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Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me

Narrated by: Steven Pacey
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS.

On September 1, 1994, Lee Child went out to buy the paper to start writing his first novel - in pencil. The result was Killing Floor, which introduced his hero Jack Reacher. Twenty years later, on September 1, 2014, he began writing Make Me, the 20th novel in his number-one best-selling Reacher series. Same day, same writer, same hero.

The difference, this time, was that he had someone looking over his shoulder. Andy Martin, uber Reacher fan, Cambridge academic, expert on existentialism and dedicated surfer, sat behind Lee Child in his office and watched him as he wrote. While Lee was writing his Reacher book, Andy was writing about the making of Make Me.

Reacher Said Nothing is a book about a guy writing a book. An instant metabook. It crosses genres by bringing a high-level critical approach to a popular text and gives a fascinating insight into the art of writing a thriller, showing the process in real time. It may well be the first of its kind.

[Spoiler alert: if you haven't read Make Me yet, this book contains spoilers.]

©2015 Andy Martin (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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you won't learn much about Lee's writing from this

It was alright - a bit waffly and dull in places. the author did well to drag it out as long as he did, given Lee Child's method of working which can be summarised as starting on Sept 1st and doing it bit by bit with no plan until he finishes it.

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  • James
  • Woking, United Kingdom
  • 06-12-18

Terrible writing

The idea of what this book could be makes you ignore the majority of the reviews. But they are right. This is a terrible book, ironically written by somebody so clearly knowledgeable and in love with books, and Reacher books in particular. There is way too much from the author in this book and nowhere near enough from Lee Child. The author's faith in his own sense of humour is hugely misplaced and not what people have bought the book for. It's a real shame.

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look at the reflection, and it looks back...

A great viewpoint from, the other side. well worth it.. Also if your thinking of writing a book, good tips etc..

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What a ride!


I read a review in a newspaper and thought - yawn. Then listened on Audio

Just loved it - it helps to know the Reacher books which I do - as do many others given Lee's sales figures.
Its literary and literal, the game playing with words for the book in progress was fantastic. I know who Lee Child is - who is Andy Martin - he made the book really...or was it the dynamic(s) between Martin and Child.... plenty of other characters as well.

Great to hear and feel how a book gets written.

Narration made me think three people were talking Child, Martin and the narrator.

I'l have to listen to it again it was that good, hang on another Reacher book just released....

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  • F. D. Warren
  • 13-10-19

How to kill Reacher's mystique.

Did anyone really think it was a good idea to publish this after it was finished? Here is a word that all successful writers should keep in mind. Mystique. This book destroys the mystique of the Reacher novels. It exposes their production by a bunch of whiney middle class prima donna's and even more hilariously tries to elevate them into the realm of fine literature. Hilarious. I have read every Reacher story and they are a rollicking fun ride, but to try and sell them as anything but brain candy is patently ridiculous. I want to believe this piece of writing is an April Fools Day joke but I suspect it isn't. Don't do a sequel and if you are a Reacher fan do not read it. In fact just don't buy it. I m going to pretend I never read it or I will end up hating Reacher given the utter intellectual trash Reachers creator and his friends associate with the character in this book. Worst book idea.....ever.