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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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    William 01-29-14
    William 01-29-14

    Listen to a lot of audio books driving across the wide open spaces of Nevada during monthly 450 mile trips to and from Las Vegas.

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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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    Leon 01-22-14
    Leon 01-22-14 Member Since 2015
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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.


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    Mark Omaha, NE, United States 01-05-14
    Mark Omaha, NE, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2002

    Audible Books have allowed me to be a "reader". I now enjoy novels and stories I never knew about.

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    "Lee Child does it AGAIN"
    If you could sum up Never Go Back in three words, what would they be?

    Full Circle


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

    Yes. By keeping the "bad guys" as the unknown


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher. And is great at anything he narrates.


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

    The moment you realize WHY? That pleasure was the real reason.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Child keep them coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wylie 12-29-13
    Wylie 12-29-13
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    "more of the same"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    formulaic writing All novels beginning to sound the same Needs new style and end to current tired formula.


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

    yes Too much of the same old, same old


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    capable, believeable, easy on the ear


    What character would you cut from Never Go Back?

    story is issue, not a character


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Laurel, MD, United States 12-20-13
    Joseph Laurel, MD, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Jack Reacher story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've listened to the entire series. Love Jack Reacher novels - the bad guys always pay their dues. Dick Hill is the perfect Reacher voice. Interest twist to the story. I like that Reacher doesn't always get it right. Lee Child unpacks Reacher's logic. You can see the story unfold. Great writer.


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    Rusty 12-13-13
    Rusty 12-13-13 Member Since 2016

    Great Books Don't Promote Violence

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    "Reacher is always a good time"

    I really enjoyed this latest Reacher adventure. (Once I get used to the idea that he travels with only a folded toothbrush, but no paste, I get wrapped up in the mystery and well written characters.) The storyline has lots of thrills and surprises without too much graphic violence. Of course, the responsible adult in me wonders why Reacher doesn't carry condoms since he frequently falls in bed with one or two new women in each book.

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    Stuart Booker 12-06-13 Member Since 2017
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    "The well has run dry...... reaching the bottom"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a plot.


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    edited this book


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    he tried to bring some life to this


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

    Beating up two poor rednecks with his hand behind his back ?
    disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    the well is dry don't waste your time or money .
    .........A shame but I think the series has Reached the end
    overall it has been a good ride!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 11-19-13
    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Reacher is back.... what if you did not read 17?"

    I agree Reacher is back, but for me he never left as I did not read the last novel due to the reviews.

    The action is heavy, and Reacher acts like Reacher. Dick Hill just does a good job. I am a big Dick Hill fan.

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    Christopher Brown everett, wa usa 11-18-13
    Christopher Brown everett, wa usa 11-18-13 Member Since 2015

    res00mwd

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    "Great Author"
    What made the experience of listening to Never Go Back the most enjoyable?

    dick hill


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

    sure


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

    are you kidding....... he makes the book and all the others wonderful


    Any additional comments?

    I saw lee child at third place books in seattle. he is one smart man. it was great fun to hear speak. If you listen to one of his books and like it you will want to listen them all as I have....happy listening.....

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    ScottG Dover, DE 11-17-13
    ScottG Dover, DE 11-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The decline of success"
    Any additional comments?

    I hate to say it because I REALLY like the series and the writer, Lee Child. I even take into account that I get bugged by small things sometimes. However, this is just mediocre at best and truly a poor addition to the series. If you don't need or want further thoughts, let me just say for you, this strikes me as "McMillan and Wife team up with Rockford Files while being pursued by The A-Team".
    The main character, Jack Reacher, has always been a “flawed” hero. Any summary of this character should include the key phrases of Obsessive Compulsive, borderline Schizophrenia, Anti-Social Personality Disorder… and a few more that escape me now. You have to face facts; anyone that simply buys new clothes rather than washing old ones, claiming it is cheaper, has a loose screw or two. Also, give some room to the idea that anyone that, in his 40’s lives hand to mouth hitchhiking all over the Country and ALWAYS seems to find trouble, cannot be all good or all innocent. But that always seemed to flow into the story because although sometimes cartoonish, in a “6 Million Dollar Man” kind of way, the story was not over the top ridiculous. You only needed to suspend reality, not torture it before abolishing it all together.
    In this book, we have Reacher returning to metro DC to see a woman that he never met, but in previous stories, had aided him via telephone. He arrives at his former military post where the woman he comes to see is now the commander of his former Military Police unit. Reacher is immediately recalled to active duty after being discharged for 16 or so years. Ostensibly, this significant impossibility is so that the evil guys can take control of him. Of course, they have already trumped up charges against the female Major Turner, whom Reacher was coming to see. Oh, throw in to that, Reacher had never told anyone he was coming to see her… he just hitchhiked from the great Northwest to Arlington Virginia “because she had an interesting voice” (Can you say stalker?), yet they were ready.
    So they seemingly frame-up charges on Reacher that he assaulted a man 16 years ago and he just died as a result of the injuries, making Reacher a killer. In addition, they throw in a recently filed paternity suit claiming Reacher is the father of a now 14-year-old girl and the mother just came forward to claim her child support. As long as you are in the “it’s a frame” mode, what the heck, put $100K in an offshore account belonging to the female Major (that in reality she knows nothing about it) and then arrest her for taking bribes. If only the basis of the story were the downfall, I would not be so disappointed.
    The story is written with truly annoying “OCD” stuff that makes me wonder if Lee Child is not OCD and writing a bit of himself into the script. Things like repetitive recitation of “catch phrases” in the form of drifting thoughts, such as “Sam, a daughter, 14-years-old” over and over, even in the middle of a prison escape. But the OCD isn’t just Reacher; it is also in the narrative. “Romeo called Juliette, because something’s are her responsibility” and “Juliette called Romeo, because something’s are his responsibility” each time the narrator introduces a conversation between the cloak and dagger characters of Romeo and Juliette. Then there is the insane obsession of counting, everything, no matter how unimportant it is to the story and then explain the count. Things such as “…he parked 8 spaces down from the door, not 1 and not 3, but 8” and then explaining the odds of a car parked directly in front of a motel door that the driver/car’s owner went into, versus the door 1, 2, or even 3 doors down might be.
    For me the ridiculous compounded the insane making it difficult to finish despite wanting to like the story. Ridiculous in concept since nowhere in the United States do Military Police “hunt” anyone or anything. MP’s do not do deep undercover, they do not investigate or arrest civilians or even have power of arrest off base. No, that is left to Army CID, or Navy NCIS, or Air Force OSI, all of whom are sworn Federal Officers. Ridiculous in logic such as when someone, on a remote hunch, flags all credit cards and ID’s contained in an Army Military Police “Undercover Vault” (see previous statement indicating NO SUCH THING could exist) which results in the bad guys being able to track Reacher and Turner. Yes, they can do that, but as Reacher steals more and more of the bad guys credit cards and uses them to fund his treck to find “Sam, a daughter, 14-years-old”, they cannot call the credit card company and get the cards shut off because the bad guys that own them are off the grid. Oh, how about the completely bizzar idea that someone (here two people) break out of an Army brig where they are held presumably on high felonies, and their first thought is to run to California to find “Sam, a daughter, 14-years-old”. More insane is that the bad guys anticipate that the hero would break out and go to track down the girl because of a paternity suit (even assuming that was a crime of adultery, the punishment is discharge (did I mention Reacher had been out of the Army for 16-years?). In fact, most of the obstacles thrown up would require the bad guys to be either genius or clairvoyant, and the hero to be an idiot or on drugs.Overall, I can only give it middle of the road and keep the bad feeling that the recent release of Jack Reacher to the big screen, made Lee Child so hungry for a follow-up, that he rushed and gave us an updated version of the “A-Team” or some other equally bad 70’s prime time show.

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