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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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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-12-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "2 ½ stars. Disappointing. Plot was not well done"

    It’s Reacher. I will read every Reacher book. He is one of my favorite machos. But here the author is stretching or shall I say reaching for a plot. Reacher is accused of things causing his arrest. That was not developed or resolved well. It was kind of like “we changed our minds.” (That’s not exact, but I’m avoiding spoilers.) I still liked the book because of Reacher’s thoughts, attitude, comments, and beating-up-thug scenes. But don’t expect “a good story.”

    Instead of discovering clues along the way, Reacher and others just talk, and suppose, and guess, and figure out who the bad guys are and what they are doing. There is no action to discover clues, like going to a house and seeing a piece of paper. Instead Reacher calls someone and asks them to find out about a guy. That person investigates and calls Reacher back with the clue. We don’t see that person investigate. Later Reacher deduced the code names the bad guys called each other. That was stretching believability.

    What happened to two bad guys at the end was disappointing. It was told, not shown. And it was not satisfying. It was a quick way to finish the book. I wanted details about their motivations and actions in the past building up to all the bad things they did - and how and why they recruited who they recruited.

    The narrator Dick Hill (DH) does a good Reacher voice, but I was not happy with his voice for other characters. Too much negativity and sarcasm. Several times I would have used an amused, curious, normal, or other tone in my voice. But DH was being sarcastic and negative for the good guys. He made them less likeable. DH has done other books well, but not this one.

    Genre: mystery suspense

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Donna M Thomas Santa Monica, CA 09-15-13
    Donna M Thomas Santa Monica, CA 09-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Donna M Thomas

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    "My favorite Reacher story yet"

    I'm not a big review writer, but I'll say that this story is solid and captivating, like most of the Reacher series.

    This my favorite in the series because the story itself was fascinating, one of the protagonists is a strong and intelligent woman (she's in it throughout the entire story), and there's not as much violence as there is in many of the books. The main female character held Reacher back a bit, like a woman would, which I personally liked. It gave the story more depth, in addition to the usual intrigue.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Emmy Aricioglu California 10-17-14
    Emmy Aricioglu California 10-17-14 Member Since 2013

    Editor, writer, knitter, voracious reader.

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    "Good enough"

    I'm a Reacher fan. Have read all the books. Disappointed in the narrator, the way he stresses all the t and p sounds, which wouldn't be so bad if this were done for one character, but this is done to all the dialogue. Everyone is made to sound like a wiseacre. In my opinion, the voice for Reacher should not be that of an older man.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff Hanger 06-16-14
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    "Huge disappointment!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plot and more action. More believable characters.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Soooooooo slow! I was introducing Reacher to my husband and was embarrassed that this was so boring and slow. What happened to the exciting fast moving plots of earlier Reacher books? Now we won't try another Reacher.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None. Turner did not sound like a commander but more like a mid level person. Plot got confusing at the end. Overall it was awful, to my mind. I've listened to many Reachers but sadly this is the last.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Never Go Back?

    Most of them


    Any additional comments?

    Even Dick Hill seemed off his game. Timing so slow, I thought he was another reader. He sounded like he was trying to drag it out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark FRANKLIN, WI, United States 11-25-13
    Mark FRANKLIN, WI, United States 11-25-13
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    "Not very good"
    Any additional comments?

    I have been a Reacher fan forever; awaiting new books. This book was extremely slow with virtually no action. Don't waste a credit

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 10-07-13
    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "another reacher i could not put down"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Hampden, ME, United States 10-03-13
    Mary Hampden, ME, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "TOO Reacher"
    Any additional comments?

    This version of Reacher was way TOO Reacheresque ! Shallow plot line and peremptory ending. Perhaps written too quickly with out much thought.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Battle Creek, MI, United States 10-02-13
    Kristin Battle Creek, MI, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Wish I could find Reacher in the personals!"
    Where does Never Go Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    I am always amazed at how believable Dick Hill is, whether it is a male or female voice.


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

    No extremes but it was exciting. I finished it in under two day and now I have to wait another year.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Pitcock 09-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic Jack Reacher"
    What made the experience of listening to Never Go Back the most enjoyable?

    It moved along and never slowed down.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The heroes were always on the verge of not making it, then pulled it out. Typical.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Jack Reacher


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. It is pretty long. I do have a life!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 09-19-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "This series is still on track"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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