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Option to Kill Audiobook
Option to Kill
Written by: 
Andrew Peterson
Narrated by: 
Dick Hill
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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    AudioAddict 07-07-13
    AudioAddict 07-07-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Dangerous and Action-Packed"

    STORY - This is my first Nathan McBride book. The plot was intriguing and suspenseful, yet at the same time not difficult to follow. There is plenty of spying, action and shooting. The violence is not overly graphic and, if there is cursing, it is minimal. The book can stand alone and comes to a satisfying conclusion.

    What I didn't like was that he took Lauren, a 12-year-old girl, with him on all these dangerous missions. (C'mon, really?) IMHO there were times he seemed to jump too quickly to conclusions and others where he was slow to figure stuff out (like the reason for the Xray machine). But we can poke holes in most fiction, right?

    NARRATION - The narrator did a good job, but I personally didn't like the way he portrayed young Lauren. A low-voiced man trying to sound like a young girl... UGH!

    OVERALL - Recommended for anyone who enjoys spy thrillers.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LA Poulsbo, WA, United States 04-30-13
    LA Poulsbo, WA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "listeneze"
    What did you like best about Option to Kill? What did you like least?

    The narrator, the story was so-so


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another book with Dick Hill in it.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    In command and ready


    Did Option to Kill inspire you to do anything?

    No, the story is shallow and missing Harvey Fontana


    Any additional comments?

    The first 2 books were more detailed and exciting

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald Seguin, TX, United States 02-04-13
    Gerald Seguin, TX, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, action & mystery preformed well!"

    This was a very good story and I will be buying more Nathan Mcbride novels.
    This story started fast and had a great powerful ending. Dick Hill as always did a outstanding job with the narration. The childs voice grated on your nerves, some reviewers hated the voice, but in my opinion that's the way is was meant to be. Went with the story line. You won't be disappointed with this book. It was a very enjoyable listen. I think Nathan McBride is hero just for putting up with the little girl.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    River North Montana 02-04-13
    River North Montana 02-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story--Poor Narration of Young Girl's Voice"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've enjoyed both the story and previous narration of this series, but the narrator's interpretation and performance of the young girl's voice in this book became unbearable. I usually listen to a good book straight through, but this time I had to take frequent days-long breaks because I simply couldn't listen to it anymore. Dick Hill has a great voice for strong male characters, but a two-narrator approach would have made this book a much better listen.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lela Paradise, PA, United States 02-04-13
    Lela Paradise, PA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "love Nathan McBride!"
    Any additional comments?

    the girl in the story was supposed to be 12... i thought she seemed more like a 9 year old though. that would be my only complaint, really.Dick Hill is one of my favorite readers and he didn't disappoint. he's great for characters like Nathan McBride... tough, but soft when necessary.i'm looking forward to more Nathan McBride stories!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tedd United States 02-03-13
    Tedd United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "irksome"
    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    Depends on the characters and narration.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Sorry. I just can't deal with male narrators doing little girl voices.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luise Healey Irvine, CA, United States 01-24-13
    Luise Healey Irvine, CA, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A remarkable series"
    What made the experience of listening to Option to Kill the most enjoyable?

    The action is fast paced and I felt I was losing my breath. It seemed like an unlikely story-line until you see the evil character, and then you are brought into the story immediately. The first sentence (or paragraph) of the book sets the mood for the entire story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Andy Peterson obviously takes the time to plot his stories, though this was published in serial form (I also have it on my Kindle Fire) it feels as if it is not broken into convenient parts. The twists and turns which is becoming a signature of the author is maintained from the very beginning. I'll be waiting for the next book in this series but not in audible form.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The same narrator is used for Lee Child's audible books. I wish these authors would listen to the audible versions of their books. Dick Hill may be a good narrator but he makes my teeth grind when he portrays the women characters of these books. He makes me want to tear the sound out of my ears, as one reviewer said, and with which I agree. If I see his name attached to an audible book, I'll usually get in in the Kindle format.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments were particularly moving when Nate considers the possibility of his relationship with the girl he rescues.


    Any additional comments?

    I love when a heroic protagonist has the same misgivings about his abilities to carry on an assignment he has undertaken as most real people have. I also like the nature of the partnership with Nate and Harve. The loyalty and trust they have in one another is unlike most other male/male protagonists. The author is able to weave in parts of the earlier stories when it is helpful to know and understand something one of the characters is asking about. In the case of Nate, because of his terribly scared face, it is important to understand why he seems so scary to look at. Not that his size wouldn't be scary enough at 6'5" and 240 pounds but it is a certainty that you want him to be on your side.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Rose Hill, KS, United States 01-24-13
    Nick Rose Hill, KS, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Different but still solid listen!"

    This book is a bit different compared to the first two in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two so it was a no brainer to pick this one up and recommend u do the same if u liked the first two. This book showed a bit of a softer sid of Nathan while still having plenty of action to keep it exciting. The storyline was pretty solid although a bit predictable at points but still entertaining. I do kinda wish they would have involved Nathans partner Harv a bit more in this book there partnership was an exciting part of the previous stories. As aways Dick Hill does a good job with the narration even though the girls voice gets a bit whiney at times but whatta ya gonna do LOL. Overall entertaining story that i would reccomend for a fun fast listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa L. Irwin westfield, indiana United States 01-14-13
    Lisa L. Irwin westfield, indiana United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not as good as others in the series"

    Although I enjoyed the book it was not as good as the other 2 in the Nathan McBride series. The story was not very believable but with Dick Hill performing it was still a good listen. If you have not listened to others in the series I would not make this your first listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond 01-10-13
    Raymond 01-10-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Surprise and Sucked in"
    What did you love best about Option to Kill?

    Story moved quickly, adding more facets with each chapter and holding onto the listeners curiousity. Not predictable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young girl (main character's off-sider plus) was suspicious in her abilities but cute in her neediness, she keeps you guessing.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Fast Different Connected


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

    Not an extreme emotive ride, but keeps you on the edge of chair with minimal strings pulled.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a enjoyable journey, always looked forward to getting back to it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    2/10/16
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    loved it. hugh excitement twista and turns agreat series cant wait for the next one

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  • stretchyv8
    1/18/16
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    "Great read"

    thoroughly enjoyed the most recent Nathan Mcbrigde book. he is a great character and Dick Hill a great narrater

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • a j green
    5/21/15
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    "Great story"

    This is the second book in the series I have listened to a great story keeping up the exciting pace. Well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SE COATES
    4/26/15
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    "Wow!"

    Rip roaring yarn. Sit back and enjoy the ride! My dog had lots of extra walks in order to listen to the next chapter!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    9/24/14
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    "American Gush"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, a reasonable plot but spoiled by repeated American sentimentality.


    If you’ve listened to books by Andrew Peterson before, how does this one compare?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Did the best he could with the material he had.


    Do you think Option to Kill needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    One of a series of Nathan McBride books. I think I'll give the rest a miss.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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