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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Eddie
  • 11-22-14

Reacher back with the 110th

Any additional comments?

Reluctantly back in the Army Reacher finally meets Major Susan Turner. I have now listened to 18 Reacher novels in the past six months and this one is up there with the best. Keep them coming Lee Child.

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  • Robert997
  • 07-07-14

It's a bit Janet and John...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I really enjoy the series-thrillers, having collected all of the Rebus novels, the Dirk Pitt novels and Numa files and many other US and UK-based franchises. This was my first Jack Reacher, and I was keen to start a new collection.

What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

The subject and the setting really appeal, but the story was very basic and very implausible. I appreciate authors need to invent some extreme scenarios but the characters, story and actions were very implausible, which really starts to erode credibility and become a little bit puerile and disengaging.What compounded my disappointment was the delivery. Jeff Harding's monotonous drawl is slow dull and boring, and he has a range of exactly 2 voices, one high and one low pitch. Really, it was a struggle to get through this book, the antithesis of almost every other audio book I've every bought.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Harding’s performances?

In a buy one get one free frenzy, I've ordered another Jack Reacher novel in case I have been unfairly critical. My expectations are low.

Did Never Go Back inspire you to do anything?

Never go back is an appropriate tag line for the Jack Reacher franchise, based upon my experience of this book and performance.

Any additional comments?

It's horses for courses. Whilst I found this slow, monotonous, implausible and un-engaging, others may well enjoy this book and this franchise. I'm a firm believer in live and let live, so please go ahead and enjoy.

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  • Peter
  • 05-02-14

Lee Child...What happened?

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

No. Better enjoy the earlier Jack Reacher.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Scrapped it and started again.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

So so.

Did Never Go Back inspire you to do anything?

Find another book.

Any additional comments?

Go and enjoy the earlier Reacher stories.

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  • Linda Carroll
  • 03-01-14

narrator is brilliant: jeff harding 5*

Would you listen to Never Go Back again? Why?

one second listening even better. Must say that Jeff Harding is one of the best narrators and always adds another dimension to a story with the range of his voice and acting ability

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

sits well at the end of current Reacher series and leaves one wanting the next

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Loved the plane scene : perfect Reacher facing a problem head one and sorting it.

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

yes but impossible!

Any additional comments?

Any one not yet knowing Jack Reacher character, follow him in sequence with Jeff Harding

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  • Helen
  • 01-28-14

This might be more 3.5 stars...

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

I think i would although it might not be my first recommendation, earlier jack reacher novels are superior to this one. It was exactly what you would expect from lee child, a bit of action and bit of detective work and in the end jack reacher continues to wander America ready for his next adventure and I will be waiting for it.

What did you like best about this story?

I suppose the best thing has to be Jack always delivers with the action/arse kicking

What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

This is a tricky one as although i have nothing negative to say about the narrator (he is good) I didn't find his voice as expressive as the one in my own head which is a shame and no im not crazy lol but he was much better than many others I have heard and I certainly didn't find he had any annoying traits that i can remember. I gave him a solid 4 stars!

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

I am pretty sure i cringed during a arm breaking scene does that count?

Any additional comments?

So in this book Jack is after a booty call when things fall apart, then in true reacher style the fighting and investigating gets into full swing. Jack is like he always is, a one man army who fights for truth and justice and all that jazz. I do think that he could do with a bit more character development as he seems like he might be stuck in a rut doing the same old stuff he has done in the last 17 books, however dont get me wrong i really did enjoy this book as it was just what I needed after reading a slew of chick lit but I wouldnt want to read another any time soon (im back to my old favourite andy mcnab) I have given 4 stars because you cant give half stars and I thought it deserved more than 3 but 4 felt too many...<br/>

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  • JANE WILSON
  • 12-16-13

AN OK REACHER STORY

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

The plot was an improvement of some of the later Lee Child books, but not particularly memorable. It's always entertaining to have Jack steamroller a few baddies with humour and ingenuity.

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

No idea - I can't remember the ending.

Any additional comments?

I sometimes go back and re-read some of the Reacher books as they are quite enjoyable. But I find I am now viewing them in the same way as "Chick-Lit" - a light read when you don't want to work too hard.

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  • ADRIAN
  • 12-11-13

Another steady Jack Reacher book

Would you consider the audio edition of Never Go Back to be better than the print version?

On a par with print version but easier to digest.

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

An interesting thought provoking plot with a few twists.

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

Jeff Harding a great narrator, good tones and easy on the ear. Somebody able to make a good book great.

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

Definitely a book I wanted to listen to non stop

Any additional comments?

If you've not read a Jack Reacher book before then this is as good a place to start as any. Listen to one you'll want to listen to more.

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  • Rachel
  • 12-10-13

Another in the series

Would you listen to Never Go Back again? Why?

I find all Lee Childs books very readable, and this is up to the same high standard.

What did you like best about this story?

Reacher on the run is always great fun.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

Reacher of course is my favourite, no contest!

Any additional comments?

I did find it was a little frustrating at the start, but once it got going it was brilliant.

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  • D. Allen
  • 12-09-13

Excellent again...

Would you listen to Never Go Back again? Why?

Absolutely...I listen to all my good books again

What did you like best about this story?

Jack Reacher being Jack Reacher. Logic and reasoning all wrapped up in a no-nonsence 250lbs

Which scene did you most enjoy?

*spoiler* On the aircraft with 2 of the 4 goons

Any additional comments?

A great story, but ultimately a little sad. If the author had only missed off the very last word...

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  • R. Buckler
  • 12-05-13

Another Excellent Jack Reacher

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

Always enjoy listening to Jack Reacher stories and this was no exception.

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

Compares well with all other novels about Jack.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Enjoyed listening to the whole book. Can not wait till the next one.

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

Bring It On