Killing Floor by Lee Child | Audiobook Review

Killing Floor by Lee Child | Audiobook ReviewKilling Floor by Lee Child
Series: Jack Reacher #1
Narrator: Dick Hill
Length: 15 Hours 23 Minutes
Published by Penguin on 2006-04-25
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers
Pages: 560
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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INTRODUCING REACHER: The First Jack Reacher Novel NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he’s arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn’t stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell. See Jack Reacher now in his first major motion picture.

Why Did I Listen To This Book?

I somehow stumbled upon Killing Floor by Lee Child for free on Audible one day and thus, downloaded the audiobook because free legal things are awesome. I randomly began listening to it because it was just so different from all the other books I’ve been balancing and you know, sometimes I want to try something that is totally new to me via audiobook. Straight up, adult thriller mystery books are TOTALLY something that is new to me that I do not read very often. I have to say, this was an interesting diversion.

What’s The Story Here?

So, Jack Reacher is riding a bus around and he gets the urge to get off the bus at this small town in Georgia. So he does and he goes to this dinner to have coffee when he’s arrested for a murder that he totally did not commit. So, he’s getting processed for jail and the fingerprinting cop whose name I forget but who is this totally good looking lady I guess believes that he did not do it because of his eyes, lol. Anyways, okay so Jack Reacher is in jail and he used to be a military cop, so he’s all I would do this so differently. Then he’s let out of jail because he really didn’t do it and whoa, there’s like this conspiracy and pretty much almost everyone in the town is in on it. And there’s all kinds of killing all over the place, hence the title Killing Floor.

What Is My Ultimate Opinion Of This Book?

I actually enjoyed my time with Jack Reacher. Is this about to become a favorite beloved series? No. However, it’s the kind of book where like if you’re at someone’s house for vacation and you forgot all your books and you have to pick something off the shelf so you pick this one because it looks more appealing than Left Behind or Flowers In The Attic. I thought this book had a good amount of action and I liked the plotting. I liked all the violence and gore. I liked how the mystery is solved. It’s very thrilling for sure. Really, I stepped out of my comfort zone and did not end up hating reading and myself for it. That’s a great thing.

How Is The Narration?

Killing Floor is narrated by Dick Hill. He’s got this tough guy voice, so it works for the book. He is on point with pacing and makes a good Jack Reacher, at least vocally. I have no clue what Mr. Hill actually looks like. I did not hate his narration and I totally did not space out while listening to this book. So, there is that. It’s a longer audio, with a commitment time of 15 hours and like 30 minutes but it feels like it goes by fast because so much is happening.

Sum It Up With A GIF:

There is A LOT of violence in Killing Floor. Also, Tom Cruise creeps me out, so no Tom Cruise GIF even though he plays Jack Reacher.

Who Should Listen To This Book?

  • Your dad
  • Your boyfriend who hates reading but likes shoot ’em up video games
  • People who like mysteries where EVERYONE is a suspect
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  1. My dad is a huge fan of this series and I’ve been wanting to read it to. You know Tom Cruise starred in a movie about Jack Reacher? My dad was appalled that a shortie would play the 6’5″ character LOL.
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  2. I have to say that I love the Jack Reacher series. I think I’m seven books in so I still have plenty to read.

    Kudos for trying something out of your comfort zone. As you said the good news is that it wasn’t horrible. I was pretty disgusted when they cast Tom Cruise for Reacher. Jack is a big man (I think I remember well over 6′ tall) and they cast the most diminutive actor in Hollywood. Lol.

    • It’s fun — I think I might try reading more in the series via audio.

      Thanks! I liked that it was not horrible but actually really entertaining.

      Yes, what even Hollywood casting directors! Did they not read the book? Ha!

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