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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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  • R.
  • 06-21-14

Cant Get Enough!

What did you like best about this story?

Good plotting. As usual Child's moves it right along.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Every thing. His enunciation and pacing seem to add life the words. Ive listened to the Reacher books before Dick Hill, he's head and shoulders above the other gentleman.

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

yes.

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Good old Jack Reacher

If you could sum up Never Go Back in three words, what would they be?

The latest Jack Reacher. Sure they're all more or less the same - but yet different enough to keep coming back. The Reacher books are all three day reads or less. I read all 18 of them using Whisper - reading half and listen to half on my commute. They are absolute fun!

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  • Scott
  • Santa Clara, CA, United States
  • 05-09-14

Falls short of the mark

I've listened to a number of Jack Reacher novels, and this is far from my favorite.
It just seems to be bogged down with what the gamers call "fetch quests." I got a lot less "excitement," and a lot more "patient waiting" out of listening to this book. By the end, I felt not so much energized as bored.

And what's up with the author's use of the phrase "a long moment?" The definition of "a moment," is "a very short period of time." So, "a long moment" is—what—an oxymoron? Did someone cough? Did the protagonist blink twice? Did the listener scratch his cheek? Ridiculous.

As for the narration, Dick Hill has many good qualities as a narrator—he generally seems to know what the story is about, and creates a decent visual impression of the characters and events. That being said, this book lacks the energy and crispness of his best work. It's a far cry from the more inspired work he produced in "Echo Burning."

I'm always up for a good Reacher novel, but this one just falls short of the mark.

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 04-26-14

Reacher is still a hard guy to catch

Another Reacher hard ops story with a twist. Jack returns to meet the commander of his old unit. He liked her voice. Both are set up for false charges and the book,follows them as they try to find out who and why. Obviously, they find out, resolve the issues, and clear their names. How they do it is what the book is all about. I liked it.

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Reacher-predictable and Fun

Finally Dick Hill doesn't ruin the narration by making his strong female characters whiny and pathetic sounding, seems he listened to the poor reviews he was given on earlier Reacher series. This book is a little weak on the ending, but silly me, I still enjoy an escape to the Land of Reacher. Perhaps since my last few books have been a little heavy I enjoyed this and rated this higher than I would have otherwise, but sometimes I just want some mindless entertainment and Lee Child delivers again! Although heavily criticized by other readers, even die-hard Reacher fans, this book still gets a 4 star rating from me. Story line might be closer to a 3.5, but I chose to round up my rating, rather than round down.

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Inspired dullness

I like the unabridged versions of the Jack Reacher novels because the repetitiveness is so familiar, like a comfortable old bathrobe. I especially like the passive descriptions: "There was a room. There were blinds on the windows. There was a desk and a chair. A man was sitting on the chair..."
And then there are the lengthy descriptions of simple actions. "The door opened. The door shut. The door opened again. The door shut again. Someone turned the handle. There was a hand on the handle..."
Seriously, there is a strange and wonderful rhythm to Childs's writing. I even liked this book despite that there really was no plot. C'mon, two old guys in a DC townhouse? The denouement has all the punch of a deflated balloon.
But you know what? I'm gonna listen to more of the Reacher books. I like the character, and the nihilism, and especially the comfortable voice of Dick Hill, reading all those passive constructions with great patience and panache.

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I loved this book!

What did you love best about Never Go Back?

Fast paced, fun, great characters. Jack Reacher is always a fun read

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

It is a page turner

Any additional comments?

Fun and fast read. Great vacation book.

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Another solid Reacher novel from Lee Child

What did you love best about Never Go Back?

As always, Jack Reacher is the man. I have read/listened to every Jack Reacher book and I love the series. This is another solid book. While it's probably not the best Jack Reacher book (maybe a little less action than some others in the series), it is certainly well worth the listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Reacher....who else.

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

Dick Hill is a solid narrator and always does a great job.

Any additional comments?

This and every Reacher book are solid. If I were you, I'd start with Book 1 and enjoy the whole series. Then you can be like all the other fans of this series - counting the days until the next one comes out.

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Best Reacher novel so far!

I enjoyed this Reacher novel from start to finish! Reacher and Susan Turner made a good team and the action was non stop.

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Decent story-That's all

What disappointed you about Never Go Back?

The Reader. Extremely poor. His emphasis on proper diction came at the expense of smoothness and fluidity in the story. It was very distracting. Mr, Hill needs to move on.

Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Enough said about Mr. Hill.