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The Hard Way
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The Hard Way
by Lee Child
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Jack Reacher is alone, the way he likes it. He watches a man cross a New York street and drive away in a Mercedes. The car contains $1 million of ransom money. Reacher's job is to make sure it all turns out right - money paid, family safely returned. But Reacher is in the middle of a nasty little war where nothing is simple. What started on a busy New York street explodes three thousand miles away, in the sleepy English countryside.
Jack Reacher is alone, the way he likes it. He watches a man cross a New York street and drive away in a Mercedes. The car contains $1 million of ransom money. Reacher's job is to make sure it all turns out right - money paid, family safely returned. But Reacher is in the middle of a nasty little war where nothing is simple. What started on a busy New York street explodes three thousand miles away, in the sleepy English countryside.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Jack Reacher, the enigmatic crime crusader, loves to right a wrong and leaves a trail of defeated, and often destroyed, foes in his wake. Narrator Dick Hill is totally in sync with Reacher's modus operandi and delivers this latest episode, set in New York City, with his customary hard-driving pace and sharp dialogue. The kidnapping of Edward Lane's wife seems straightforward enough, but as the ransom demands escalate into the multiple millions, Lane's soldier-for-hire enterprise shows more than a few cracks. Conversations among a roomful of men present a definite challenge to any narrator, but Hill barely misses a beat. His British accents might give some momentary pause, but Hill delivers with spirit, pace, and suspense. What more could listeners ask for in this intriguing Reacher adventure? R.F.W. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 7, 2006
    Ex-army MP Jack Reacher is contracted by Edward Lane, the leader of a mercenary company, to track and recover Lane's kidnapped wife and daughter. But while Reacher is adept at finding people, this time he's got his work cut out for him, for in this case, the client seems to be just as suspect as the criminal. Hill narrates with a crisp, midrange baritone which effectively, if not spectacularly, conveys Child's prose. For the most part, Hill speaks naturally and clearly, but at times, he seems to exaggerate his enunciation, which results in some stilted passages. He doesn't alter his style much when shifting between dialogue and description, and so conversations are sometimes not as engaging as they could be. While Child's prose reads fine on the page, Hill's interpretation of it seems a bit too smug, which makes even the hero a bit unlikable. Hill's adequate performance will likely be sufficient for the casual audiobook listener but not for connoisseurs. Simultaneous release with the Delacorte hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 27).

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