So, it's a good story but since the main character has a broken nose throughout the book- it's a tougher listen than normal. So, over all, it's certainly worth the listen. But the advice to the author is simple for any future books: for readers that actually read a book, having a broken nose is fine, but for an audible book- it's a really bad idea!
I have listened to every Reacher novel there is and loved them...my most favorite character. In 50 years of reading I have only quit on a book maybe 5 times, but after 6 hours of Wanted man I finally realized that there was no hope. It is almost as this book was written by a Ghost Writer and not reviewed by Mister Child. If Child did indeed write this book perhaps it is time to retire Reacher because it seems as though you are burned out on this character. But please write one more and let him go out with dignity.
What happened? This is not the usual Reacher. I'll buy the next one because all of his others were great. Willing to try again, but I have nothing good to say about this one
Dick Hill, who is normally an excellent narrator, really annoyed with the voice for Reacher with a broken nose. We get it. It's broken. QUIT DOING THAT NASAL THING. Also, the story was annoying in several ways. 1) When you can't get directions from the kid who works at McDonalds -- ASK FOR THE MANAGER. Simple. 2) Please make Reacher a little more appealing. Women in real life do not cave to the charms of a dirty, hitch-hiking, homeless man no matter how big and smart he is. 3) I was confused at the end. I did not understand who the guy was that got killed in the beginning. I probably could have gone back and re-listened; but, it was not worth it at that point.
No. I still like the Reacher series... just not this one.
See comments above. Abysmal performance.
It was a Reacher book. It just wasn't a good Reacher book. I still like the series.
Tell Lee Child to work harder on the next one. And get Reacher a cell phone.
yes. The story is complex, the writing is brilliant--notbody crafts a sentence like Child's and it is marvelous escapist fiction to listen to.
This is a page-turner. There's the formulaic Child's stock characters with a twist. He doesn't have a chance to bed this lady. The lanquid laconic Reacher who becomes a Rambo character when it's necessary and the descriptive sentences that intrepret the action to describe a gun, a type of construction, good devices to pull back from the action and involve the listner intellectually.
His tone seems to fit the character
Absolutely! Jack Reacher has always been in my favorites that include Mitch Rapp, Harry Bosch and Dave Robicheaux. Dick Hill has never done me wrong and rates among the best like Will Patton and Scott Brick...until Wanted Man.
Too much blah, blah blah unnecessary commentary to every new situation from the inside of a car to a hotel lobby. It seemed like the author was taking up air space due to the lack of a good story line. And how about making Special Agent Sorosco (sp?) special rather than a sniveling idiot....or even a love interest...at least that would have made things more interesting on all the long tedious car rides they had together.
Okay, my apologies to Dick Hill, but what producer in their right mind would have the narrator talk with their nose pinched shut creating a irritating, plugged nasal cavity sound because Reacher had a broken nose. Reacher sounded more like a drunk with a nasty cold who had to talk slowly to enunciate better. Dick Hill has done so many Reacher novels flawlessly, even the women, that I can't imagine this was his idea. Actually, even the women's characters were done poorly in this one.
I can't imagine this could ever be movie material, but if it were, I would not go see it.
I confess that upon seeing a new Jack Reacher novel was available on Audible, I purchased it without reservation or looking at reviews, I am that big of a fan. If Lee Child does come out with #18, which I hope he does, I won't be that trusting. I'll look to the reviews to see if the Jack I know and love comes back and makes #17, a Wanted Man, a hiccup in a great writers career.
Good story, but not great.... I enjoyed the book and, as always, the narration. The story twisted and turned and had a somewhat surprising ending. I was on the verge of not liking it when the location turned bizarre, but Childs convincingly wrote his way out of it.
Jack Reacher because he was the center of attention and had the greatest of detective minds
It kept my attention. I didn't want to stop listening.
This book was far below par for a Jack Reacher book. If this was the first book I had listened to in the series, I would not go back.
No-I'll keep buying unless a downward pattern is maintained
The nasally challenged Reacher was distracting early on, and I was hoping it would not last-unfortunately, it carried through the entire performance
The two women characters were well presented by the author and the narrator, but could not make up for a weak plot line
I'd take a pass on this-if you are inclined to ignore this advice, at least read it instead of listening to it so you can bypass the overdone stuffy nose performance-I should add in fairness that I normally love this narrator.
Is our favorite hero slipping into old age prematurely? Since when does Reacher not figure something out? Not catch on?
I started with Jack Reacher when I saw the cover to Killing Floor the week it came out, before he ever caught on, when book signings with Lee Child had 15 or so people in attendance. I mark my calendar with the new book release dates. I have never been this disappointed in a Reacher book. He missed all the clues, didn't pick up on the obvious. I think he had some brain damage to go along with the broken nose. Even I had figured some of it out before it came to light in the book.
The additional character development was sorely lacking. No one to really root for, not even Reacher. No damsel in distress. No love interest either.
And poor Dick Hill having to narrate nasally the entire book. Not his fault he had to read the character as written.
I am still a fan. I will still set my calendar for number 18. I will still buy it and start reading it the day it comes out. Hoping its better than A Wanted Man.
Sadly two disappointing Reachers in the same year-this book and Tom Cruise as Reacher-not even on his best day!