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.

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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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Disappointing

I am a huge Jack Reacher fan. I usually buy the next book in the series the day it comes out, devour it quickly and then wait impatiently for the next offering. I had been counting the days for Night School's release and bought it as soon as the audible book was available. I can only compare my disappointment with this book by comparing it to my disappointment in watching Tom Cruise portray my beloved Jack Reacher on film. Both just don't work. I'll leave the Cruise discussion for another format. Night School starts with Reacher making his typical deductions as to why he finds himself sent to a "multiagency cooperation school" with two other successful investigators from other government agencies. Unlike past efforts, these deductions were not difficult or interesting. Unfortunately that also described the rest of the book. It plodded forward, with limited flashes of the Reacher I love. I was even indifferent to Reacher's "love interest" that came across as two people using the other for sex with little effort put forth into even a friendship. I finished the book, disappointed that the improvements I kept hoping for never came. I honestly felt more vested in the "bad guy's" plot and future plans than in Reacher's efforts to stop him. Will I read the next book in the series? Absolutely, and I will hope this was just a one off boring book and not a sign of future offering.
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- Phil

Another disappointment

I used to look forward to a new Reacher novel every 12-13 months, but there have been enough recent stinkers that I'll probably get my annual Reacher fix by re-listening to some from earlier in the series. Night School could have had another protagonist with a different name (let's pick Snopes) and the only clue the listener would have that it was a Reacher novel was the handful of "Snopes said nothing" sprinkled throughout the 13+ hours. And was this storyline even believable? I'm not a weapons expert but my first guess is there is no way this could have ever happened, even in a suspended-reality world. Reacher had a couple of physical confrontations with burly antagonists but his "take no prisoners" persona was pretty much absent during most of the book. This offering by Childs wasn't quite as bad as the installment several books back when Reacher spent most of the story sitting in the back seat of a car. But it was close. Reacher fans will be disappointed by Night School. Listen to an earlier series offering instead.
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- Ed

Book Details

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