After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had. Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher’s old desk isn't a woman. Why is Susan Turner not there?
What Reacher doesn’t expect is what comes next. He himself is in big trouble, accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide. And he certainly doesn't expect to hear these words: ‘You’re back in the army, Major. And your ass is mine.’Will he be sorry he went back? Or – will someone else?
©2013 Lee Child (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
"It's said that a Jack Reacher novel is bought every four seconds somewhere in the world… Lee Child's genius has been to create a tough guy hero that men will envy and women will adore" (Daily Express)
Recommended , keep you listening and not over the top.
Story , reader
No just good listening
Author is very good in more than just this book.
No - Not many of my friends read Reacher books so I would recommend one of the earlier titles. e.g. The Enemy or Without Fail
the girl he meets in LA
Dick Hill wasn't my favorite reader but he did manage richer emotional shading & color than Jeff Harding. Didn't find the performance of Never go Back very engaging.
I couldn't work out if it was the change of narrator or the book itself but the style of this book seemed different than the previous Reacher books. It seemed a little synthetic. Found myself wondering if a ghost writer had been employed who was copying the style of the "Reacher" brand without capturing some of the spirit of the early stories. It wasn't a bad story, at times I was truly gripped but it seemed different in character.
Only to friends who enjoy this sort of genre
Busting out of prison.
This is a bit different to past Reacher stories and it is a complex plot which is slowly revealed. My favourite part of this was the naming of one of the hitmen "Baldacci'. Wonder if this was a swipe at Baldacci for the John Puller story which is a Reacher take off - so many similarities even in plot. However no-one can do the Reacher character like Child.
Enjoyed this story.
"Another great Reacher story"
I love all the Reacher books and have really liked the development of this story arc as he sets off to find the woman with the voice. This one is one of my favourites.
The great thing aBout Lee Childs is he writes women really well. They are strong confident characters in their own right and well rounded.
Jeff Hardings narration is once again excellent. His narration and Childs story is a match made in heaven.
"The fix was too short"
Like Gregory House and Harvey Spector, Jack Reacher is one of those characters you wish were real and that you could be in their lives or live by their rules. Each book brings new lessons and observations on life. The satisfaction of hearing Jeff Harding say chapter one is one of the most pleasureable moments I know. And the moment Jack Reacher heads for the nearest bus station at the end is like mourning a loss. I only came across the Reacher series a year ago and I thought it would take forever to go through the whole set, but the 12 months have flown by. Now like all the other fans I am up to date and I am a Reacher addict waiting for my next fix. This one lasted less than 12 hours.....too short for such a hard addict. I was hooked on Harry Bosch and Harry Hole for a while, but they are class B drugs...sure they are pleasurable and hit the spot, but the cold trukey wears off quickly. I even tried a few tabs of Dave Gurney and Juan Cabrillo and they took my mind off Reacher for a few weeks. But now I got it bad. This new book touched all the buttons and then some. Pace, characters, stroy line, intrigue, action and dialogue were honed to perfection. A masteclass in being inside a fictional characters head and looking through their eyes, with no inhibitions on how to behave to get the job done.Mr Cruise, thank you for trying to portray JR and your recognition of the character, but please leave the rest of his books to our imagination and lets have our own trips of ecstasy
All the female parts...Lee Child understands the female internal voice well. I particularly liked Sam Dayton...I wish Reacher had taken her with him they would make a wonderful couple.
As comfortable as pipe and slippers
To get my next fix I am going back to book one and starting the Jack Reacher series all over again. Hopefully when I finish it in 6 months, the next one will be out.....
"Reacher at his BEST!!"
Jack Reacher as he should be, finally got that vision of Tom Cruise out of my mind. Jack as he should be 6' 5" and hard as nails!
"Not one of Reacher's best"
Reacher novels are always time well spent. The story moves along nicely. Reacher could easily come across as unrelatable, but Child manages to keep him human rather than a superman, despite his incredible fighting and analytical skills. The the books are good at getting into Reacher's head. For all that he says he chooses the roaming life, he spends time thinking about family, which makes me feel he is a melancholic character at heart.
I would recommend it to those who had read the most recent Reacher novels. It completes an arc, so it wouldn't be a good place to start with the series. It wasn't the best story - things seem to happen around Reacher without his involvement. But there was good character development, and it took twists and turns I didn't expect.
The narration mostly matched the pace of the story. I'm used to Dick Hill's narration on Reacher novels; this narrator sounded like a cross between Peter Weller and Zap Brannigan. Quite terse and clipped, with a slightly odd way of speaking. Fight scenes sometimes came across like lists of moves rather than a rapid sequence of actions. But he did well at creating distinct voices for different characters, and his female voices were particularly good.
Reacher novels always revolve around Reacher doing what he believes is the right thing. That inspires me to try to keep that approach to life.
"Jck is back!"
Definitely. The story is good, the plot and arc drives the story on, and the narration is catching.
Well, the other books by Lee Child, because he is consistence.
He reminds me a little bitt of David Baldacci in his way to build a plot you can believe in.
When Reacher met an important person confined.
Actually I could not put it down, so I read it in one evenening and one night.
This book is a good example of how an arc can come to a conclusion without being to flamboyant. I feel the story tells about a modern Lone Ranger seeking something or someone, again and again. He may be hard, he may be scroupolus to the ones meaning him or others harm, but his heart is in the right place.
"Another Excellent Jack Reacher"
Always enjoy listening to Jack Reacher stories and this was no exception.
Compares well with all other novels about Jack.
Enjoyed listening to the whole book. Can not wait till the next one.
Bring It On
"Worth a listen."
I typically listen to factual/biography type audio books and this was my first experience of a 'story' telling fiction book. I have read several Jack Reacher paperbacks and this has perhaps tainted my experience of this book as I had already formulated in my mind a mental impression of Jacks voice and demeanour.
The story itself is engaging and I did find myself wanting to know what happens next.
I found the narrators voice and accent totally irritating, and it detracted from the story initially, although I did get used to it after a while. As I listen to plays on the radio I am used to hearing different voices played by different actors, so hearing this narrator imitate a female voice made me cringe. It was also annoying that every female character in the book had the same irritating voice and accent!! That said, I suppose it is to be expected and after a while I got used to it.
The book did not invoke an emotional reaction, but having already bought into Jack Reacher as a central character I was keen to follow the outcome of the story.
This may be symptomatic of audio books, time will tell, but listening to this book on a commuter train I fell asleep to the droning voice and had to rewind on the return journey to catch up on the tale! If you like Lee Childs' Jack Reacher, you will like this story too.
"Not as good as they used to be."
Jaded but ok.
I wasn't at all amazed in anyway.
He is a fantastic reader and I always enjoy the accents and voices.
This book, although well written and read just didn't really do anything for me either way. Lee Child in my opinion at least seems to be dragging the series out far too much now. Perhaps there should be a book where we do wonder if Reacher will just cut and run for it as a last option. They are just too predictable now for my taste and I don't expect to be buying the next one.
"Not One of His Best!"
Having read or listened to (and enjoyed) all the previous Reacher books I couldn't help feeling a little let down by this one.
It moved along at a brisk enough pace and there was enough happening to keep me interested but the ending seemed rushed and anti-climactic.
Jeff Harding's narration was, as usual, excellent.
It's not a bad book but not one I would really recommend - sure read or listen to it when you get round to it but I wouldn't rush!
I really enjoyed this Jack Reacher, much more than the last few (which have still been great!). This felt like more of a return to the old Jack - the storyline was crisper, the writing sharper (with some great humour and one-liners). It wasn't quite as predictable as recently, although some elements you could work out. Highly recommended to all fellow fans of Mr Child and the wonderful Reacher world.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content