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Publisher's Summary

When you're as big and rough as Jack Reacher - and you have a badly-set, freshly-busted nose patched with silver duct tape - it isn't easy to hitch a ride. But Reacher has some unfinished business in Virginia, so he doesn't quit. And at last, he's picked up by three strangers - two men and a woman. But within minutes it becomes clear they're all lying about everything - and then they run into a police roadblock on the highway. There has been an incident, and the cops are looking for the bad guys....

Will they get through because the three are innocent? Or because the three are now four? Is Reacher just a decoy?

With his signature Swiss-watch plotting and heart-thumping suspense, A Wanted Man shows Lee Child at his sublimely skilful best.

©2012 Lee Child (P)2012 ISIS Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

“He could take out Bond, Dirty Harry, Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt with both hands tied behind his back. And then sleep with their girlfriends two at a time before getting the last bus out of town” ( Sun)

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Good to see Reacher is back

If you could sum up A Wanted Man in three words, what would they be?

A wanted read

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, always something happening, some good twists and turns.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favorite?

Jack Reacher

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

N/A

Any additional comments?

Reacher books are good, but I think Lee is getting carried away with the scene and history descriptions that sometimes appear to go on with no actual relevance to the rest of the story. Sounds a little picky i know, but the first books in the series weren't as bad as they are now. Not bad, but you know what I mean.... :-)

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Jack Reacher in general

Love Jack Reacher books in general. Can’t comment on this particular one as I couldn’t listen too it.
The narration was monotonous to the point I couldn’t continue listening.

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A bit of a story arc for Reacher now...and this is a goodie

The story had enough unpredictability to be edge-of-seat material, and Reacher is in his prime.

Jeff Harding IS Jack Reacher for me - his resonant slightly nasal voice drives the vocal performance - listen to an early Reacher story narrated by someone else and Reacher somehow shrinks and gets softer. A great match!

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A back on form Reacher - a very good listen

Typical format with new scenery, Jack must need a holiday by now. I did enjoy this though and I found myself lingering in the car park so that I could hear a little more... I am still clearly hooked on Reacher.

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Great

I love this series. Intricate plot. Fantastic characters. Great final twist. Jack Reacher Rules. O.K. More please Mr Child.

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Great first half, faulterin slightly

If you’ve listened to books by Lee Child before, how does this one compare?

This a great listen, sections of it being amongst the best Lee Child has done. The opening section of the book, from the point where Reacher accept a lift hitchhiking, to the point he eventually leaves the car, is fantastically tense and intriguing. Both Child and Reacher are in their element here: a tightly controlled environment, with three strangers to suss out and very little to go on, and the dawning realisation that no one in the car is telling the truth... Child's meticulous description of environment and people, Reacher's methodical, pin-sharp throught-narrative, play out fantastically as he tries to get to grips with the mysterious situation. The parallel narrative of a FBI murder investigation interplays very very with Reacher's story as we begin to understand how the events are connected. When Reacher does leave the car, his teamwork with the FBI agent continues to be tense and fascinating. All the Bourne-style evasion tactics, and Sherlock-Holmes-style investigation tactics get a thorough workout. And then I feel the bottom drops out of the story a bit. Without wishing to give anything away, when What's Going On finally becomes clear about three quarters of the way through, a lot of the impetus from the two third of the book seems to be lost. There are some great twists, but perhaps at the expense of a lot of the final third not feeling like its been sufficiently set up by the rest of the book. The ending is a great set piece for any action thriller, though, so it;s hardly a major critisism.

What aspect of Jeff Harding’s performance would you have changed?

He seemed well cast for the tone of the book - measured, laconic and dry, like Child's writing. However, on occasion his determination to intone every line of the narrative in the same way did annoy me. I know Child's writing style is repetitive: he likes to list everything Jack Reacher is thinking about or looinkg at in short, neutral sentences. Harding would give each sentence the exact same rhythm and tonal pattern which got to be a bit grating as the sentences piled up, especially when there were long stretches of narrative with no dialogue to break it up. I wasn't totally convinced by his perfromance of some characters either. He gave the female characters the same exact voice, and delivered Sorrenson's lines in particular in a way I felt was at odds with how they were written (e.g. he made her sound calm where I thought the dialogue implied she was annoyed, or angry where I thoughtthe line was amused etc). I've heard a lot worse performances, though, and Harding certainly kept my attention.

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Jack the riddler.

Would you listen to A Wanted Man again? Why?

In probably, the most complicated Lee Child logic to follow, Jack inadvertently falls down the rabbit hole into explosive drama.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This is the weirdest Jack plot, and some of the others are weird enough.

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

Jeff is the Reacher maker. Good man, good fellow and kind to puppies - I'm sure.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Reacher in a hitch!

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Lee has done it again

A good solid read ( listen) that kept the interest up right through.
Reacher has done it again,kept us on the edge.
Cant wait for the next one!.

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worst book yet

What would have made A Wanted Man better?

complete rewrite

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not Lee Child

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Boring like he was itemizing a grocery list or counting sheep

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

Waste of time, disappointed

Any additional comments?

My grocery list is more captivating

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More Classic Reacher

As a self-confessed fan of the Jack Reacher series I was not disappointed by this latest offering from Lee Child. It contains the usual tight and clever plot line as well as plenty of the kind of dry humor and fast paced action you'd expect.
Jeff Harding is a brilliant narrator and captures Reacher perfectly.

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  • Mr. M. Curtis
  • 04-13-13

DON'T GET IN THE CAR JACK... Opps too late.

Other than Jeff Hardings female voice that always disturbs me a bit, This is classic Reacher you won't be disappointed.



Even though Child's books work to a tested formula you find yourself immersed in a will he won't he frenzy that grabs you early in the book and just won't let go.

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  • Roberto
  • 10-11-12

Excellent listen - Lee Child is back on top form

Yep, Lee Child is back to some of his best work and is supported wonderfully by Jeff Harding.



I really like the way that this book follows straight on from his last couple of books as it maintains a good threat and narrative to Jack Reachers world. Nothing here on the plot but its well written with enough twists and turns to please everyone who knows Lee Childs' creation.



Jeff Harding is excellent at reading this work - not too fast, great characterisation and really clear diction make this an easy listen.



Well recommended especially when taken with the other books in this range.

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  • Roberto
  • 01-16-17

Classic Reacher

All in all:
Classic Lee Child writing.
Classic Jack Reacher banging heads.
Classic Jeff Harding narration.
Enough said.

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  • jjmarshall
  • 01-05-17

Legend

Jeff Harding is as much a legend as Jack Reacher! He truly brings the character to life. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lee Child strikes again!

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  • Mike
  • 12-02-13

Not his best work but still entertaining

Would you try another book written by Lee Child or narrated by Jeff Harding?

This was a great performance of Reacher by Jeff Harding but the story and writing were ok at best. The story seemed far fetched, even for Reacher, and did not seem to be a challenge for him. There was almost no suspense or anything really interesting happening; it seemed to plod along. It is still worth listening to if you are a Reacher fan.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Seemed too easy, but showed Reacher's character quite well.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

Reacher

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes

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  • Sandra
  • 04-07-13

A Wanted Man is another winner from Lee Child

The eventful life of Jack Teacher continues to unfold as he finds his unique skills in demand again very quickly as his previous encounter with the bad guys!

All he is trying to do is hitch a lift to get him to Virginnia...eventually.......but his ride proves to be his latest challenge when he discovers that 3 people in the car are not what they seem.

The next 24 hours are typical Reacher hours, but this is no predictable story line! This is Lee Child at his story-building best. To the rescue once again, Virginnia seems like it`s a VERY long way off..............

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  • Richard
  • 12-23-12

RichieB12

I have read all the previous Jack Reacher novels and enjoyed them. This was my first audio book but it was a very weak story with next to no storyline. There was no pace or excitement, the narrators tone was repetitive and dull, as was the text. Where the early Reacher books were fast and exciting this was, sadly, so slow I wonder if Lee Child is a spent force.

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  • EJ
  • 10-11-14

Reacher is losing his edge

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Having read all the books in chronological order I feel Reacher is losing his edge. In 61 hours Janet Salter, the woman he was protecting, is killed and in this book Julia Sorenson, a FBI agent, is killed alongside him. Plus his broken nose, suffered in Worth Dying For, is still giving him problems. What is going on with my hero? On now to book 18 where I hope he finally gets to Virginia and Susan Turner.

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  • T
  • 05-17-21

enjoyed this one. felt a bit more classic reacher

Well paced. decent story with unsurprising but well laid out twists. Some good characters that blended well together

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  • glen
  • 05-08-21

Vintage final 90 mins. Other than that - meh

The story plodded a bit too much for first 60% of the book

Then an interesting twist which reset the landscape

Got a bit convoluted towards the end

Was a relief when Reacher smashed people up again in the final chapters

Overall - not my favourite

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  • Hugh
  • 05-03-15

Not one of his best

The later Jack Reacher stories are not as good as the earlier ones. You can almost tell what is going to happen from the start vi really liked Tripwire in which he formed a pretty strong romantic relationship with Jodie Garber his former CO's daughter. Too often there is a hint of a relationship which peters away to nothing or, in this case, is killed. This is not the first time. There have been others. This may seem like I am wanting Reacher to be someone that he isn't. Not so. I just didn't like this story or some written around this time as much as Lee Child's earlier efforts. He is becoming too formulaic.

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  • Michael
  • 01-23-21

Jack Reacher continues to deliver

I confess, I am hooked!
Lee Child has created a person who’s grasp of life and it’s happenings continue to bring a smile to my face. This story was particularly enjoyable. Not just the mystery and thrill of where the story take you, but the dry, unassuming and confident way Reacher just keeps getting on with things.
Thank you Lee Child and importantly, Jeff Harding. I can’t imagine another narrator brining Reacher to such life!

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  • Steve P
  • 10-08-20

Cracking.

Outstanding Reacher classic. one of the top 5 for sure. first part is beautifully crafted in a style which breaks from the norm then the tale ends with a gratifying conclusion.

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  • Shalleycat
  • 06-16-20

Reacher Rocks.

Lee Child rules. Jeff Harding delivers perfectly.
As always. Classic combination of intrigue and humour.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-08-20

great listen again. would recommend

loved it . well narrated and not a lot of back story in this one so you could listen to this without having to have listened to others

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  • Tracey Davis
  • 09-01-18

Reacher succeeds again!

Another Reacher novel that picks up the threads from previous novels. Lee Childs certainly has a clear picture of his character and Jeff Harding continues to excel in his story telling and character voices.

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  • georgia
  • 03-10-17

Another great story.

i really enjoyed this, but, struggled through some chapters but liked the twists and thrills

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  • Patricia
  • 04-15-16

good to make you sleep .

narrators had easy to listen to voices. it was good having a male and female voice

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  • R
  • 04-07-16

Love Lee Child's books

Love reading his books, and love being able to listen to them. Once you get started, it's hard to stop.

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  • RXXXS
  • 05-11-15

Another good Reacher read

This wasn't my favourite Reacher story but I did still enjoy the twists and turns in A Wanted Man. Looking forward to next month when I start the next in the series...

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