Echo Burning : Jack Reacher

  • by Lee Child
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • Series: Jack Reacher
  • 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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very dissapointed

What did you like best about Echo Burning? What did you like least?

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.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story line was fine. It seemed similar to the rest of the series and was the only thing that kept my attention.

How could the performance have been better?

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.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

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.

Any additional comments?

PLEASE PLEASE reproduce this series with a different narrator.

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- Amazonian

Detective sleuthing in Texas

Echo Burning is Lee Child's 5th Jack Reacher volume. This time out Jack is wandering through Texas when he comes to the aid of a domestic violence victim eventually accused of murder. Although the original release was 15 years ago, the illegal immigrant issue plays prominent. This time out, the classic Reacher insight and deductive reasoning comes much later in the tale as Jack must navigate corrupt officials, a naive attorney, riff-raff bigotry, and a professional hit squad.

Rather than mixing in Jack's various skillsets throughout the story, Jack begins trying to stay uninvolved, followed by fighting, then deciphering all the clues, and finally his shooting skills are called into action. One unique feature is the denouement where Reacher expounds on all the clues to all the parties with the killer included.

Dick Hill reprises Jack in his typical excellent style with solid pacing, tone and mood.
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- Michael G Kurilla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio