There are plenty of reviews. So I'll only add that Dick Hill is an amazing narrator. He does the Harvard accent as well as the Southern accent. In addtion, he is being technically added by a sound person. When a voice is meant to be over the telephone, the technician, or whoever, has given it that tinny quality. When a voice is meant to be shouted from a distance, it has that slight Doppler quality as well. Best narration I've ever heard from a single narrator.
The story itself was a little corny and predictable, but I liked the plain style and fast moving pace of it. The style kind of reminds me of Elmore Leonard a little, although I like Leonard's dialogue better. Still, I'd characterize both as fast, fun, entertaining reading. Something to unwind with after a hard day at work when you don't really want to think anymore.
This is the first book I've read by Lee Child and I am really loving this character, Jack Reacher. This story is so thriling and suspensful, a classic who done it with plenty of twists and turns. I will definitely be reading another Jack Reacher novel. And Dick Hill as the narrator is always a plus to any audilble novel.
I like these books. I like their allusions to cultural heros, old music, and literature. I like the way Childs weaves those things into his plot. There are phrases that I **know** he lifted from old rock songs.. .I hear them all the time in his books, but can't think of any one now except, "walked on down the hall," but there are many. Among the Child/Reacher novels, this is quite good. Yes, it's a bit of a stretch to accept the coincidences, but so what? It's fun, it's harmless and, as always, we get a lot of education -- geography, history, psychology and always specific information about an important and interesting subject -- this one being... well, you know.. can't spoil it here. But from this book I learned more about the economy and about printing processes and qualities of paper than I ever thought I'd need to know. All good stuff. All worth listening to.
This was my first experience concerning Jack Reacher, I loved it and now I'm hooked, it's a very good book.
Come on you naysayers, this is pert of an ACTION murder mystery series. So it gets a little far fetched at the end. It takes off from word one and never slows down. Have some fun!
This book was so frustrating because it had the foundation and premise of a really good story.
Lee Child; however, couldn't help himself, and had to go over the top with ridiculous story lines and coincidences to keep the reader/listener smacking his/her lips throughout.
The sad part is that he absolutely did NOT need to be so ridiculous. He could have created story lines that made sense - and would have made this a good book.
I did finish it only because the story had some flashes of intrigue, but I was basically trying to finish it and move on to a better book.
Dick Hill, the reader does a good job as he usually does, but I won't be listening to any more Lee Child.
I am simply not a fan of "over-the-top" ridiculous.
I have had this book on my Wish List for some time and never pulled the trigger to purchase or listen to it since I was in the middle of several other series. However, I am very happy I finally listened to this book. Jack Reacher is the perfect combination of hero/anti-hero that I always enjoy. He is very clear on right and wrong, good and bad but more than willing to play judge, jury and executioner; much in the vein of characters like Mitch Rapp, Harry Bosch, etc... Reacher is fearless, loyal, dangerous and capable of handling almost any confrontation; so if you like books by Connelly or Flynn you should enjoy this series by Child.
It is rare that I don't finish a book, being continually optimistic that the bad will get better. I simply cannot go on! Loaded with B movie machoism, poorly developed superficial characters and dialogue that leaves the reader yawning, this book is Boring Beyond Belief. I am extremely forgiving of authors who take huge literary liberties for the sake of a story but this one is just too much. The author's lead macho man is a vagrant ex-MP who gets the girl in two days, single-handedly gets the best of a prison riot and makes a 20 year veteran of Boston homicide division look dull-witted and stupid. The book sounds as if it should be exciting but it's boring and slow. Michael Connelly is much better.
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. .