I don't know what to criticize more the narrator or the author. I'll start with the author. Anyone who reads thrillers these days knows that torture is a recurring theme. Most of the good authors describe enough torture to give the reader something to think about in a very complicated means/end question. Andrew Peterson went so far over the top in describing torture and at the end of the book rationalizing the worst kind of torture imaginable that it made an otherwise average story almost unreadable. While it is hard to imagine anything worse that almost gratuitous descriptions of torture, Dick Hill's narration came close. The narration was so bad it is hard to find the words to describe it. Imagine the tough guy accents in the worst 1930's gangster Class B movie, then double it and you have the narration in Forced to Kill. But horrible, inappropriate narration is forgivable. Horrible, inappropriate descriptions of torture is not. If you want a thoughtful treatment of torture, read Daniel Silva or the early Vince Flynn. Stay away from Forced to Kill.
Author, rabid Audible listener.
The Nathan McBride series is great. The two main characters are fantastic and I hope to hear more and sooner! The action and is all paced perfectly and while the plots do not twist a whole lot they are good ones.
What I like about this series is the line between the "good guys" and "bad guys" is hazy at best. It is up to you to decide if the character's actions are proper or not and the logic used in the book can be stomach turning if you believe these types of things happen in real life.
The only real issue I have with the book is I'm not a big fan of Dick Hill. While I like him, his voice never seems to capture the characters in a way that I can really relate to them but don't let that review stop you from listening to a great book!
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
I don't know why Audible keeps using this question it it's Guided Review format. It assumes that LISTENERS are also READERS. Although there may be people who enjoy both formats, I am not one of them. I've read 5 books a week since age 6 and was very happy when audiobooks came out. I was able to continue indulging in my passion for books via the audio medium.
As before, I like the main character, Nathan McBride for his calm demeanor under pressure and his frailties as a man after the horrendous capture and torture he endured years ago.
I am a big Dick Hill fan and I usually give him an automatic 4-5 stars, no matter how crappy the book is. However, I was a bit disappointed in his performance here. All of the characters - except the non-American Latino men - sound alike or so similar that it's difficult to distinguish them. Especially since the author or the producer of the recorded version doesn't use "He said" or "said Nathan" in long dialogue portions which is something that I've always found to be distracting from narrators who are able to make each character have his or her own sound. Here, Mr. Hill is very lackadaisical in his performance. Characters sound different from one scene to another and even change in the middle of a sentence. And the females are just awful. FBI Special Agent In Charge Holly Simpson sounds like she just sucked on a helium balloon as does her subordinate agent Mary Grangeland. Plus the two women sound exactly the same. They are depicted as competent, brave, good looking and sexy, yet Dick Hill has them sounding as if they look and sound like Daffy Duck!
It's not that kind of book. While the torture sessions are very disturbing, I knew what to expect in choosing this genre. My only reaction was a wish for a "do over" in my life so I could be a rogue ex-CIA Special Ops sniper assassin like Court Gentry in Mark Greaney's "The Gray Man" audiobook series.
If you like this kind of book, definitely check out Mark Greaney's "The Gray Man" audiobooks. In his covert assignments assassin Court Gentry does more than this book's Nathan McBride and his partner Harvey Fontana put together.
Avoid cliches. The characters lacked realism. Sounded like a dime store novel. Very disappointed.
I doubt it. Not till I hear he made the New York Times best sellers list.
No. The narration was horrible. Dick Hill can't do voices (especially female voices). To his credit, when he was simply telling the story (as with the parachute jump at the very beginning of the book) he did an adequate job. He's a good reader, but not a good performer.
I would have summed things up quickly at the end. The anti-climactic ending dragged on too much. Sure, it's good to tie up loose ends, but when the plot has peaked, wrap it up quickly.
After his first novel 'First to Kill', he hits a home run with this second story starring Nathan McBride. The narrator for the audio book does another outstanding job of bringing the story to life. During a recent driving trip, I enjoyed having this audio book to fill the hours.
Nathan McBride faces difficult internal conflicts with his FBI counterpart Holly. Overall, there's a lot of interesting action like the first book. You will not regret buying this audio book.
I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed this author's first book, First to Kill. When I finished a walk, I would look forward to the next day, so that I could find out what happened next!
His descriptions were fluid and imaginative. His characters larger than life, but still flawed and fun. A great time!
Sorry Andrew, Dick Hill cost you a star. I have done the past several Reachers on Nook and I agreed to give Dick one more chance after reading the first Nathan book on Nook. He made Harve sound just like the Venezuelan arch-villain, though Harve looks 'vaguely hispanic' and was a U.S. Marine 25 years prior. He made Holly sound like a trembling schoolgirl at times when she's running an FBI office. This cost the review a star. I highly recommend both of your novels as books or Nooks. Mr. Hill got into narration when it was easy-to-get work for second-rate scenery-chewers. I completely understand your need to stand by him and that, for a new author, it was good to get someone with so many credits...but have George Guidall or Richard Ferrone read just one chapter of whatever you are working on and you'll see the light. Until then, I am buying everything you do anyway, so, no loss; but it'll be on some kind of page. Readers, please do support Andrew and if you like Dick Hill then this is 4 stars. I have over 470 titles here and nothing against Dick Hill except his work on Audible titles.
I'm on my second go around for this series. I love all the characters. Mr Peterson does such a great that they feel real and you can't help but care about them. His books are action packed and the details are in such depth that you never say huh.
The lake scene when Nathan has to choose who and what he is. You can feel his struggles and the emotions
I think in this one I'd say Harv. I love Dick Hill. He does a great job. His female voices are a little weak but he's a guy what do you expect.
If life hadn't interrupted I would have. Glad I can take my tablet with me.
I really enjoy reading Andrew Peterson. I hope this turns into a long series.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
It's probably unfair that I compare Nathan McBride to Jack Reacher. But it was hard not to with Dick Hill doing the narration. Even when Nathan becomes "The Other," he doesn't exhibit the machismo that we have learned to love with Reacher. This story was far fetched but that's OK when you're listening to fiction. Montez was really evil and that was a good thing too. But the total package didn't live up to the superlatives that some of the reviewers heaped upon it. I may or may not listen to another book in this series. Average book.
The story is good but the narrator is mediocre at best. HE seems to have great difficulty making up distinguishable voices for the characters. The womens' voices he tries to mimic are extremely annoying and pathetic at times.
Also this is an action novel but he reads it so slowly that it is hard to not fall asleep listening to it. I didn't finish it.