Killing Floor by Lee Child (narrated by Dick Hill)
Brilliance Audio, 2008
Crime Fiction; 15 hours 23 minutes
From the Publisher:
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.
My first encounter with Lee Child's Jack Reacher did not leave much of an impression on me. Although I enjoyed the book, I was not sure whether I would continue with the series. I thought maybe I would give the audio version a try as I had heard Dick Hill makes an exceptional Jack Reacher.
Once I got over my expectation to hear Tom Cruise's voice, I really got into Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Dick Hill has the voice to match Child's description of the character, a man I wouldn't want to cross. Jack Reacher is one of those protagonists who is almost too perfect to believe--just the same, I liked him. Reacher exudes masculinity and all that entails. My dad's kind of hero.
There was a moment halfway through the audio, when I was sure the story was done. It seemed like the perfect place to end. Only, I still had halfway to go. For what I felt should be a fast paced novel, it seemed to take its time. The book had its moments in high adrenaline intensity, particularly toward the end. At other times, I found myself wishing the story would move a little quicker.
The mystery itself was quite complex and involved, more so than it first appeared. I enjoyed the various twists and turns the story took, some of which I saw coming and others of which took me by surprise. Knowing a little something about where the character ends up in his life, I appreciated getting a glimpse of Reacher's origin story. I also really liked his sidekicks in this novel, especially the chief of detectives. He and Reacher made a good team. I confess I didn't quite buy the romance in the story, but, overall, I enjoyed the book, and I think Dick Hill did a wonderful job narrating the story.
I am still not sure I will be reading the entire series, but I do want to give the series another try. I read so many series, that I have to be picky about the ones I continue to follow.
Source: I bought an audio copy of this book for my own listening pleasure.
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