Killing Floor

Version: Abridged (Unabridged version available here)
Author: Lee Child
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: April 2004
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Overview

A terrifying thriller that's unforgettable. "I was eating eggs and drinking coffee. I was in a booth, at a window, reading somebody's abandoned newspaper. Outside, the rain had stopped but the glass was still pebbled with bright drops. I saw the police cruisers pull into the gravel lot. They were moving fast and crunched to a stop. Light bars flashing and popping. Doors burst open, policemen jumped out. Two from each car, weapons ready. Two revolvers, two shotguns. This was heavy stuff. One revolver and one shotgun ran to the back. One of each rushed the door. I just sat and watched them. I knew who was in the diner. A cook in back. Two waitresses. Two old men. And me. This operation was for me. I had been in town less than half an hour." - from the opening of this searing tale of honor and revenge where Jack Reacher, a former military cop, hunts down his brother's killers. In the bestselling tradition of John Sandford and Stephen Hunter, the listener will be entertained non-stop until the end.

Reviews (9)

Written by John Vargo on July 29th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Reacher is the modern day John Wayne. Good suspense and enough twists to keep you reading.

Written by suzanne temple on June 19th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awesome book! With great story!! Love Joe Reacher!!

Killing Floor

Written by Dewey Stevens on March 12th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was just ok for me. I found myself shaking my head in several places. For example it was pretty obvious to me that one of the characters was involved in the plot from the beginning. Also the way the author wrote dialog was annoying at times, due to repetitive speech patterns. For example, almost every character at some point ended their sentences with the interrogative "Right?" Minor, but distracting.

Written by on November 21st, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Jack Reacher is a great character and I look forward to future books with him. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that to me it dragged just a bit about 3/4 of the way through. Overall Dick Hill did a good job narrating. A few times I had to go back because I wasn't sure which character was talking which disrupts the flow for me is why I didn't give him a 5 star rating.

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Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on June 14th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another great Jack Reacher story. Dick Hill does a fabulous job reading this series. In this story Reacher wanders into a small Georgia town and, of course, trouble starts. Jo Reacher is found dead and Jack tries to find who killed his brother.

On the killing floor

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on February 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I almost did not get this book because of the title. But we surprised at how much I liked it. Story, voices and characters made this a delightful listen.

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Written by Walter Stephens on November 2nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Lee Child has written another excellent book. I really enjoy Jack Reacher's character. I'm tired of the same old bad guys always getting the upper hand, before finally getting their due. Jack Reacher kicks butt and takes names.

Killing Floor

Written by Kenneth Westbrook on September 22nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another intriguing Lee Child novel. The Jack Reacher character is enhanced by the narrator. Storyline is good and character description is excellent. The ending would make for a great movie.

Killing Floor

Written by Helen Medlock on June 17th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The book held my attention with the plot having some twists that were unexpected. Not having every read this author before, it was easy to follow the past history of the main character. Suspense was at the right levels with a touch of humor

Author Details

Author Details

Child, Lee

Lee Child was born in the exact geographic center of England, in the heart of the industrial badlands. Never saw a tree until he was twelve. It was the sort of place where if you fell in the river, you had to go to the hospital for a mandatory stomach pump. The sort of place where minor disputes were settled with box cutters and bicycle chains. He's got the scars to prove it.

But he survived, got an education, and went to law school, but only because he didn't want to be a lawyer. Without the pressure of aiming for a job in the field, he figured it would be a relaxing subject to study. He spent most of the time in the university theater - to the extent that he had to repeat several courses, because he failed the exams - and then went to work for Granada Television in Manchester, England. Back then, Granada was a world-famous production company, known for shows like Brideshead Revisited, Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect and Cracker. Lee worked on the broadcast side of the company, so his involvement with the good stuff was limited. But he remembers waiting in the canteen line with people like Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Natalie Wood and Michael Apted. And he says that being involved with more than 40,000 hours of the company's program output over an eighteen-year stay taught him a thing or two about telling a story. He also wrote thousands of links, trailers, commercials and news stories, most of them on deadlines that ranged from fifteen minutes to fifteen seconds. So the thought of a novel-a-year didn't worry him too much, in his next career.

But why a next career? He was fired, back in 1995, that's why. It was the usual Nineties downsizing thing. After eighteen years, he was an expensive veteran, and he was also the union organizer, and neither thing fit the company's plan for the future. And because of the union involvement, he wasn't on too many alternative employers' wish lists, either. So he became a writer, because he couldn't think of anything else to do. He had an idea for a character who had suffered the same downsizing experience but who was taking it completely in his stride. And he figured if he brought the same total commitment to his audience that he'd seen his television peers develop, he could get something going. He named the character Jack Reacher and wrote Killing Floor as fast as he could. He needed to sell it before his severance check ran out. He made it with seven weeks to spare, and luckily the book was an instant hit, selling strongly all around the world, and winning both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. It led to contracts for at least nine more Reacher books.

Lee moved from the UK to the US in the summer of 1998. He lives in New York and France with his American wife, Jane. They have a grown-up daughter, Ruth. Lee likes to travel, for vacations, but especially on promotion tours so he can meet his readers, to whom he is eternally grateful. His latest thriller, Nothing to Lose was published in 2008.