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Going Grey

Ringer, Book 1
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Series: Ringer, Book 1
Length: 22 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Summary

Ian isn't crazy. Life would be a lot simpler if he was. He's eighteen, on the run, and scared - the shape-shifting delusions he's had since childhood have turned out to be real. He's the result of a dynamic mimicry project intended to help undercover agents "go grey" and blend in unnoticed. Now the biotech company wants its property back, and the only people he can trust are two private military contractors sent to find him: Rob, a former Royal Marine who's struggling to adjust to Civvy Street, and Mike, heir to a wealthy American political dynasty, who only ever wanted to be an ordinary guy. While the company hunts Ian, the two contractors try to help him harness his disturbing ability. But first Ian's got to work out what identity really means - and Mike and Rob have to decide how far they'll go to give him the chance of a normal life.

©2014 Karen Traviss (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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You're in safe hands

Euan Morton will deliver a cracking read every time in my opinion. This is a thoughtful and engaging thriller about a kid with some very special attributes that make him a subject of interest to some powerful and dangerous people with next to no interest in his safety or well being. Full of interesting characters and alarming ideas. Book 1 is a truly excellent set up for what I hope will be a collection over time. At over 22 hours it's a cracking slow burn thriller. The author luxuriates with the characters their relationships and their back story and provides amazing depth without it being predictable or convenient to the plot. You care about the characters so when the action happens, and there is plenty of it,you care about the out come. Morton gives such a precise and detailed performance it adds so much to the story. Well worth searching him out for some of his other books. He is exceptional in Dune and a bawdy delight in Fool and Serpent of Venice.

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Brilliant

A character led story, full of intrigue and observations of human nature.. The narrator was in my opinion well suited to the story with a great delivery. Will definitely be getting the second book that follows.

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Another Pearler!

Absolutely love this series! such a great concept. It'd be a great TV show.

The narrator struggles a bit, flip flopping between posh American to hardy Bristolian accents at times. But he doesn't put you to sleep.

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Great story - very poor editing

What did you like most about Going Grey?

Good story line

What did you like best about this story?

Banter between characters - and being able to listen to their internal thoughts

What does Euan Morton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Perfect choice in this instance adding good inflection and interpretation adding to the appreciation of the story

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Editing spoilt this book for me - 1 or 2 slips I can handle but this book had many double takes - the corrections had been made but the incorrect sections had not been removed

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  • Barbara
  • 24-08-15

Oddly wonderful

I am thrilled I bought this audiobook/book. It is a moral tale. as Si Fi often is, told through the eyes of three remarkable men, two of whom are men trained from different forms of military who recognize each other as worthy of respect. The third comes more from a military biological ordinance and still had training as strict, if not as straight forward. Sometimes avoiding spoilers makes things sound bland, and this is most definitely not.

I am amazed by authors who can weave three different back stories into one tale, especially an action tale driven by characters.

I do wish the author trusted the reader a bit more. This could have used a bit of editorial cutting in the backstories of the two soldiers and their families. Paraphrasing Hemingway, the excellence of a writer can be seen in the excellence of the cuts. Heck even one of my favorite authors cut the best scene of their book because it slowed the story. (They put it at the end of the book as a short story.)

Which is to say this is such a great I still committed more than 20 hours to it.



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  • Jonathan Maxwell Arter
  • 17-04-15

good story. Terrible production

Good story. Good voice acting. Terrible production. At least 16 bad splice edits.

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  • Bryn
  • 03-06-15

Unique story, glad I bought it

At first I was disappointed that this is a book with multiple POVs, because there is always one character who's view I like best and one or more that I wish I could skip. This is one of the few books where I didn't just get used to the different views, but actually started to like them.
The story is different and keeps you interested till the very end (and even further, I hope there will be a book 2!) and the characters are well fleshed out and very likable (except for Kinnery and Weaver, but hey, they're not supposed to be).
The narrator was great also, giving every character a distinct voice and doing a good job of keeping them throughout the different POVs (even keeping the accents! All of the narration in Rob's POV was read with a British accent). Plus, I like his voice, it's a good voice to listen to, even for over 22 hours.

The only thing that bugged me was the very sloppy editing, as others have mentioned. There are several repeated lines and hickups, and that should not happen in a professional production. So yeah, minus one star for that. Still, this book was well worth the credit!

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  • Shar Blume
  • 21-05-15

Well defined SciFi story

I was really happy with this book. it started a little slow but this is needed for character building and a solid back story. My only complaint is with the recording itself. There needs to be a QA as there are numerous sentences which are repeated. Other than this glitch I am looking forward to Book 2

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  • David Overstreet
  • 24-05-15

good story

Starts slow but if you can hang on it develops into a good story, Characters take time to develop thier backstories which initially seens superflulos but it pays off as the story develops,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-15

Did anyone edit this recording?

Interesting action thriller, great narration. The language, especially the slang is a bit off for the Americans, understandable with British author and reader. The biggest problem I have is the crap editing. This is full of repeated lines, not just a glitch, but a line then a slight variant, just sloppy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-17

10% science fiction 90% contemporary mil.

Just not quite what it was billed as. It's a good enough story. Well crafted enough to keep me listening... But it was sold as science fiction. The science fiction was there, kinda, but at best it was completely tangential. Could have been replaced with 1/2 dozen other plot devices without a ripple.
I would probably have still bought it and even given a 4th star if it had been marketed as straight MilFiction.

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  • Andrea
  • 04-04-15

Entertaining story - annoying editing

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A good, entertaining story with a good narrator. However, the editing had several sentences read twice throughout the book which was distracting and annoying.

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  • R. J. Steele
  • 10-10-14

Waiting for the sequel.

Where does Going Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed this book. It's a bit wordy, but I really don't mind that in a audio book. It reminded my of listening to The Great Gatsby; sometime you just want to get on with the story. However I felt the timing and rhythm held together well and the exposition adds to rather than detracts from the plot.

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There are lots of strong, likable, characters here, with a villain or two thrown in. Not much in the way of moral ambiguity to muddy the waters. The set up for a series is clear, and I look forward to the next book.

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  • Jeremiah
  • 27-08-17

Good story, minimal action. Great characters,

Purchased the 2nd book, that says it all. Great Characters, a lttitle slow but still rewarding.

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