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Hover Car Racer | [Matthew Reilly]

Hover Car Racer

From the best-selling author of Seven Deadly Wonders and Contest comes a thrilling racing adventure. In the world of the near future, the most popular sport is hover car racing. Superfast and dangerous, its heroes are the racers: part fighter pilot, part race-car driver, all superstar. But to get to the Pro Circuit, you must first pass through the International Race School, a brutal cauldron of wild races on even wilder courses, where only the best of the best will survive.
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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Seven Deadly Wonders and Contest comes a thrilling racing adventure. In the world of the near future, the most popular sport is hover car racing. Superfast and dangerous, its heroes are the racers: part fighter pilot, part race-car driver, all superstar. But to get to the Pro Circuit, you must first pass through the International Race School, a brutal cauldron of wild races on even wilder courses, where only the best of the best will survive.

This is the story of Jason Chaser, a talented young racer selected to attend the Race School. He's younger than the other students. He's smaller. His trusty car, the Argonaut, is older. But Jason Chaser is no ordinary racer. And as he races against the best drivers in the world he will learn that at Race School winning is everything, that not everyone in this world fights fair, and that you never ever have any friends on the track.

©2004 Karanadon Entertainment Pty Ltd, Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Ltd; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"No one writes faster-moving adventure fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fast-paced, action-packed." (School Library Journal)
"Adrenaline-pumping accounts of the competitions." (Booklist)

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    "Racy"

    I enjoyed this book and found it thrilling and racy throughout. The narrator, in my mind, was good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheldon Santee, CA, USA 09-10-06
    Sheldon Santee, CA, USA 09-10-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Fun"

    This was a fun little book that somehow kept me interested in a sport (racing) that I generally find boring. This is a good book for adults or children alike who enjoy a fast paced thrill ride with a nice lesson about never giving up. I would love to see more unabridged books by this author. The reader was no Jim Dale but brought the book alive nonetheless. If done right this could make an exciting movie.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 07-15-14
    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 07-15-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "Formula One Hovercar style!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hover Car Racer?

    The Jason and the Golden Fleece race at the end was awesome. All the races in this book were well written, fast paced and all of them had their own twists and turns. Plenty of memorable moments in this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Bug' s steers them to victory after Jason's blackout under too much g force.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is performed well by Sean Mangan and the story is well written and full of fast paced thrill rides. An enjoyable listen for those young adults who love action and adventure stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 04-20-14
    Paul McMahon Fremantle, Australia 04-20-14 Listener Since 2007

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    "For teen boys, but not in a bad way"

    I didn't get far into this book ... about 3 hours. I understand why others liked it; it is a wholesome story about perseverance and honour. But the story wasn't for me. The characters weren't sufficiently adult for me to care much about them; good characters though they are for others.

    I had trouble with the reader. His voice reminded me of a cartoon character from when I was a kid (1960s); I won't say which one. Although passionate I didn't find he transmitted excitement to me about events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Humpty Doo, Australia 12-09-12
    Wayne Humpty Doo, Australia 12-09-12
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    "Not just for the kids"
    Would you listen to Hover Car Racer again? Why?

    yes I have listened to it twice now. the storyline is great as are the characters


    What other book might you compare Hover Car Racer to and why?

    Hard to compare with other books except that Matthew Reily is a great arther


    What about Sean Mangan’s performance did you like?

    He does not get boring and keeps a good pace right through the book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Car racing of the future


    Any additional comments?

    Matthew Reily has to be one of Australia,s best story tellers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Calliope, Australia 10-18-12
    Angela Calliope, Australia 10-18-12
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    "great family audio book"
    What made the experience of listening to Hover Car Racer the most enjoyable?

    I just did a 5000km road trip, one adult - 3 kids (including two boys aged 10 and 14) this book was our entertainment on parts of the trip when we were tired of talking... it was gripping, entertaining, non violent, brilliant story - got the boys imagination firing... I loved seeing my boys arms rise up in joy when there were successes in the book.. they loved it, I loved it...

    now the only problem is where can I find another book with a story line as good as this with no killing and some cool boys stuff? I just don't know


    What about Sean Mangan’s performance did you like?

    Sean does most of Mathew Reilly's reading and I really really enjoy his reads... he's great


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes and no, because if we did we wouldn't have anything left to listen to afterwards


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Quakers Hill, Australia 06-21-12
    Paul Quakers Hill, Australia 06-21-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a sales rep. I spend many hours in the car often travelling to see my parents 16 hrs each way. These books are such an intergral part of travelling for me...

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    "I was under the impression this was for kids!!!!"

    Wow different from Matthew's other books but every bit as good. Some artistic licence taken and some imagination needed but it works. Car racing of the future but he has nailed bringing it all together. I am 52 and very much enjoyed it so ages 8 to 68 pick it up and give it a go.

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    Rune Esbjerg, Denmark 06-20-11
    Rune Esbjerg, Denmark 06-20-11 Member Since 2004

    I am a from Denmark and my interests are wide spread. Scary stories, Crime stories, Sci-fi, and more, you name it. One of my greater interests is historical fiction, and my favorite author are Jeff Shaara.

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    "Fast paced action"

    This book is about a a young boys determination to be the best. No that is actually incorrect, as he learns, it is about being the best you can be. That it is set in a futuristic racing world, makes it fast and exiting. But it would have been just as good with ordinary racing. It is a story we all can relate to, because we all want to do our best. It is about that winning is only importuned if you win with honor and dignity. The honest boy in a world of intolerance, envy and jealousy. Truly a good story to be read. That the action is well described to makes this a great book. I am sorry that the books illustrations are not included, so I am thinking of buying the real book to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda Lisarow, Australia 02-09-11
    Belinda Lisarow, Australia 02-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A nice difference"

    This story is very different to the other Matthew Reilly books I've read and I really enjoyed it. Matthew is a great writer. Very entertaining. A great listen!

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  • maria
    Hazlemere, United Kingdom
    6/9/11
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    "Wow fast paced action"

    wow this is as fastpaced compelling listen. very suitable for ages 9 and upwards, boys,girls and adults. i look after children in entertainment and am always being asked to put this on in my car when transporting them. in fact i listened to it in one sitting. looking forward to more like this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howard
    Ipswich, United Kingdom
    5/10/11
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    "Well read but drawn out"

    Lets start by saying I enjoyed the book. The book is well read but it flows a little likje treacle at times. And in parts it is more than a little predictable.

    The concept is novel and well conceived. As with a lot of Mathew Reilly the action just keeps on going. I think what makes this only four star is the action is at times too far fetched and almost obvious before you hear it. I know it's fiction but you need a little crediblity when you get your hero out of an impossible situation. I think this would be better rewritten to stop the obvious play for suspense which sees you waiting for the part after the one you are listening to. I actually found myself wnating to hear te story but tempted to fast forward through a bit to get somewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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