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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Not Up To Standard

If this were my first Reacher book, it would have been my last. I have generally enjoyed this series until now. the book demonstrates a total lack of understanding of the military justice system. It is replete with cliches and senseless phrases repeated over and over.

While in the past I have thought that Dick Hill was an OK narrator, his female voice in this instance are grating.

Read some of the earlier Reacher novels and forget this one.

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Enjoyed story. Performance gimmicky.

Good plot. The narrator sounded too old and the noir style was borderline gimmicky. It took away from the story.

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loved the story, time for a new narrator?

classic reacher. .... Love the story. ... especially the part in Los Angeles. My only complaint is that Dick Hill is sounding really old and tired. ... his voice no longer does it for me. warbles, lacks vitality no matter how much he punctuates this or that syllable....This was challenging to listen to. ...

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Jack did it again

The book was intense and exciting . I like how the characters work together .

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If you just want to kill time, listening.

OK but too long and way too much detail. Anti climactic story. Not one has his best books in my opinion

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  • Larjane
  • Broken Arrow, OK, US
  • 01-06-15

Ties Everything Up

I've seen Reacher across the nation. He never settles down; he's made a few changes. I just keep listening. He doesn't own anything except a toothbrush and that house many books back he didn't say he disposed of. He's a bad driver, and he's taller than Tom Cruise!

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Slow

Quite a bit slower than the other books. Lost interest in this story and found myself having to go back a few chapters to see what was going on. Not one of his finest!

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  • Heather
  • Brighton, MI, USA
  • 12-26-14

Pedestrian writing. Awful narration.

This audio book was weak. The story was contrived and riddled with repeated dialogue as if that lended a sense of style to the cliched patter. Dick Hill's narration was chock full of annoying stops and starts which sounded like he was mocking the writing instead of embellishing it. Yuck.

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All the Reacher Elements

Would you listen to Never Go Back again? Why?

Probably not. I remember it and it was good to hear.

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

Most Reacher books.

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

Allows me to listen as a drive and do other things.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked his interaction with the woman. A female presence helps humanize Reacher.

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Last Jack Reacher I will read

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story was so convoluted and unbelievable. Characters were hard to follow and not believable.

Has Never Go Back turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

had a better story

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

very disappointed. I have been a Jack Reacher fan but this will end that.

Any additional comments?

I have had difficulty finding great mysteries lately and may let my Audible subscription go.