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No Middle Name

The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories
By: Lee Child
Narrated by: Kerry Shale
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex-military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. A brand-new novella, Too Much Time, is included, as are those previously published only in ebook form: Second Son, James Penney's New Identity, Guy Walks into a Bar, Deep Down, High Heat, Not a Drill and Small Wars. Added to these is every other Reacher short story that Child has written: 'Everyone Talks', 'Maybe They Have a Tradition', 'No Room at the Motel' and 'The Picture of the Lonely Diner'. Together, these 12 stories shed new light on Reacher's past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world.

©2017 Lee Child (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Excellent but I miss Jeff Harding

Don't get me wrong I do enjoy Kerry Shale's narrations but Jeff Harding is my all time favourite narrator (I've searched Audible using his name to discover authors new to me because Jeff's narration is always so very good).
I love Lee Child's writing, his character of Jack Reacher is probably my favourite and I listen to 4 or 5 audiobooks a week so have encountered many great protagonists from many great authors. John Connolly's Charlie Parker, Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin, Mark Douglas-Home's Sea Detective Cal McGill and many more are eagerly awaited in new books but Jack Reacher is such an interesting character particularly as shown in this collection of short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about his life as a kid and his travels around Asia, the US and even a short trip to England. As always I eagerly await the next instalment.

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Jack Reacher, no middle name, no real change

Typical Lee Child. Cool, clever and Uber violent stories, concerning Jack and occasionally his brother. The reader makes him sound like Clint Eastwood - probably a better choice than Tom Cruise

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No Middle Ground

A genuinely mixed collection of short stories with episodes from Reacher's teenage days up to "Too Much Time" which sets the scene for the next Jack Reacher novel "The Midnight Line" due out in Autumn 2017.

I'm often tempted by short stories but when a credit can buy you anything up to 50 hours or more it's hard to justify it on as little as an hour or two. I genuinely think Audible need to think about a system that possibly allows the purchase of multiple short stories for a single credit or indeed encourage authors to do more compilations like this in the audio format.

The quality of the stories does vary. Highlights for me were "High Heat" which tied Jack's history into a real-life serial killer and "Small Wars" which I found genuinely intriguing. Some of the rest I thought were a little pointless but if you'd like the odd nugget of Jack Reacher goodness occasionally between books this book will provide it.

The narrator Kerry Shale is Child's go-to guy for the shorter and abridged works. I prefer Jeff Harding but he does do a reasonable job.

All in all a good package for Reacher completists with the short stories available in a cost-sensible package. The quality and interest level of the stories do vary considerably though.

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Love my Reacher but this isn't him

Sadly I waited until all the novellas came together in one book rather than using my credits. All set up to listen during a long journey only to find ourselves not listening to Jeff Harding who is the voice of Jack Reacher, instead we have someone who cannot project his voice enough. When Reacher speaks in his Dirty Harry voice the volume in the car goes up to 27 to hear it clearly, then turning it down again when he does other voices otherwise we are deafened.

We are three stories in its good, we will persevere.......

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  • Nick
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  • 07-06-17

Some of the best Reacher stories

Some of these stories I already have, in fact I have all the previously released Audible Reacher short stories but there is enough other stories here for Lee Child fans to warrant spending one credit. Throughly recommended that especially if you haven't heard Kerry Shale as the narrator, superb

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no middle name

Would you consider the audio edition of No Middle Name to be better than the print version?

yes but i have all Reacher books from audible but i have 2 hard books 1 i bought for my son as he has not got audible last year and this one as a easier to read as each story is 1 chapter

Who was your favorite character and why?

reacher because i can remember he is 6ft 5ins not 5ft 3ins like in the films

What does Kerry Shale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

i love to listen in bed but as each chapter is a new story i can listen for 8 nights b4 sleepand get up after anew story b4 noon

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

no as the others last 2 sitting as 5-7 hours is a long time to sit without the work i did beforewhich is why i lie down to listen while husband is watching what he wants and not sport

Any additional comments?

this is the best Jack reacher is my fav story now Dick francis has died and Felix is too needing what the papers say for his ideas and not what his heroes neededthese are all the books i need to read or listen to

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A great listen.


I realy enjoyed this audio book. Some of these short stories were new to me but I enjoyed them all. I am also a fan of the narrator.

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Africanskyblue

packed with Jack Reachers dry humour. A solid few hours of audible entertainment.well worth the time.

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Well worth listening to even if you have read the short stories

I have read the short stories already published on Kindle and EPub but there are new unpublished stories included. It has been some time since I read the short stories so they were a good listen and the new ones were the icing on the cake.

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Another good read.

Very good, some stories are brilliant and a great insight into Jack Reacher's early life. Recommended.

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  • Cindy
  • 19-07-19

Prefer full length stories.

Short stories lacked any mystery. Always found myself wishing the concept had been used for a novel.

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  • Raymond J. Chalmers
  • 23-03-19

Great combo of Reacher tales

Always great to hear from my buddy Jack Reacher. Always wanted to know what he was up to between books