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A Wanted Man: Jack Reacher 17 | [Lee Child]

A Wanted Man: Jack Reacher 17

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....
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Publisher's Summary

Winner: Crime & Thriller of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards 2012

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Rob Yeovil, United Kingdom 11/10/2012
    Rob Yeovil, United Kingdom 11/10/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. M. Curtis Bristol UK 13/04/2013
    Mr. M. Curtis Bristol UK 13/04/2013

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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Hartlepool, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Sandra Hartlepool, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "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..............

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael MANCHESTER, United Kingdom 02/12/2013
    Michael MANCHESTER, United Kingdom 02/12/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anshu Nottingham, United Kingdom 05/05/2013
    Anshu Nottingham, United Kingdom 05/05/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Usual brilliant story, Great narrator"

    This book has everything that you expect from a Jack Reacher novel - action, murder, great plot. I especially liked the narrator - a very good choice for the the voice of Reacher. Exactly how I imagine him to be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07/04/2013
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    "Definitely not Tom Cruise"

    Jack Reacher is a man you would not want to meet on a dark night unless you were in trouble and needed a strong, tough, take charge kind of a guy.

    This novel makes a long drive go as fast as a roller coaster - there is hardly any action during the first half of the book but every page is gripping and you find yourself on the edge of the seat trying to catch up with the "baddies". A good listen as you walk novel that makes you slow down so you can listen to more before you arrive home.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mollyeyre Leicestershire UK 21/01/2013
    mollyeyre Leicestershire UK 21/01/2013 Member Since 2009
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    "oh dear!"

    Well this is the worst Reacher novel that I have read, the story was boring, and Reacher overdid the 'statistics' and detail. On top of the dreary tale the narration was absolutely horrendous, Jeff Harding has a most annoying way of speeech that sounds as if he is reading a shopping list - with a 'matter of fact' downturn at the end of his sentences that is irritating in the extreme. His female voices and intonation is odd, to say the least.



    Such a disappointment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Richard United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie 11/10/2014
    Eddie 11/10/2014
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    "Reacher is losing his edge"
    What made the experience of listening to A Wanted Man the most enjoyable?


    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HMG UK 20/08/2014
    HMG UK 20/08/2014 Member Since 2010

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

    Yes. I am having to write more words in here than I want because the review page requires at least least 15 words in each field or you cannot submit. Probably best not to ask questions that promt a single word reply then


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

    No. Again I'm having to fill here. Synics might day this is to dissuade people from submitting negative reviews in the first place.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This is not an opportunity to give a review is a series of very specific questions. I have no idea what the narrator could have done better with this plodding tome


    Did A Wanted Man inspire you to do anything?

    Pardon me? Very soft and fluffy man. It inspired me to get through it fast as possible and delete it.


    Any additional comments?

    Aha! Finally. Worst reacher yet for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Chris
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    06/09/12
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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.... :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SharonJen
    NSW,Australia
    14/07/14
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janelle
    moree, Australia
    01/06/14
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kathryn
    London, United Kingdom
    07/08/13
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    Coventry, U.K.
    15/07/13
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Salisbury North, Australia
    25/12/12
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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!.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marilyn
    Cape Town, South Africa
    09/12/12
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    29/10/12
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rod
    Bacchus Marsh, Australia
    29/10/12
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    "Just another great Reacher story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes but start with the older books and work your way to yhis one


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merv
    Auckland, New Zealand
    23/10/12
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    "Jack Reacher always delivers in his special way."
    Where does A Wanted Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there, probably the best so far.


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

    Excellent plot . This one totally changes as you go along. One of Lee Child's best in my view. He seems to be getting better each time. So looking forward to the next one.


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

    Jeff Harding is my favorite reader. He has the ability to capture all the different voices with total conviction. You forget about the reader and are swept along by the personalities of the different characters. Keep it up Jeff.


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

    Yes, absolutely. Totally absorbed in story. Loved the changes in the plot. Needed to listen non stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Child always my favorite. May Jack Reacher never age or change as he is one in a million.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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