No Middle Name

  • by Lee Child
  • Narrated by Kerry Shale
  • 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex-military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. A brand-new novella, Too Much Time, is included, as are those previously published only in ebook form: Second Son, James Penney's New Identity, Guy Walks into a Bar, Deep Down, High Heat, Not a Drill and Small Wars. Added to these is every other Reacher short story that Child has written: 'Everyone Talks', 'Maybe They Have a Tradition', 'No Room at the Motel' and 'The Picture of the Lonely Diner'. Together, these 12 stories shed new light on Reacher's past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world.

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No Middle Ground

A genuinely mixed collection of short stories with episodes from Reacher's teenage days up to "Too Much Time" which sets the scene for the next Jack Reacher novel "The Midnight Line" due out in Autumn 2017.

I'm often tempted by short stories but when a credit can buy you anything up to 50 hours or more it's hard to justify it on as little as an hour or two. I genuinely think Audible need to think about a system that possibly allows the purchase of multiple short stories for a single credit or indeed encourage authors to do more compilations like this in the audio format.

The quality of the stories does vary. Highlights for me were "High Heat" which tied Jack's history into a real-life serial killer and "Small Wars" which I found genuinely intriguing. Some of the rest I thought were a little pointless but if you'd like the odd nugget of Jack Reacher goodness occasionally between books this book will provide it.

The narrator Kerry Shale is Child's go-to guy for the shorter and abridged works. I prefer Jeff Harding but he does do a reasonable job.

All in all a good package for Reacher completists with the short stories available in a cost-sensible package. The quality and interest level of the stories do vary considerably though.
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- Simon

Excellent but I miss Jeff Harding

Don't get me wrong I do enjoy Kerry Shale's narrations but Jeff Harding is my all time favourite narrator (I've searched Audible using his name to discover authors new to me because Jeff's narration is always so very good).
I love Lee Child's writing, his character of Jack Reacher is probably my favourite and I listen to 4 or 5 audiobooks a week so have encountered many great protagonists from many great authors. John Connolly's Charlie Parker, Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin, Mark Douglas-Home's Sea Detective Cal McGill and many more are eagerly awaited in new books but Jack Reacher is such an interesting character particularly as shown in this collection of short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about his life as a kid and his travels around Asia, the US and even a short trip to England. As always I eagerly await the next instalment.
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- Jane Shepherd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-05-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks