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We have, in our 'big' car, those DVD players fitted into the headrests, so that the children can watch DVDs all the way down the M4.
However, my - small - car has none of these, so - finding myself with a spare credit one day - I grabbed the original HIVE book, to keep my 11-year-old son amused on the shorter journeys we do.
It's safe to say that we've both enjoyed the first two. Jack Davenport's voicing is first-rate, and has us in giggles whenever Franz speaks, and supports an excellent plot. In this follow-up to the original, the plot is faster paced and more directly into the action, and while adult listeners will probably guess the outcome of various events, it's still got plenty to offer in terms of one-liners and cliff-hangers.
We're now well into the third of these, and the DVD players languish unused.
In my most humble opinion I think this is an excellent book, right by an if a may and excellent righter. (oh yes I am sorry for my abysmal spelling) but it has one falling ascents are not shall I say perfect... but anyway as you can see from my review I am most satisfied!
I like to learn interesting stuff on midnight runs. And I need absorbing children's audio to stay sane on long car journeys.
This is the second in the Hive series- and it really takes off in this book. My youngest son (an avid 10-year old reader/listener) tells me this is one of the best in the series. Like all of them, OP contains childish fantasy violence, but is suitable and engaging for children of, I would say, 8 - 11.
The author clearly looked at the success of Harry Potter and thought, 'I'd like some of that' and went on to write this...the only reason I have given it three stars is that my boys quite enjoyed it but it was painful for me to listen to. The premise of a school for super-villains is quite interesting but I'd imagine that they'd all be a bit more dastardly in terms of personality' so for starters, I'd make the characters a bit more believable.
I'd have made the mild peril and bit less mild and I'd have made the characters more likable and believable
Easy to listen to (four words!)
Boys aged 8-10 will probably like it but for me, it was a real bore to listen to in the car.
Yes, i would recommend this audiobook, interesting blend of Harry Potter and Hunger Games.
The concept is very interesting and a plot that is well thought out
It is very light hearted and easy to listen to
The is an excellent start to the series, I have downloaded the next 2 and have added more to my wish list for latter purchase if they carry on in the same vain or develop.
We listened to this driving down through France (children 10 and 12, 3 adults) and my 50 something year old sister didn't want to leave the car at the end as we still had half a chapter to go! Of course you have to suspend disbelief, but these are great children's books that adults can also enjoy. There was one voice/accent that I didn't like, but otherwise the reading was great. Made the journey fly by.
Having bought the first book of the series for a long family journey, all of my kids then begged me to buy the next one and then the next one until I had bought all of the series. The whole have all listened to all of the books (at our own pace) and we are all waiting for the last book to be published. One great thing about buying it on audiobook is that all five of us could listen to the series at our own pace and I expect when the final one comes out I would otherwise have to buy five copies of the book!
Second story in the "HIVE" series - where the "bad guys" aren't that bad (apart from the REALLY bad guys!). Great series - highly recommended for teenagers & their parents.
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