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Classic Reacher

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Loved it. Even though Jack is getting on a bit and he isn’t quite as sharp and lethal as he once was he is still more than capable of dishing out justice. The plot was fairly straightforward, which (to me) was good.
The writing was top notch as usual, very descriptive and full of humour, and as always Jeff Harding is brilliant and I can’t imagine Reacher’s voice in any other way now, the guy could read a dictionary and make it sound thrilling and suspenseful. Long wait for the next one now, hopefully it can be written in first person as I always find those ones a little more enjoyable.

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Brilliant book and series

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-09-19

Thoroughly enjoyable writing and narration as with the rest of the series. Onto the next one.

Very good

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Reviewed: 03-08-19

Great listen, full of detail and read brilliantly by John Lee, straight onto the next one.

Brilliant, honest and eye opening account

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-19

First of all I have to say that I had always thought that Joey Barton was a bit of a moron, a racist, a thug and a waste of a fantastic talent, mostly through reading the various tabloid stories about him.
Surprisingly it was narrated unbelievably well, and best of all we get to hear the true details of a very interesting life so far in a full, detailed and sometimes brutally honest way. It's brilliant to listen to the side of football that we rarely get information on, but the best thing is that Mr Barton is actually a hilarious, likeable and colourful character that isn't really anything like the horrible person he is made out to be by the some in the media. Brilliant listen.

Didn't enjoy it with multiple narrators

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-19

I loved the first 3 books and I was looking forward to this but I just can't get into it with the narrator changes. Maybe it's me but I was at narrator number 3 when I had to stop listening. I'm sure it's very well written and that the narrators are all good performers but as far as I'm concerned it just doesn't work well. I want to hear what happens, but I won't be listening to any more audiobooks with a cast of narrators, it's just not necessary.

Amazing listen

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-19

Very occasionally I come across a book that i just can't stop listening to. This was one of them, and after finishing it I am very tired because I've only had 4 hours sleep for the past 3 nights in order to carry on listening. It worth it though, onto the sequel now. The obvious comparisons for this book are with The Hunger Games and The Name of the Wind. It has similar themes with both.

Very good book and fantastic performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-19

Really enjoyable book and brilliantly performed by Jeff Harding. I was debating purchasing the book beforehand because of the negative reviews with people complaining about struggling to keep up with the plot because of the amount of characters, and that it didn't work well as an audiobook etc etc, but I loved it. There is a lot going on and a lot of twists and turns but I enjoyed it. I watched the movie years ago and I saw James Ellroy complaining in an interview that he didn't think the performances in the movie were great, or true to his characters, but I have to disagree. It may be because I watched the movie first, but the performances in the movie were spot on, and really close to the characters in this book. Great book though. And I reckon that Jeff Harding could read through a dictionary and make it sound action packed and interesting. Definately worth a listen

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-19

Really enjoyable series and a great ending to it. Fantastic performance by the narrator also. I'm really surprised that Craig Alanson could write such a wonderful fantasy trilogy considering how far away from Ex force these books are, he is so talented and hard working. These books remind me somewhat of LOTR, The name of the wind/wise mans fear and the Gentlemen Bastard books, so I would strongly recommend to anybody who has enjoyed any of those brilliant fantasy books.

Good listen overall

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I enjoyed it overall and I love Reacher, but it wasn't one of the better Reacher books. I found the first half of the book to be slow and a little tedious if I'm honest. And I got the sense that it was less about Reacher himself than the rest of the series was, which I didn't like. But the second half of the book was filled with "action" and we got to enjoy Reacher at his ass kicking best. I understand it must be really difficult for Lee Child to come up with original plots for Reacher when he has covered so much over the series of books but I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed with the plot after waiting what has felt like years for this one to come out. At the same time I think I'm only disappointed because I am holding the plot up against the ridiculously high standards that the previous books in the series have set. I'm also feeling a little salty that I have to wait another year or so (presumably) for my next new Reacher fix. Any Reacher fan will obviously enjoy, but it was tedious in parts.

Loved it

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Reviewed: 15-03-18

I have loved the whole series, even the padding and long explanations, can't wait for the next one.