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Ever wondered what early experiences shaped Reacher's explosive career as butt-kicker supreme, the one-man guided-missile battler for justice? In this original new short story, Lee Child looks back on an incident in his hero Jack Reacher's teenage years as the younger son of a tough career US Marine, on a faraway military base in the Pacific.

©2011 Lee Child (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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'The coolest continuing series character now on offer.' (Stephen King)

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Warning! V short story!

Good little story, but be careful when using a credit for a story only 1 hour long.

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A worthy Reacher title

Second Son provides an interesting introduction to the childhood that led to the Reacher we all know. Fans will enjoy this short story, those not familiar with Reacher should read a couple of books first to get some context. A worthy short listen.

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Love the series of books

Sad I already heard this in 61 hours, such good books and stories will be back for more.

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Informative Story

Gives a great insight into how Reacher became an MP. Good narration and good pace.

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terrible

maybe i missed something when ordering the "next book in the series" waste of money

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Nice little background story

I liked the premise and the insight of Reacher as a young lad showing his initial signs of his detective skills. Loss of one star was the story is a little too short and kind of cut off at the end.

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A Tasty Teaser

A carefully crafted vignette, beautifully demonstrating the mastery of Lee Child in composing masterful drama.

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keep moving on

What made the experience of listening to Second Son the most enjoyable?

what was happen ,with in the family and a good story line.i

What other book might you compare Second Son to, and why?

it one of it own

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

no this was the 1st one but have got the next one. it may you listen and hang on to the story

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

yes it was as it was only about a hour time to relax

Any additional comments?

enyoy and let me have some me time

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Great backstory fot Reacher

Young but certainly not dumb. Already showing some of the traits that we have come to expect from Jack Reacher. Lee Child please give us more of these stories they're great

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Reacher, before he was "Reacher!"

They don't come much better than Jack Reacher. Yet again, another cracker from Mr Child

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  • Chris
  • 11-06-12

Good to learn about Reachers childhood

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, its good to get insight into Reacher as a youngster

Would you be willing to try another book from Lee Child? Why or why not?

Yes, am just about through the entire Reacher collection. Very addictive

Which character – as performed by Kerry Shale – was your favorite?

Reacher

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh

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  • Marcus
  • 10-06-12

What a rip-off

I am one of Lee Child's greatest fans but this so-called 'book', that wasn't much more than one hour long was a great disappointment. Could Lee Child be losing it - or just cashing in on is fame and success?

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  • Aline
  • 07-03-12

Backgrounder

Interesting backgrounder to at least some of the influences that supposedly caused Reacher to be the kind of person he is. Ridiculously short for one credit though.

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  • Judith
  • 05-12-11

A good short read.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to Jack reacher fans because it tells us about him as a young boy. It helps the reader to understand his character development.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was a nice satisfying ending.

Have you listened to any of Kerry Shale???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't mind his reading but I prefer Jeff Harding.

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

No, I was happy to listen to aboutm half an hour at a time.

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  • Donn Edwards
  • 02-10-11

Good Short Story

I enjoyed this short story about Jack Reacher at the age of 13. It is credible and enetertaining.

Before you buy this book, however, check out whether it is bundled with "The Affair", because it seems to be for US buyers.

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  • Chris
  • 30-08-11

Born to be Reacher

I really enjoyed this short story of Jack Reacher at 13. It sets out how he came to be who he is today. Even at 13, he's smart, tough, logical and never misses a trick. Saves the day for his dad & brother. Kerry Shale's narration is great very masculine, just like you imagine Reacher to be.