Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel

Version: Abridged
Author: Lee Child
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Suspense, Detective Stories
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: September 2015
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jack Reacher returns in another fast-moving, action-packed, suspenseful book from Lee Child.
You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher—and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.
Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott—an American marksman gone bad—is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he’s out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin.
If anyone can stop Kott, it’s the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though he’d rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they’re facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses—and no backup if they’re caught. All the while Reacher can’t stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save. But he won’t let that that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice.
Reacher never gets too close. But now a killer is making it personal.

Praise for Personal
“The best one yet.”—Stephen King
“Reacher is the stuff of myth, a great male fantasy. . . . One of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes . . . Child does a masterly job of bringing his adventure to life with endless surprises and fierce suspense.”—The Washington Post
“Yet another satisfying page-turner.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Reacher is always up for a good fight, most entertainingly when he goes mano a mano with a seven-foot, 300-pound monster of a mobster named Little Joey. But it’s Reacher the Teacher who wows here.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
“Jack Reacher is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of. I read every one as soon as it appears.”—Ken Follett
“Reacher’s just one of fiction’s great mysterious strangers.”—Maxim
“If you like fast-moving thrillers, you’ll want to take a look at this one.”—John Sandford
“Fans won’t be disappointed by this suspense-filled, riveting thriller.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Child is the alpha dog of thriller writers, each new book zooming to the top of best-seller lists with the velocity of a Reacher head butt.”—Booklist
“Every Reacher novel delivers a jolt to the nervous system.”—Kirkus Reviews

Reviews (9)

Written by Michael B on January 24th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It's an interesting story. Not a huge nail biter. But as always, Dick Hill puts in a tremendous performance. He IS Jack Reacher.

Written by Ronald A on May 17th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love all the books, much better than the movies. Tom Cruise ruins the movies, should have used Chris Hemsworth.

Written by Craig Temczuk on January 15th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I liked this book, I thought it was interesting, I thought it was as good as any of Child's Jack Reacher books and I have read every one of them. I recommend this book.

Written by Sandra Mauws on May 28th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Boring, the plot was weak. Everytime now I listen to a Reacher book, I can't think how they got away with putting Tom Cruise in the movie, what an insult.

Written by Craig Markley on August 8th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The narrator is awful. He completely ruins Reacher as a character and his attempts at female voices are comical.

Written by Bob Kedge on March 23rd, 2015

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I have to agree with the other reviewers. This is not one of Lee Child's best efforts. Too much talk and not enough "Reacher" action.

Written by kathy underwood on March 1st, 2015

  • Book Rating: 2/5

It could have been a good book. It should have been a good book. Instead, it was a tired, overworked, poorly planned work that I wish I had not spent money on. I feel (and have felt for some time, sadly) that the author has lost the formula for Successful writing. I've always considered these books to be light reading, lacking much depth - yet, entertaining enough to pass the time. As much as I feel that "Reacher" could be a successful long-lived series, instead, there seems to be a painful shallowness to the last handful of books. Is it time that Reacher walked off into the sunset? The narrator: as much as I love listening to this narrator, it seems that he is "overacting/over reading" in the last books. I have found myself wincing at the over emphasis and sometimes poor timing of his reading. Obviously, it is easy to see that I am disappointed (and have been for some time) in this book. (Always hoping that the next book will pleasantly surprise me as I've been a faithful reader through the years.)

Written by Larry the Woodson on October 29th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I have enjoyed Child's writing and Mr. Hill's narrations but on this book everything, voice, story, all of the things that have enthralled me before seemed tired and worn out. Save yourself the agony of listening to this unfocused, sadly under read story. I have come to expect so much more. Go back and re-listen the first book in the series, the difference is night and day. Save your credit, save your time, stay away from this stinker.

Written by Carol Empie on October 4th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I have always enjoyed the Jack Reacher stories. I was very disappointed in this one Very mundane, predictable and unexpectedly boring.

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.