• Worth Dying For

  • Jack Reacher, Book 15
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (8,509 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best seller.

The blockbuster Jack Reacher series that inspired two major motion pictures and the upcoming streaming series Reacher.

There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska...and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades old, that Reacher can’t let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment that’s already late - and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they’re just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world.

For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to keep on going, to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that’s bearing down on him. For Reacher, that was also impossible.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Reacher.
©2010 Lee Child (P)2010 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Jack Reacher is the coolest continuing series character now on offer.” (Stephen King, in Entertainment Weekly)

“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)
“Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.” ( Kirkus Reviews)

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    5 out of 5 stars

I'm hooked!

This is my first Reacher novel and I'm hooked. I like the detail. I like the main character and the supporting cast. I like the plot. Perhaps I wouldn't make a good detective but it took me quite a while to figure out the smuggled cargo. This makes the story that much more interesting. Dick Hill does a fine job narrating although his female voices weren't that convincing.
I haven't READ a novel since I joined audible.com; I read other material (newspapers, journals, manuals, etc.). It is a luxury to have others read stories to you; and so much depends on the author-narrator combination. The Child-Hill team works and I look forward to my next download.

14 people found this helpful

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  • Js
  • 10-26-10

He's Back

Lee Child left me feeling he was getting rushed and a little stale, especially in his last book, "61 hours". On the one hand, I want an author to feel free to write what he wants, and not listen to the forum of reviewers too much, since much of that feedback will be inhibiting. Among the complaints was a lot of whining about not enough action. Well hey, I was one of the whiners, and maybe he listened just a bit, because... Hurray. This is the take no prisoners Reacher of old; operating for truth and justice, but not by the lawbook.
Some people don't like the wordy essays on random subjects, or the way it takes 4 pages sometimes between the cocking of a fist and the landing of a blow... I love it. I love the observations and the mini lectures.
Lee Child takes his time with this one, slowly building the story and keeping it going to new heights of tension and action. No abrupt ending either, but rather a nice wind-down.
Wildly implausible and illogical at times, but such a great ride I just don't care. Lee Child joins Steven Hunter and John Sanford as one of my favorites in the mystery-thriller genre.

13 people found this helpful

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  • Ed
  • 11-09-10

Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher

If you like Jack Reacher taking care of bad guys, defending women and children and prevailing against seemingly insurmountable odds, you will love the latest installment in the series. The violence is over-the-edge in this one and Reacher's vigilantism pushes the envelope, but Lee Child finally decided to give Reacher fans a large dose of what they long for. Dick Hill did an excellent job with his voice characterizations but I wish the sound editor could equalize the volume of his whispers and screams. Not that I was really in suspense, but we also sort of found out what happened to Reacher at the end of 61 Hours. Thankfully Child didn't feel the need to tease his readers in this one. Nonetheless, I look forward to the next installment.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Not breaking any new ground, and that's fine by me

Child works another great tale. I particularly enjoy the feeling of all the characters of being trapped and helpless and Reacher's arrival being the catalyst that changes the entire dynamic. It's like the best of stories that take place in a building or ship or some other locale where the characters are trapped together with no way out but to take violent action. It's like Die Hard in the middle of nowhere.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Reacher is back..Stronger than ever!!!!

Lee Child and Dick Hill are an unbeatable combination. This collaberation is reminiscent of the earlier Reacher books-and I couldn't be happier. And how better to portray that character than to give him a cavalier attitude towards all things permanent. A drifter who hitch-hikes throughout the US carrying maybe some money, a comb and toothbrush.

When he needs a change of clothes, he buys a new set and throws the old set away. (You would know this if you read all the previous Reacher books).
Not a care in the world. No responsibilities. And yet, when he stumbles upon evil doings in strange towns, he cannot just pass on by. Reacher feels compelled to tackle evil and right all wrongs before moving on.

This is the Jack Reacher I have come to love. Wow. Talk about a modern day hero. This is not your average, rich, James Bond character with fancy toys at his feet. Reacher reminds me a bit of John Wayne in those old Westerns where he always rescues the damsel in distress. Only, in this series, Reacher rescues entire communities.

I hope Lee Child never stops writing about Jack Reacher. And, of course, we could never do without Dick Hill's talent and ability to bring such a multi-faceted character to life in a big way. Thanks so much for a fabulous story. I could not put it down. The suspense kept growing right til the end. I listened to it all the way thru. Can't wait until the next book!! P.S. As someone who carries everything she owns when she travels, I spend lots of time trying to imagine making do with just what is in my pocket--never happen!!

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Reacber never fails

Lee Child never fails to entertain and Worth Dying For is one more fabulous novel in a line of great novels! You might think The Reacher character would be near the end, however Child has upped the anty one more time. I loved this one from start to finish. Worth Dying For has action from start to finish and has no filler in between. Dick Hill is the master of his craft and never so much as Reacher.
Thank you Mr Child for a wonderful ride and please keep them coming.
Les C. Houston TX

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

great mystery- no romance

Dick Hill is a great reader.
This book is extremely violent and disturbing. Well written- definitely kept me listening very late into the night.
FYI-he never gets to Virginia- that was a big let down and unfair!

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  • Overall
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Jack is Back

This is the action packed adventure ride readers expect from Lee Child and Jack Reacher. It wasn't quite up to 61 Hours, but still a reallly good book and well worth a listen.

17 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Worth dying for

Lee Child has really grown as a writter from "The Killing Floor" to "Worth Dying For". I have listened to all his current books and Dick Hill is a real winner as a narrator. To me this was Child's best work. I am very much looking forward to "The Affair". I normally listen to my books in the car but Worth Dying For was so good I listened to it in the house as well. You can listent to the Jack Reacher books in any order you want, I did them in order and I like the way Child's builds on the earlier books. Very nice.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Plots are getting thinner ...

One thing that seems common with all of the recent Jack Reacher novels is that they take place in rural areas where "anything" goes. He comes in, derives the truth, starts a bunch of confrontations resulting in all the bad guys trying to kill him and he kills all the bad guys in the end. This book is no different. It wasn't as exhilarating as his earlier novels and feels more like a "contract" written novel than anything. Lee Child is no Vince Flynn! The book was enjoyable, but I found myself day dreaming a little during several parts of it which is a sign of "plot filler" for me. I look forward to a future book where Lee really puts his heart and mind into it.

16 people found this helpful