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Higher Institute of Villainous Education

H.I.V.E., Book 1
Narrated by: Jack Davenport
Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)
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Summary

H.I.V.E. is a top-secret school of villainy, where children with a precocious talent for wrongdoing are sent to develop their talents and become criminal masterminds. After all, "Villains have the best lines and wear the best costumes."
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  • Leo
  • United Kingdom
  • 06-03-12

A great listen

Perfect listening for 10+ kids....the adventures of Otto Malpense - having been kidnapped and taken to HIVE, to be groomed as a world leader in villainy, kept us thoroughly entertained. I'm 43, my son is 12 and my daughter 10 but the differences in our ages didn't stop us all enjoying this book. Am definately downloading the next.

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  • EC W
  • Hove, United Kingdom
  • 16-07-13

Great story - some mild swearing

My boys are 7 and a half and 5, so I knew I was pushing it a bit getting this story.

My 5 yr old is well used to listening to "older" stories but this is probably a bit beyond him. He is however loving the idea of a school for BAD people with BAD teachers, and is getting quite a lot of the humour.

My 7 yr old is utterly gripped. When my IPOD crashed halfway through, he insisted on going back to the beginning again (we were 4 hrs through!) and constantly gripes about "getting the story on" the second we get in the car.

It is worth noting that there is mild swearing, although the words were not over emphasised or too aggressive. Annoyingly, my son has copied them. Sigh. There is also violence and peril, but entirely in context. It is, after all, a school for bad people with bad teachers.

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"Can we stay in the car longer?"

I listen to audiobooks in the car, it's what I signed up to Audible for, and I've been missing them when I'm driving about with my son in the passenger seat as well.



I bought this one with some trepidation - I actually bought my son the book some time ago and he didn't really get into it, and while I'd heard good things, I worried that maybe he wouldn't get into the audiobook either.



I needn't have worried - the story is excellent, although it's clearly borrowing the basic scenario (special child is surprised into going to secret boarding school for special people) from the Harry Potter books, it's very well executed and quite honestly I've preferred this so far. This could be down to the well-timed humour of Mark Walden's prose, or the great performance by Jack Davenport, whose German accent has me giggling every time, but either way, it's thoroughly enjoyable and means that telling my son we are actually nearly there causes much consternation...

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  • Mrs
  • CHALFONT ST GILES, United Kingdom
  • 20-08-12

Hive book 1 - excellent

My children aged 9&10 loved listening to this exciting story - it kept them rivetted all the way to Devon and back!
Good narration, excellent story.

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Great Start!!

I find it very hard to get into books sometimes but to fall into this book was easy!!

An amazing plot, awesome characters and some brilliant twists!!

very well read as well :) Already got the next one!

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  • J
  • 04-11-16

Best story ever.

This story I think you should have as it is very informative also it is great.

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A Listen for Young Adults

I bought this book to listen to in the car while driving my kids to school every day. They enjoyed it moderately, I not so much. It felt rather juvenile.

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  • Ruth
  • Norway
  • 24-10-13

Good book

What did you like about this audiobook?

Its easy to lissen and intresting.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

yeah, i will defenetly lissen or read othere books of this series.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Its all the time intresting, you dont get bored.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

nothing.

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Child villains become heros of Hi-tech daring

The story starts with an 'apparent kidnapping' and transport of the main characters to a Hi-Tech secret school where evey 'pupil' has shown some criminal skill or apptitude that qualifies them to be there, although a few are following family tradition, and once enrolled no-one leaves until they graduate...

This story runs through making new friends (and enemies) a daring escape leading to an almost catastrophic event affecting the whole school, and in the back ground sets up a plot that will run through the series of sequel books.

The main characters are like-able and Jack Davenport's reading/performance is brilliant.

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  • jeremy
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 07-07-13

beautiful

lovely narrative 10/10 we enjoyed this book so much it is brilliant the action is spendid

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  • Bill
  • 15-07-08

A great first Audiobook; I can't wait for the next

This is an entertaining and fast paced story. It takes a few minutes to really get going but it is worth the wait with a lighthearted romp through everything you would expect from a school for budding evil geniuses.