, because it seemed he was not able to really change his voice in ways that made each character come alive...but as soon as I heard him describing the action spots in these 3 books, I began to really like him, as he made them come alive for me. Then he did this book, and just absolutely knocked it out of the park as far as I'm concerned. He has become one of my favorite narrators now, and I don't think I could listen to a Reacher story he didn't narrate, as Reacher and Dick Hill have become synonymous for me.
I started off listening to this series from the beginning and LOVED each book prior to this one. In fact I was ready to purchase the entire series. I drive a lot so i have a lot of time to listen. Johnathan McClain did an amazing job reading the books. I was hooked. Then... On this book, and the entire remainder of the series, Dick Hill is reading them... It was painful. I'm sure he is a nice guy and reads other types of books well. Maybe something like the bible or Shakespeare. But he ruined this series for me.
The story line was fine. It seemed similar to the rest of the series and was the only thing that kept my attention.
The selection of the narrator was just WRONG. Really wrong. The narrator trying to do children's or women voices was painful. The lead female who I think was written to be a strong character, came across as whiny and weak. It changed the way the story came out.
The narrator seemed to have no control over his breathing. Some syllables were blurted out... others were skipped over. All voices he was trying to produce sounded really really old. which only worked out for the older characters in the story.
I would probably wait for this book to come out on Netflix or something. It is not a theater type of story. Other books in the series are definitely good movies.
PLEASE PLEASE reproduce this series with a different narrator.