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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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.
Okay, I almost never write a negative review, especially on an author I enjoy, but by chapter 3 I wanted to smack the crap out of the lead female character. I am completely disgusted by how weak and whiney and pathetic she was made out to be. Maybe it was the way it was read, but I doubt it. Carmen, the female lead, is completely pathetic with no redeeming qualities. "oh poor me, I'm helpless and I neeeeeed you" UGH! I hated everything about her. I am not a feminazi but this is the not how women should be represented. She screwed up her life and takes no responsibility for her own actions and expects Reacher to just fix things for her. I REALLY REALLY dislike her.
The female lead character was the most annoying character I think I have ever had to read/listen to
anger and extreme annoyance
- CStone "CR"