61 Hours

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Lee Child
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Thriller
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: May 2010
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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Jack Reacher is back.
The countdown has begun. Get ready for the most exciting 61 hours of your life. #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child’s latest thriller is a ticking time bomb of suspense that builds electric tension on every page.
Sixty-one hours. Not a minute to spare.

A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she’s going to live long enough to testify, she’ll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

Reacher’s original plan was to keep on moving. But the next 61 hours will change everything. The secrets are deadlier and his enemies are stronger than he could have guessed—but so is the woman whose life he’ll risk his own to save.
In 61 Hours, Lee Child has written a showdown thriller with an explosive ending that readers will talk about for a long time to come.

Reviews (13)


Written by Brian H. on March 16th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read/listen in to the Reacher books in chronological order. The best are his early active duty days, followed by the short stories. This book was one of the better since one shot. Sometimes after a mediocre Reacher novel I take a break from the series, but after this one I downloaded the next in the series.

Written by Leary Hopkins on August 15th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great read-good story. This book flowed well and the imagery Child use is fantastic. Certainly well views through the mind's eye.

Written by William Stover on July 2nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved it, please keep them coming!! Dick Hill is great, I would like to see a female performing the female characters!

Written by Betty Jo Soldano on April 11th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

i love all Jack Reacher stories...keep them coming!

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Written by Barb L. from Dale, OK on April 12th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The best I can say is that I was able to listen to the entire book and Dick Hill is less obnoxious than he usually is. It seems that I used to like the Jack Reacher novels, but I'm starting to think I was just confused.

Typical Jack Reacher

Written by tom on October 7th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Beginning to think if you heard one Jack Reacher story you've heard them all. In this one he smashes a lot fewer bad guys. story line is really implausible. well read though; that's about the best you can say for it.

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Written by Sandy from Natcik from Natick, MA on September 27th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I read all 6 reviews before I ordered the book. All were great except TC's. With all being great and TC's so awful, I thought TC was out of his mind. HE WAS SO RIGHT!!! Just an awful read--TC mentioned filler--more than in a land fill. Don't waste your time.

Really Good and Exciting

Written by debsolo on May 21st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thought this book was excellent. I could hardly wait to get back into my vehicles so that I could hear more. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Reacher is the best.

Really good but long

Written by Anonymous on February 24th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A great listen overall but started a bit slow and could have been shortened a tad. Even still, I enjoyed it very much.

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Written by TC on January 19th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Don't bother. This book is full of meaningless and silly details that are used for filler. Early Reacher books were palatable.......now the author is reaching.

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.