Die Trying

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lee Child
Narrator: Johnathan McClain
Genres: Thriller
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: March 2013
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 14 hours, 30 minutes
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The bestselling novel featuring the “wonderfully epic hero” (People) who inspired the hit film Jack Reacher.

Jack Reacher is an innocent bystander when he witnesses a woman being kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight. In the wrong place at the wrong time, he’s kidnapped with her. Chained together, locked in the back of a stifling van, and racing across America to an unknown destination for an unknown purpose, they’re at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because this mysterious woman is worth more than Reacher ever suspected. Now he has to save them both—from the inside out—or die trying.

Reviews (11)

Written by Anonymous on September 18th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Disappointed in he book charter from the TV Charter

Written by Anonymous on August 31st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This was my first Lee Child book. I enjoyed the Reacher movies and decided to see how a book went. Usually books are better than the movie. Unfortunately, the hero’s first real act threw me off and once I stopped struggling to take things seriously the book never disappointed. The narrator tried a bit too hard to alter his voice for each character and ended up on the thick end of ridiculous. I found his tone was often inappropriate for the current situation. He was also deeply hampered by the writing style. Way too many “he saids”. I should thank Mr.Child for breathing new life into my interest in the Nick Stone series. Now there’s a hero who knows what he’s doing.


Written by Anonymous on July 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I have to disagree with the other comments; this was not nearly as good as the other Reacher novels. I found many times I was thinking the whole situation was a bit ridiculous and at times trying to be an erotic novel. Seriously, having sex after you just bury a rotting corpse of a guy who was tortured to death??? I actually liked the narrator, I thought he did the voices really well.


Written by James K. on March 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another excellent Reacher novel!

Written by David C. on February 16th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good story but terrible narrative on speed reading.

Written by Steve V. on September 21st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story. But this guy sure seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Written by Angie Teal on April 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This audiobook did not disappoint. It is the usual fast pace action and suspense we have come to expect from a Jack Reacher novel. In this book he saves a kidnapped young woman who is an FBI agent and helps take down some really strange militia group with their sadistic leader. Jack is his usual super-hero self and saves the day and girl with little outside help. The ending let me down a bit. Reacher saves the girl and prevents a major crisis with a militia group and a political crisis. As a thank you he gets dumped by the highway, injured, with torn and dirty clothes, no money and no breakfast. Thank you Uncle Sam. Also Dick Hill is a better Jack Reacher narrator.

Loved the book.

Written by Jamie Wallace on August 3rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I had a hard time turning it off. The narrator took a bit to get used to. The \'he said\' and \'she said\' was annoying. With the different voices you can tell who is talking, but maybe that\'s an audio book thing. I finally decided it was amusing.

Written by Craig Temczuk on January 4th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

lee child is starting to refine reachers character in this second book. he also was able to incorporate his developing character with a very good story and the cast of characters which were narrated with great sense of detail. don't miss out on a great series of books, child has made reacher one of the best.

Written by Charles Bonano on November 15th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Like all books in this series, "Die Trying" is a compelling page turner. Well-written, fast-paced, intelligent and intriguing. Highly recommended.

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.