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Killing Floor: Jack Reacher 1 | [Lee Child]

Killing Floor: Jack Reacher 1

Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret. Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in 30 years. The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.
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Publisher's Summary

Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular Jack Reacher series. It presents Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode: a righter of wrongs, the perfect action hero.

Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret. Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in 30 years.

The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.

©1997 Lee Child (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Random House Audiobooks 2013

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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 07-28-13
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 07-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "A Surprising First Look"

    I saw the Tom Cruise film and, to my surprise, enjoyed Jack Reacher as a character. This drove me online and, again to my suprise, I discovered there were numerous novels (18 to date and a novella due out in August 2013) written by Lee Childs, that the movie is based on one of the middle ones (One Shot) and that the devoted fan following were up in arms at the casting of Cruise in the principal role and the selection of One Shot as the first movie. Now my interest was truly sparked, so I searched out this title, the first chrologically in the series (although there are a number of prequels).
    I can now understand the fans concern (although I thought Cruise did a good job in the film). Reacher is meant to be 6' 4" in the old terms, 200 lbs plus. This ain't Cruise! Also, Reacher's ethics are personal, not communal. He has no compunction shooting someone in the back or giving someone a count of 2 when he's promised a count of 3. He is happy to be prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner. He has no false morality and such morality as he does have is more vigilante than Virgil. For all that he remained an interesting study, although I kept thinking of the part in the film where Cruise throws away the gun and dukes it out with the shooter. I don't know if that's in One Shot", but it just isn't the Reacher of this title. He'd've just shot him. Dead and done.
    I found the plot interesting but a lot of the violence gratutious. The love interest (Roscal, I'm not sure of the spelling, but that's what it sounds like) was a bit two dimensional, too. I like the Finlay character (a black, Harvard Grad' cop coming off a dodgey marriage). Dick Hill did him a bit like the Judge Little character in Presumed Innocent (the film), which was a bit stereo-typical. The villian was completely unredeeming, too. As for the text, it is a bit Raymond Chandler/Marlowe like, in the first person, throuch Reachers eyes andchock full of similes - "his mind was scrambling around like kittens in a sack"; "like a puppett with the strings cut". I quite liked that, although it is hard to take when Reacher is violent (which is often) because it makes you accomplice to his justification (normally, "you started this" or "the end justifies the means").
    As for Dick Hill's performance, his characters were distinct and real enough. I have mentioned Finlay, already. Reacher was a bit Bogart in "The Maltese Falcon" (perpetuating the Marlowe theme) and Roscal, Southern Belle. These were fine, but don't rise above what you'd expect from such an accomplished narrator.
    All up, a good holiday read. I don't think I'll be reading any more of these except in that vein. However, in that highly popular genre, it's as good as many other serialised anti-hero thriller. Not Harry Hole (by Jo Nesbo) or Chandler for that matter, but better than many others.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Murphy Switzerland 06-01-13
    Mike Murphy Switzerland 06-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.

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    "Ingenious plot and calm but deadly hero"

    I'm obviously late discovering Jack Reacher, brought to him by the publicity around Cruise's movie (although only the weirdness of Hollywood would cast 5' 7'' Cruise to play 6' 5'' Reacher).

    I listened to "Killing Floor" flying across the Atlantic and back. It was the perfect airplane read: fast pace, ingenious plot, lots of action and simple, clear prose.

    But what sets the book apart is the Jack Reacher's "voice". He's more than an action hero. He has a world view all of his own and more than a few flaws. I'm not at all surprised to find that he spawned a long series of best selling books. I'm not sure I like him but I find him believable. more than a little scary and yet, somehow, also quite vulnerable. He's a man who has made himself a loner, detached from most emotions other than anger. willing to kill evil-doers without a second thought and yet driven to do what he thinks is the right thing in a charmingly old-fashioned way. He's a sort of anti-hero with a code of honor.

    This is not the deepest of books but it delivers what it promises on every page.

    If you're in the mood to escape into a world where a calm-but-deadly loner reluctantly but bravely takes the fight to the bad guys, this one is for you. But be warned, the violence is graphic, imaginative, convincing, memorable and frequent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Perth, Australia 10-07-13
    Bruce Perth, Australia 10-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awkward dialog"

    I enjoyed the book but found the dialogue often seemed awkward. For example, almost every sentence ended in "right". Overall, a good book and worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eugene Johannesburg, South Africa 12-15-13
    Eugene Johannesburg, South Africa 12-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Introduction to Jack Reacher"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Truly a character that catches your imagination and leaves you wondering about his past and wanting to hear more.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    The voices were imaginative and well portrayed. definitely a new favorite.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh a little and feel a bit sad at times, but mostly excited.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Bullsbrook, Australia 11-10-13
    Andrew Bullsbrook, Australia 11-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting read"
    What did you love best about Killing Floor?

    I like the way Reacher thinks outside the box and picks up details that are sought of given in the story but missed by the reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Floor?

    The jail cell scene. That could have been blown out to a huge fight scene that wouldn't suit the character, but instead a simple head butt solved the problem.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was good. I could get the sense of the different characters and it helps when you have a Narrator who uses different tones for different characters. It is a bit anoying though how the book is written to include "Reacher Said" after everything. makes it more of a teenagers read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It Was a Peaceful Town


    Any additional comments?

    Good listen, a bit slow at the start but picks up pace later on. The detail given can some times be annoying as it makes you want to some times say "Get a Move on" but it suits the character. I am used to Vince Flynn and Mathew Reilly novels which have a break neck pace and keep it constant all throughout the novel. Jack reacher isn't a bad book to listen to while driving but at times can be slow. I have only listened to Two books so far and will properly buy a few more but I don't know if I will go the whole Series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Wamberal, Australia 10-19-13
    Gary Wamberal, Australia 10-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great fun! captivating story. Well done."
    If you could sum up Killing Floor in three words, what would they be?

    Don't Piss-off Reacher


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack was awesome but great attention was played to each character and I know that I am going to enjoy following this series.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    His voice is amazing and kept me engaged at all times. My morning walks went from 1hr to 2hrs during this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was never much of a reader till recently and its books like this that really make me wish had started earlier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 05-02-13
    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 05-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Action filled great narration."

    An enjoyable action filled book. It held my attention from start to finish.

    The narration was clear and nicely paced and added to the story.

    I highly recommend this for action book lovers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N Oakleigh South, Australia 03-16-13
    N Oakleigh South, Australia 03-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Detective Adventure Military Police: Excellent!"
    If you could sum up Killing Floor in three words, what would they be?

    Escapism at its best.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, by weaving a cohesive and interesting story.
    I also felt part of the action, like I was there.


    Any additional comments?

    It's just some fun. Don't try to analyse it too much, just enjoy it and forget your day to day troubles. Also its written in a positive manner.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jay
    BOLTON, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Switch off and enjoy."

    In light of Hollywood's capture of the rights to convert Lee Child's novels into their usual converted fluff, I decided to see what the fuss was about.

    Now, I'd never even read a crime/thriller novel before, but I found this to be fun and engaging and the narrator's effort shone through also. The sole concentration on the protagonist is thorough and in depth and you feel as though you really are walking in Reacher's shoes.

    It's a great little bit of relaxation with some tense and explosive moments and rarely deals with extravagant contrivances because it does in actual fact seem void of them.



    So switch off, enjoy and use your new six foot five body and military mind to cause havoc to the Crims down in Margrave.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    Northwood, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "In the beginning"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Having read books from the middle of the series, I've now gone back to the start to see where it all began.
    The logical and capable Reacher never fails to keep you turning the pages. I have a clear image of him in my head from the books, and have no intention of seeing the film(s).
    I have recommended this series of books to friends and family.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • paul
    Oldham, United Kingdom
    1/27/14
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    "modern politics in disguise of a thriller."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Floor to be better than the print version?

    The audio book allows your imagination uninterrupted access to the geography &characters of this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way new villains are uncovered right to the end.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    The way he conveyed the atmosphere.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Are you sure who is your friend.


    Any additional comments?

    Superb.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Hove, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Fantastic"
    If you could sum up Killing Floor in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, easy, superb. Reading this book with no expectations I was delighted with way the author grabs and holds my attention. I couldn't wait to listen to the next chapter.


    What other book might you compare Killing Floor to, and why?

    Sebastian faults and Duncan Faulkner have similar styles.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Strong clear dominating voice


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Out of one come many......


    Any additional comments?

    A great read, looking forward to book 2

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "Great read"
    Where does Killing Floor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is up there with the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Floor?

    The prison recollection about the glasses


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listen to any more but I certainly will in future has a great voice that you don't tire of


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of the book was riveting


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kate
    Lowgill, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "A Gripping Crime Thriller"
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Floor the most enjoyable?

    Dick Hill really entered into the character of Jack Reacher and made you feel you were really inside his head as the story developed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The constant twists and turns of the plot as the story developed and the crescendo of jeopardy which Jack Reacher seemed to find himself in but was able to overcome in the end.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His dramatic characterisation of the different characters was brilliant, they each had a distinctive voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Jack Reacher story I have read / listened to and I was completely engrossed in it from start to finish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • G
    harlow, United Kingdom
    11/10/13
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    "Excellent!"
    Where does Killing Floor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audio book I have listened to by Lee Child. Didn't know what to expect . Really enjoyed it. The first Jack Reacher book, I think and you find out a bit about his life and where he came from etc.
    Great plot that gets you hooked quickly. Fast paced too. Well worth an ear.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    United Kingdom
    8/26/13
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    "What an introduction to a astonishing protagonist!"

    Having read several Jack Reacher novels over the years, I've decided to go back to the beginning.
    A very wise decision.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • clivep
    5/7/14
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    "Fast moving"
    What did you like most about Killing Floor?

    Believable characters acceptable level of violence.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lee Child before, how does this one compare?

    Never listened only read which I think made it more memorable


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    1st time very good range of voices including ethnicity and sex.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would of loved to but use it for my commute


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/4/14
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    "Started off well but a struggle to finish"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, i would rather i had not bothered with this particular book. The actions of Jack Reacher as the story progressed seemed more and more unbeleveable. I completely disengaged with the main character.


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make a more like able main character.


    Do you think Killing Floor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for this story line as its all wrapped up by the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was excellent, can't fault it at all. I just can't see the appeal of Jack Reacher as a character, i was very bored towards the end of the book it just seemed like one cliche after another. Also Reacher to a large degree seems no better than the people he went up against.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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