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  • Hurricane Gold

  • Young Bond, Book 4
  • By: Charlie Higson
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

As the sun blazes over the Caribbean island of Lágrimas Negras, its bloodthirsty ruler is watching and waiting. Criminals come here to hide, with blood on their hands and escape on their minds. On the mainland, in the quiet town of Tres Hermanas, ex–flying ace Jack Stone leaves his son and daughter in the company of James Bond. But a gang of thieves lies in ambush—they want Stone’s precious safe and will kill for its contents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Terrible Narrator

  • By Debby on 10-13-10

Grandson Didn't Like -- He's the Audiance

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Would you try another book from Charlie Higson and/or Gerard Doyle?

Probably not as my Grandson has failed to like this entire series.

Would you recommend Hurricane Gold to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, but only because I liked the story line as far as I heard it (chapter 4).

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His voice changes were a bit irritating at times.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did like it, but my Grandson is the audience and he can't put this into words. These are kids books and the child needs to like them.

Any additional comments?

Will move on to the next series that was recommended (Henderson's Boys) and hope they work. Sorry.

  • By Royal Command

  • Young Bond, Book 5
  • By: Charlie Higson
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Following a treacherous rescue mission high in the freezing Alps, James Bond is preparing for life back at Eton. But James is under surveillance; his every move is being watched. He alone holds the clue to a sinister plot that will bring bloodshed and carnage to his school—and his country.

Forced to flee from Eton to Austria, James must leave behind everything he knows, with only a beautiful—and dangerous—girl by his side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Any more in the series?

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-04-17

Grandson Didn't Like -- He's the Audiance

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Would you try another book from Charlie Higson and/or Gerard Doyle?

I've tried all 5 in this series and my Grandson didn't take to any of them, so probably not.I liked the story, but my Grandson is the audience.

If you’ve listened to books by Charlie Higson before, how does this one compare?

Only this series...all the same...none interested my Grandson.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Gerald was a bit better than Nathaniel, but still a bit annoying when he changed voices...those need some work I think...at least for my Grandson. They were OK for me, but I'm not the audience.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment for my Grandson...he certainly was disappointed.

Any additional comments?

Got farther in this book than any of the others, but not sure why and my Grandson tired of it after the 4th chapter this time. I'll keep searching.

  • Blood Fever

  • The Young Bond Series, Book 2
  • By: Charlie Higson
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Following his adventures in the Scottish Highlands, James Bond is back at Eton, where he has joined the risk-taking Danger Society. Summer vacation is on the horizon, and James is looking forward to the school trip to the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia. But James soon discovers that the seemingly peaceful island harbors some strange secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Extraordinary World of James Bond

  • By rage01aba on 10-14-08

Grandson Didn't Like -- He's the Audiance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

What would have made Blood Fever better?

I don't know...my Grandson lost interest in the middle of chapter 2.

Would you recommend Blood Fever to your friends? Why or why not?

To try, sure. I like the story, but I'm not the audience my Grandson is.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nathaniel Parker?

I have no idea...Nathaniel did a great job with Stormbreaker, but this series seems to be done differently...more agitating.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

My Grandson couldn't put this into words. I liked the story line, but it wasn't for me.

Any additional comments?

I'm continuing to try books until I find a series my Grandson takes to like he did Stormbreaker.

  • SilverFin

  • Young Bond, Book 1
  • By: Charlie Higson
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

What does it take to become the greatest secret agent the world has ever known? In this thrilling prequel to the James Bond series, readers meet a 13-year-old schoolboy whose inquisitive mind and determination set him on a path that will one day take him all over the world, in pursuit of the most dangerous criminals known to man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Pleasant Surprise

  • By Troy on 09-17-15

Grandson Didn't Like -- He's the Audiance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Narrator was pretty bad with his different voices. Grandson lost interest after1st chapter was over.

Given, I've been searching and searching for books he will listen too as he loves spy stuff, but he didn't like this...and he is the audience.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I actually liked the story line, but I'm not the audience.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nathaniel Parker?

I don't know...Grandson liked Stormbreaker and Nathaniel did that one too, so I'm not sure where that leaves me. I liked Nathaniel in Stormbreaker too, but not this one.

Do you think SilverFin needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think most books in this genre need a series.

Any additional comments?

I'm sorry I'm so much trouble, but I'll keep trying until my Grandson is happy.