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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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    Amazon Customer GRAIN VALLEY, MO, United States 10-06-12
    Amazon Customer GRAIN VALLEY, MO, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Sad"

    Sorry Mr. Child but I can't believe how bad and boring this book is. Where did Jack go? No action and blinking out a "code" in the car... seriously? I've read all of the books in the series and love Jack but this was just unbearable. And the broken nose portrayal was excruciating. I will not blindly buy another Reacher book again without waiting for other reviews of the book.

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    L Centennial, CO, United States 10-06-12
    L Centennial, CO, United States 10-06-12

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    "The Only Reacher Dud"

    I recommend that Lee Child sell the dwarf the rights to this. That way I won't have to feel bad about refusing to see the movie and all of the other Reacher gems will be safe.

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    mike 10-06-12
    mike 10-06-12
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    "Reacher....You let us down."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Without killing the story I'd reduce the first third of the book by more than half, add half to the middle, and cut the ca-ca about the mysterious woman from Virginia. Who is this Mata Hari?


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    It's kind of like Mr Child "phoned it in" Way too many Reacher "norms"...serious number skills, way out deductions and it was all for moot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sad to say, but it was the end because I was glad it was over.


    Was A Wanted Man worth the listening time?

    I'm a big fan of Jack Reacher and was sorely disappointed at this attempt and I do mean "attempt"


    Any additional comments?

    I'll buy the next Jack Reacher of course, but after that if it's not better I won't buy it the day it's released, I'll read the reviews. Mr Child, please step back up to the plate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 10-04-12
    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Getting Old"

    Same story - same Jack. I like the idea of Jack Reacher, but the story line needs to change. If you never read one of these books, then you are in for a treat (just pick a different one!) Sounded as if Dick Hill was in an echo chamber - otherwise, I love how Dick Hill reads the story!

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    Lydia Orange, NJ, USA 10-04-12
    Lydia Orange, NJ, USA 10-04-12
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    "Epppp!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story.


    Has A Wanted Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was nice to see Reacher again.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to agree with many of the negative reviews for this book. If I could do this all again, I would skip this book. The story stalled somewhere in the middle and never regained its momentum. After all the build up in the car if just fell flat. All the things I really loved about Reacher seemed to be left out of this book. And what is with all the mindless travelling. I struggled to finish this one. A definite miss!

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    Matthew San Rafael, CA, United States 10-03-12
    Matthew San Rafael, CA, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Once Again"
    What made the experience of listening to A Wanted Man the most enjoyable?

    Dick Hill reading Lee Child is the best that Audible has to offer.


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

    As always, great performance by Dick.


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

    I wanted this to last forever.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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