March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Carter Crossing, Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base.Is the murderer a local guy - or is he a soldier?Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover.
The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine - and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn't she really want to find the killer?
The adrenaline-pumping, high-voltage action in The Affair is set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, and it marks a turning point in Reacher's career. If he does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn't, will the army be able to live with him? Is this his last case in uniform?
©2011 Lee Child (P)2011 Random House Audio
Glad to see the unabridged version followed quickly and as always with exellent narration from Jeff Harding who for me is Reacher. I have listened to Jeff many times in various stories and rate his skills highly all round, however he put's the character into Reacher like no other (no disrespect to the other guys who have performed the character, be it Kerry Shale or Dick Hill all of whom I like well enough as narrators). Whilst Lee Child structures the stories in exactly the same way as the last, I am unable not to want the next one, and the next one and always listen to the unabridged as I don't see that you can do justice to it in a 3rd of the time that the abridged versions offer. As always...hooked from the start and usually done within a couple of days!!
I can't get enough of this character I've read them all - books and audio. I read the hardback first and then wait, hoping that it's going to be Jeff Harding again, because he IS Jack Reacher. This one is back story, telling how our hero came to be on the road and out of the Army.
Just one note for the author, Lee Child, leave out the detailed sex scenes please!
Jeff Harding is perfect as Reacher, deep booming voice. His female characters take a bit of getting used to, but once you get into the story it's good.
Yes, this listen flew by.
Typical Jack Reacher
I had difficulty in downloading part two .Went to help by phone . The advisor was extremely helpful.
Enjoy most Audible books on route to and from work.
This was my first Lee Childs book which I thoroughly enjoyed. The narration was particularly good as Jeff Harding was good at delivering the various tones for each character. I for one want to hear more about Jack Reacher the main character and can't wait to listen to the next book. Only problem which one to choose..
When Reacher and Monroe left their "detainers" in embarassing situations:
Reacher - on a deserted road pants and shoeless. Monroe - tied up in a hotel room.
Laugh at times, As I listened to most of it on the way to and from work I got some strange looks when I reacted spontaneously.
This was my first "Reacher" book. I could not believe the detail and the sheer brilliance of the descriptive narrative. You could really feel the oppressive southern heat and you just don't mind the heat because the story just keeps getting better.
The details are so vivid and acutely "American" is is hard to believe the author is a Brit!
I really enjoyed this but I confess I am not keen on Reacher! I do find the language a little limited there is a lot of he said she said. This is more than compensated for by the plot.
This was my first exposure to Reacher, although I was reading "one shot" in print concurrently, it is written in a different style but I like the pace.
Whilst I enjoyed the story I find Reacher of dubious morality; he dispenses justice that I feel uncomfortable with but hey he's American.
Really enjoyed this story. Had a couple of twists that I didn't quite expect and as my first Jack Reacher novel, I really enjoyed it and am now trying to pick which one to order next!
If you like Jack reacher or even if you don't this book will keep you listening. one of the best of the Jack Reacher books so far. Always at the limits of legality and not always appreciated Jack is a one man legal system. his version of justice is tough!
Lee child has created a character that will live on for a long time, he seems to tap in to the subconscious and takes us to a place we all think we know, small town america. Because he fits his characters and locations so well with peoples mental pictures the stories come alive.
Reading is a little different if you are used to Kerry Shale (who I personally prefer) but still an excellent narration.
This is one of those rare books that seems to have been made better by being read - brilliant!
This was my first Jack Reacher and I felt the plot had a good pace and was well thought out. I found the sex scenes amusingly 'missionary' or maybe that is only the dumbed down version that we were given. Perhaps 'the second time' is best for Reacher as he has run out of imagination? Usually it is sufficient for me to know that the characters have/are being intimate but the way the 'act' was presented in this story fitted the literary device very well! It was amusing the way the two halves of the book cut in at 'that' moment. The violence was gratuitous and I do not like people acting as judge and jury. I will try a few more of these books but suspect that I will not get on with the format if this is what the others are like.
"If this was my only Reacher book.."
I would own no more if this was the first I had read, this was the same formula but it felt loose.
"Jack against bureaucratic malfunction."
Fearless, violent, right.
As a non-American, who loves America, the covering up Washington scandal riddled politician is the stuff of legacy. Jack and the district tortured beauty, sorts out all sorts of political malignancies. The fun is, it is not done with diplomacy, but something a lot more primordial.
The local brainless duo walks up to Reacher in a tone of dissonance, Guess the outcome? I was playing air-vigilanty while listening.
Too true. Dishes not washed, owner unhappy.
"Not so good"
I have listened to around 3 lee child books. This one is my least favorite of all of them. I like the reacher character a lot, so I kept returning to lee child books thinking that it would be worth my time. I gave 3 stars only because I completed it. If you never any reacher novel before then start with "one shot". If you want something better than "One Shot" this one is certainly not for you
"My 14th Jack Reacher novel & I rate it in my Top 5"
It was nice to go back in time to Reacher's final days in the Army and the story being told in the 1st person was interesting.The opening is a little bit too descriptive for my liking but the pace picks up quickly and ~12 hoursof listening passed in a flash. The last 90 minutes had me absolutely hooked. I also really enjoy Jeff Harding as narrator ... my favourite by far.
Because this particular book is told in the first person there can really only be one favourite character .. .Reacher himself. Otherwise, I always love it when Neagley pops up in the story line and her bit part in this novel doesn't disappoint.
Jeff Harding knows when and how to pause. He is articulate and I like that his volume is pretty much normalised throughout ... no whispering or yelling. He easily communicates a faster pace when necessary and I love that I can't really hear him breathing. His voice reminds me very much of Jack Nicholson but with absolute clarity.
My tag line for a movie of this book would be "Apple from the tree" as in "The apple does not fall far from the tree" or to quote Friedrich Nietzscheas "What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father."
Great book. Great listen.
"Another great Jack Reacher novel"
Great story, and good to hear a story from Jack Reacher's background in the army
He's a excellent narrator, does an amazing job of all of the different voices. You can tell who the character is just from the way he speaks for them. Even does women's voices well.
Definitely. Trouble was, sleep got in the way, so couldn't listen to it all in one go.
The Jack Reacher series is awesome, and this is as good all as the others I have listened to. If you like Reacher, you will like this one.
Spoken in the first person, as if narrated by Reacher, which was a nice change from the normal third person style, helps you to get a good feel for him.
"Riveting reading when commuting daily"
Suspense gripped me from the first line when the scene is set for the eventual confrontation between Reacher and Colonel Franklin. What also kept the read enjoyable was that the suspect seemed obvious until everything is brought to light in an enthralling climax.
Lee Child's The Visitor because the perpetrator worked for the FBI, an arm of state security, as Colonel Franklin worked for the military in The Affair. .
Jeff Harding, being american, brings strength to the Reacher character and makes him believably american even though Reacher grew up on different army bases all around the world.
The deep social divide between rich and poor and perception of justice in communities on either side of the tracks moved me throughout the story.
The gruesome way the women were murdered in the story may outrage sensitive listeners, but the message is that power hunger can be very cruel and must be seen in that context. The passion scenes only spice up the story and nothing more as there is clearly no future commitment.
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