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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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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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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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Surprisingly good

Although aimed more at the younger listener I really enjoyed this. A page-turning story with a promise of more in the next book.

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Best story ever.

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

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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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Absolute crap.

The book it’s terrible. I listen to a lot of action thrillers but this book clearly is for little kids. This is the worst book I have ever got. I will never get any more of the series again. If you want an action thriller avoid avoid avoid.

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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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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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Story takes ages to get going

Really not impressed with the plot of this book. Its got a very slow start and I found the main character difficult to engage with. All the characters seem to have underdeveloped caricature like personalities. The plot is also a bit thin and obvious.
Having said that, the narration is great and this series does improve as it goes on so perhaps worth pushing through?

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  • 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.