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Killing Floor

Jack Reacher, Book 1
By: Lee Child
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: Jack Reacher, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
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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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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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very good

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

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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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  • Rob
  • 09-10-2018

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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Reacher

Didn't like the way it was written or the voice used but story was good

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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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Loved it

It was a wonderful story with a great voice to read it. Would recommend to read.

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narrator sounds like the movie preview guy.

narrator sounds like the movie preview guy this isnt a good thing. shame the narrator makes me want to stop listening

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Great Voice for Jack Reacher

Lee Child doesn't get enough credit for the quality of his writing. This book captures the personality and unique attitude that is Jack Reacher and Jeff Harding has a voice that compliments the dry drawl that you imagine coming from the detached Reacher. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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love reacher

they get better later on more so on how he reads the story 👍👍👍

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 22-02-2018

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
  • 16-05-2018

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
  • 08-04-2018

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
  • 07-03-2019

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
  • 05-01-2019

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
  • 16-03-2018

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
  • 18-05-2018

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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  • Justin Lawless
  • 16-08-2019

Really enjoyed the story but too manyb'i said'

Im new to the jack reacher novels and also the narrator.
I think the story is great and the narration is great but there are too many I said, she said.
The acting is good enough to understand who is speaking to warrant the I saida

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  • Thomas Main
  • 08-06-2019

Stilted Narration.

I had a really difficult time with this book. Liked the synopsis but I couldn't endure more than 20 minutes of the narrators voice and delivery.

I wasn't looking for Tom Cruise, but certainly someone who had a grasp of audio book delivery.

Overall really disappointed. I believe that there are other versions of this audio book and I recommend seeking them out.

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  • jeanndre
  • 12-02-2019

Loved the different voices

I loved the different voices and dry sense of humour. Really enjoyed this Audible book.

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  • Lucy T.
  • 15-11-2017

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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  • Gavin Jones
  • 16-03-2018

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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  • R. M. Ingram
  • 15-02-2018

good story

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

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  • Nadar khan
  • 02-12-2017

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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  • StarDreamer
  • 14-07-2019

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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  • Suky
  • 23-11-2017

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-06-2019

Meh..

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

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  • paul carley
  • 28-02-2018

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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  • H Watson
  • 29-12-2017

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-2019

so irritating

most irritating narrator imaginable "I said" "he said" - infuriating! made it completely unlistenable by the end, had to stop at chapter 14.

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