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Never Go Back Audiobook
Never Go Back
Written by: 
Lee Child
Narrated by: 
Dick Hill
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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    Kathryn 09-20-13
    Kathryn 09-20-13
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    "This Book is Classic Reacher"

    Lee Child seems to finally be back writing Reacher type stories that attracted readers like me a long time ago. I had the feeling in Worth Dying For that he no longer carred for his Reacher character, the book was so depressing I wasn't sure I would listen to the next. But then Lee wrote the Affair and I thouhght ok I enjoyed the back story books and took a chance. It was pretty good, but then came A Wanted Man and this time I felt Lee was just producing a book because he had a contract and was again dissappointed. Never Go Back brings back the type of characters and plots from the earlier books. I enjoyed this one and hope Lee writes more like this. It is classic Reacher with the arcane math and propabilities, open pedantic references, methodical and analytical observations, folding tooth brushes, buying clothes rather than washing, dinners, and hitch hiking. New are plane rides and cell phones but it is 2013 after all.

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    Katie United States 09-19-13
    Katie United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A little confusing, not very exciting!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. It lacked excitement and was a little confusing.


    Would you recommend Never Go Back to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I don't believe the story line was very good.


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

    Dick Hill is an excellent narrator.


    Could you see Never Go Back being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Hmm... Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Montreal, Quebec, Canada 09-19-13
    Stephanie Montreal, Quebec, Canada 09-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "It's nice to have Reacher back...for a while"

    Predictably, Reacher books always suck me in and string me along until the very end. I have listened to them all! Nothing to Lose was the only one in this series that I really disliked. This plot was a little reminiscent of a previous one, however I can't elaborate without writing a spoiler. As someone who really enjoys this series I am perfectly satisfied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tierney 09-18-13
    Tierney 09-18-13
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    "LOVE REACHER."
    Would you listen to Never Go Back again? Why?

    Oh yeah.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack.


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

    Mr. Hill is always very fine.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yep.


    Any additional comments?

    Reacher, no middle name is so real. Hope he comes by here some day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy New York, NY, USA 09-17-13
    Peggy New York, NY, USA 09-17-13 Member Since 2008

    I am an avid reader of excellent contemporary fiction but now that audio books have become a huge industry, the readers aren't as good.

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    "my ears hurt from this"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    no, I'm done: Child's formulaic and Hill is a mannered reader who I find annoying.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    probably not - I've outgrown them. I always figure out what's going to happen, Reacher is always the same.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He puts his own spin on the words that makes me wonder if those inflections are in the text, doesn't modulate his voices and his female ones are awful, not consistent voices either, but consistently awful.


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

    A bit of anger but a huge helping of disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Why didn't I return it? I'm so grateful that Amazon has enabled doing so; in the past I bought scores of books that I never listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 09-17-13
    Patrick 09-17-13
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    "Reacher and Hill, great as always"

    Dick Hill really brings Reacher to life, bravo.
    The story was well crafted within the obvious scope of the series.
    All in all a good listen..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul New York, NY, United States 09-17-13
    Paul New York, NY, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2011

    Media Nerd

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    "Voice doesn't match characters"
    Would you listen to Never Go Back again? Why?

    Being addicted to audio books and an old radio announcer I am super sensitive to the quality of Audible readers. Although Mr. Hill has won a lot of awards and has a great voice, he should never pretend a female voice. And for all the physical strength and prowess written into Jack Reacher's character, Mr. Hill's 1940's tough-guy pretense makes me imagine a over-the-hill detective with a bit of a wheeze. No. I wouldn't want to listen to this again unless the reader was different.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story has lots of great twists and curls but Mr. Hill insists on dragging every fast moving sequence on the same slow pace of the wise-guy cracks.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I said enough above.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love the plot and wanted to keep listening but not with this narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry Mr. Hill. You have a great voice but Reacher shouldn't sound like Colombo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kuglar1 Northeast GA 09-17-13
    Kuglar1 Northeast GA 09-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Background is important"
    Any additional comments?

    Anyone writing about the US Army should know the difference between a guardhouse and a stockade.

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    Greyhorse Canton, CT, United States 09-17-13
    Greyhorse Canton, CT, United States 09-17-13

    Full time Internal Medicine practice and serious amateur Landscape photographer. Utilizes driving hours listening to spy and thriller Audiobooks. Loves to travel to places with mountains, green waters and beaches with wife.

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    "Back for More"
    Where does Never Go Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best Reacher series thus far. Dick Hill's way of delivering the words line by line evokes real action as if you are riding with the main characters.


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

    The scene inside the holding room (or prison) where Reacher's sense of auditory perception
    accounted most of the action until he was able to device a plan to free up himself then extricate (rescue) Major Turner from the adjacent cell.


    Any additional comments?

    As expected, Dick Hill did not fail his faithful Reacher fans. The story is full of action, funny at times, and masterfully crafted. He portrays Jack Reacher as one soldier who can survive using his wits and his muscles, so unconventional in his ways but unafraid to face the "authorities" who defy the social conventions. This is another book for the movies.

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    Loy 09-16-13
    Loy 09-16-13

    Born to read

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    "good solid reacher"

    I have read all of the Reacher books -- some great some not so great-- but everyone of them good enough to keep my interest.
    this one was no exception -- good story -- He breaks arms and takes names!.

    I did not realize that Mr Child was going to write just 20 books --
    looking forward to the next one but not the last one!!

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