If you have ever enjoyed a Jack Reacher novel, give this one a miss. A more frustrating audio novel I have never encountered. It's as if Lee Childs were getting a penny a word like the old-time journalists used to earn. There's more useless detail in this novel than you could possible imagine. Who is interested whether the heroine's boots are under the chair and Reacher's jacket on the back of the chair when it has nothing to do with the plot. Speaking of which, I'm sure the plot is fascinating, but the snippets are so few and far between as to be laughable.The premise of Reacher's returning to his 101st command base because of a voice on the phone is weak enough, but the rest of the plot unfolds with glacial speed and I find myself longing for the hardcover so I can skim.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
Lee Child apparently heard the criticism sent his way after the highly disappointing, "A Wanted Man." Book 18 in the series, "Never Go Back" features the Jack Reacher many of us have grown to love. This installment finds him doing much more than sitting in a car and driving around for a third of the book. It starts off with heads bashing into cars and doesn't lose its momentum anywhere along the line. The totally unbelievable scenes that Child constructed during a commercial airline flight will have Reacher fans alternately cringing and smiling. The plot and characters were well conceived and the story flowed in a logical fashion. There were some twists and we met at least one character who is sure to surface in another installment down the line. My one criticism of the book was Scott Brick's narration. Maybe he slowed his delivery because Reacher himself is aging as this series progresses. But the slurry, methodical voice he used for Reacher seemed to be a bit overdone. Reacher fans will be happy to have him back. Let's hope Child doesn't phone it in for his next effort.
I'm a designer (interiors and graphics) with an English degree. I recovered my love of reading after a disastrous bout with grad school.
No one loved Jack Reacher more than I did, at least for the first 6 or 7 installments. The plots were taut and unexpected, our hero intriguing and the wit as dry as the Mojave. But these wonderful books have devolved into self-parody. This novel has a ridiculous plot -- with such risible features as an inflight brawl in an airplane restroom. As if two small people could fit in one of those, much less the Frigidaire-sized Reacher and his opponent! Also, Reacher has theories about himself that involve campfires and howling wolves and he's happy to share them. The mystery of Reacher's stunning fitness (the man eats pancakes and cheeseburgers exclusively, logs countless hours riding around in cars and never so much as skims a gym contract) is explained, basically, as "born this way". I am very very sorry to be unable to recommend this book.
i read enough reviews of the most recent reacher offering to think that childs had gone soft on plot in service of political commentary, so I skipped #17. many thanks to reviewers for the helpful notes on #18. this is a great addition to the series. the title is perfect - the one thing you are saying after reacher goes back to his old unit and **early plotline but not critical spoiler alert** gets reinstated in order to face felony charges is that jack, you should never go back.
there were three sequences where reacher was breaking bones, and i thought the narrative did not need to be so graphic. that was a minor complaint. the plot twists and turns in this were clever and as good as any i have seen in the 6-7 reachers i have done on audible.
the samantha character was great.
the tell at the end - the underlying scheming that put everything into motion - was fine but not nearly as strong as the rest of the book. and as i captioned the review, i could not put this book down.
someone confused the narrator with scott brick. this is not a brick narration, but rather dick hill, who has a very different style. (i happen to like both.) when dick hill is at his best, he is the best. this was a great narration by hill, especially including the female voices.
This version of Reacher was way TOO Reacheresque ! Shallow plot line and peremptory ending. Perhaps written too quickly with out much thought.
It ranks towards the top, maybe its because I have a huge crush on Reacher. I can say that I have enjoyed all but one of his books.
I did figure out who was on what side but not the whole scenario...As with most Lee Child books, at least for me, I never know who's the ring leader of all the chaos.
I am always amazed at how believable Dick Hill is, whether it is a male or female voice.
No extremes but it was exciting. I finished it in under two day and now I have to wait another year.
It moved along and never slowed down.
The heroes were always on the verge of not making it, then pulled it out. Typical.
Not really. It is pretty long. I do have a life!
Jack Reacher is the American knight errant. He is always saving the fair maiden or himself. He falls in/out of love, moves on. These stories are always fun and exciting. In some ways, they are informative, if you happen to care about how the army works. I like how he is still in great shape and a warrior at about 50. He's able to take down big dumb guys, well trained army dudes with a couple of well placed tactics. He's my hero. When I am attacked by hillbilly hooligans, I hope he is there.
The Jack Reacher series has been solid from book one and still continues to deliver on a winning formula. Reacher has made it to Virginia to finally talk to the woman he spoke with on the phone while working out the trouble in North Dakota, this is a few books back. The problem is he is now up against the entire bureaucracy of the federal government. As usual the book sets up the good guys against the bad guys and once again Reacher is, well, Reacher. The series is like the P.G. Wodehouse 'Jeeves' series, every book is the same but every book is great. Reacher is the every mans hero, the guy who likes to protect the underdog and we love him for going out on a limb for him. We see a bit of Reacher in the role of Father, thats right - not much but it is there, and of course there is a love interest. The Reacher series continues with the great narration of Dick Hill and if that is ever messed with someone should be fired, he is the perfect voice for Jack Reacher. Worth mentioning is that the backbone of the series is that Lee Childs can write well, he pens great lines and develops a suspenseful story and keeps things from going to far, so there is a feeling as you read this that this could really happen.
Highly recommended, although from the beginning of the series, which is well worth the trip. I do not think these are stand alone books, they build on the previous stories.
Reacher is officially over done! There really aren't any new story lines for this character and Childs is totally reaching (pun intended) in this one.
Sam was the only interesting character in the story and then nothing
Dick Hill could read the phone book and I would still listen to the whole thing which is the only reason I now how this one ended.
Come on Lee let Reacher go! You are far to great a writer for this kind of drivel.
Recently retired editor and writer who is loading up her iPad so she can listen to great stories while knitting.
A younger voiced narrator
Try having a female character with equal or nearly equal smarts to Reacher. Also, he should be more creative. Instead of filling up paragraphs describing every minute rotation, he should beef up the story.
A younger man. Reacher sounds tired, not like a man who can spring into action without even warming up a muscle beforehand.