Echo Burning, by Lee Child

Echo Burning (Jack Reacher Series #5)Finished audio 4-11-11, 3.5/5, fiction, pub. 2001

Unabridged audion read by Dick Hill, 13 Hours

Jack Reacher series book #5 (Book 1) (Book 2) (Book 3) (Book 4)

Jack Reacher, loner extraordinaire, has hitched his way to Texas and run into Carmen, damsel in distress.  Carmen has a request for Reacher.  She needs him to kill her husband.  Reacher is unsure if he believes her story of abuse but once he meets her young daughter he decides to work at her ranch to see for himself.  There he finds a domineering family and his presence alone brings out their worst behavior.  So, what happens when fists and bullets start flying?

Jack Reacher is a hard man, a drifter, and a man you’d want on your side in any kind of fight.  He’s man who has no problem killing, if rightly deserved and tries to help those weaker than him who are being picked on or bullied.  I wasn’t sure about him in the first book but then fell for him in the next few.  The problem with this book, for me is that I never really felt any emotional attachment to Reacher, which is odd since I love the character.  So, for me, this one fell flat.  The story was boring and even Reacher made my mind drift as I was listening to this one.

The reader, Dick Hill, did a fine job, but I wonder if the voices that he used for the two women in the book, Carmen and Alice, made me dislike them both, at least a little.

If you haven’t read a Jack Reacher book you should, but don’t start with this one.

I checked this audio out of the library.

23 thoughts on “Echo Burning, by Lee Child

  1. Misha says:

    I’ve just read one book in the Jack Reacher series. I don’t remember its name, but I had the same problem as you with the book – I couldn’t connect to Reacher or like him even a little.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Yeah, the first one left me not sure about Reacher, but I really started to like him in the next few after that.

  2. Thoughts of Joy says:

    Oh yes. In my experience, a narrator can do all sorts of damage! I literally just listened to one that ruined it entirely. I wouldn’t have been thrilled with the book had I read it, but my rating would certainly have been higher without all the dramatics of the narrator. I feel your pain, Stacy. :/

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I’m glad I;m not the only one! I do feel bad that it does affect my rating but sometimes it is a positive so maybe it evens out!

  3. Jenners says:

    I read one Jack Reacher book (One Shot) and it was a good and mild diversion buts I haven’t read one since. I can see these as being a once every few years type of read.

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