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Option to Kill Audiobook

Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Nathan McBride, “the most brutally effective thriller hero to appear in years” (Ridley Pearson, author of Killer Weekend), returns in the third installment of one of the best new series in thriller fiction.

When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old. With virtually no experience with children, Nathan’s patience and compassion are about to be tested to their limits.

In a violent confrontation, Nathan rescues Lauren from her kidnapper, but as he unravels Lauren's story, he realizes his troubles are only beginning. She says she's in the Witness Security Program, and doesn't trust the US Marshals because she thinks they're complicit in her abduction. Not only that, her stepdad was murdered last night.

In a desperate and unlikely alliance, Nathan and Lauren must stay one step ahead of her kidnapper and the brutal mercenaries who will kill anyone who gets in their way. Played out over the course of 36 lightning-fast hours, Nathan and Lauren must learn to trust each other or they won’t survive.

©2012 Andrew Peterson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 08-30-14
    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 08-30-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Can't Take Any More Dick Hill"

    I've never enjoyed Dick Hill's work...but sometimes the material made it worth tolerating his bizarre tough-guy affect. But the more I hear him, the more he just sounds like a caricature of a human being. And when the writing is as cheesy as it feels in this one, well, I'm just done. I enjoyed some of his Peterson's earlier work, but this felt like paint-by-numbers writing. I made it to Chapter 8...just because I was too busy to turn it off. But, as of now...stick a fork in it...this one's done. *sigh*

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    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 08-16-14
    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 08-16-14 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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    "Fast paced from the beginning!"
    What made the experience of listening to Option to Kill the most enjoyable?

    Unlike normal 'super hero' books. The story is much different than the others in the Nathan McBride series but with enough similarity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lauren


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amazing ability to display the character as he illustrates and narrates the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughter over some of the statements of Lauren and yes I cried a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    Best in the series!

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    Bill Minnetonka, MN, United States 08-14-14
    Bill Minnetonka, MN, United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting story, curious performance"

    I thought the overall storyline was interesting, but to have Nathan McBride drag around a 12 year old on his harrowing adventures in constant danger seemed pretty reckless for a trained operative. Be ready to suspend your disbelief.

    I'm not sure if it was the performance or the dialogue in the text, but sometimes the 12 year-old heroine sounded like a 5 year old and sometimes she sounded like she was 25.

    This being the third Nathan McBride audiobook I've listened to, it finally struck me what I find problematic with Dick Hill's performance. He sounds old. Generally I like to think of the narrator in my head as being about how I'd imagine the main character. When I hear Dick Hill do Nathan McBride I hear someone more like an old grizzled detective than a younger, in his prime, special ops guy.

    But, overall, worth the credit.

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    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 08-12-14
    Jerome La Quinta, CA, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Series"

    This is just a wonderful series to listen too. Dick Hill is a great narrator and the storyline is awesome.

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    Dianne 08-07-14
    Dianne 08-07-14 Member Since 2012

    A good listener!

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    "Unbelievable. Really."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Dick Hill is now officially on my "never again" list. His female voices are just awful. And his female child voice is, if possible, worse. There is not one single intelligent human being on this Earth who would interact with a child in the way Nathan did here.

    Enough said.


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    Gene 06-12-14
    Gene 06-12-14 Member Since 2007

    Listener of Audible books since 2007. Have listened to many books while driving many miles. I'm particularly interested in mysteries.

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    "A little over the top"
    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    I would try another book by Andrew Peterson or Dick Hill. This particular book's story was less than believable. And Dick; well he's Jack Reacher


    Would you be willing to try another book from Andrew Peterson? Why or why not?

    Sure would. I like these type of mysteries and have enjoyed some of the other Andrew Peterson listens.


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Dick is great narrator and always does a great job differentiating one character from the other.


    Could you see Option to Kill being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The story line is just unbelievable. It's hard to fathom any ex operative taking a little girl into the field of conflict that alone have that girl take an active part in the mission.

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    Ronald Colvin 06-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Children and Assassins don't work."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Introduce the child. Put her to bed. Get on with the job.


    Has Option to Kill turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    George Guidall


    What character would you cut from Option to Kill?

    The girl


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    David Wilson 05-12-14
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    "tedious"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. The first couple of hours were repetitive close calls, to the point of being tedious to listen to. I found myself using my iPod Touch's feature to play at 2x. That's not a good sign.


    What could Andrew Peterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was a much weaker effort than the first two books in the series. It felt like Peterson kept gluing one more close call and escape onto the sequence until he'd filled up enough length. Then at the end, having Nathan's half-sister not remember anything was a very contrived way to wrap things up more quickly. Too quickly, leaving too sketchy an explanation of the backstory. Very unsatisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    This book gave me the feeling that Peterson is about out of good ideas for the Nathan McBride character. This is the point in a series where many other writers would bring in a co-author. (Cussler anyone?)

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    David 03-09-14
    David 03-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Option to Kill to be better than the print version?

    For me Yes. I live on the road.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nathan is a hero but he's relatable; he's not perfect. I like that. I feel smarter than him often enough to believe he's real and he's brilliant enough to be a skilled hero and leave me thoroughly impressed..


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Harv for sure! He nails it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I sat in the truck in my driveway for an extra 45 minutes to finish book 2 after a 9 hour drive from Phoenix at 1:00am so that oughta tell ya.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep 'em comin'. I always fear an author getting side tracked or getting a new idea and ending a great character. I hope Nathan lives on for a long time!

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    Vaughn 02-20-14
    Vaughn 02-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I could not stop listening!!!"

    Back in the day, this would have been the book you could not put down! For us audio book listeners, this is the book you can't stop listening to. WHY??? Fast start, story time line of about 24 hours. You don't have time to take a break! Dick Hill, bring the art of story telling a live. Andrew Peterson, please give us more of Nathan McBride, he is a great protagonist.

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