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  • His Name Was Wren

  • By: Rob Winters
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Summary

During the blackout of 1944, in the small English town of Hurstwick, something mysterious obliterates the church spire and slices through the nearby woods. Was it a secret Nazi weapon, as some locals suggest? Or just a downed plane? Evacuee George Moss finds an otherworldly explanation, then tries to keep it hidden.

Years later, Max Cannon moves to town. With help from his new friends, Ellie and Isaac, he learns of the secret that some residents have guarded for over seven decades. When that secret is threatened with exposure, strange things occur, and the army descends on Hurstwick. As does a visitor from much further afield, leaving Max and his friends in the middle of a deadly struggle....

A small-town science fiction mystery of galactic scale

©2020 Rob Winters (P)2022 Rob Winters

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Enjoyable 😀

An enjoyable story, well narrated. would be interested in any follow up to explore what's going on in the wider universe as alluded to by Wren "keeping an eye on the borders".

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Loved it

I really enjoyed this book it was different From my usual loved the audio. More please

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great listen

I really enjoyed this easy to listen to story, narration was clear and pulled you into the story. some lovely detail's, very enjoyable. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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A ripping yarn

A good listen, Matt Addis’s acting ability shone brilliantly to bring this strange tale to life. A mixture of Goodnight Mr Tom, Lord of the Rings and Swallows and Amazons. It is a ripping yarn, well told and beautifully read.

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A joy of a book

I absolutely loved this audio book the story and performance made it a real joy.

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A great adventure story

A thoroughly enjoyable listen, suitable for all ages! I’d definitely like to listen to more!
The narration was brilliant too, Matt really sets to tone and pace of the story well and he has great character voices!
Definitely worth a listen.
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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Made me laugh on several occasions

Great book, very funny and some great sci-fi concepts. I think Isaac was my favourite character.
Hopefully there will be s sequel !

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His name was wren.

Although His name was Wren is aimed at readers much younger than myself, I enjoyed it immensely, it is very well written and very well read. I would have no trouble recommending this book.

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Surprisingly good listen

This book is superb, I loved the storyline, the characters were rich and and easy to like get to know. It evoked a sense of place and time much like HG Wells war of the worlds and I enjoyed every second of it. Please write more soon

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Brilliant! A Little gem!

Feel like I randomly stumbled a across a gem here after seeing the author (who I had never heard Of) promote it on social media.

I’ve read my share of sci fi and this felt like a special novel it manages to pay homage to classic small town sci fi’ whilst also being fresh and it’s own thing.

I really hope it gets success it deserves and also gets a sequel.

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  • 09-07-22

An enjoyable story

This is basically a finding yourself through helping others story. Quite enjoyable and it held my into. Purchased the second book and I hope it too becomes a narrated book. The performance was good. Sometimes the inflection between characters was limited but not enough to hamper the engagement with the story!

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  • Peggy Barker
  • 02-07-22

Wonderful book for young and old!

This book crosses generations of people looking out for Wren. He comes from somewhere other than Earth. A young boy finds him and helps him along the way. I don’t want to spoil anything so just let me say that I’m a retired special education paraprofessional and wish I could have read this to my 5th and 6th grade students. I know they, along with adults, would be fascinated with the story. I highly recommend it to young and old alike. I’m looking forward to listening to more of Rob Winters books!!

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  • Michael Howatt
  • 23-06-22

What a good story

Pulling elements from times and events long past into the present day. One young teenager finds destiny come looking for him. This is a slow-burn story. A gradual development of revelations for the boy, and his friends are not left wanting for involvement. Not all of the threads are unraveled but this story ends well. There are chapters that may or may not be developed. The boy and his friends are still very young but there is much that may be learned and experienced as they grow up. The reader voices the story and the individual characters very well. Not too heavy and not too light. Nicely done. I'm an older man and I don't usually read YA but I do keep my eyes open. Sometimes YA gives us good stories despite their limitations and this is certainly one. Highly recommended.

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  • Megansbay
  • 10-06-22

More please!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. More Wren, Max and please continue the stories!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-03-22

This is a

wonderfully different perspective on how extraterrestrial visitors might have arrived and been received. character development very well done. Narrator perfect choice.

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  • M. Patrick
  • 03-03-22

His Name Was Wren

Well written fairly concise story with a satisfying ending. I’d read more of this author’s writing. I did especially enjoy the narration

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  • Monica Bailey
  • 14-11-21

Wren

really enjoyed the book plot and characters. Creative story and so believable, would love a sequel

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  • Ronald
  • 10-08-21

Wonderful new approach to a visitor

This was a wonderful book. The characters were filled out and seemed real. I can picture them all in my mind. The action paces along quite satisfactory. The author took a totally different approach to the visitor and both his mission and how he resolved his issues. The jumps in time were perfect for the plot. Then ending was very satisfying and a welcome change from authors who want to write a series. Totally full-filling. Loved it. I have 400 plus books in my library. This on is in the top ten. Looking forward to his next one.

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 13-05-21

Excellent story!

I would highly recommend this excellent sci-fi alien tale. Talented writing and narration combine to make this a very enjoyable experience.

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 29-04-21

A bit long but enjoyable

The story is really several stories in different time frames. The stories are all intriguing if not a bit drug out. I wish, at least for the audible version, that the various time periods had been labeled or denoted in some way. This has quite a few fun adventures tucked into it but the overall story is more drawn out than is necessary. Despite the slow bits Wren is still incredibly fun to listen to and keeps you guessing. Overall an enjoyable read and listening experience.

This narrator has an enjoyable accent and pacing.

Parents: this book is a clean read for YA for sure. Any cussing that would be there is cut off strategically, there's no sexual content, and the violence has blood, some hand to hand combat but not inappropriate for YA readers.

—I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.