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Publisher's Summary

After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had. Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher’s old desk isn't a woman. Why is Susan Turner not there?

What Reacher doesn’t expect is what comes next. He himself is in big trouble, accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide. And he certainly doesn't expect to hear these words: ‘You’re back in the army, Major. And your ass is mine.’Will he be sorry he went back? Or – will someone else?

©2013 Lee Child (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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"It's said that a Jack Reacher novel is bought every four seconds somewhere in the world… Lee Child's genius has been to create a tough guy hero that men will envy and women will adore" (Daily Express)

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Great book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Recommended , keep you listening and not over the top.

What did you like best about this story?

Story , reader

Which scene was your favorite?

None psecific

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

No just good listening

Any additional comments?

Author is very good in more than just this book.

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  • mike
  • Fairfield, IA, United States
  • 08-31-13

puzzled by this one

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No - Not many of my friends read Reacher books so I would recommend one of the earlier titles. e.g. The Enemy or Without Fail

What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Go Back?

the girl he meets in LA

What didn’t you like about Jeff Harding’s performance?

Dick Hill wasn't my favorite reader but he did manage richer emotional shading & color than Jeff Harding. Didn't find the performance of Never go Back very engaging.

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

unlikely

Any additional comments?

I couldn't work out if it was the change of narrator or the book itself but the style of this book seemed different than the previous Reacher books. It seemed a little synthetic. Found myself wondering if a ghost writer had been employed who was copying the style of the "Reacher" brand without capturing some of the spirit of the early stories. It wasn't a bad story, at times I was truly gripped but it seemed different in character.

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Maybe Reacher has finally "Jumped the Shark"

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Enjoyable romp - but so far fetched that you had to conciously suspend disbelief within the first 15 minutes

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

The most interesting aspect was the slow reveal of the plot and motives. The least interesting was Reachers continuing indestructability. Really? He's over 50 and has the physique of an olympian athelete and the reactions of a cheetah on methamphetamine. He fells foes with one punch, maybe two. No room for self doubt or physical reality. Mind like a Russian chess player - with only two moves, considering only two possible outcomes . Lee Child , if he continues with this series would do better to take in to account the progression of time and give Jack a few more dimensions than Superman missing his cape.

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

Nope.

Any additional comments?

Time for Reacher to grow up I feel.

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Did Lee Child actually write this book?

What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

I've always enjoyed a 'bit of Reacher' but the last book wasn't much to write home about (in my opinion) and this one is even worse! I am listening to it thinking "come ON already, get on with it!". I won't be finishing it, in fact I'm about to take it off my player.

What didn’t you like about Jeff Harding’s performance?

I generally like Jeff Harding, but I kept hearing "Angel" and other female characters from Paul Wilson's books.

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

Boredom<br/>

Any additional comments?

If you are going to read the Reacher books, go for the earlier ones which were an exciting and interesting read.<br/>

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Complicated but entertaining

What did you love best about Never Go Back?

The interesting and complex storyline meant there were many twists and turns which were unpredictable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Go Back?

Reacher approaching and meeting his daughter.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Jeff Harding does a superb job of the Reacher series and this is no exception. Terrific performance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The past catches up with Reacher.

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Bit different, but same Reacher!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only to friends who enjoy this sort of genre

What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Go Back?

Busting out of prison.

Any additional comments?

This is a bit different to past Reacher stories and it is a complex plot which is slowly revealed. My favourite part of this was the naming of one of the hitmen "Baldacci'. Wonder if this was a swipe at Baldacci for the John Puller story which is a Reacher take off - so many similarities even in plot. However no-one can do the Reacher character like Child.<br/>Enjoyed this story.

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  • Neil
  • 09-11-13

The fix was too short

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

Like Gregory House and Harvey Spector, Jack Reacher is one of those characters you wish were real and that you could be in their lives or live by their rules. Each book brings new lessons and observations on life. The satisfaction of hearing Jeff Harding say chapter one is one of the most pleasureable moments I know. And the moment Jack Reacher heads for the nearest bus station at the end is like mourning a loss. I only came across the Reacher series a year ago and I thought it would take forever to go through the whole set, but the 12 months have flown by. Now like all the other fans I am up to date and I am a Reacher addict waiting for my next fix. This one lasted less than 12 hours.....too short for such a hard addict. I was hooked on Harry Bosch and Harry Hole for a while, but they are class B drugs...sure they are pleasurable and hit the spot, but the cold trukey wears off quickly. I even tried a few tabs of Dave Gurney and Juan Cabrillo and they took my mind off Reacher for a few weeks. But now I got it bad. This new book touched all the buttons and then some. Pace, characters, stroy line, intrigue, action and dialogue were honed to perfection. A masteclass in being inside a fictional characters head and looking through their eyes, with no inhibitions on how to behave to get the job done.Mr Cruise, thank you for trying to portray JR and your recognition of the character, but please leave the rest of his books to our imagination and lets have our own trips of ecstasy

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the female parts...Lee Child understands the female internal voice well. I particularly liked Sam Dayton...I wish Reacher had taken her with him they would make a wonderful couple.

What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

As comfortable as pipe and slippers

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

For sure.

Any additional comments?

To get my next fix I am going back to book one and starting the Jack Reacher series all over again. Hopefully when I finish it in 6 months, the next one will be out.....

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  • Wayne Davies
  • 09-09-13

Reacher at his BEST!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Jack Reacher as he should be, finally got that vision of Tom Cruise out of my mind. Jack as he should be 6' 5" and hard as nails!

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  • Robert
  • 09-01-13

Not one of Reacher's best

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Reacher novels are always time well spent. The story moves along nicely. Reacher could easily come across as unrelatable, but Child manages to keep him human rather than a superman, despite his incredible fighting and analytical skills. The the books are good at getting into Reacher's head. For all that he says he chooses the roaming life, he spends time thinking about family, which makes me feel he is a melancholic character at heart.

Would you recommend Never Go Back to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend it to those who had read the most recent Reacher novels. It completes an arc, so it wouldn't be a good place to start with the series. It wasn't the best story - things seem to happen around Reacher without his involvement. But there was good character development, and it took twists and turns I didn't expect.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration mostly matched the pace of the story. I'm used to Dick Hill's narration on Reacher novels; this narrator sounded like a cross between Peter Weller and Zap Brannigan. Quite terse and clipped, with a slightly odd way of speaking. Fight scenes sometimes came across like lists of moves rather than a rapid sequence of actions. But he did well at creating distinct voices for different characters, and his female voices were particularly good.

Did Never Go Back inspire you to do anything?

Reacher novels always revolve around Reacher doing what he believes is the right thing. That inspires me to try to keep that approach to life.

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  • Graeme
  • 08-18-14

Just go back a little Lee

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes of course it is a Reacher book.<br/>Better than some recent ones but still not vintage.<br/>

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I cannot answer that !!!

What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

Along with the two guys that read the Baldachi books this guy is the best.

Did Never Go Back inspire you to do anything?

Oh absolutely <br/>When finished I did some chores and even started talking to my family again.

Any additional comments?

We'll worth reading<br/>And better than The Affair but not as good as 61 Hours and A Wanted Man.

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  • Misss J. Rixon
  • 08-30-13

Another great Reacher story

I love all the Reacher books and have really liked the development of this story arc as he sets off to find the woman with the voice. This one is one of my favourites.
The great thing aBout Lee Childs is he writes women really well. They are strong confident characters in their own right and well rounded.
Jeff Hardings narration is once again excellent. His narration and Childs story is a match made in heaven.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Martyn
  • 08-30-14

Jack's the Boy

What did you like most about Never Go Back?

This continued the on going story of Jack Reacher

What did you like best about this story?

That it involved another character in the main part

What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

He is outstanding ion telling the story and his timing is wonderful and makes it live

Any additional comments?

Lee Child at his best

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Birger
  • 08-30-13

Jck is back!

Would you listen to Never Go Back again? Why?

Definitely. The story is good, the plot and arc drives the story on, and the narration is catching.

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

Well, the other books by Lee Child, because he is consistence. <br/>He reminds me a little bitt of David Baldacci in his way to build a plot you can believe in.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Reacher met an important person confined.

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

Actually I could not put it down, so I read it in one evenening and one night.

Any additional comments?

This book is a good example of how an arc can come to a conclusion without being to flamboyant. I feel the story tells about a modern Lone Ranger seeking something or someone, again and again. He may be hard, he may be scroupolus to the ones meaning him or others harm, but his heart is in the right place.

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  • Simon
  • 04-15-17

Child in the Zone

Going back to this one felt like reaching back to when Jack Reacher was really Jack Reacher. The latest books are decent enough but they don't have this edge. This is what I want, the man himself up against the odds, fighting for his moral code. I want Child delivering in great, staccato style, simple truths and Jack's mindset stripped back to its lethal best. And the narration, granite tones, matter of fact, to the point.

Violence of course with Jack's wonderfully neutral appraisal of the situations he finds himself in. The famous Reacher investigative certainty which is fallible of course but his faith in his abilities and the inventiveness of his conclusions never fail to make me smile.

Child also delivers something else with this one in the form of two very strong female characters, both officers in the US military and they definitely add to the mix.

One of the better Reacher books.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Phil C
  • 03-02-14

Typical Reacher

If you like Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels, then you'll like this. You'll know exactly what to expect and you'll get it. However if you're new to Reacher, there are better places to start, for example Killing Floor, the first Reacher novel. Be guided by the reviews. For me, this had a good premise and moved along nicely but the ending was a little lame. Jeff Harding's narration is good, with a wide range of voices and accents.

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  • cubeydoo
  • 11-24-17

excellent book as always

excellent book as always from Lee child and narration was superb well done Jeff Harding

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  • Rachael
  • 01-12-16

One of the best Reachers

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

It brought together the past and the present and introduced new characters for Reacher to play with.

What did you like best about this story?

Reacher is still taking no prisoners but he proved that he is not feral.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The escape!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

NO MOVIE - could not do it justice.

Any additional comments?

Write quicker Lee Child - I only have 2 more Reacher's to go and I am not ready to move on in my life without more Reacher. AND I LOVE Jeff Hardings voice - he is REACHER.

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  • Hugh
  • 07-13-15

Definitely One of Lee Childs Best

I am such a fan of the Jack Reacher series. This book would be without a doubt one of the best. I also really liked Tripwire but it is hard to pick to be honest.
I would suggest if a reader were to get this book, they would be hooked. It is a great pity that I have run out of Reacher stories to listen to.
Jeff Harding does a wonderful job of bringing this story to life.

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  • Warren Smith
  • 09-22-16

Entertaining story

The story was well written, believable, and entertaining. The naration was good, but seemed to be reluctant, like the narrator didnt really want to be reading this story. Or maybe its my misinterpretation and was trying to give the charactor a sence of reluctant authority. In any event if you like Lee childs story's of Jack Reacher you should get this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-17

A good holiday book!<br />

A good holiday book, had action, car chasing, suspense, fighting and a bit of love

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  • Louis William Wiperi
  • 02-19-17

Pretty cool read

Relaxing way to spend Sat night & Sun morning. Same Reacher I have come to expect

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  • Marilyn Burgess
  • 08-28-16

Reacher all over again

Formulaic Reacher story but I still really enjoy them. Narration was easy to listen to.

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  • Mukund
  • 08-22-16

awesome book, awesome performance

loved it to the core. Great story as usual, great narration by Jeff Harding. Had a great time.

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  • Paul
  • 03-25-15

The usual good old Jack Reacher

If you are a Reacher fan and just want the good old type of double / trople cross with a twist, oh, and the blood and guts, well in this case, brains, then this is for you