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Never Go Back Audiobook

Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

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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)

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    Joe Gilbert, AZ 10-17-13
    Joe Gilbert, AZ 10-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Good"

    I think Dick Hill tried to put a little too much into this book and the Reacher character. So I only gave it 4 stars. The narration was a little to slow and articulated in some areas. But the story line was very good and it had some nice surprises along the way. I definitely enjoyed this book and if you are a Jack Reacher fan, I think you will too.

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    Phillip Bellingham, WA, United States 10-14-13
    Phillip Bellingham, WA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "New Reader Badly Needed"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, because the reader is so bad - something on which I elaborate in my comments.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Go Back?

    Nothing especially memorable.


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



    I really can’t understand why Dick Hill continues to be used as the reader of “Reacher” books on Audible. He obviously regards himself as an actor who is required to play parts corresponding to the characters in the books he reads, with each character required to have a different “voice.” Hill presumably doesn’t realize that the best readers don’t do this; and he in particular shouldn’t even try because he is so bad at it. The voices he employs are annoyingly artificial –especially those of women, which are typically weak and quavery, and therefore completely out of character.
    I think that I’ll be able to finish this book be reading it in small chunks, but it’s the last one I’ll listen to by Dick Hill.


    Was Never Go Back worth the listening time?

    It would be if read by someone competent.


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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 10-13-13
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2001
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    Any additional comments?

    Audiobook review. I’ve been reading Lee Child/Jack Reacher series for years. I’ve always enjoyed the character, a no-nosense, alpha male. I think maybe…just maybe, Lee may be losing his momentum with this release, the 18th book in the Jack Reacher series. Child has taken to repeating phrases in his writing of this book. A lot. For example, ‘He breathed in; he breathed out.’ It seems to be an attempt by the author to do something ‘different’, rather than simple character behavior, i.e., ‘he frowned’ or … ‘A trickle of sweat ran down his back.’ etc.. It’s not the only instance and he’s making Reacher almost seem mentally deficient, constantly iterating his thoughts. I’ve read several Jack Reacher stories and enjoyed them….but THIS? Child is doing this repitition throughout the book and I’m annoyed as hell. The character behavior is predominantly in the beginning of the story and eventually tapers off, although it doesn’t completely go away. Not as dynamic a story as it could have been, in my opinion. I listened at 1.25 speed as Dick Hill seemed a little slow.

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    Jennifer R. Kee 10-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "In love with Jack!"
    What did you love best about Never Go Back?

    I devour ANY Lee Child book! He never disappoints! Love that the books stand alone, but even better when listened/read in order!


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill is AMAZING. Even my kids (11 & 12) say they could listen to him read the phone book and not get tired of his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Home run of a choice. Any Jack Reacher book and any book that Dick Hill narrates is stellar!

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    Oksana FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 10-08-13
    Oksana FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 10-08-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Reacher said nothing"
    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    I found the story very descriptive with many simple and repetitious dialogues.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Every time I heard an accent made over "Reacher said nothing" it made my skin crawl with dislike. Wish I could just mute the dialogue identifying words.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Plot of the story was good. Even with the poor writing presentation, I finished listening to the story.


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    Stupid Tom NW Suburban Chicago 10-07-13
    Stupid Tom NW Suburban Chicago 10-07-13 Member Since 2015

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    "I am a fan"
    What made the experience of listening to Never Go Back the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy the entire Reacher series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack because he's Jack


    Any additional comments?

    I've read some of the negative comments about this book but if you are a fan of the series don't avoid this listen.

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    Patricia Portsmouth, VA, United States 10-05-13
    Patricia Portsmouth, VA, United States 10-05-13
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    "Very disappointed. Feels like a wasted credit."
    What did you like best about Never Go Back? What did you like least?

    This was not the best of the Reacher series. The best thing was having Dick Hill read. The story in itself went absolutly nowhere. I couldn't focus on the characters or the storyline.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Yes. But just like my other favorite authors they tend to crank books out too fast and lose context.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Dick Hill. If if wasn't for him I probably would never have finished it.


    Was Never Go Back worth the listening time?

    No. I will "never go back" and listen to it again.


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    Don Reno, NV United States 10-05-13
    Don Reno, NV United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A profound disappointing plot"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A plot that didn't attempt to equate Jack Reacher's logistical skills with Albert Einstein.This Reacher is to clever by half.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not another Lee Child book.


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

    His performance was fine; but the plot was so lacking that Hill's reading became repetitious and uninteresting.


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

    Disappointment because the plot of the story was so lacking.


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    Andrew Pollack Cumberland, Maine USA 10-03-13
    Andrew Pollack Cumberland, Maine USA 10-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A more mature Jack Reacher novel"

    I know some of the fans of this series may find this one quite a bit more tame than others have been in the past. I found it more mature, more potentially believable (though still a stretch in bits), and overall very enjoyable. There was till plenty of Jack being Jack -- but it wasn't as over the top as some of the others. I approve.

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    Tara 10-02-13
    Tara 10-02-13
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    "Never Listen to Again !"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not even Jack Reacher could save this book.


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Dick Hill is Dick Hill no matter how bad the material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I remember. If I were not a Reacher fan already I would not listen to any more of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Awful book that lacked a story. It sounded like there was a new author every other chapter. No real build on story beacuse there was no real continuation just stuff thrown in out of no where. There are no spoilers because...well just beacause.

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