I usally find most Jack Reacher books to be page-turners, and I had literally circled my calendar for the release day of this novel.
As a long-time Reacher fan, I cannot recommend this book to anyone. "A Wanted Man" was a big disappointment to me. Up unil now, most of the other Reacher books were excellent (with the notable exception of "Nothing To Lose", which I would classify as Lee Child's only other weak entry in this series).
Although this book was more nuanced than most of the other Reacher stories, the plot felt old and stale (and, too slow-paced). The bad guys are cliches and one-dimensional, and the good guys are not developed well. I was especially disappointed by the ending. The book ends somwehat abruptly without a satisfying conclusion (almost as if Lee Child could not think of a good ending for this novel).
Yes. I have always enjoyed Dick Hill's performances in this series, and dealing with Jack Reacher's broken nose (i.e. a nasal-sounding voice) was not an easy feat to pull off. Hill's main strength is with his portrayal of Reacher, and he does an adequate job with the supporting characters (including the female voices).
For me, it's not really a question of cutting any characters. Rather, I would have enjoyed more development with the supporting characters, giving them a more realistic feel.
For any new readers to this series, I would highly recommend going back to some of Lee Child's earlier books.
After reading/listening to other Jack Reacher books, wanted to see what his next escapade was all about. The anticipation ended up being the best part of this experience. The book itself was just okay.
There were few - this story picked up where the last one left off. Jack has a broken nose suffered during the previous story and so it goes. I'm fine with a bit of the unbelievable but this one was laughable. Reacher has become a bionic character!
I usually enjoy Dick Hill. His reading in this one was awful - too sing-songy, especially when doing the female characters.
Another Hollywood ho-hum, know-how-it will-end, action film.
Lee Child needs to take a break and get reinvigorated. Please don't become James Patterson and Stephen King and keep cranking out novel after novel - they all begin to run together.
I'd pass on this book, it just doesn't pass muster for a Reacher novel. Reacher and Child must be tired from their previous adventures, maybe this is just a short respite for Child to catch is breath...I certainly hope so anyway.
The overall story was as good as the rest of the Reacher series.
It was good!
I smile at books more than I smile at people. Unknown
No. I first became a fan of Jack Reacher in print, so I'm partial to print. Additionally, Reacher books tend to be pretty lengthy and because I spend alot of time in my car commuting to and from work, I find that I prefer listening to lengthy books and reading the shorter ones.
Considering I've read the entire Jack Reacher series, I wasn't surprised by the ending.
Depends on the book. In my opinion, Dick Hill has a great voice for villains and tough guys. However, he seems to struggle a bit with accents and with giving each character their own distinct voice. Essentially, all of the female characters eventually begin to sound the same and have the same speech patterns with no differentiating nuances; same goes for the men.
This can be frustrating for new Jack Reacher readers because Lee Childs' writing style-for this series-is to share seemingly inconsequential details, almost to the point of excess. However, Reacher fans know that these details are a critical part of the story because they represent how Jack Reacher processes information.
The problem is that some readers may equate "details" to "slow". And if a readers perception is that a book is slow, the last thing they want to hear is a slow narration and Dick Hill usually reads very slowly.
A more Reacher like story that actually has some action and a plot that one actually cares about. I think you can count on one hand the number of butts he actually kicks in this entire book. We are used to getting that many in each chapter.
This was, by far, one of the weakest stories in the series. To paraphrase Reacher himself: There is no doubt about it...No doubt at all. That's for damn sure. Many reviewers have commented on the first 90 min or 2 hrs in the car. It was actually more like the first FOUR hours of the story (that is 4 hours or 240 minutes or 1440 seconds...yes, there is lots of Reacher playing number games in his head...we get it, he's good with numbers). Then we have about an hour of him describing the old military storehouse in painstaking detail (there were 16 doors on each side...that's 32 doors, times 3 hallways...). I think it is the first time in my listening to, or reading every Reacher book, that I actually fell asleep. Fortunately, I wasn't driving at the time.
To me, Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher (maybe they can dub his voice in over TC for the movie). Many have commented on his nasally broken nose voice. Come on people, it is acting. That's what a good reader does. Yes, it was a bit annoying but how much does Reacher actually even talk in this snoozer? I thought his performance was up to par with all of his others.
I share many reviewers' feeling of disappointment. I look forward to each new Reacher book as it is, to me, the best "thriller" series currently out there, and I have listened to lots of the others. I realize that Lee Child can't hit a home run each time but A Wanted Man is just poor all around. I don't know about others' feelings but I still think his very first book, Killing Floor, had some of the nastiest bad guys and most action, albeit rather stilted writing which improved as the series progressed. Is it possible it has all been downhill from there? For new Reacher readers/listeners, go back to the beginning and do the entire series in order.
I found the last few books somewhat disappointing, They were adequate but I believe if you were not a fan of the series there would have been little reason to recommend them. This book could stand on it's own except for Reacher's obsession with reaching Virginia. It was a fast paced story that I did not want to stop listening to. I was late to work a few mornings as I needed to finish a chapter in the car before going in to work. I truly enjoyed this one and I hope the character makes it to Virginia someday........
Say something about yourself!
I have really enjoyed the two books I've listen to. The twists in this book keep you on your toes trying to figure where it will go next. It is a surprise all the way to the end.
Finding out that Delfwenzo was not dead.
He is one of the best I have listen to. I have listened to 8 this year and he is the easiest to keep up with.
The perpetual hitchhiker wins again.
Yes. I like Dick Hill and generally Lee Child writes engaging books.
I like Lee Child's books and enjoy his main character Jack Reacher. The end of the book was a disappointment because the overall plot line was quite weak. It did not come together at the end.
Good grief...who wrote this? Certainly not one of my favorite authors, Lee Child! This tale is boring, boring, with such a strung out plot that it truly defies believability. The reader drove me nuts, sounding like he had a bad cold through the whole thing as he tried to voice Reacher's broken nose, and there was such an underlying sarcasm in every other voice. There were so many understated cynical voices throughout, It was painful listening, but I bought it so I felt I needed to finish it, hoping all the while that something would happen. It didn't.