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The Affair: Jack Reacher 16 | [Lee Child]

The Affair: Jack Reacher 16

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....
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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

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    Oliver Penarth, United Kingdom 21/11/2011
    Oliver Penarth, United Kingdom 21/11/2011
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    "Reacher is back"

    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!!

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Verwood, United Kingdom 19/08/2012
    Pauline Verwood, United Kingdom 19/08/2012 Member Since 2008
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    "Love Reacher!"

    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!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Bromborough, United Kingdom 14/01/2014
    Martin Bromborough, United Kingdom 14/01/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Gripping, suspenseful Reacher"
    Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, this listen flew by.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer CHICHESTER, United Kingdom 04/11/2013
    Amazon Customer CHICHESTER, United Kingdom 04/11/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "little slow but a good story"
    If you could sum up The Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Typical Jack Reacher


    Any additional comments?

    I had difficulty in downloading part two .Went to help by phone . The advisor was extremely helpful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beverley Birmingham, United Kingdom 16/08/2013
    Beverley Birmingham, United Kingdom 16/08/2013 Member Since 2009

    Enjoy most Audible books on route to and from work.

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    "Enjoyable"
    If you could sum up The Affair in three words, what would they be?

    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..


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roderick Paterson Slough, Berkshire United Kingdom 16/04/2013
    Roderick Paterson Slough, Berkshire United Kingdom 16/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "A brilliant introduction to Jack Reacher"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael BT England 12/04/2013
    Michael BT England 12/04/2013 Member Since 2007
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    "Am I a Reacher fan, probably not but..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Martin Bradford, England 18/03/2013
    Laura Martin Bradford, England 18/03/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "Gripping"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Ipswich, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Howard Ipswich, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2005
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    "Jack's back at his powerful best"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom 20/12/2012
    Paul Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom 20/12/2012 Member Since 2007
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    "It made me find time to listen. Captivating."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • SharonJen
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    14/07/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    Coventry, U.K.
    15/07/13
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    "Jack against bureaucratic malfunction."
    If you could sum up The Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Fearless, violent, right.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The local brainless duo walks up to Reacher in a tone of dissonance, Guess the outcome? I was playing air-vigilanty while listening.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too true. Dishes not washed, owner unhappy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • silambarasan
    SINGAPORE, Singapore
    13/04/13
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • STEVEN
    MINDARIE, Australia
    11/02/13
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    "My 14th Jack Reacher novel & I rate it in my Top 5"
    What made the experience of listening to The Affair the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    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."


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Terrigal, Australia
    10/02/13
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    "Another great Jack Reacher novel"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Great story, and good to hear a story from Jack Reacher's background in the army


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. Trouble was, sleep got in the way, so couldn't listen to it all in one go.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gerald
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
    06/11/12
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    "Riveting reading when commuting daily"
    What made the experience of listening to The Affair the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Affair to and why?

    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. .


    What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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