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Never Go Back: Jack Reacher 18 | [Lee Child]

Never Go Back: Jack Reacher 18

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Peter Grobler Esperance Australia 10-19-13
    Peter Grobler Esperance Australia 10-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Recommended , keep you listening and not over the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story , reader


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None psecific


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

    No just good listening


    Any additional comments?

    Author is very good in more than just this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mike Fairfield, IA, United States 08-31-13
    mike Fairfield, IA, United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2006
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    "puzzled by this one"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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


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

    the girl he meets in LA


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Harding’s performance?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    unlikely


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Russ 07-11-14
    Russ 07-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Maybe Reacher has finally "Jumped the Shark""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Enjoyable romp - but so far fetched that you had to conciously suspend disbelief within the first 15 minutes


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was the slow reveal of the plot and motives. The least interesting was Reachers continuing indestructability. Really? He's over 50 and has the physique of an olympian athelete and the reactions of a cheetah on methamphetamine. He fells foes with one punch, maybe two. No room for self doubt or physical reality. Mind like a Russian chess player - with only two moves, considering only two possible outcomes . Lee Child , if he continues with this series would do better to take in to account the progression of time and give Jack a few more dimensions than Superman missing his cape.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Time for Reacher to grow up I feel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sysop Christchurch, New Zealand 06-24-14
    Sysop Christchurch, New Zealand 06-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Did Lee Child actually write this book?"
    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    I've always enjoyed a 'bit of Reacher' but the last book wasn't much to write home about (in my opinion) and this one is even worse! I am listening to it thinking "come ON already, get on with it!". I won't be finishing it, in fact I'm about to take it off my player.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Harding’s performance?

    I generally like Jeff Harding, but I kept hearing "Angel" and other female characters from Paul Wilson's books.


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    If you are going to read the Reacher books, go for the earlier ones which were an exciting and interesting read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Middle Park, Australia 04-13-14
    Michael Middle Park, Australia 04-13-14
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    "Complicated but entertaining"
    What did you love best about Never Go Back?

    The interesting and complex storyline meant there were many twists and turns which were unpredictable.


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

    Reacher approaching and meeting his daughter.


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

    Jeff Harding does a superb job of the Reacher series and this is no exception. Terrific performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The past catches up with Reacher.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Esperance, Australia 10-08-13
    Steven Esperance, Australia 10-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Bit different, but same Reacher!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only to friends who enjoy this sort of genre


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

    Busting out of prison.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • veronica
    merseyside, United Kingdom
    8/30/13
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    sutton, surrey, United Kingdom
    9/11/13
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    "The fix was too short"
    What made the experience of listening to Never Go Back the most enjoyable?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

    As comfortable as pipe and slippers


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

    For sure.


    Any additional comments?

    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.....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    Neath, United Kingdom
    9/9/13
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    "Reacher at his BEST!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Truro, United Kingdom
    9/1/13
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    "Not one of Reacher's best"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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.


    Did Never Go Back inspire you to do anything?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Birger
    OSLO, Norway
    8/30/13
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    "Jck is back!"
    Would you listen to Never Go Back again? Why?

    Definitely. The story is good, the plot and arc drives the story on, and the narration is catching.


    What other book might you compare Never Go Back to, and why?

    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.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Reacher met an important person confined.


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

    Actually I could not put it down, so I read it in one evenening and one night.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Martyn
    LINCOLN, United Kingdom
    8/30/14
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    "Jack's the Boy"
    What did you like most about Never Go Back?

    This continued the on going story of Jack Reacher


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it involved another character in the main part


    What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

    He is outstanding ion telling the story and his timing is wonderful and makes it live


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Child at his best

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graeme
    STEVENAGE, United Kingdom
    8/18/14
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    "Just go back a little Lee"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes of course it is a Reacher book.
    Better than some recent ones but still not vintage.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I cannot answer that !!!


    What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

    Along with the two guys that read the Baldachi books this guy is the best.


    Did Never Go Back inspire you to do anything?

    Oh absolutely
    When finished I did some chores and even started talking to my family again.


    Any additional comments?

    We'll worth reading
    And better than The Affair but not as good as 61 Hours and A Wanted Man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Prince
    UK
    7/7/14
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    "It's a bit Janet and John..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I really enjoy the series-thrillers, having collected all of the Rebus novels, the Dirk Pitt novels and Numa files and many other US and UK-based franchises. This was my first Jack Reacher, and I was keen to start a new collection.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    The subject and the setting really appeal, but the story was very basic and very implausible. I appreciate authors need to invent some extreme scenarios but the characters, story and actions were very implausible, which really starts to erode credibility and become a little bit puerile and disengaging.What compounded my disappointment was the delivery. Jeff Harding's monotonous drawl is slow dull and boring, and he has a range of exactly 2 voices, one high and one low pitch. Really, it was a struggle to get through this book, the antithesis of almost every other audio book I've every bought.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Harding’s performances?

    In a buy one get one free frenzy, I've ordered another Jack Reacher novel in case I have been unfairly critical. My expectations are low.


    Did Never Go Back inspire you to do anything?

    Never go back is an appropriate tag line for the Jack Reacher franchise, based upon my experience of this book and performance.


    Any additional comments?

    It's horses for courses. Whilst I found this slow, monotonous, implausible and un-engaging, others may well enjoy this book and this franchise. I'm a firm believer in live and let live, so please go ahead and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Findon, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    5/2/14
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    "Lee Child...What happened?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Better enjoy the earlier Jack Reacher.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Scrapped it and started again.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    So so.


    Did Never Go Back inspire you to do anything?

    Find another book.


    Any additional comments?

    Go and enjoy the earlier Reacher stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil C
    Bedford, England
    3/2/14
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    "Typical Reacher"

    If you like Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels, then you'll like this. You'll know exactly what to expect and you'll get it. However if you're new to Reacher, there are better places to start, for example Killing Floor, the first Reacher novel. Be guided by the reviews. For me, this had a good premise and moved along nicely but the ending was a little lame. Jeff Harding's narration is good, with a wide range of voices and accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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