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Winner of Specsavers National Book Awards 2012 for Crime Thriller of the Year, the legend that is Jack Reacher is back in the unabridged audiobook A Wanted Man, Book 17 in the incredibly popular Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child and narrated by Jeff Harding. Jack Reacher gets into the wrong car at the wrong time. At first he thinks its coincidence, then the chilling clues all point towards the people in the car knowing exactly who he is. Danger lurks in every corner of this story and the hero we know so well will face his biggest challenge yet. Available now from Audible.

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

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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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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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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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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Reacher Rocks.

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

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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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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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Another great story.

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

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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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  • 07-04-2016

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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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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  • Mr. M. Curtis
  • 13-04-2013

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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  • 11-10-2012

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
  • 16-01-2017

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
  • 05-01-2017

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
  • 02-12-2013

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
  • 07-04-2013

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
  • 23-12-2012

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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
  • 11-10-2014

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
  • 17-05-2021

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
  • 08-05-2021

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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