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Never Go Back Audiobook

Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.
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Publisher's Summary

Never go back - but Jack Reacher does, and the past finally catches up with him.... Never Go Back is number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child’s new novel of action-charged suspense starring "one of the best thriller characters at work today" (Newsweek).

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had.

Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone.

But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

When threatened, you can run or fight.

Reacher fights, aiming to find Turner and clear his name, barely a step ahead of the army, and the FBI, and the D.C. Metro police, and four unidentified thugs.

Combining an intricate puzzle of a plot and an exciting chase for truth and justice, Lee Child puts Reacher through his paces - and makes him question who he is, what he’s done, and the very future of his untethered life on the open road.

©2013 Lee Child (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Child is a superb craftsman of suspense." (Entertainment Weekly)

"The truth about Reacher gets better and better." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

What Members Say

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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 11-15-13
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "Eh"

    I'll still buy the next installment, but I was a little apatheic about the story. I love Reacher dated and corny, one liners, choreographed action and soft hearted tough guy.

    This was just okay.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John R. Brandon Tennessee 11-11-13
    John R. Brandon Tennessee 11-11-13 Member Since 2011

    John

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    "Author did this one drunk and I've read them all"
    What disappointed you about Never Go Back?

    Story very weak


    Has Never Go Back turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. it went down hill when the author sold movie rights to pip squeak Cruise


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    He's ok


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Author needs to do some soul searching to see if he wants to continue the series


    Any additional comments?

    Jack Reacher needs a change in direction

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-11-13
    Jeremy Phoenix, AZ, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "This book was just ok."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story just dragged on a bit on this one.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably going to take a great from this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 10-31-13
    Debbie 10-31-13
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    "Jack Is Great"

    This is the Jack Reacher I love...BUT the story was very confusing to me I had to relisted to a couple of chapters,and kind of a let down at the end. I expected it to be a real surprise but it really wasn't to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 10-28-13
    John 10-28-13
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    "Get a new narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book but not in the audio format. The narrator sounds like a refugee from a 40's gangster movie.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lee Child? Why or why not?

    Yes. Been a Child's fan for years.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Almost anyone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe DIXON, CA, United States 10-27-13
    Joe DIXON, CA, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2005
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    "reacher triumphs again"
    Where does Never Go Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is in the top 10% of the books i enjoy and read the most


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

    yes, he is one great reader. the meter of his reading makes for an enjoyable listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia DESTIN, FL, United States 10-25-13
    Alicia DESTIN, FL, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A typical Jack Reacher"
    What made the experience of listening to Never Go Back the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy the reader Dick Hill. The story was a typical Jack Reacher, which is no more and no less than I expected.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Clinton, MD, United States 10-24-13
    George Clinton, MD, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed it."
    What did you love best about Never Go Back?

    It was a fun read. I appreciated the background on the storyline.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The pursuit as they traveled from location to location was very entertaining.


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    David rancho bernardo, CA, United States 10-24-13
    David rancho bernardo, CA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible - Boring story and woeful narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think that there is anything that can help this


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    I just don't care about anything that is happening in the story. Even the narrator sound bored


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Smith Glade Spring, VA USA 10-22-13
    Rick Smith Glade Spring, VA USA 10-22-13 Member Since 2009

    Love a good thriller!

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    "May have had enough"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the early two thirds of this series, but either it has gone on too long or I've just reached by fill of Lee Child. It shifted early on from a tale to enjoy into a quest to complete it to end the "therefores" and "in which case" repetition of the dialog.
    It may also be that my memory of the Army didn't reflect quite the level of incompetence and manipulation that was commonplace in this story. I'm willing to suspend a certain amount of belief for the sake of plot etc, but this might fall more in the fantasy genre than thriller.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Not much of a plot and wildly unrealistic as well. It also seemed that if it was a tale that must be told, it would have served better as a short story. It had the feeling of being wordy for the sake of adding pages rather than progressing the plot. Overall it seemed like an assembly line effort of simply rolling out another book because the contract called for it or the series past reputation would assure some revenue.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I'm not a huge fan of Mr. Hill, but the performance seemed adequate and perhaps he was no more excited to read the story than I was to hear it.


    Was Never Go Back worth the listening time?

    Not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that I personally am done with Reacher. It's been fun for the most part but it seems to have run it's course. I'm disappointed that I can't just look forward to another installment with confidence, but I believe I'll have to devote some time to finding another author or series in the future. So long Jack...it was fun while it lasted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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