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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Abridged edition (17 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804148929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804148924
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers.His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher.Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.


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"I love him. It's said that a Jack Reacher novel is bought every four seconds somewhere in the world. He is to crime fiction what Clint Easwood's 'man with no name' was to the western. Lee Child's genius in 17 novels has been to create a tough guy hero that men will envy and women will adore." (Daily Express)

"Pure escapism...He has redefined the thriller for the 21st century...Reacher is a knight errant every bit as much as Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe was. ...stunningly good." (Henry Sutton Daily Mirror)

"I am no longer (if I ever was) an unbiased critic. I am more of a Lee Child fan. I am pro-Reacher, his massive but benevolent brute of a drifter, vigilante hero....I'll definitely barrel through the next one too." (Andy Martin Independent)

"Smart, breathless...more ingenious than other Reacher books have been about the underground activities Reacher is thwarting." (Janet Maslin New York Times)

"A fascinating, swaggeringly confident performance" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Reacher is back - the taut new thriller from the Sunday Times and New York Times number one bestseller, winner of the Specsavers Crime & Thriller Book of the Year --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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171 of 179 people found the following review helpful By G. Russo on 8 Sept. 2012
Format: Hardcover
As any die-hard Reacher fan, I was counting down the days till release. I devoured the book in one sitting, and then tried, as I normally do, to read it again, at leisure, to enjoy it. I couldn't do it. Couldn't bring myself to read this again. I have the greatest respect for Lee Child, but I am wondering if all the Tom Cruise hoopla around his movie was more of a distraction than Lee was letting on.

As I don't believe in spoiling the book for those who haven't read it, all I will say is that the storyline is unimaginative, underdeveloped, and downright boring. You can't keep Jack in a car for half the book. It won't work. Sorry Lee, but you've written so much better. After the utter disappointment A Wanted Man was, I went back and started reading the Reacher epic from the beginning. It is fantastic. My favorite so far has to be Tripwire. The character development, storyline, and suspense are all there. Although, Die Trying and Killing Floor were very enjoyable as well. I guess early Jack is best Jack. Like my other favorite, Jack, Mr. Daniels.

I know Lee Child is a fabulous writer. I'm thinking he was either distracted, or maybe had this book written already and needed to bring his publisher another book to sell. Anyway, I am still a huge Reacher fan and I appreciate the work Lee Child puts into his novels. Just not this one. Sorry Lee. Gotta tell it like it is.
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By chinmusic on 7 Sept. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'll give it 3 stars as it still got read every waking non working moment until finished. Starts well, definately tails off and the ending is poor compared to One Shot, a similar exercise in cleaning up bad guys in their own fortress. Not the best ever, but compared with the back catalogue that's still a cracking good read compared to the tosh Patterson is churning out. We should be glad Lee hasn't copped out (not with books anyway - don't start me on Tom Cr**se). Positives - good female characters and after the cringeworthy revelations in "The Affair" about what Jack likes to get up to behind the bedroom door the girls had a lucky escape this time. Jack gets plenty of good coffee. Just enough about guns and ammo. Negatives - Someone walks away from a Bar fight ! And the whole reason for the bad guys doesn't really stand up as credible. So where does Lee take Jack next ? Abroad I hope. Well at least after he's been to Virginia. One of my Favourites is "The Hard Way" where Jack comes over to England, it's great to see him in the Village Pub with all those (cliche) gap-toothed Brits. At least the driving is described as much better ! So lets go to 1) Quebec - bikers, French separatists, incredibly rude people, coffee. 2) Germany - maybe in flashback MP mode, always makes for a good tale. 3) France - Reacher speaks the lingo, has blood links. Marseilles etc full of gangsters and plenty of reasons to get his top off, get in a boat etc. Open to further suggestions ? Lee may stick to middle america due to readership but I think a little foreign adventure would be educational all round. So if Jack can get his passport sorted we should be good to go !
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Leo Letter on 12 Sept. 2012
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Where was the normal Jack Reacher formula that we know and love? Where was the 5th scene headbutt of a boorish local type? Where were the crashing elbows? How can a book be page turning and boring at the same time? When you're turning the pages in the expectation of something that wasn't there... Only crashing disappointment. Cut the geeky numberness and smack some skulls, Reacher!
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By HeathSJ on 8 Sept. 2012
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I honestly cannot believe I'm writing a poor review about a Jack Reacher novel but I'm sorry, this book was not good at all, in fact it was awful. I've been a fan of the Reacher series since the beginning and one of the main things I remember while reading them was I couldn't put them down, however, with this one I found myself constantly doing just that, it's simply uncomparable to the others.

I like the stories I read to be fast paced, interesting dialogue, likable characters and intriguing plot, which the past Reacher novels usually dished out in bucket loads. Sadly this book does not deliver any of these. It shouldn't take over 75% of a book to be read before anything of any consequence actually happens and even when it does it seems rushed and detached.

I'm a huge fan of Child's writing and I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the Reacher books so I truly hope that the next one is back to what we know and love.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By IanH on 17 Sept. 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you're thinking about buying this book as your first taste of Jack Reacher ; then don't bother. Equally, if you're buying this as your 17th Jack Reacher book; don't bother. Very disappointing.A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ollyalicat on 9 Oct. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
First let me say that I love Jack Reacher. He is my hero. The best hero anyone has come up with ever. I am devastated that Tom Cruise is going to be playing him in the forthcoming film. Did nobody read the books and notice that Jack is huge - tall, broad, undefeatable? Tom Cruise??? Did they try to come up with the worst person possible?

Anyway - A Wanted Man. I couldn't wait for it to come out and read it in about a day. It was ok. Certainly not Lee Child's best Reacher story but a decent read. There were a few discrepancies I found hard to overlook. Reacher has a broken nose which is made much of - he is on the telephone at one point and is described as sounding like a man with a broken nose, yet he is able to insert a finger in his mouth and sound like the Sheriff? Hmmm. Probably not. Also the woman driving up and down in the car - how did she know she was helping? And as for the complicated spelling system at the beginning......

Still, I can't wait for the next one!
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