Die Trying : Jack Reacher

  • by Lee Child
  • Narrated by Johnathan McClain
  • Series: Jack Reacher
  • 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach.
Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

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A meagre offering compared to 'Killing Floor'.

I literally blasted through the first Jack Reacher audiobook (Killing Floor) and was VERY excited to get stuck into Die Trying. To start, the book was great. It had a really good premise and left me thinking that Child was onto a brilliant plot.

Let's just say that I did not think that again.

The first mistake made with this book is totally beyond Lee Child's powers as an author to stop: changing the narrator. Dick Hill did a great job in the first one and really brought each and every character to life. Jonathan McClain just makes you wish every character was dead. At times his vocals are good, but those times aren't frequent enough. It's his character work that really hurts the piece. Reacher comes across as an arrogant, cocky, annoying guy at times (might just be my being overly critical). Bo sounds like a fat, asthmatic 7 year-old girl who is constantly surprised (could not take him seriously because of this). Several of the other characters voices change in pitch for no reason and a couple even sound like Bo at times.

Back to the story. As I said, it starts off great, but it just goes down hill. The idea of domestic terrorism is great. Shows just what could happen if the government pushes people the wrong way for too long. But some of the things that happen throughout are so far-fetched I was tempted to stop reading. I get that Reacher is a highly trained ex-military...but he seems to be a jack of all trades and master of even more. No military man should be capable of performing every task under the sun as though he had been trained at it for his entire life. I thought at one point 'if he stumbled across a nest of vipers we would suddenly learn he had training in India to be a snake charmer.'

One upside to the book is that it's very informative. As I said above, Reacher has a flawless working knowledge of everything. And he imparts that knowledge.

I did see this book through to the end purely to see if certain characters got what was coming to them and my dislike of leaving something unfinished. Not through any real love for the story like I had with Killing Floor.
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- Swords and Spectres

Recording has some out of sync chapters....

Good book but it gets confusing around chapter 40-42, until I realised that it was because the chapters are out of sequence!

Otherwise the performance is fine.
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- L

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks