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Night School

Jack Reacher 21
By: Lee Child
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,964 ratings)
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Summary

A gripping thriller from the get-go, the 21st novel in Lee Child's best-selling Jack Reacher series is a prequel, taking us back in time to his US Army Military Police days circa 1996. Fresh off a successful mission in the Balkans, he's commended with a medal but then mysteriously receives new orders. He's about to be sent back to school.

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

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Really Disappointed

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!

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Reacher Beats Cruise Control

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.

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Loved It Jeff Harding Brings Reacher story to life

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

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This guy can barely read

I’m sorry, it’s a good Reacher book but this guy reads it like he’s reading a list. Lacking any flow or drama he ruins the story completely. The guy who reads the Grey Man is so much better. It’s ruined this book for me!

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  • 23-09-17

One of the best Reachers

Would you consider the audio edition of Night School to be better than the print version?

Not read the book

What did you like best about this story?

not as much fighting as usual, and not as much of Reacher wandering around town grids while describing distances (though there was still some of that ). I liked that it was more like a detective story than some of his others.

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

Not heard any others by him. Accent takes a bit of getting used to, but better than many others.

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

Could have but listened in half hour chunks while commuting

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Great story<br /><br />

loved the story and performance but the end game was too simple and quick. just one eventful chapter more would have been perfect.

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Enjoyed this

This is the first Audible Lee Child book I have listened to and I found the reading style quite difficult to adjust to. In my head, when reading previous books, this is not how I read and not how I imagine Reacher speaking. Once I got used to it, it didn't bother me any more. Enjoyed the story and will be buying the next Jack Reacher book on Audible.

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I really enjoy the narrator and story.

I never get tired of a good JR story, if Lee Child agrees to another film, please let's not have a small guy playing the big man 😉

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A good read...

Good storyline but not as good as some of his others. Narrated well. Now looking forward to Lee Child's next one...

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  • 17-04-17

Voices distracted from story

This is my first negative rating. I found the accents and voices used by the narrator annoying and distracting. Put me off the story.

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  • 27-11-16

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

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  • Cody Konior
  • 23-11-16

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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  • Sue
  • 08-12-18

Narrator not the best

I love all Lee Child - Jack Reacher storylines and this was no exception. However I found the narrator for this extremely difficult to listen to which is disappointing because I purchased book 21 and 22. His tone and expression were repetitive and at times annoying and I found it took away my concentration for the story.

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  • pratheek ponnuru
  • 07-12-17

Terrible Narration!

The story is like most other reacher stories - as in the story is not great in itself but the character makes up for it. In this case, the narration doesn't allow that. Overall only for the fans of the series and that too those who cannot read the actual book.

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  • Ray
  • 17-02-17

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!

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  • Michael
  • 30-12-16

gotta love Jack teacher gets better and better

like a fine burgundy red this action gets better with age, Lee child genious again!!

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