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Tripwire is the third book in Lee Child’s internationally popular Jack Reacher series, read by Jeff Harding.

For Jack Reacher being invisible has become a habit.

He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys.

He doesn't want to be found.

But someone has sent a private detective to seek him out. Then Reacher finds the guy beaten to death with his fingertips sliced off. It's time to head north and work out who is trying to find him and why.

Although the Jack Reacher novels can be listened to in any order, Tripwire is the third in the series.

©1999 Lee Child (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • LINZI
  • 31-07-18

Not his best.

A typical Reacher but the ending felt really rushed. There were several characters who were right throughout the book and at the end you heard nothing about them. The ending was less realistic than usual, with the police effectively ignoring a trail of damage and dead bodies because 2 police officers had been killed. I doubt they have that much leeway ito overlook things. Resulted in a sloppy unfinished feel.

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  • zulfi
  • 19-05-18

not the fast reacher book you are looking for

By far the slowest Jack Reacher I read. after reading half way you feel like quitting.

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  • Andrey
  • 23-07-19

Could not finish

Could not finish this book. Main character is portrayed as clever guy, but behave as a not very bright guy. Most of the plot is clear from the start of the book

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  • Yonah Russ
  • 15-04-19

Narrarated like a baseball game play by play.

Narrator was awful. Couldn't wait till the end to review. I'll try to keep listening for the sake of the story.

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  • Simon
  • 27-05-18

Tripwired for Sound!

The crackling brickwork of Child's prose coupled with the crunchy granite of Harding's voice used together to form the human concrete that is Jack Reacher is a combination strong enough to lay a patio that would outlast Stonehenge. These were amongst the first audiobooks I ever listened to on CD and re-visiting them has been pure joy! This one's a little more staid than the previous two, we get to see a lot of what's going on under the hood with Reacher and it's more about his investigative work and background rather than the brutal violence that he's famed for. In truth this one could arguably have done with some tighter editing but it still delivers lots of classical Reacher deduction and the central story line is compelling. It retains the stark directness of approach and a relatively simplified world that characterizes the earlier Reacher books. I would guess that your old English teacher would never use them to demonstrate the finer points of the literary art but I bet he secretly has a copy of a couple of them stashed away at home!

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  • Jude Malta
  • 31-03-18

Another Winner for Me

Terrific, love the way it's read, voice fitting well, even the ladies, in spite of Jeff's distinctly male voice.

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  • Bea
  • 27-08-19

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This guy reads like he’s reading a list. Awful narration. Characterisation of female characters: makes the all sound like bimbos.

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  • Michael P Varley
  • 30-11-17

Not my favourite reacher novel but great narration

Well I'm three books into the Jack Reacher series. I would say this was the slowest of the three with more intrigue than action and of course as we learn more and more about reacher, the more we like him, so this maybe compensates for the lack of pace.

The major positive was the narrator. He is probably the best yet for the reacher books and actually makes the female characters sound feminine and believable. I guess this is an ongoing issue in all audio books but it's a major plus and helps you get immersed in the story.

So still a 4/5 for the story and I'm already onto book four which I note has the same narrator!

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  • Tony Powell
  • 15-06-18

best by far

fantastic book the most enjoyable jack reacher book I've read. buy it now you'll not regret it

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  • Mr. D. F. Watts
  • 22-05-18

Story is dull

For such a dull story there are lots of grotesque activities and characters. too much inactivity in the book, was glad when all was finally over.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-21

overly complicated descriptions effortlessly read

great story, well narrated. Reacher at his best and most improbable with a couple of nice twists.

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  • Mr R Haines
  • 13-01-21

Great story, fantastic narrator

Another good read in the Jack Reacher series - chilling in retrospect as much of the narrative is set in the Twin Towers only months before that fateful day that’s defined the turn of the century for us all. Jeff Harding as always does a brilliant job of bringing the story to life - granted he isn’t the best at voicing female characters or voicing a wide range of accents but his delivery and pacing is spot on.

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  • Joanne
  • 10-01-21

Another great book from Lee Childs

Jack Reacher at his best. Uncovering lies, finding truths, and saving those in need, with the beginnings of a romance too

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  • Adam Mcneill
  • 08-01-21

Tripwire

Jack Reacher, coming alive as a character you can follow. No problem listening no next chapter, Jeff does a great job being each character but he is Jack Reacher

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  • Stephanie Whitworth
  • 31-01-18

great book

Very good book. Good story and well written. Shame that Tom cruise ruined the movies

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  • S.A.R.R.
  • 23-12-18

Scooby Doo.

The only function of women in this book is as victims, as objects for the hero to have sex with as complications, or to suffer sexual violence that the author describes with apparent relish and in pornographic detail. Sometimes Child is better than this, but not here. Entertaining but pretty offensive, and has a tenuous plot. And the "baddie" has a scarred face, hook hand, and is read in an "evil" voice. Yup.

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  • Margaret
  • 23-10-18

Narration was painfully monotonous

Storyline not bad, but wouldn't have been more enjoyable with a different narrator. Did finish it though.

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  • Dwayne
  • 27-04-18

Okay, but far from Child's best.

Not a bad yarn, but I was left with unanswered holes and a story convolution near the end that screamed 'amateur'. Reacher asked what it was, so he told him. (But not the reader!) Terrible technique.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-18

A struggle to get through

It felt like real police investigation, long and boring. There wasn't enough Reacher badassery for my liking.

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  • Shaun
  • 14-01-21

A slow burner.

A very slow burner the book is awesome Albeit slow compared to book 2. the performance by Jeff is spectacular as per normal. Over all happy with the purchase.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-20

What another cringy love story tacked on?

Too predictable first two books were good (ish) - 3rd book made me cringe. Really? what a disappointment may as well get rid of the female lovers all together.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-20

awsome book

awsome book couldnt stop listeningi really enjo lee childs writing and stoy telling would read again

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-20

21 years ago

When Reacher was 38 years old he found Jody (again), he set a wrong right and made the world better. Thanks Mate. Rereading all his books again. Never bored during COVID-19

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  • Carla Dell
  • 02-04-20

Annoying narration

I could not listen to this because of the very irritating voice of the narrator.