Echo Burning

Version: Abridged (Unabridged version available here)
Author: Lee Child
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Published In: June 2011
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Jack Reacher, hailed as "a wonderfully epic hero" by People, confronts Texan hatred and hidden crimes in this superb new thriller. Ex-military cop Jack Reacher returns in this latest in the award-winning series critics call "spectacular" (The Seattle Times), "relentless" (Denver Post), and "perfect" (The New York Times Book Review). Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up. She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl . . .and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now. Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

Reviews (6)


Written by Coral from Williamston, NC on October 21st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

All Reacher adventures are powerful but the Texas weather descriptions in this one made you HOT 90 + in air conditioning add really bad guys and gal and you have a super book I am beginning to see the reader as a Reacher look a like

Echo Burning

Written by Bev Taylor from Bellaire, TX on February 26th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have read most of the Jack Reacher series, and this was the best so far--maybe because I'm from Texas!

superb, riveting

Written by Angie Teal on September 24th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is one of my favourite Reacher books, after 'The Enemy' and '61 hours'. It was almost like Clint Eastwood in Good, Bad and Ugly, the only thing missing was the Cowboy Hat and Horse, oh there was horse riding. Dick Hill like always did an outstanding job in reading the book. Definitely one of the better and not overly violent Jack Reachers.

Written by Dorie Rogers on January 13th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I am at a loss for words, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book! I am new to Lee Child's work I find him to be an incredible story teller, Echo Burning drew me in and kept me anticipating what would happen next. Usually I can predict what happens next, but not this time. Well, I'm on to the next title on Lee Child's list of Jack Reacher and I agree with Josh Hanagarne, Jack Reacher and Jack Bauer are similar characters. I loved 24! The Books Narrator Dick Hill is excellent when listening to Audiobook, the voice of the Narrator is extremely important for me anyway, and his/her ability to play the part. Dick Hill gets a BRAVO!

Echo Burning

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on November 20th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was not the best book by Child, but Dick Hill narration was great. The book dragged a bit and repeated itself instead of the rapid pace of suspense in other Child books. I like Reacher and look forward to more of his story.

Reacher Rules

Written by tom on October 22nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another Jack Reacher story. Mr. unlikely hero. But I just love the way he is always in control of things. This moves right along as do all Lee Child novels. The reader does a great job. Put this on your list.

Author Details

Author Details

Child, Lee

Lee Child was born in the exact geographic center of England, in the heart of the industrial badlands. Never saw a tree until he was twelve. It was the sort of place where if you fell in the river, you had to go to the hospital for a mandatory stomach pump. The sort of place where minor disputes were settled with box cutters and bicycle chains. He's got the scars to prove it.

But he survived, got an education, and went to law school, but only because he didn't want to be a lawyer. Without the pressure of aiming for a job in the field, he figured it would be a relaxing subject to study. He spent most of the time in the university theater - to the extent that he had to repeat several courses, because he failed the exams - and then went to work for Granada Television in Manchester, England. Back then, Granada was a world-famous production company, known for shows like Brideshead Revisited, Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect and Cracker. Lee worked on the broadcast side of the company, so his involvement with the good stuff was limited. But he remembers waiting in the canteen line with people like Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Natalie Wood and Michael Apted. And he says that being involved with more than 40,000 hours of the company's program output over an eighteen-year stay taught him a thing or two about telling a story. He also wrote thousands of links, trailers, commercials and news stories, most of them on deadlines that ranged from fifteen minutes to fifteen seconds. So the thought of a novel-a-year didn't worry him too much, in his next career.

But why a next career? He was fired, back in 1995, that's why. It was the usual Nineties downsizing thing. After eighteen years, he was an expensive veteran, and he was also the union organizer, and neither thing fit the company's plan for the future. And because of the union involvement, he wasn't on too many alternative employers' wish lists, either. So he became a writer, because he couldn't think of anything else to do. He had an idea for a character who had suffered the same downsizing experience but who was taking it completely in his stride. And he figured if he brought the same total commitment to his audience that he'd seen his television peers develop, he could get something going. He named the character Jack Reacher and wrote Killing Floor as fast as he could. He needed to sell it before his severance check ran out. He made it with seven weeks to spare, and luckily the book was an instant hit, selling strongly all around the world, and winning both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. It led to contracts for at least nine more Reacher books.

Lee moved from the UK to the US in the summer of 1998. He lives in New York and France with his American wife, Jane. They have a grown-up daughter, Ruth. Lee likes to travel, for vacations, but especially on promotion tours so he can meet his readers, to whom he is eternally grateful. His latest thriller, Nothing to Lose was published in 2008.