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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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    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 11-29-13
    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 11-29-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Some Months Didn't Help"

    I wanted to be fair. I wanted to not think that an ex-TV guy that landed (all too briefly) on a great series idea/character, would not let his resultant villa in the South of France dilute his ability to write. So I waited a few months and read/listened to it again, and it just gets worse. Child (or whatever his real name is) likely pays someone to write this melba toast blather. And poor old Dick Hill, who was ill-fitted from the start, is sounding older than ever and decidedly unlike a middle-aged butt-kicker/philosopher.
    The simple formula of happening across a wrong to right, then mowing his way through the obstacles like a rototiller after cleverly discerning the 'clues', has seen far better days. And it happened several books ago. I am astonished that late-comers even stuck around. I'm afraid Lee Child (or whatever his name is) has sunk his hooks into the 'dumbing down of the American gray matter' and the teeming masses just do not know any better.
    I think those of us with any integrity left and understand what good writing can be, will reject this sub-par formulaic tripe and head for greened pastures.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-12-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "2 ½ stars. Disappointing. Plot was not well done"

    It’s Reacher. I will read every Reacher book. He is one of my favorite machos. But here the author is stretching or shall I say reaching for a plot. Reacher is accused of things causing his arrest. That was not developed or resolved well. It was kind of like “we changed our minds.” (That’s not exact, but I’m avoiding spoilers.) I still liked the book because of Reacher’s thoughts, attitude, comments, and beating-up-thug scenes. But don’t expect “a good story.”

    Instead of discovering clues along the way, Reacher and others just talk, and suppose, and guess, and figure out who the bad guys are and what they are doing. There is no action to discover clues, like going to a house and seeing a piece of paper. Instead Reacher calls someone and asks them to find out about a guy. That person investigates and calls Reacher back with the clue. We don’t see that person investigate. Later Reacher deduced the code names the bad guys called each other. That was stretching believability.

    What happened to two bad guys at the end was disappointing. It was told, not shown. And it was not satisfying. It was a quick way to finish the book. I wanted details about their motivations and actions in the past building up to all the bad things they did - and how and why they recruited who they recruited.

    The narrator Dick Hill (DH) does a good Reacher voice, but I was not happy with his voice for other characters. Too much negativity and sarcasm. Several times I would have used an amused, curious, normal, or other tone in my voice. But DH was being sarcastic and negative for the good guys. He made them less likeable. DH has done other books well, but not this one.

    Genre: mystery suspense

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 09-30-13
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2017

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.

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    "Mile High Club, Reacher style"

    Lee Child apparently heard the criticism sent his way after the highly disappointing, "A Wanted Man." Book 18 in the series, "Never Go Back" features the Jack Reacher many of us have grown to love. This installment finds him doing much more than sitting in a car and driving around for a third of the book. It starts off with heads bashing into cars and doesn't lose its momentum anywhere along the line. The totally unbelievable scenes that Child constructed during a commercial airline flight will have Reacher fans alternately cringing and smiling. The plot and characters were well conceived and the story flowed in a logical fashion. There were some twists and we met at least one character who is sure to surface in another installment down the line. My one criticism of the book was Scott Brick's narration. Maybe he slowed his delivery because Reacher himself is aging as this series progresses. But the slurry, methodical voice he used for Reacher seemed to be a bit overdone. Reacher fans will be happy to have him back. Let's hope Child doesn't phone it in for his next effort.

    29 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Donna M Santa Monica, CA 09-15-13
    Donna M Santa Monica, CA 09-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Donna M Thomas

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    "My favorite Reacher story yet"

    I'm not a big review writer, but I'll say that this story is solid and captivating, like most of the Reacher series.

    This my favorite in the series because the story itself was fascinating, one of the protagonists is a strong and intelligent woman (she's in it throughout the entire story), and there's not as much violence as there is in many of the books. The main female character held Reacher back a bit, like a woman would, which I personally liked. It gave the story more depth, in addition to the usual intrigue.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Emmy Aricioglu California 10-17-14
    Emmy Aricioglu California 10-17-14 Member Since 2013

    Editor, writer, knitter, voracious reader.

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    "Good enough"

    I'm a Reacher fan. Have read all the books. Disappointed in the narrator, the way he stresses all the t and p sounds, which wouldn't be so bad if this were done for one character, but this is done to all the dialogue. Everyone is made to sound like a wiseacre. In my opinion, the voice for Reacher should not be that of an older man.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff Hanger 06-16-14
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    "Huge disappointment!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plot and more action. More believable characters.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Soooooooo slow! I was introducing Reacher to my husband and was embarrassed that this was so boring and slow. What happened to the exciting fast moving plots of earlier Reacher books? Now we won't try another Reacher.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None. Turner did not sound like a commander but more like a mid level person. Plot got confusing at the end. Overall it was awful, to my mind. I've listened to many Reachers but sadly this is the last.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Never Go Back?

    Most of them


    Any additional comments?

    Even Dick Hill seemed off his game. Timing so slow, I thought he was another reader. He sounded like he was trying to drag it out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Me & My Girls 06-14-14 Member Since 2016

    Thanks and respect to the women that served and paid a high price. You are still gorgeous Shi; your scars make you even more beautiful.

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    "A Strong Recovery"

    "A Wanted Man" is behind us all now; all of the Reacher fans on Audible can turn to "Never Go Back." Reacher doesn't send much time in a car and he slams two heads into car doors within the first ten minutes.
    Jack Reacher has been trying to get to Washington to see Susan Turner since Reacher #14; 61 hours. Just when he finally gets there he finds that Major Susan Turner has lost her command of his old unit; the 110th military police. In fact she is at that moment sitting in a cell charged with accepting a bribe. There is another surprise when our hero is informed that he has been recalled to the army; in his old unit. Then the following day while Reacher attempts to kill time there is a crisis and suddenly he is temporarily in command. That one gets him an appointment with a jail cell; the same jail where Susan Turner is being held. So Reacher engineers an escape that gets them out of the prison and on the road with thirty dollars; no car; compromised ID and a clothes shortage.
    Oh yeah; Reacher may have a fourteen year old daughter in LA as a result of a liaison with a woman that he cannot remember.
    Drug proceeds; an unusual fight that Reacher wins, (of course) and various stops along the way on the way to an ending that is at least something of a surprise. Reacher is Reacher again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark FRANKLIN, WI, United States 11-25-13
    Mark FRANKLIN, WI, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Not very good"
    Any additional comments?

    I have been a Reacher fan forever; awaiting new books. This book was extremely slow with virtually no action. Don't waste a credit

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Hampden, ME, United States 10-03-13
    Mary Hampden, ME, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "TOO Reacher"
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    This version of Reacher was way TOO Reacheresque ! Shallow plot line and peremptory ending. Perhaps written too quickly with out much thought.

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    Kristin Battle Creek, MI, United States 10-02-13
    Kristin Battle Creek, MI, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Wish I could find Reacher in the personals!"
    Where does Never Go Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks towards the top, maybe its because I have a huge crush on Reacher. I can say that I have enjoyed all but one of his books.


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

    I did figure out who was on what side but not the whole scenario...As with most Lee Child books, at least for me, I never know who's the ring leader of all the chaos.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    I am always amazed at how believable Dick Hill is, whether it is a male or female voice.


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

    No extremes but it was exciting. I finished it in under two day and now I have to wait another year.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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