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A Wanted Man Audiobook

A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

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Publisher's Summary

Reacher is back! A Wanted Man is a new masterpiece of suspense - from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child.

Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don’t add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia.

An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there.

All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat - to both sides at once.

In Lee Child’s white-hot thriller, nothing is what it seems, and nobody is telling the truth. As the tension rises, the twists come fast and furious, keeping readers guessing and gasping until the explosive finale.

©2012 Lee Child (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than Spenser ever was." (Esquire)

"Indisputably the best escape artist in this escapist genre." (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times)

"Lee Child [is] the current poster-boy of American crime fiction." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Tim 10-02-12
    Tim 10-02-12
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    "Big fan but not of this one!"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    I have listened to all of the books in the JR series.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Yes


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good voice actor.


    Was A Wanted Man worth the listening time?

    Just barely kept me commited.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Child can explain in detail about our traffic signs but fails to grasp the fact that storms in the midwest would never make it to Oregon! The wind does not blow that way for very long and the rockies are in the way! I live in NE Kansas so I know these little details about this book. Lee your better than that. Did they rush you?A "Bent" cop in england is callef a crooked cop over here!I was supprised that he failed to bed anyone.Now that Hollywood has ruined the whole thing the love affair is over. Good luck Jack!

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    RONALD Bellevue, Wa, United States 10-02-12
    RONALD Bellevue, Wa, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my favorite Reacher."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It just didn't compel me like some other of the Lee Childs.


    Would you recommend A Wanted Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not particularly.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Very slow. Not particularly clear. Also his doing Reacher with his broken nose became annoying.


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    Marilyn 10-01-12
    Marilyn 10-01-12
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    "Where's the real Jack Reacher?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It's slow and repetitive which makes it very unlike the previous Reacher books.


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More suspense. More action.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoy Dick Hill. He really does bring the various characters to life. He does a good job with the women as well as the men.


    Do you think A Wanted Man needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope. Let's go back to the old Jack next time. Or let's change him just a bit if it's needed to keep story interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm just so disappointed. I had really been looking forward to this book.

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    jack Spring Branch, TX, United States 10-01-12
    jack Spring Branch, TX, United States 10-01-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Simile overload. Written more like a screen play"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Retitle it to How Reacher Thinks.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Pedantic


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Always stellar.


    Could you see A Wanted Man being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Wait! You mean this wasn't the screen play? "61 Hours" would make a great movie. I'd like to see some fresh Actor's and Actresses.


    Any additional comments?

    Kind of disappointed. Started from nowhere and ended up there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 09-30-12
    Susan 09-30-12
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    "Worst book by Lee Child"
    What would have made A Wanted Man better?

    Jack's broken nose should have healed. Listening to a voice with nasal blockage the entire book got old very fast.


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book was going great until the end. To much detail of rooms and builtings and then 2 mintues of wraping up the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get medical help for Jack;s nose.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Child can do better.

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    David United States 09-30-12
    David United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Lee Child's best."

    Reacher hitchhikes, gets a ride, drives a car, and blinks his eyes. Too little action takes a long time to read (or listen). This is a monotonous book.

    Lee Child is a favorite author, and I'll read his next book. But this book takes too much time for too little.

    Dick Hill, the reader, does a brilliant job. Since Reacher's nose is broken, Hill has to read with a muffled voice and fuzzy words. He does a letter perfect job.

    Hill's performance is worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Author Tee Pittsburgh, PA 09-28-12
    Author Tee Pittsburgh, PA 09-28-12 Member Since 2012

    AuthorTee

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    "Terrible, horrible narration"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Lee Child, yes. Narrated by Dick Hill, no.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The storyline was intriguing and kept me listening despite the narration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Almost anybody. I guess since Reacher has a nose injury, the intent was to have a nasal narration. Bad, bad idea.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration turned me off so much I almost didn't listen to the entire book. I love the Jack Reacher series, but the narration on this one was absolutely horrible!

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    Linda 09-27-12
    Linda 09-27-12
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    "Enjoyed the story; will think twice about hitching"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Wanted Man?

    Loved Jack Reacher's assualt on the compound. The description of the building interior made visualizing it possible and put me right inside.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dick Hill is a great reader. I especially like the way he pronounces the hard 't' at word endings. But, the broken nose nasal sound in this book became so annoying towards the end that I found myself fast forwarding.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, and I tried


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn LYNCH STATION, VA, United States 09-24-12
    Lynn LYNCH STATION, VA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2016

    Second childhood.

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    "not worth it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A very disappointing story and listen, so not Lee Child, or Jack Reacher, that I am questioning if LC even wrote it.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    The thing about Jack Reacher is his spontaniety and the edge to his stories...this one riding in a car for hours, has neither.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually made it, because I made myself keep listening, through 3/4 of the book and finally said no way.

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    Keith ROCKMART, GEORGIA, United States 09-17-12
    Keith ROCKMART, GEORGIA, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    Enough with the female FBI agents, and home groaned terrorist. Why not some Mexican drug lords? And they were times I could not make what Dick Hill was saying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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