I will listen to this book many times. The content alone is worth a reread/listen but the narration by Dick Hill is way better than many books of similar nature I have listened to in recent years. I have heard a few of the sequel books and none of them have the depth that Dick Hill brings to Lee Child's creation.
The story was fast paced enough to keep one interested but detailed enough to ensure you have a good picture of the stage the author has set.
Clear intimacy with all of the characters. Many narrators sound like they are trying to announce play-by-play in a cartoon but Dick Hill gives a sense of realism to the emotions that each player is feeling. The recent re-release of Die Trying with a new author is a perfect example of a Flat emotionless narrator and this book just has none of those issues.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
If you enjoy thrillers and detective stories, but require realism -- DO NOT read any of the Jack Reacher series. If you want a fun experience that may require accepting lots of coincidence and unlikely, over-the-top scenes, Lee Child will be your new favorite author.
Whenever my husband and I go on a long road trip, our first choice is always a Jack Reacher audio-book. We have never been disappointed. Most times, including with this book, we can't wait to get back into the car for more listening of the great stories that Jack Reacher finds himself.
Reacher is an ex-soldier / military police, giant hulk of a man, traveling around the country with only a toothbrush in his pocket as possessions. After he travels several days, he buys cheap clothing and discards the old stuff. No luggage required.
You would think Reacher could easily stay out of trouble, but every new place he visits requires his special skills to save the day. This is not normally my favorite type of story, but I have loved every one of these books. I have listened to every book and this was my second time with "Killing Floor". I have loved every minute of them and hope Reacher is around whenever trouble comes.
Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
Yes, I liked the suspects and the twist of the story.
Great voice, kept me interested.
This is the first of many I plan to listen to in the Jack Reacher series. Great story. I just watched the Tom Cruise movie on Jack Reacher and found out from a friend that there were many books on this character, which I like. So I checked out Audible.com and found this one and many more. I plan to listen to the rest of them as I said earlier.
The book had potential to be really good, but it became disappointing. Not the best Jack Reacher listen. I have listened to two other Jack Reacher books, which were better than this, and decided to start from the first book and work my way through. I love a book where I can lose myself even to unrealistic story lines. But there are a few turns in this book that I didn't care for (they were way too unrealistic).
This book gives you some history about his brother. It is the first book in the series, so I'm hoping the series will get better.
He drives me crazy how he describes every little unimportant detail. Get on with the story already!
I'm usually more of a romantic suspense person but I highly enjoyed this book. It kept my interest and I had a hard time turning it off. My husband was reading the book while I was listening to the audiobook which made it more fun. I'll be looking for more in this series.
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.