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Worth Dying For by Lee Child
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Nov 19, 2010

really liked it



Can’t imagine any more plaudits that could possibly be heaped upon the always excellent Dick Hill. He has been named both a Golden Voice and a Voice of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and is a three time winner of the Audie Award. It goes without saying that he’s in great demand not only by audio book publishers, but also by discerning listeners who look for his name on an audio edition.

With experience as a stage actor and writer Hill has been the voice of Jack Reacher from the beginning with his narration of the 1997 Killing Floor. There’s no other way to say it - he is the voice of Reacher, totally inhabiting this character’s persona. And, that’s not an easy task considering the scrapes Reacher gets into.

WORTH DYING FOR takes us deep into Nebraska (although Reacher is headed for Virginia to meet Susan). Nonetheless, as luck, fate, and the fellow from whom he hitched a ride would have it he’s dropped off in a small corn country town with one motel.

Things take an immediate turn for not any better when he runs into a drunk doctor in the motel bar. He agrees to drive the M.D. to a home to treat a woman’s broken nose. When Reacher finds out how her nose suffered such a calamity, of course, he decides to teach her husband a lesson.

Gallant but not a very good idea because this puts Reacher up against some mean, powerful men, the Duncans, who run the town and its cowed citizenry. As it turns out the Duncans also have some folks to fear, and there is the decades old case of a missing child.

Virginia and Susan will just have to wait - if Reacher gets out of Nebraska alive.

- Gail Cooke
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