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Killing Floor

Jack Reacher, Book 1
Written by: Lee Child
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: Jack Reacher
Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Killing Floor by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding.

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 14 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.

©2013 Lee Child (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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As expected..bits of action and typical Reacher

Narrator Jeff Harding made it sound so cool and realistic... he's the real star of this audio story

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Hooked to Reacher and Lee's storytelling.<br />

This was fun. Back to novels after a long time. Use to read Jeffery Archer, Grisham, Sheldon, Alistair Maclean. This is good pace and fun to listen to.

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Sloooow

The story is very slow. Takes a lot of time and chapters to build up to the climax and there isn't much of a climax. And it's predictable right from the beginning.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 22-02-18

Disappointing after hearing so much about Reacher.

What disappointed you about Killing Floor?

Every conversation was written with "I said" "he said" "she said", all the way through the book. I was expecting more sophisticated language.

Has Killing Floor turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not the genre, just Lee Child.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment due to the lack of imagination about the language.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-18

Horrible reader

The book is written in I format and the readers voice does not match the figure in the books age, persona or way of talking. Story awesome, but read it yourself.

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  • Jitka
  • 08-04-18

Good story, horrible narration

I only finished this book because I was curious how it ends. In the most of it the narration sounds like shopping list or user manual being read out loud. Gets little better in the second half but still not very pleasant experience.

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  • Dara
  • 07-03-19

Disappointing experience

The whole book would be one third in length if ‘I said, he said’ and repeating phrases were excluded. The narration did not help as well, the worst combination possible. It was like reading out loud a TO DO list.

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  • Michael
  • 05-01-19

He said she said

The “he said she said “ though out the story was very off putting and I felt spoiled the overall story and was not really required .

I did enjoy the book

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  • LINZI
  • 16-03-18

macho classic. makes the movie look like a spoof.

l love Jack Reacher. 6ft 4 with a look that gets him into trouble without even trying. He is a credible and likeable hardman. Basic to the bone. Sympathetic but scary. Reacher is always the hero without any fanfare. How anyone decided to replace a bulky 6ft 4 , ex army hardman with 5ft 2 (in lifts) Mr Cruise with perfect teeth and coiffered hair is beyond me. I love the books. When I heard who was cast for the movie I literally felt sad for the character. Damn you Hollywood. Why can't you just tell it like it's written???

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  • Rustom D Patel
  • 18-05-18

Great story - just one problem

It’s a great story ... but the ‘he said’ ‘she said’ just gets to you ! I wish they could just edit that part!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-20

Narrator does not do the author justice

The narrators voice is extremely monotonous. I have read the book, find it much more entertaining than the audible version.

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  • Ray Bowring
  • 12-01-20

Heroically, silly super-super hero. Really??

Definitely did not like. Struggled to finish. Definitely did not like robotic narrator. Returning book.

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  • Dr.
  • 03-01-20

Good Story, poor Reader

The Speaker‘s intonation is annoying. He raises his voice at the end of each sentence, emphasizing the last syllable, no matter what. Make sure you listen to the sample before buying this audiobook.

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  • StarDreamer
  • 14-07-19

Faithful narration to the very last "he said"!

When reading this book I never noticed how many times "he said" "she said" "he said" is written down.
Having fetched my twenty year old copy of the book I can confirm they are all there in black and white. On the page I must have stopped seeing them, how I wished I could stop hearing them in the audio version.

Maybe we need a new category - 'Unabridged except for removal of superfluous and flow interrupting he said/she saids'?

Otherwise, it was a good story to revisit and I enjoyed the narration. I shall continue with the series.

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  • Gavin Jones
  • 16-03-18

My First Encounter With Reacher

This is what it is. Lee Child isn't trying to be Cormac McCarthy. The story is fast-paced and the characters don't get on your nerves. There are 4 or 5 excellent and exciting set-pieces and the bad guys are really bad.

Some people claim that the first chapter is one of the best first chapters of any novel of the late 20th century. I don't know about that but it is certainly pretty good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-06-19

Meh..

Narrator lacks variety in tone.
Writing lacks flow... Constantly adding "he said" to dialogue... Ruins an otherwise fine story

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  • Lucy T.
  • 15-11-17

Brilliant

Thought I’d try something new. So decided to go back 20 years with the first Jack Reacher story and I was not disappointed! Gripping from the get go - good reading performance (I’m quite fussy about the voices on Audible) and great continuous story I was never bored. So happy now as I have loads more to listen to

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  • Nadar khan
  • 02-12-17

Great book

A great book however I'm must say as much as I love Lee childs passion for Jack reacher I feel that if it isn't narrates by Jeff harding then I simply cannot listen to it. The two go hand in hand. Jack reacher is simply fantastic

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  • H Watson
  • 29-12-17

Too many "saids"

Being a Lee child can and having enjoyed his books both kindle and hardback, I was very disappointed with the narration of Killing floor. There were far too many she said, he said and I said interruptions to the narration which I feel could have been avoided with better editing. I shall continue trying Lee child books on Audible but will vet them with trial listening before purchasing

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  • paul carley
  • 28-02-18

Very good book

Very good book. hard to turn off and easy to listen to. Recommend this book to all those who like a good crime murder and a bit of mystery.

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  • Suky
  • 23-11-17

Great story

Enjoyable and entertaining. Great story, characters a little predictable good guy always wins etc... but great pace and narration.

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  • R. M. Ingram
  • 15-02-18

good story

i said she said becomes really irritating! good story tho worth a listen. ..and first in the series

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  • Mr
  • 01-06-19

Complete rubbish

I’ve since returned this piece of drivel.
Written like a trashy private eye thriller and narrated by a guy so nasal you’d think he was strung up by his nostrils.
I’m afraid my time on earth is precious and I won’t be wasting any more on this type of tripe
If you value your time- walk on by!

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  • 17-10-18

HE SAID, SHE SAID killed it.

He said, she said gets old really quick, couldn't listen for long because of it.

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  • DebManning
  • 20-11-18

Dreadful Narration

Tried really hard to like this book . I lasted 6 chapters . Badly written and even worse narration.
Obviously I'm in the minority. I've listened to many books but this is just about the very worst.
I will be asking for a refund

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  • Mathew
  • 28-11-17

very good

This is a great book and I can't wait to listen to the rest of them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-18

Failed to deliver

I was excited that I may have a new author to dive into. Unfortunately this book failed to deliver. The story line had potential but the quality of writing lets it down. It lacks polish, reads like an amateur author. The narrator becomes annoying not long into book. I struggled to continue. Not a book I would listen to again and would try the author again.

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  • Rob
  • 09-10-18

great story

the "he said" and "she said" comments are monotonous and sound pre recorded and dumped in, aside from that it was first rate

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  • Mr Brook J Petrie
  • 06-03-20

Absolutely horrendous

Yes, 'horrendous'. Just the biggest bunch of absolute bollocks I have ever attempted to listen to. As others have pointed out the "he said, She said" gets very tired by the second chapter, but the storyline is where this atrocity really shines. I am pulling the pin on this at the 4 hour mark and absolutely nothing has happened except 'Jack' has headbutted the biggest inmate he could find. Classic.

I truly wish I could have those 4 hours of my life back but at the very least it has given me insight into the Lee Child world, one I shall never return to.



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  • HFisher
  • 06-03-20

The voice ruins the book

Sorry, but I just can't listen to the book. The voice is so flat with no emotion or feeling whatsoever..... I can't get into the story at all.... shame. really wanted to listen to these books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-02-20

Terrible narration

Could not persevere into the book as the narrator was unbearable to listen to. I felt the sort my have been good and may keep trying just to hear the end. Definitely won’t buy more with this narrator though

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  • Dannielle Turton
  • 13-02-20

Dreadful narration, couldn't get past 5 chapters

Slow, boring narration made the book very hard to listen to. The he said, she said is just terrible. Only lasted 5 chapters

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  • RayNorris
  • 07-02-20

Great story spoilt by poor narration

The story is brilliant. Lee Child is a great story teller, with unguessable plot twists, and he writes in a way that makes for compulsive reading.

The narrator is dreadful. Each sentence is read out in the same way, with emphasis on the last few syllables, regardless of content or context. It's as if he has been giving a list of unconnected sentences to read out, and so he works his way down the list, in the correct order, but with no feeling or regard for the story.

Its a pity, Ive read quite a few Lee Child books, and I was looking forward to working my way through the Jack Reacher novels from beginning to end on Audible, but I don't know whether I can stand the poor narration. I wish Audible had chosen a decent narrator.