Audio: Blue Moon by Lee Child @LeeChildReacher @ScottBrick @PRHAudio ‏‏#LoveAudiobooks

Posted November 19, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 16 Comments

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Audio: Blue Moon by Lee Child @LeeChildReacher @ScottBrick @PRHAudio ‏‏#LoveAudiobooksBlue Moon by Lee Child
Narrator: Scott Brick
Series: Jack Reacher #24
Published by Penguin Audio on October 29, 2019
Genres: Thriller
Length: 11 hours, 21 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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“This is a random universe,” Reacher says. “Once in a blue moon things turn out just right.”

This isn’t one of those times.

Reacher is on a Greyhound bus, minding his own business, with no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. Then he steps off the bus to help an old man who is obviously just a victim waiting to happen. But you know what they say about good deeds. Now Reacher wants to make it right.

An elderly couple have made a few well-meaning mistakes, and now they owe big money to some very bad people. One brazen move leads to another, and suddenly Reacher finds himself a wanted man in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.

Reacher has to stay one step ahead of the loan sharks, the thugs, and the assassins. He teams up with a fed-up waitress who knows a little more than she’s letting on, and sets out to take down the powerful and make the greedy pay. It’s a long shot. The odds are against him. But Reacher believes in a certain kind of justice . . . the kind that comes along once in a blue moon.

I love this Jack Reacher series.   In the earlier books, it seemed to matter more whether they were read in order because of his connections with other characters, and his own progression. Lately, it hasn’t seemed as important with some books going back in time, even to when he was in the army.  I have read them all, including most of the novellas except 20 and 22 (which was the same when I read #23).  I really have to go read them!

The time frame here is not clear to me; he is obviously out of the army awhile. Reacher notices an odd situation or someone in trouble. He is kind of like that old Equalizer tv show. There is plenty of action and intelligent deduction by Reacher which is always enjoyable. I’m not sure it is always realistic when he doesn’t have more trouble for his actions, but he is all kinds of fun!   I love the feel of how smart he is to figure out things.

In Blue Moon,  Reacher is up against two groups of thugs who are brutally greedy and unfair to everyone who is not themselves, even within their own organization. While the bad guys are plenty bad,  there is some gray in some of the people, especially those businesses being forced to pay protection and the workers like the waitress.

The books have a similar style and flow.  They are familiar and comfortable and loved.  I enjoy the action and the mystery of figuring out how it will happen.  I admire Reacher’s strength, intelligence and compassion, but he does make his own rules.


I used to read this series because I didn’t enjoy the narrator.  For me, the other narrator sounded too old and was a bit hard to understand.  I’m so happy to have Scott Brick narrating.  I thought the voices were appropriate and well performed. He captured Reacher’s personality in his tone and manner of speech very well.  I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.

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About Scott Brick

Actor, writer and award-winning audiobook narrator Scott Brick certainly knows how to tell a story, in a way that keeps publishers, best-selling and award-winning authors, critics and the public at large begging for more. Hailed by Audible in 2012 as their most prolific narrator, Brick has narrated almost 900 audiobooks including titles such as: Jurassic Park, the Jack Reacher series, Alexander Hamilton, the Hunt For Red October, The Passage trilogy, In Cold Blood, the Bourne trilogy, Atlas Shrugged, Helter Skelter, Fahrenheit 451 and the Dune series.

Born on January 30, 1966 in Santa Barbara, California, Brick studied both acting and writing at UCLA, and joined the ranks of working professionals upon leaving school in 1989. Lauded by critics for his stage work, Brick spent ten years with the LA-based traveling Shakespeare troupe, Will & Company, appearing in productions of Cyrano, Hamlet, Macbeth and many others, and went on to appear in films such as Hit Parade, written and directed by comic book writer and co-Ben 10 creator, Joe Casey.

During this time, Brick continued writing. Having written hundreds of articles in a variety of genre publications such as WIZARD MAGAZINE, TOYFARE, COMICS BUYER’S GUIDE and CREATIVE SCREENWRITING, Brick was then hired by Morgan Freeman and Revelations Entertainment in 2000 to write the screen adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama, with David Fincher attached to direct. In 2005, he collaborated with author Orsen Scott Card to adapt a collection of the author’s short stories for the stage in a production titled (and printed in hardcover as) Posing as People.

Having just celebrated his 20th Audioversary, Brick’s venture into audiobooks is now considered legendary. To date he’s won over 60 Earphones Awards for his narrating skills, as well as five Audie Awards, five SOVAS Awards for voiceover, and a Grammy nomination for the multi-cast recording of The Mark of Zorro (2011). After recording 250 titles in his first five years, AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE named Brick “one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy,” and proclaimed him a Golden Voice, but it was the WALL STREET JOURNAL that sealed the moniker with a front-page article in November, 2004. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY then honored Brick as Narrator of the Year in both 2007 and 2011. That honor was followed up with another feature in the WSJ in 2019 and a recent appearance on the CBS Sunday Morning news show. And the ultimate distinction – being inducted into the Audible Narrator’s Hall of Fame in 2018. Having now recorded over 900 audiobooks, Brick has no intention of slowing down. He obviously won’t be happy until he’s recorded every book ever published.

Born to make a killer first impression, Brick’s newly completed debut novel, INSIGHT, is bound to leave people gasping for more from this innovative writer who is finally telling his own story. No news on who will narrate the audiobook.

About Lee Child

Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment. The first Jack Reacher movie, based on the novel One Shot and starring Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike, was released in December 2012.

Lee has three homes—an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the two. In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise.

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Posted November 19, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 16 Comments

16 responses to “Audio: Blue Moon by Lee Child

    • Well there are MANY more to binge – yay! I love so many of these older long running mystery thriller series. Luckily I am old and have been reading then for 20-30 years so I have read all but the newest in most of them. lol

    • I’d definitely start with book 1. The earlier books are chronological and build on each other. The later books could be standalones because the timeframe is indefinite or irrelevant. But I always want to read a series in order whenever I can so the first one is Killing Floor.

  1. Jen

    Wow! I didn’t realize there were so many in this series. My mom and dad love it. Glad it’s holding up for you after all these years.