Worth Dying For

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Lee Child
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Thriller
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: October 2010
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Jack Reacher is the coolest continuing series character now on offer.”—Stephen King, in Entertainment Weekly
#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child follows the electrifying 61 Hours with his latest Reacher thriller—a story that hits the ground running and then accelerates all the way to a colossal showdown.

There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska . . . and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone—and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment that’s already late—and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they’re just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world.

For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to keep on going, to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that’s bearing down on him.

For Reacher, that was also impossible.

Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive thriller only Lee Child could write and only Jack Reacher could survive—a heart-racing page-turner no suspense fan will want to miss.

Reviews (6)


Written by Rene G. on July 20th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Assume audio book great narrator

Written by Rosemary Cure on February 5th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Oh good book. Listened all day to finish. Poor Reacher now a broken nose. He's had worse.

Written by Rob Davis on December 6th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

As always the book keeps your attention. Child's descriptive talents are amazing. It feels like you are there!

Pretty gruesome violence

Written by Jane from Belaire, TX on December 17th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 3/5

More violent than most Reacher books. Little too much for me.

Reacher at his Best

Written by tom on July 28th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is one guy I never want to have a beef with cause I will loose! you just don't mess with this guy. Story is a little far fetched but who cares....I just love how Reacher diposes of the bad guys.........and the way his mind works..........moves right along. Rent it.

Worth waiting for

Written by Donn Edwards from Aldara Park, South Africa, CA on December 31st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

You really want to listen to the unabridged version, because it's that good. 61 Hours was a hard act to follow, but Lee Child was up to the task. What starts off looking like wife beating in a small town becomes far more sinister as the story unfolds. Only Jack Reacher could take on these bad guys and win. Brilliant!

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.