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Never: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: January LaVoy Publisher: Penguin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 16.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 12.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780593458822

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Longest Chapter Length:

61:31 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

27:07 minutes

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Publisher Description

New York Times Bestseller

The new must-read epic from master storyteller Ken Follett: more than a thriller, it’s an action-packed, globe-spanning drama set in the present day.


“A compelling story, and only too realistic.” —Lawrence H. Summers, former U.S. Treasury Secretary

“Every catastrophe begins with a little problem that doesn’t get fixed.” So says Pauline Green, president of the United States, in Follett’s nerve-racking drama of international tension.


A shrinking oasis in the Sahara Desert; a stolen US Army drone; an uninhabited Japanese island; and one country’s secret stash of deadly chemical poisons: all these play roles in a relentlessly escalating crisis.


Struggling to prevent the outbreak of world war are a young woman intelligence officer; a spy working undercover with jihadists; a brilliant Chinese spymaster; and Pauline herself, beleaguered by a populist rival for the next president election.

Never is an extraordinary novel, full of heroines and villains, false prophets and elite warriors, jaded politicians and opportunistic revolutionaries. It brims with cautionary wisdom for our times, and delivers a visceral, heart-pounding read that transports readers to the brink of the unimaginable.

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A complex, scary thriller that feels too plausible for comfort. You’ll be so absorbed in the story threads that you’ll follow them anywhere—and you’ll suddenly realize you’ve read hundreds of pages. . . . On one level, it’s great entertainment; on another, a window into a sobering possibility.

— Kirkus (starred) 


  • “Urgent and fiercely compelling…Never is first-rate entertainment that has something important to say.”

    — Washington Post
  • “Settle in for a thrilling ride.”

    — CNN
  • “Terrific.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review0
  • “A…thriller that feels too plausible for comfort. You’ll be so absorbed in the story threads that you’ll follow them anywhere…On one level, it’s great entertainment [and] a window into a sobering possibility.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Absolutely compelling.”

    — Booklist
  • Urgent and fiercely compelling . . . Never is first-rate entertainment that has something important to say. It deserves the popular success it will almost certainly achieve.

    — The Washington Post
  • "Ken Follett can't write a bad book, and Never is his best. It's terrifying. I defy anyone to put it down once the last 150 pages are reached.

    — Stephen King
  • Superstar novelist Ken Follett’s what-if political thriller . . . is so exciting—and so plausible—you won’t want to look away.

    — Apple Books (Best Book of the Month)
  • Settle in for a thrilling ride.

  • Terrific . . . A powerful, commanding performance from one of the top writers in the genre.

    — Publishers Weekly (starred)
  • Absolutely compelling . . . A smart, scary, and all-too-plausible thriller.

    — Booklist


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An Apple Best Book of the Month selection

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About Ken Follett

Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. His first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, an Edgar Award–winning spy story set in the Second World War. In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published and has since become the author’s most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick. The series has sold more than fifty million copies worldwide and hitting the New York Times bestsellers list.

About January LaVoy

January LaVoy, winner of numerous awards for narration, was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2019. She is an American actress best known for her character Noelle Ortiz on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. In addition to working extensively in narration and television, including roles on Law & Order and All My Children, she has worked on and off Broadway as well as in regional theater.