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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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Classic Jack Reacher

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

It moved along and never slowed down.

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

The heroes were always on the verge of not making it, then pulled it out. Typical.

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

Jack Reacher

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

Not really. It is pretty long. I do have a life!

Any additional comments?

Jack Reacher is the American knight errant. He is always saving the fair maiden or himself. He falls in/out of love, moves on. These stories are always fun and exciting. In some ways, they are informative, if you happen to care about how the army works. I like how he is still in great shape and a warrior at about 50. He's able to take down big dumb guys, well trained army dudes with a couple of well placed tactics. He's my hero. When I am attacked by hillbilly hooligans, I hope he is there.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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This series is still on track

The Jack Reacher series has been solid from book one and still continues to deliver on a winning formula. Reacher has made it to Virginia to finally talk to the woman he spoke with on the phone while working out the trouble in North Dakota, this is a few books back. The problem is he is now up against the entire bureaucracy of the federal government. As usual the book sets up the good guys against the bad guys and once again Reacher is, well, Reacher. The series is like the P.G. Wodehouse 'Jeeves' series, every book is the same but every book is great. Reacher is the every mans hero, the guy who likes to protect the underdog and we love him for going out on a limb for him. We see a bit of Reacher in the role of Father, thats right - not much but it is there, and of course there is a love interest. The Reacher series continues with the great narration of Dick Hill and if that is ever messed with someone should be fired, he is the perfect voice for Jack Reacher. Worth mentioning is that the backbone of the series is that Lee Childs can write well, he pens great lines and develops a suspenseful story and keeps things from going to far, so there is a feeling as you read this that this could really happen.
Highly recommended, although from the beginning of the series, which is well worth the trip. I do not think these are stand alone books, they build on the previous stories.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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So glad Reacher's back!

I must say, I never knew how much I missed Reacher. I was outraged to see "the great pretender" portray my 6'4" blonde and blue-eyed hero on the movie trailers. Having listened to every story and loving every minute of everyone, I was literary-ly starving for the real deal. Child delivered. Thank God!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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It is time to move on.....

What did you like best about Never Go Back? What did you like least?

Reacher is officially over done! There really aren't any new story lines for this character and Childs is totally reaching (pun intended) in this one.

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

Sam was the only interesting character in the story and then nothing

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

Dick Hill could read the phone book and I would still listen to the whole thing which is the only reason I now how this one ended.

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

Nope

Any additional comments?

Come on Lee let Reacher go! You are far to great a writer for this kind of drivel.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Indiana United States
  • 07-04-15

Ending lacked pizazz

Great story.

Ending was very anti climatic.

It was as if Lee just wanted to be done and wrote the easiest ending possible.

The worst part of the book is the last 26 minutes. Which is disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Storylines are getting thin...

I have been listening to this series one after another from the beginning, and this story marks a low point. There are many big jumps, vague details to cover narrative gaps, and a definite sense (to me) that the focus was more on feeding the series machine than putting out a well written story with levels of detail matching past efforts. I will listen to the next one, but am hoping it is better, or it may be my last.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Shadow puppets

The characters are silhouettes cavorting against a dim background and storyline. The action bursts (unbelievably) rather than builds. The ending is miraculous and mercifully short.

The narrator delivers each syllable as if he were narrating a film noir.

The title says it all for me - I never will waste my time with author or narrator again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dean
  • Henderson, MI, United States
  • 02-22-14

Best Jack Reacher

Would you listen to Never Go Back again? Why?

Maybe, but not soon. I invest emotionally in a good story. That takes a full tank that is empty at the end. I fill back up with looking forward to my next investment.

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

Yes. Jack Reacher never lets you sit back in your seat. I dont want to.

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

It took a long time to accept Dick Hill's presentation. I struggled through the first 1/3 of the book but I hung in there.

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

I love Jack Reacher. I can relate to who he is and why. For that reason, I would find it hard to react emotionally or expect him to change. He does not emote. I understand, so neither do I as I read.

Any additional comments?

I have read all of the Jack Reacher series and have not been disappointed. They are all 4 to 5 star. This was easily 5.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • jwilste
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • 02-17-14

Lee Child delivers. First rate Jack Reacher.

Where does Never Go Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle of the pack. Reacher is getting too old for this: jet setting across the country kicking butt. When the author hints Reacher has a daughter he never met, it got more interesting but Lee Child suffers writer's let down and Reacher goes back to being Reacher. Even his woman gets tired of him. Are we getting tired of him too?

What did you like best about this story?

Reacher searching for his possible long lost daughter was pretty fascinating.

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

Dick Hill has the voice of Reacher. This is a first rate reading.

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

The conversation Reacher has with his teenage daughter.

Any additional comments?

Read them all in order so you have some semblance of who Jack Reacher is. Some of you will get bored with it but Never Go Back is formula Reacher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Narration, but Horribly Disappointing Story

What disappointed you about Never Go Back?

The story was a re-hash of the previous plot lines of the Jack Reacher series, particularly disappointed with the ending.

What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

*Spoilers ahead*<br/><br/>I have been a Reacher fan for years. Love, love, love the series overall and have waited for hours to meet Lee Child and get a much-treasured autograph and photo with the author.I anxiously awaited this book and bought it on audio as soon as it was available. <br/><br/>I was horribly, horribly disappointed:<br/><br/>For 5 years and 4 books (which admittedly included a prequel novel), Child has been building Reacher up to some type of defining moment: Meeting "Susan", the woman behind the voice he heard on the phone for the first time in "61 hours". Throughout that and subsequent books, he was trying to get back to Virginia to meet her which brought with it the hope that Reacher would evolve as a character.<br/><br/>That lack of evolution in Reacher's character has become a major problem for the series. According to the timeline of the series, he has now been out of the military for over 15 years, yet he is still exactly the same as he was in "The Killing Floor". He is no more or less "lonely", no more or less brutal and efficient, no more or less world weary. He has not changed a single bit. What makes this even more frustrating are the novellas and short stories that Child has written. Reacher has apparently always been a sort of cross between Sherlock Holmes and a street brawler ..... even when he was 13 years old, 16 years old, 30 years old, and now at 50(ish).<br/><br/>I had hopes that we would get to experience Reacher as he realizes he is a father, but that was brushed aside as an almost non-event in just a few short pages.This book has almost killed the series for me. <br/><br/>Despite spending all that time, and working so hard to get back to meet Susan, at the end .... he just does what he always does, with no remorse, no regret, and I suppose to throw in the title "never going back". But come on, we want something different, something a little bit new. We know how he will react to some random mystery or problem when he is on the road. How will he react to trying to have a relationship? How will he react to trying to stay in one place?It's starting to look like we will never know.We'll never get to see Reacher grow as a character. And we'll also never get to see Reacher lose a fight or be outsmarted. <br/><br/>It's gotten old, stale, and boring.In the end, this book is a throwaway and could have been placed anywhere in the series. Reacher shows up, the local authorities try to keep him down, he escapes from that, meets and sleeps with the hot woman who is really just a sidekick, he beats people up, solves a complex crime at the last minute, then leaves.<br/><br/>Ugh .....<br/><br/>I'll give Child and Reacher one more book (and then only if the reviews say it's different). If it's more of the same tired plot lines, then I'm done.

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

Dick Hill is an excellent narrator and I always enjoy his work.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

If you aren't a die hard fan and haven't read the 3 prequels, and haven't been waiting for this to come out and show some type of advancement of the character, then it will be an enjoyable listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful