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Echo Burning

A Jack Reacher Novel
Written by: Lee Child
Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)
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The best-selling novel featuring the "wonderfully epic hero" (People) who inspired the hit film Jack Reacher.

Thumbing across the scorched West Texas desert, loner Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there. Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is pretty Carmen Greer. But for Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch. Carmen's got a story to tell, and it's a wild one. All about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that's pure Gothic. She's also got a plan. Jack Reacher's part of it. And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.

©2011 Lee Child (P)2015 Random House Audio

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Narrator is brutal... story is ok

This was not a bad story.... However it would have been a great story to listen to, had the narrator been better. His attempt at other voices is incredibly brutal and the extra noises his mouth makes when speaking and raspy breathing absolutely and completely distracted from the story.

If Audible actually reads this I would appreciate a refund for this poor performance.

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great book to listen to while driving.

some minor mis-pronunciations that were distracting but overall very good voice performance. at times during the book we missed a few turns, well written and unexpected ending.

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  • Lily
  • 2016-07-06

Very slow build makes the payoff unsatisfying

I think I could have skipped the first 8 chapters and made this book more enjoyable. it's such a long, slow build laying the foundation for the actual story. I enjoy the series and the Reacher revelations as the story unfolds were enjoyable, but the time list in the beginning made the fact the book was coming to an end the best part.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 2016-01-11

Detective sleuthing in Texas

Echo Burning is Lee Child's 5th Jack Reacher volume. This time out Jack is wandering through Texas when he comes to the aid of a domestic violence victim eventually accused of murder. Although the original release was 15 years ago, the illegal immigrant issue plays prominent. This time out, the classic Reacher insight and deductive reasoning comes much later in the tale as Jack must navigate corrupt officials, a naive attorney, riff-raff bigotry, and a professional hit squad.

Rather than mixing in Jack's various skillsets throughout the story, Jack begins trying to stay uninvolved, followed by fighting, then deciphering all the clues, and finally his shooting skills are called into action. One unique feature is the denouement where Reacher expounds on all the clues to all the parties with the killer included.

Dick Hill reprises Jack in his typical excellent style with solid pacing, tone and mood.

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  • N8
  • 2015-11-18

Dick Hill did fabulous, and story kept me guessing

Would you listen to Echo Burning again? Why?

I definitely would listen to this book again. Dick Hill's ability to do all the voices with precision really made this a slam dunk for me. He not only was able to soften his voice to get the inflexions right for the women, but nailed the little girl's voice too, and as always, was hard and ruthless when doing Reacher's voice, especially in the action spots.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the humanization of Jack Reacher in this story. In other Reacher books, we've seen Reacher have some sympathy for others but mostly just agression for those who are doing bad things. In this story, we get both sides, his sympathy and understanding when dealing with a small child, and other innocent people, and his ruthfulness when dealing with the bad guys. Reacher is the perfect example of a man in this story, I feel, protecting those who need protecting, and dealing with those who need dealt with.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

Interestingly enough, my favorite character was Ellie, the little girl. The book did a fantastic job at describing her character, and making her really come alive, and Dick Hill did a fantastic job of making her come alive as much as possible with his voice inflexions and getting all of her emotions spot-on. When she's scared, you hear fear in Dick's voice; when she's happy, you can hear the joy and excitement too. Dick Hill became one of my favorite narrator's from this story.

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

Yes it was.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to about 3 Reacher books now, and all of them were narrated by Dick Hill. I started out just kind of tolerating Dick Hill as the narrator, because it seemed he was not able to really change his voice in ways that made each character come alive...but as soon as I heard him describing the action spots in these 3 books, I began to really like him, as he made them come alive for me. Then he did this book, and just absolutely knocked it out of the park as far as I'm concerned. He has become one of my favorite narrators now, and I don't think I could listen to a Reacher story he didn't narrate, as Reacher and Dick Hill have become synonymous for me.

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  • jca1948
  • 2016-01-03

great writer even better narrator.

this,narrator. dick hill makes the book and characters come alive. it's another hit for sure

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 2016-04-01

fantastic story except for "he said nothing"

Whew! Tremendous story! This one has prejudices and injustices still current even 15 years since the book was published. Lee Child manages to create a mystery with numerous complications; you think you know who done it, then you have to change your mind, then again. Everyone says the others are lying, so you just don't know. You might figure out one aspect of the mystery, but you can't get them all! Reversals and changes in your thinking, but Jack Reacher figures it out in the end! Excellent, realistic twists and turns. I love Jack Reacher because he is so different from most other Good Guys.

17 chapters, 17 hours of listening, at least 200 iterations of "he said nothing". Then there are the variations-- "she said nothing," "Alice said nothing," "Ellie said nothing," "Reacher said nothing," and the surprise variations like --wait for it-- "Reacher remained silent!" There was so much NOT being said you wonder how anyone communicated at all! Repetition can have a literary effect, but this just became ludicrous and should have been edited out because it did become quite annoyingly distracting, but then it moved into humorous--"let me guess, he said nothing, right?" And some of the people were so awful, I burst out laughing when Reacher said, "I hope you get a tumor." I am still chuckling and wondering if I could ever use it. Seemed like an author joke.

I haven't been able to find out how old Dick Hill is but he looks younger than me (I) yet sounds 20 years older. I don't mind his reading of the Nathan McBride books by Andrew Peterson, but everything else I have heard from him has been disappointing. He wheezes and squeezes out words to the last molecule of air in his lungs, and makes women sound like crying 6-year-olds. He does old fat men really well and his Spanish is good until he makes a gringo mistake (no HIGH day kay/ no hay de que). Other readers really love his narration, but I shy away.

I am sorry I have to listen to Dick Hill, but I am hooked on Jack Reacher and will continue "reading"; I just can't re-listen.

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  • Greg
  • 2017-08-04

Nothing to excite or surprise anyone here.........

Hate to say it - but if you have heard one you have heard this one. It's time to get some fresh ideas from Lee Child. Dick Hill was awesome as always.

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  • Nevus
  • 2016-05-11

Skip this one and move on.

I decided to go through all of the Reacher novels. Every one has been great. Then this book stopped me like a boat anchor. Slower than quicksand. I actually set my speed to 1.5 and couldn't tell it was on fast speed.
I'll keep reading Reacher, but wish this one hadn't slowed me down.

To be fair, I'm half way. So far, no action. No deductive reasoning, no skills from his past. Where is the kick ass?
I'm ready for the next book now.

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  • Deborah B. Adams
  • 2015-11-28

loved this book can't wait for next in series

love the story, jack reacher is one of my all time favorite characters. not one part of these books is dull or boring. from start to finish

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  • MDMGSO
  • 2016-01-26

An Under Reach(er) for Jack

What did you love best about Echo Burning?

That it was a Jack Reacher novel. I am a big fan of the entire series.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There were way too many slow segments during the the character and plot development. At the end of the day, it was a a pretty good story, but it took way too long to get there. This would have been better as a well edited novella.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Dick Hall is perfect for the Jack Reacher stories, even when "Reacher said nothing".

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

No, unless I had known which segments to skip.

Any additional comments?

Not his best, but I'll keep on reading.

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  • Amazonian
  • 2015-12-23

very dissapointed

What did you like best about Echo Burning? What did you like least?

I started off listening to this series from the beginning and LOVED each book prior to this one. In fact I was ready to purchase the entire series. I drive a lot so i have a lot of time to listen. Johnathan McClain did an amazing job reading the books. I was hooked. Then... On this book, and the entire remainder of the series, Dick Hill is reading them... It was painful. I'm sure he is a nice guy and reads other types of books well. Maybe something like the bible or Shakespeare. But he ruined this series for me.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story line was fine. It seemed similar to the rest of the series and was the only thing that kept my attention.

How could the performance have been better?

The selection of the narrator was just WRONG. Really wrong. The narrator trying to do children's or women voices was painful. The lead female who I think was written to be a strong character, came across as whiny and weak. It changed the way the story came out.
The narrator seemed to have no control over his breathing. Some syllables were blurted out... others were skipped over. All voices he was trying to produce sounded really really old. which only worked out for the older characters in the story.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I would probably wait for this book to come out on Netflix or something. It is not a theater type of story. Other books in the series are definitely good movies.

Any additional comments?

PLEASE PLEASE reproduce this series with a different narrator.

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