Night School : Jack Reacher

  • by Lee Child
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • Series: Jack Reacher
  • 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Discover the thriller series that The New York Times calls "utterly addictive". After 11 straight global number one best sellers, Lee Child sends listeners back to school with the most explosive Jack Reacher novel yet.
It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind.
Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there.
Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset undercover inside the cell has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: "The American wants a hundred million dollars."
For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don't get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism.
From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law.


What the Critics Say

"Narrator Dick Hill's gruff, laconic voice continues to be a pitch-perfect match for swaggering hero Jack Reacher.... Hill's considerable range of accents also breathes life into a diverse supporting cast. Hill's voice remains an indispensable asset to Reacher's characterization." (AudioFile)


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Reacher iis getting old. That's for sure!

Jack Reacher was born in 1961 and at 55 has been of age to join AARP for 5 years, so Lee Child takes us back to 1996 when Reacher was 35 year old and a military police major in the US Army. In Night School Reacher is selected with a guy from the FBI and another from the CIA to find out what an American is trying to sell for "millions of dollars" to a suspected terrorist cell in Germany. It turns out that it is a package containing 10 miniaturized (50 pounds each) US nuclear bombs. The 10 are part of 110 that were produced at the Livermore Laboratory in California. You know that the novel is going to be good when Sargant Frances Neagley joins Reacher; she's likely tougher than Reacher. Manuel Orozco, also from Reacher's MP Unit, joins in the effort. (To learn more about Reacher's MP unit members listen to Bad Luck and Trouble which is Book 11 in the Reacher series. It is set about 10 years after Reacher leaves the Army. Frances Neagley appears in major roles in several Reacher novels before and after he left the Army.)

The novel contains lots of action as well as suspense. Reacher has a love interest who is his boss on the team that is seeking to find the 10 bombs. It seems to me that Lee Child adds more explicit description to the sex scenes that usual for him. The plot jumps around more geographically than most other Reacher novels.

Overall I enjoyed the story and I am awarding it 5 stars, but it is not among my top 10 favorites in the Jack Reacher series. Dick Hill's narration is superb. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Night School for those, like me, who enjoy the type of over the top action thrillers that Lee Child writes. As with many audiobooks by famous authors the initial ratings here at Audible are low, but those low ratings will increase dramatically as more listeners rate it.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"


When I start struggling with a long-awaited book by a favorire author early on, something is wrong. I had difficulty focusing on the story right away. because things seemed too quiet for Reacher's character. I could not imagine Jack Reacher sitting in a room on a too-small desk, waiting patiently, chitchatting, and swapping information with the other two students. He seldom ever shares information, especially about himself, with those whom he does not know or trust. He does trust Garber, but even there, Jack is not apt to taccept a new, unusual assignment without doing some personal vetting of his own.

Frances Neagley remains one of my favorites, but too many of the other characters seem too bland.

I have always enjoyed Dick Hill, one of the best, but some of his German accents were out of Hogan's Heroes at times.

I still remain a devoted Lee Child fan, but I think I want Reacher home again, sauntering along roads that turn complicated, sometimes mysterious, as he triumphs over evil, mostly alone or aided by trusted friends.
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- Genny Waddell "Genny"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio