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The Tube Riders: Underground

Narrated by: Mark Capell
Series: Tube Riders Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

Beneath the dark streets of London they played a dangerous game with trains. Now it is their only chance for survival….

Britain in 2075 is a dangerous place. A man known only as the Governor rules the country with an iron hand, but within the towering perimeter walls of London Greater Urban Area anarchy spreads unchecked through the streets.

In the abandoned London Underground station of St. Cannerwells, a group of misfits calling themselves the Tube Riders seek to forget the chaos by playing a dangerous game with trains. Marta is their leader, a girl haunted by her brother's disappearance. Of the others, Paul lives only to protect his little brother, Owen, while Simon is trying to hold on to his relationship with Jess, daughter of a government official. Guarding them all is Switch, a man with a flickering eye and a faster knife, who cares only about preserving the legacy of the Tube Riders. Together, they are family.

Everything changes the day they are attacked by a rival gang. While escaping, they witness an event that could bring war down on Mega Britain. Suddenly they are fleeing for their lives, pursued not only by their rivals, but by the brutal Department of Civil Affairs, government killing machines known as Huntsmen, and finally by the inhuman Governor himself.

©2012 Chris Ward (P)2014 Chris Ward

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A very long listen

It took me a while to get into this book. It starts off slowly, but the pace does eventually pick up. Unfortunately, the narrator sounded disinterested in what he was reading, and he changed the meaning of words with odd intonations. The premise is original, but did it really need to be this long? I won’t be buying the rest of the books, sorry. I was given a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

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OMG Fantastic

wow, OMG fantastic audiobook for, not just Young Adults but everyone. Its fast paced and totally engaging. Well written by Chris Ward and narrated by Mark Capell. I can't wait for more in this series xxxx

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Just a bunch of kids

Set in a dystopian England in the mid twenty first century, a tiny group of youngsters led by Marta find their thrills and reason for being 'riding' commuter underground trains as they pass through a deserted station, leaping into the side, holding, then releasing before the tube train returns into the tunnel. It's dangerous, can be painful, sometimes even fatal. But it's real. The an altercation with a rival group has them running for their lives after seeing something the government would not want known and their pursuers are not altogether human. This book had been in my the be read list for some time and my thanks to Story Origin for freely gifting me with a complimentary copy, at my request, of the audiobook. Author Chris Ward has an easy to read literary style which puts the reader right into the heart of the picture and effortlessly developes character, breathing life into his protagonists to make them real. The world in which he places then in this book is also skilfully sketched, bleak, poverty stricken and with little hope for the future. This is an early book and it's far from perfect - a little overly long, some repetition - but still well worth reading. Sadly, the narration fails to enhance theexperience. There is nothing actually wrong with Mark Copek's reading other than his very English voice being somewhat jerky, with occasional odd pronunciations, such as 'tong' instead of tongue, and the repetition of phrases, even while sentences, not edited out, especially towards the latter part of the book. But his narration is lackluster, uninspiring, notable for his lack of enthousiasm. A pity. Overall, this lengthy book is still well worth reading, although probably better in the written format than in Audio. But even with this, the brightness of the writing g is sufficient, just, to carry the reader beyond the tedium of the narration. The book has it's faults but is still definitely recommended to dystopian, and S.F. readers of all ages and fast becoming a classic

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Relentless Action

A surprisingly good listen/read. In a world of so many dystopian novels this felt quite original. On the positive side, the story was a rattling good yarn (and would probably make a good film). The characters were pretty well developed, and I cared about what happened to them. The book was a complete story in spite of it being part of a trilogy. The action was pretty relentless, but it did come to a satisfying end. On the negative side parts of the book felt a little laboured, while there were no orphaned stories I suspect there was room for a little pruning. I think part of this was the narrator; I found his voice slightly off-putting, and his intonation was very odd at times. Certainly when reading the book on my kindle the whole thing felt better paced. There was also a back story to the rise of Mega Britain and how Governor came to power which was never really explained, and I think more could have been made of the legend surrounding the Tube riders. Overall a good listen

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  • Katherine J
  • 03-07-20

Awesome Listen

Awesome!! This audiobook was well written and well narrated. The story grabs you and keeps you until the end. You really get the meaning of family in all that they do to protect and help each other. You have your hero’s, your villain’s and other supporting people who bring this story out. I really enjoyed this and hope to have the opportunity to do others for this author. Now the story has moved to France where our group is trying to do the right thing after escaping Great Britain. Chris Ward did an outstanding job telling a story of what could happen in the future. I almost felt sorry for a couple of the villains when I thought they were having a change of heart but they were selfish in the end, so not so much anymore. The narrator showed a lot of emotion when it was called for and did a good job with the modulation between male and female characters. I received a copy of this book on StoryOrigin for free for an honest review.

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  • Vanermi
  • 10-05-20

I enjoy it

Hold on it's a long one. The story started off slow and a bit meh too me. But it quickly hook me in after a while. After Dan's stupidity I began to enjoy it. I didn't get Dreggos hate for the Tube Rider, that's the only thing about the character I didn't like, but other than that she was a good villain. Yet whe thing started to develop I got sad and confused at some parts. BTW SPOILERS I get the Simon was badly hurt and that they were still being chase by the Huntsman. But the fact that Jess and in some way Carl went through the attack just to see him die at the end didn't make sense to me. And then Jess, who we only knew so little of her, turns into an angry suicidal war machine, makes less sense. I know grieve is different from person to person, but she was a switch. Just to end up dead as well? The other Tube Rider were a bit better. Marta trying so hard to be a leader to the other, but dealing with her own demons was cool. Switch is the love him but want to smack him in the back of his head. Paul was my adorable friend! I love the way he took the I'm innocent and hopeless act and use it to his advantage even fooling us (I hope). Owen.... Gods I'm scared of what he might become at the end of all of this! Ishael is another one I cant wait to see what he brings to the table. That boy has spunk on him. Yet with what little character development he had it better be fun. The Governor.... like Draggo, I was confused with his motives. For what I gather is that he want/got revenge on the people that experiment on him and others. Among other things that I won't say. But I do hope that I begins to understand him in the next books. Leo... oh our sweet boy. Its another thing I didn't understand. Why give us the chance to meet him, care for him and root him on in one chapter, just to die in the next one. I'm not saying it was bad, just why? And the Redman too! Why?😭 As you can see I'm not a fan of killing characters on the same book. Leave that for the later books not the first time they come out. But other than that, I got to say in enjoy the book by the end of it. I really looking forward to see where things go.

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  • Sarswnsne1
  • 06-05-20

Long book but worth it!!!

This book was very long & took a while to finish it. It was interesting & hooks you, once it gets going. I already bought the 2nd book in the series. I got this free book from the author for a honest review.

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  • CMJ.Albro
  • 06-04-20

Lots of action

The Tube Riders Underground is an action-packed read set in 2075 Britain. When a group of misfits known as the Tube Riders witness something that could potentially bring war to Mega Britain, they find themselves on the run from the government killing machines known as the Huntsmen. This is a fairly long read but the action and adventure kept me going. Great world building. Recommend. Great narration.

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  • Shauna
  • 05-03-20

A wild ride!

This book was slow to start for me but once it got going it was so good! Fast paced, good characters, excellent world building. Te author held nothing back and it was great! The narration took me a bit getting used to because of the accent but was great once I got used to it. My only issue with the narration was sometimes there was not a long enough pause between story changes and I would be confused for a bit, feeling like i missed something. Overall, I highly recommend it! I received a free copy for review.

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  • Gadennas
  • 03-03-20

Well narrated

I received this audio book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. I really enjoyed this book, I thought that the character development, was overall done very well, not just the main character but all of the characters. You really get pulled into the feeling of fear and anxiety with them. I'm ready to Dive into the rest of the series. I thought that the narration was well done, the speed and actually make you feel for the characters. I am hoping that the rest of the audiobooks in this series are narrated by him as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-20

Down with the governor and long live the tube ride

Starts slow I mean real slow, but when it picks up you will appreciate the slow period cause it does not slow down again and you get an intimate look and Mega Britain and it's ugly underside and the young kids trying to fight for their lives and the life of all those around.

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  • Jaclyn679
  • 10-02-20

A great post apocalyptic world

This was a great post apocalyptic world novel, that kept me very engaged and excited to see what would happen next! I really liked the political aspects of the book, and how the author incorporated such a fun story intertwined with some deep messages illustrated by a totaliterian system. A great listen! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Mike
  • 20-06-17

Good story, bad narrator

Once this story got going, I was riveted. The plot was really cool and inventive. The author created a truly scary dystopian England set in the not-so-distant future. The characters were well-drawn enough that I came to really care about them.

Hated the narrator, though. He didn't seem to be paying attention to what he was reading, using incorrect inflections that changed the meaning of words and phrases and mispronouncing words repeatedly. The voices he used didn't match the characters or the descriptors used in sentences. For example, he might use a whiny tone when the sentence said the character bellowed. So annoying!

Nevertheless, I think I'll have to get the next book in the series to find out what happens next. If, however, they didn't hire a different narrator I believe I'll read the book myself.

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 21-02-17

a story that will sucks you in

this story started slow and I almost stopped listening but then it got really going and became a great story. I look forward to the next book.