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4.10051282051282 out of 54.10051282051282 out of 54.10051282051282 out of 54.10051282051282 out of 54.10051282051282 out of 5 4.10 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Child Narrator: Dick Hill, Jeff Harding Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Reacher Novels Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9780553546163
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In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, ex–military cop Reacher sees more than most people would … and because of that, he’s thrust into an explosive situation that’s about to blow up in his face. For the only way to find the truth—and save two innocent lives—is to do it the way Jack Reacher does it best: the hard way.

Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation. He will use any amount of money and any tool to find his beautiful wife and child. And then he’ll turn Jack Reacher loose with a vengeance—because Reacher is the best man hunter in the world.

On the trail of a vicious kidnapper, Reacher is learning the chilling secrets of his employer’s past … and of a horrific drama in the heart of a nasty little war. He’s beginning to realize that Edward Lane is hiding something. Something dirty. Something big. But Reacher also knows this: he’s already in way too deep to stop now.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nine red-hot books ago, Lee Child concocted the rough, tough Superman of the crime-busting genre, as smart and charismatic as he is unbeatable. And then Mr. Child broke the mold…Reacher returns in this series’ tenth installment, The Hard Way. It’s one more labyrinthine story that takes off like a shot: as usual, Mr. Child has you at hello.”

    New York Times

  • “Fans…will find themselves hanging onto their armchairs for dear life. The Hard Way is a breathless, well-paced thriller.”

    Denver Post

  • “In The Hard Way, Reacher is better than ever.”

    Contra Costa Times

  • “Plenty of suspense writers play the tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold card, but Child is indelibly skillful, quickly sketching intriguing characters as he drops bombshell after bombshell. With its taciturn but engaging hero and almost unbearably prolonged tension, The Hard Way makes reading easy indeed.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Plunges Reacher into one of his most challenging—and thoroughly engrossing—adventures to date.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Like all the best thrillers, this one is about more than pace—the narrative propels you forward with a locomotive’s thrust, but Child never loses sight of the small detail or the human fabric.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[Child] shows again his mastery of the thriller…Jack Reacher may know the time to the minute without a watch and bring justice to bear wherever he goes, but this time he does it the hard way, sweating the details and working the clues…Tension builds through the plot twists to another riveting finish.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 kim | 5/10/2017

    " Too wordy, slow moving don't bother listen to someone else "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/26/2017

    " always love the way the stories start. I never start a book in this series and think it will be anything other then great. Jack Reacher is my fav. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel Thornton | 2/11/2014

    " Lee Child is the best at his craft. I eagerly anticipate his next book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/8/2014

    " How does he get into these pickles? Another instance when Reacher is in the wrong place at the right time and solves a difficult mystery, saving the lives of the most defenseless. We should all have a Reacher in our lives! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janschie | 2/4/2014

    " Child is so unique as a writer and story teller. His books tend to be addictive, as ridiculous as some of the plot points might be. Recommended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire Cheeseman | 1/31/2014

    " my favourite Reacher book to date! Had me totally hooked "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Visher | 1/23/2014

    " My first thriller in a very long time. I found it very engaging and a true edge-of-your-seat read. A friend recommended it to me who is currently writing a similar book. I just may read the rest of the Reacher series by Lee Child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/21/2014

    " I listened to this one. In fact, so far I have listened to all of the Lee Child books I have 'consumed.' I like the Jack Reacher character, who is huge and capable and honorable, and enjoy the stories and their relentless pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/20/2014

    " Great book as all of the Child's books are so real. This one threw me off until the final chapter. Great read and now it is on to another book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrymurdock | 1/19/2014

    " Man, can this guy write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/7/2014

    " notices something amis while having coffee. Gets involved in 'kidnapping' investigation. Where's the worn out/favorite toys? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marina | 1/7/2014

    " What can I say; I love the Jack Reacher character and all of the stories he is in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 12/18/2013

    " I have to say this has to be one of my fav Lee Childs books! It was so exciting! I didnt have alot of time to read it during the week so I read most of it today...I could not stop reading!!! I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it...On to Bad Luck and Trouble! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nelson | 11/14/2013

    " Action is what Lee Child is known for I guess, and the action was solid. I however, think that "The Hard Way" stands as a pretty cleverly constructed detective story, and I enjoyed it very much from that standpoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 11/11/2013

    " True to the formula. Pragmatic Reacher, unencumbered by respect for law, solves a mystery and gets pulled into a hunt for a disappeared wife and child and a disaffected mercenary. The Equalizer meets Have Gun Will Travel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/11/2013

    " Reacher decides who the bad guy really is in this thriller, then then goes about the hard way to bring him down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph McEwen | 6/27/2013

    " Another fast paced, action packed, page turner. Some of the dialog seems too clipped, but in general that the kind of conversations I have come to expect from Jack Reacher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larisa | 4/19/2013

    " 4.5 Stars, 2nd fav book in the series so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Michaels | 3/15/2013

    " How does the saying go about pizza, even if it is bad it is still pizza. That is how I feel about this Reacher novel. It wasn't bad but it is not my favorite. There was not enough head bashing and violence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg | 2/19/2013

    " Jack Reacher really gets himself in a pickle this time. Intriguing, Child does himself proud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Cavenor | 1/11/2013

    " Definitely my favourite so far, awesome doesn't cover it :p "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/1/2013

    " My husband sugested this writter to me. He read quite a few of his books in Iraq. I do like the writter, but this was a story about a kidnapping, and I DO NOT LIKE kidnapping stories. But it had enough twists and turns that I kept reading and I do look forward to reading more of his work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nivi_pooh | 12/30/2012

    " Good one go ahead and read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 9/5/2012

    " Good Action Packed Book. Kind of a Man's book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antonia | 8/7/2012

    " Everything I have ever read by Lee Child with Jack Reacher as the main character has been very good, love that series, hope he comes out with another as I have read them all a few times each and need a new one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elwolfson | 1/14/2012

    " Great action book. Similar but more direct and with less background than Clive Cussler books. I would be sure to bring some along while traveling. A great easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald Howell | 11/16/2011

    " 04/09/2012 - Another good read from Lee Child. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Carter | 10/2/2011

    " I've heard so much about Lee Child and Jack Reacher that I thought I'd give one a go. I wasn't particularly impressed and probably won't read another - I have read much better thrillers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Trounson | 5/20/2011

    " Love the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nelson | 5/9/2011

    " Action is what Lee Child is known for I guess, and the action was solid. I however, think that "The Hard Way" stands as a pretty cleverly constructed detective story, and I enjoyed it very much from that standpoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Opa | 5/9/2011

    " Enjoyed another thriller from Child. He is intelligent enough to write without using f-words and a lot of curse words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 4/27/2011

    " Honestly, I couldn't put this one down. Mostly a NYC setting with the Dakota and Majestic featured--familiar ground. The bad guys are really bad. The plot is gripping. Reacher does it all, as usual. I don't often say 400 pages flew by! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nana | 4/27/2011

    " A strange kidnapping. Reacher goes after the kidnapper and finds a whole new scenario! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Borax | 4/24/2011

    " This was good...but not my favorite Jack Reacher. He investigates way too much...and kicks butt hardly enough...but when he does, it is sweet! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 4/22/2011

    " Not the most complicated plot and a very easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 4/20/2011

    " I'm on a "Jack Reacher" marathon! Just finished the second in a row, and have started a third!! May have to take a break soon, but LOVE this guy and the stories!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mycroft | 4/18/2011

    " Man, Mountain, Machine. Jack Reacher is all of these things and more.

    My first foray into the world of Reacher-ature will not be my last.

    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JC | 4/16/2011

    " Another fun entry in this series. Nothing spectacular or new to see from the other Reacher novels but definitely a well written novel in the series. One thing that I really enjoyed was the shorter chapters. They were only a few pages long compared to the other books so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/9/2011

    " I figured out relativiely early on in the book. "

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About the Author
Author Lee Child

Lee Child is the author of more than twenty Jack Reacher thrillers, including several New York Times bestsellers and number-one bestsellers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. He is a native of England and a former television director.

About the Narrators

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.

Jeff Harding, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is one of the most active American actors based in Britain. He is regularly seen in film and television but maintains interest in fringe theater. He is particularly active in voice-over and radio work. Having competed in rowing for many years, he still lives by the Thames and rows regularly.