Never Go Back

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lee Child
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Suspense, Detective Stories
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: September 2013
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 30 minutes
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Never go back—but Jack Reacher does, and the past finally catches up with him. . . . 

Never Go Back is a 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.

Praise for Never Go Back
“A breathless cross-country spree . . . some of the best, wiliest writing [Lee] Child has ever done . . . Child’s bodacious action hero, Jack Reacher, has already tramped through 17 novels and three e-book singles. But his latest, Never Go Back, may be the best desert island reading in the series. It’s exceptionally well plotted. And full of wild surprises. And wise about Reacher’s peculiar nature. And positively Bunyanesque in its admiring contributions to Reacher lore.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Welcome to the relentless world of Jack Reacher and his impressive tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time. . . . Child has created an iconic character that other thriller writers try to emulate but don’t come close to matching. He has a talent for taking material that in the hands of other authors would be stale and making it seem fresh. . . . Tight and compelling . . . Never Go Back is one of Child’s best novels.”—Associated Press

Reviews (7)


Written by Brenda S. on June 29th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It was like two books in one, I wasn't going to read it because I saw the movie. But as the movie had little to do with the book, it was like a two in one. Gotta say I like the daughter plot line better in the movie.

Written by Philippa Winsnes on September 11th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent novel. Well read. I liked the character development and the plot. The reader had a nice mature voice. He was well suited to the character of Jacl Reacher.

Written by Greg High on August 19th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love Jack Reacher. Lee Child always has you thinking about where the story will go next. Some of the scenarios are predictable to a point but you are never sure when or where the twist or twists are coming. And when I read these books I "hear" Dick Hill in my head.

Written by Craig Temczuk on July 30th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have enjoyed this book as well as all the Jack Reacher novels. The Narrator is great, he is Reacher. I think he has narrated almost all of the Jack Reacher novels. Go ahead and read this book. I don't think you will be disappointed.


Written by Angie Teal on July 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Can I give it 10 stars? Reacher is at his personal best again in this installment. The plot and characters were well laid out and left me glued to my car seat for several extra tours around the block. Susan and Reacher make a great team and manage to best some pretty powerful and smart adversaries. I admit to being a total Reacher groupie and may be biased, but I love the stories when he brings down the bad guys while dealing within Army regulations.

Written by Andrew Soliz on August 3rd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

good story, short. because I have read the other stories I could follow the characters from other story lines.

Written by Dale Grimes on July 5th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book and a great narrator with different voices for different characters. Listened to this novel on a long train ride and it really made the time fly. I will use it again soon.

Author Details

Author Details

Child, Lee

Lee Child was born in the exact geographic center of England, in the heart of the industrial badlands. Never saw a tree until he was twelve. It was the sort of place where if you fell in the river, you had to go to the hospital for a mandatory stomach pump. The sort of place where minor disputes were settled with box cutters and bicycle chains. He's got the scars to prove it.

But he survived, got an education, and went to law school, but only because he didn't want to be a lawyer. Without the pressure of aiming for a job in the field, he figured it would be a relaxing subject to study. He spent most of the time in the university theater - to the extent that he had to repeat several courses, because he failed the exams - and then went to work for Granada Television in Manchester, England. Back then, Granada was a world-famous production company, known for shows like Brideshead Revisited, Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect and Cracker. Lee worked on the broadcast side of the company, so his involvement with the good stuff was limited. But he remembers waiting in the canteen line with people like Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Natalie Wood and Michael Apted. And he says that being involved with more than 40,000 hours of the company's program output over an eighteen-year stay taught him a thing or two about telling a story. He also wrote thousands of links, trailers, commercials and news stories, most of them on deadlines that ranged from fifteen minutes to fifteen seconds. So the thought of a novel-a-year didn't worry him too much, in his next career.

But why a next career? He was fired, back in 1995, that's why. It was the usual Nineties downsizing thing. After eighteen years, he was an expensive veteran, and he was also the union organizer, and neither thing fit the company's plan for the future. And because of the union involvement, he wasn't on too many alternative employers' wish lists, either. So he became a writer, because he couldn't think of anything else to do. He had an idea for a character who had suffered the same downsizing experience but who was taking it completely in his stride. And he figured if he brought the same total commitment to his audience that he'd seen his television peers develop, he could get something going. He named the character Jack Reacher and wrote Killing Floor as fast as he could. He needed to sell it before his severance check ran out. He made it with seven weeks to spare, and luckily the book was an instant hit, selling strongly all around the world, and winning both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. It led to contracts for at least nine more Reacher books.

Lee moved from the UK to the US in the summer of 1998. He lives in New York and France with his American wife, Jane. They have a grown-up daughter, Ruth. Lee likes to travel, for vacations, but especially on promotion tours so he can meet his readers, to whom he is eternally grateful. His latest thriller, Nothing to Lose was published in 2008.