I'm a software engineer and project lead. Several year ago I started listenging to non-fiction (biographies and history) and was enthralled. I'm currently building up my (second hand) knowledge of American history, and enjoying how much the same thing varies depending on who is telling it. What a species...
Not if they are impacted by the narration. If they don't get bothered by the narration, definitely yes.
Yes - didn't guess what was going on until pretty late.
Has a tendancy to pause mid sentence before some words - maybe for emphasis. It works once in a while, but used all the time it is really irritating. Also he is not so good with female dialog. Please note that although this irritated me a lot, you might not be bothered. Give it an audition and see.
Close call, but yes.
Would love to hear this series with a different narrator.
I decided to try Lee Child because I have really liked the Narrator's work. Glad I bought the book ! The story really keeps you wanting to listen.
Dick Hill again is amazing!
You won't be dissappointed. Pretty violent in places, but you can get past it with the way the story evolves, and again, the narration is brilliant.
Somewhere near the top.
Reacher is not a typical hero. Even though he seems to have disregard for human life, I sense a real propensity for wanting to love and be loved...you know, in between all the killing.
Hard to say without giving anything away.
Not particularly. I liked stopping and starting it.
I had accidentally started the Jack Reacher series about halfway through, not realizing that it was an entire series. So, the following month with my next credits, I purchased the first (this one) and then was given as a gift the second (which I'm about to start now). I finished Killing Floor two days ago and, I have to say, I really enjoyed it. There were a few things that I saw coming and others that were a twist. Reacher is something of a anti-hero, but I like that he seems to have genuine respect for women and, in both of the books that I've read, has had feelings for a woman or women. Child is pretty descriptive about everything, from torture, to blood spatter, to bullet wounds, but he skirts around the sex scenes (which is fine with me). The first time I heard this narrator, I didn't particularly care for him. But, I enjoyed him in this book. He did a great job of differentiating between the characters, although I never like to hear a man try to imitate a woman's voice; it just throws me off. But, regardless, he did a good job. I never had any trouble figuring out who was "speaking". All in all, I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of the series!
Good author for multi-tasking, since it is pretty formulaic stuff, and no real concentration is required to follow the story. It gets 3 stars only because he does manage to create some tension and carry a story, and is probably considered to have some talent in his genre, but it wouldn't hold up against a 3-star book overall, it would sink to a 2.
The narration was borderline horrible. I've heard worse, but his accents and inflections, drawing out of some of the words, was pretty distracting and annoying. I have heard him do much better with this same author, so maybe it is just a learning curve.
No. It's not literature; it's pretty standard rambo-style storyline, grocery store paperback fiction, nothing special or inspiring. Unless I could say it inspired me never to read another one of his books.
Although somewhat predictable, the story flowed without any stale parts. The main character, Jack Reacher, is likable and a fun 'hero' type. One of the first novels in awhile I've been able to get through to the end. I'll definitely be listening to more of this series.
Fan of Fiction, And really really good naratives.
The narration was rich in dialog and local colloquialism. Definately worth the audio. I have had trouble with some variations on the english language in some books, i find the audio to be a lot more approachable.
I would compare the Killing Floor to The Hit for a number of reasons. It fast passed, things are not always as there appear and both characters are easy to relate to. .
Between Nelson Demille's John Corey and Jack Reacher I am not one to just start any series, but Corey I just saw the commercial for Reacher the movie. The movie didn't even look that entertaining, but I looked through Jack Reacher series and was intrigued that a guy who basically gave up his Army career to become a nomad, I was intrigued. I was even more intererested that he was not a "Tom Cruise" wacko, but a very large and powerful man that was both smart and could kick some butt!
Reacher, come on....
Well, to be honest I love audiobooks and when I basically ran out of Scott Brick's narrating I thought that I was going to be lost. Dick Hill is Reacher and I will not listen to any Reacher book without his narration.
I work on my feet all day and basically do listen to most of these books in one day.
Besides this wonderful website that I just happened to stumble upon that runs the whole gammet of great entertainment, the only thing that I ask is to keep your pricing as resonable as it has been. This has been the only reason why I have purchased nearly 115 books. Thanks.
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The narrator was excellent. Did a good job on the voices of the various characters. Easy on the ears, good inflection, very enjoyable.
The story kept me guessing all the way through. I found myself caring about the characters and what was going to happen to them. Lots of action, caught my attention in the first chapter.
Only a few hours after arriving into a small Georgia town, Jack Reacher is arrested for a murder that took place the night before. Suddenly, more strange events start happening. Reacher tries to demonstrate that he has no connection to the crime, so that he can head back out on the road, away from this idyllic town. Unfortunately, he does have a connection to the crime and now he's the one who wants answers.
I've read a few other Reacher novels before so I was looking forward to find out how Reacher was introduced in book 1. The book opens with the arrest, so it grabs you right from the beginning. Most of the book was good, although I felt one of the cliffhangers was more obvious than usual. Initially, I was a little disappointed with this characterization of Reacher. He came across as burned out ex-military, anxious to get out of town and away from this puzzling murder that messed up his weekend. He's an former investigator with experience in dealing with murder and violent crime. The local police department has only one detective, an experienced Boston transplant, but it was not equipped to handle the investigation. I'd think that even just to relieve a little boredom, Reacher would be a little curious about the crime. My frustration with the Reacher prototype dissipated when a plot shocker drew me back into the story.
Overall, I did like the story and while it had some rough spots, it also lacked an issue I found in other Reacher books ("Reacher said nothing" phrase repeated over and over).