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  • By: Chris Ward
  • Narrated by: Mark Capell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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The Tube Riders: Underground

By: Chris Ward
Narrated by: Mark Capell
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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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