In the morning they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school.
Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make cold sweat trickle down your spine.
©2016 Lee Child (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
I've read all of the Reachers as hardbacks and love them. Formulaic in places but isn't that what fans find most comfortable? Reacher doesn't change for anyone and he's a great character for it.
I have started listening to the books now and have been enjoying the performances on the whole. Jeff Harding normally gives excellent character performances and of course breathes life into the main man where Hollywood has failed.
I'm afraid I disagree with some other reviewers here in that I have had to stop listening because of the poor performance. The character dialogue is fine but the narrator sounds like he's reading the story to us for the umpteenth time because we have failed to understand all his other attempts. His voice sounds exasperated and slightly irritated and this phrasing and intonation is repeated for sentence after sentence.
I'm now so aware of this that I miss whole chunks of the story because I'm thinking about the way it's being read. Maybe it's just me and Mr Harding is right to be irritated!
I'm going to buy the book in paper form and try again with the story - who knows, it could be the way it's been written and actually does read like a long forensic report.
Planning for the worst, hoping for the best!
I usually like Jeff Harding's reading of the Reacher books, but he seems bored here. Maybe it's the short sentences that child has taken to writing in. Don't get much emotion across. All sound the same. Story is pretty good though compared to the last couple
Great Reacher Story Excellently narrated by Jeff Harding featuring part of the old team ."Don't mess with the special Investigators". Thanks again Lee Child
I have loved ever jack reacher novel to date. I have had them all on audiobook. This did not feel like a jack reacher. The formula is completely out. The story is shallow. Where was the mystery or the side plot. Zero suspense. The narrator was also very poor. The staccato delivery was shocking. Stop start narration as though he couldn't slip out of character. Also the continued suggestions that Germany is or was completely racist in the late nineties is abhorrent... and yes I know this is a work of fiction. The worst thing to happen to jack reacher since tom cruise..
A man with a child in his ears.
Night School is another quality Jack Reacher novel. It has plenty of the familiar quasi-plausible plot lines and most importantly his trademark logical deductions and judge-jury-executioner approach to dealing with the bad guys. Jeff Harding crunches through gravel to bring the book to life with his granite like voice as narrator.
If I am totally honest I lap these up generally with relish but my favourite Reacher moments were when he is “just a guy” who gets caught up in fighting for the little guys against bigger guys. This is a bit different, a prequel to the other novels, and sees Jack working for his country against a massive threat to the world. He is co-operating, as much as Reacher ever does, with major law enforcement agencies again so it’s not quite my absolute favourite style of Reacher story.
The recent Reachers have mostly been good but they do seem geared more to Hollywood blockbuster plots which to me raises the suspicion that Child is influenced at least a bit in that direction. The old (or in this case young) Jack still shines through though.
It remains true that if you want to see a quality, high budget action block buster style movie Tom Cruise is definitely a valid choice. The *only* place you can find Jack Reacher though is in these books.
As a rule I'm a huge fan of Lee Child and this is the first time I've had one of his on Audible. Unfortunately I couldn't tell you what happens in this one, as I couldn't get past being annoyed by the narrator. His Jack Reacher voice makes Reacher sound like a thicko yob, and his take on the other characters is truly awful.
There's a lot of repetition of the same phrases, which perhaps are fine when being read to oneself, but out loud they're boring. Maybe I'll buy the book and see.
I sent the book back to Audible; so glad they replace what you don't like. I chose a Clive Cussler instead.
More of same
Slow burner but gets there in the end. It does not grip you from the outset so you have to persist for several hours.
As usual - the finale
Reacher - sans Tom Cruise!
Jeff Harding does his usual excellent job of bringing the plot to life in a uniquely Reacher way, but the book lacks the lustre of previous efforts.
Macho teenager with no taste.
Tone down jack reacher and find a new narrator.
Ithe narrator was so bad I couldn't listen for more than 10 minutes. Tried twice just in case it was my mood. It wasnt.
Jack Reacher, Lee Child and especially the narrator made this book impossible to listen to. A great pity because I've loved most of the books up to this point! I'm not sure an editor could save it. I'll have to find another hero to follow!
Couldn't comment properly because I couldn't get past the first chapter!
"Not as riveting as usual"
I always enjoy Reacher books but this one was a bit "meh" for me. Hard to pinpoint why, exactly but it was very detailed, lots going on, lots of names and not always as pictorial as his narrative usually is. Might have been me just having a bad day and I will go back and have another listen down the track but it won't be one I will be clamouring to listen to again
"Reacher said nothing......"
I am a big fan of Jack Reacher! I have rarely been disappointed by any of his stories in spite of the tendency of Lee Child (Author), to follow a tried and true format.
The one thing that struck me with this offering was the Narrators delivery of the short punchy sentences that Lee Child likes to use!
It is difficult to simulate a narration in text but each line is delivered in exactly the same cadence! Strangely, it seems to work!! Jeff Harding's voice suits this kind of writing style.
Overall? I enjoyed it! As for my Headline, well that's one of the most often used sentences in every book!
"gotta love Jack teacher gets better and better"
like a fine burgundy red this action gets better with age, Lee child genious again!!
"Reacher good, narrator not"
I've listened to all of the Reacher books in the series. On the whole the story was fine if not a little unexciting compared to others.
But I don't think Jeff nailed it with this performance. He has a good Reacher voice but throughout the book he sounded really flat. Sometimes this works because Reacher himself is flat but in this case I noticed and it got a little tiring.
During scenes with multiple voices it sometimes got a little confused who was talking. He didn't switch voices properly. It's probably difficult to do and not world ending just my observation.
Overall I liked the book and fans of the series will like it too. But it's not awesome. Also, personally, I prefer books which continue the timeline rather than being set in Reacher's past. I get the feeling Lee Child might have written himself into a corner in that regard. I really hope he finds a way out.
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