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Nothing to Lose

Jack Reacher 12
By: Lee Child
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: Jack Reacher, Book 12
Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,279 ratings)

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Summary

Two small towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can't find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four redneck deputies who want to run him out of town. Mistake. They're picking on the wrong guy. Jack Reacher is a big man, and he's in shape. No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing, except bloody-minded curiosity. What is the secret the locals seem so keen to hide?

A hard man is good to find. Ex-military cop Reacher is today's most addictive hero. Now he pulls on a tiny loose thread, to unravel conspiracies that expose the most shocking truths. Because, after all, Jack Reacher has nothing to lose.

©2008 Lee Child (P)2009 Random House Audio

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Reacher ... a magnet for trouble

Oh Reacher Reacher when will you learn to keep your 6' 5" frome out of trouble. If Lee Child's creation did then we would robbed of a dusty, eccentric, travelling rough neck with the moral code of the Lone Ranger wedded to the chivalry of a medieval knight. This strory saunters along gathering dust and trouble. None of the trouble is of Reachers making of course though in the breaking of a few arms and heads he is more than able to find solutions.
Without the voice of Jeff Harding ... who in my mind is THE Reacher ... the vision would not be complete. Jeff Hardings voice is 6' 5"" tall and what a fine story he tells.

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Not up to Lee Child's usual high standard

I have listened to every book up to this point in the order they were written, which I highly recommend, some people have said you don't have to read or listen to them in order but you do miss out on the overall development of the Jack Reacher character and how he adapts to changes in technology over the years, as well as the experiences he has and there are many references to previous stories in his books which although do not impact on the story add to the enjoyment when you are 'in the know'.

Jeff Harding is Jack Reacher, I have never been disappointed with his performances, he is excellent, his female voices might be a little samey but overall his is superb, by far the best narrator out of those who have also done previous books.

The story.. don't worry no spoilers

Regretfully I have to say this is by far the least interesting story of the first 12 books, up to now every book without fail has been a thrilling ride, unfortunately this one just wasn't.
It got to the point where I was actually not listening to the book, there was just far too much superfluous descriptive prose which I personally felt were only in there to try and bulk out a lacklustre story, I just didn't feel engaged with Jack and his curiosity to get to the truth, I felt disinterested in the plot and the characters involved.

Don't get me wrong, there are great scenes in the book where Reacher dishes out his usual form of justice, not least the scene with the orderly, it is just epic but it wasn't enough. Even the ending was a disappointment, I have told myself when I get to the last book I will start again from the first book but I have to say this one will get missed out.

Hoping Jack Reacher 13 is Lee Child back on form.

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  • calum
  • duffus, United Kingdom
  • 18-03-14

Bit pedestrian and fanciful tale

Would you listen to Nothing to Lose again? Why?

Wouldn't listen again as unlike the other Reacher novels it has poor character development , little emotional connection and fanciful story.

What will your next listen be?

Simon Kernick - Stay alive

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

Good performance by jeff harding but struggles to work with poor material.

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

No part of the book really engaged me emotionally and the whole experience left an insubstantial feeling.

Any additional comments?

After listening to all the reacher novels so far this has made me want to take a long wait before trying book 13.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent, Fast-paced Thriller

Lee Child's character Jack Reacher is a fantastically controversial hero - a man who lives by his own rules and considers that results always justify the means. Throughout the series he wanders the US with a random freedom bordering on an obsession to be hidden from the world - anonymous in the crowd. Wherever he encounters wrongs he puts them to rights in his own direct and ruthless way - often trespassing on the law, his results always land on the right side of justice.

In Nothing to Lose, Reachers wanders into a town called Despair in the state of Colorado - and is promptly arrested by the town deputies for violating the Vagrancy Ordinance. He is ejected back to the town he had come from, Hope where he is met by his soon-to-be reluctant ally, a police officer named Vaughn.

Reacher's stubborn curiosity carries him back into despair and together is Vaughn he uncovers a conspiracy that involves the whole town, being carried out by the unbalanced sectarian owner of the metal recycling plant that provides business and revenue for the entire town of Despair.

Through the character of Reacher, the author injects interesting views of military duty and desertion, of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Army as an institution.

All in all a very enjoyable, fast paced thriller with a good mix of dry humour and action. It fully deserves the 5 star rating I have given it and it is well read by Jeff Harding.

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Give this one a miss

I didn't enjoy this one. Didn't engage with the characters or subject matter. Not this time.

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  • G
  • 01-12-13

Excellent

Really enjoying the Jack Reacher novels and this one I couldn't stop listening to, the storyline really draws you in, this is the 12th Jack Reacher book and they just keep getting better. Again Jeff Harding does an excellent job of narrating the story, looking forward to the next one!

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Not the best

Having read all the books in sequence up to now this is by far the worst!
Weak plot with no suspense and a LOT of unnecessary scene padding.
Not up to the usual standard.

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Great action, weaker mystery

I’m reading/listening to all the Jack Reachers in order of release. The series is very enjoyable. I would say though this story and the eventual mystery uncovered by Reacher was far more plodding than in previous outings. There was rarely a sense of real risk or danger that’d been present in his previous outings and therefore propelled the story forward. That said the fight sequences were excellent, some of the best written in the series. The voice acting was on the whole very good, the female voices could probably use a female actor!

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Overrated

Quite disappointed until the last 120 pages where action happened. The first third was slow. Definitely not going to be a reread or one of my favourites.

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Still good but the weakest Reacher story yet.

I felt this story went on and on without getting anywhere. It was a poor plot and Mr Child really dragged it out. The Jack Reacher series is my favourite so still a 4 star.

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  • Joe de Swardt
  • 15-07-13

Jack does scrapyard challenge.

What did you love best about Nothing to Lose?

Closed, stifling, suspicious? Jack can punch all the way to freedom.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nothing to Lose?

Early on Jack enters the town and orders a beer, the locals give him the evil eye, and Jack responds like Jack does. Stereo and deluxe.

What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

Jeff gets Reacher, awkward, elusive, charismatic, blunt. Believe, I tell you, believe!

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

Come on this is Jack Reacher, if you get moved by fiction, this is not your genre. You get a kick! Plenty of those in this novel, each as purging as dry figs.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-18

Chapters.

I hate it when the chapters don't align to that offered as chapters from the book. One has trouble finding the place to start listening, when distracted. I loved the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful