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Cherub: The Recruit

Narrated by: Simon Scardifield
Series: Cherub, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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Publisher's Summary

A terrorist doesn't let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn't know that a kid has bugged every room in her house, cloned the hard drive on her PC, and copied all the numbers in her phone book. The kid works for Cherub. Cherub agents are aged between ten and seventeen. They live in the real world, slipping under adult radar and getting information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail.

©2014 Robert Muchamore (P)2014 Hachette Children's Books

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awesome series

read it when I was younger and loved it. such a great series written by a great author

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the best book<br />

I'm 12 nearly 13 I like books but I dont like to read so I listen to them and I have 28 books and this is my favorite one I recommend it

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  • R.
  • 25-02-2019

Great story but terrible narrator

The narrator has weirdly inconsistent speed, volume and puts infuriating emphasis on all the wrong words. I found myself repeating most sentences in my mind but with the intonation of a normal human.

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Kept me interested

This was my first book so hard to compare with others but I felt the narrator was good, he had to put on many different accents. I read this book when I was younger and it has a really good story line.

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narration could be better

simon could have put a bit more effort into expressing the characters emotions. he could have put on a shouting voice when someones talking. but what i am trying to say is put some more effort into it, to liven it up a bit.
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the best book<br />

I'm 12 nearly 13 I like books but I dont like to read so I listen to them and I have 28 books and this is my favorite one I recommend it

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not to shabby at all

really enjoyed this book I loved the charectors and story line. great job author, cheers

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  • aeon
  • 20-12-2017

The narrator is fantastic

I read this book a while back when I was much younger. The narrator nailed his performance, making my second time with the book even better than the first.

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  • Diego
  • 20-07-2017

Good listen

It was a good, short listen. Absolutely going to listen to other cherub books.
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  • Tamara
  • 30-12-2015

Loved the narrator!

Listened to this book with my three kids aged 16, 14 and 12. We all enjoyed it and particularly enjoyed the narrator's performance.

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  • Jack
  • 19-12-2019

good listen

very good listen; a book aimed for younger readers. used to read the series as a kid and it's very nostalgic to say the least

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  • Hylie Barton
  • 08-11-2018

Story was entertaining enough

Though not especially realistic, the story was decent and I enjoyed listening with my 13 year old. The narrator had decent voices but the narration had awkward pauses and then sometimes no pause when transitioning from one part of the story to another.

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  • LumbeeChief
  • 29-07-2016

Enjoyed this Second Book

Great continuation of the Cherub series, not too violent and limited course language.

The story revolves around a Cherub mission in England involving a drug dealer and the same cast of characters that I enjoyed from the The Recruit, came alive in this book too.

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  • Matthew
  • 10-01-2016

Brilliantly read and written!

loved it only took a few days to finish couldn't stop listening! Very well written and read.

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  • Toadkin
  • 07-07-2014

Who would believe that kids are trained as spies?

If you could sum up Cherub: The Recruit in three words, what would they be?

uplifting, exciting, tough.

What other book might you compare Cherub: The Recruit to, and why?

Higher Institute of Villainous Education, although "HIVE" is training kids for future villainy, not to protect the country.

What does Simon Scardifield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

All the characters are distinguishable either because of different accents, or different tones he uses. He is a great reader.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Who would believe that kids are trained as spies?

Any additional comments?

Brilliant "boy come good" story where a talented, but troubled 11 year old finds his place in the world, and learns to use his talents in a positive way and stops getting in trouble with the police.

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  • Ruth
  • 20-10-2013

Best teen spy story ever.

What made the experience of listening to Cherub: The Recruit the most enjoyable?

I loved how its all the time intresting. There is not 5 minutes of story that you are not intrested of lissening.

Who was your favorite character and why?

James, I cant say that I totally like the guy, because sometimes he can be real brick. But hes intresting, you want him to be a good guy, and sometimes he fails.

Which character – as performed by Nathan Stewart-Jarret – was your favourite?

I liked all characters. I had read the book before and now when I lissend it I didnt feel once that "this character shouldnt sound like this". So i think it was very well read.

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

Yes. I didnt have the time, but I did lissen it when ever possible. It ended too soon.

Any additional comments?

Love the book. So sad that you dont have the othere episodes of this series.

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  • William lomas
  • 29-06-2015

Fantastic book

Fantastic narrator, brilliant story, looking forward to the second book in the series! It would appeal to fans of the Alex Rider series, and James Bond!

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  • Dimple
  • 02-08-2017

10/10

Read the book before but the audio version of the book is soo amazing. I would definitely recommend it to someone else

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  • Robbie K.
  • 17-07-2017

good one!

such a good book READ IT! actually read the whole god damn series now bah

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  • Fordy136
  • 20-05-2017

great little book

simple story, brilliantly written. recommended to me by a school kid and he knew what he was talking about!

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  • eileen
  • 19-09-2020

my review on cherub the recruit

great book with thrilling suspense and action and the narrators performance was great too

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  • beigehead
  • 26-08-2020

Well executed child spy romp

Great opening to a series with lots of potential ahead. Good premise and realised nicely with some interesting young characters. Only reservation was that the final mission wasn't as rewarding at the build up! Will buy the books for my boys at some point of the back of listening to this, so very helpful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-2020

story good but the person speaking wasn't

the accents for certain characters were annoying. otherwise it was a good performance and the story was good

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  • ItzJohnny
  • 12-06-2020

Amazing Read

This was my second time finishing this book but my first on audible. The narrator does a brilliant job at getting across each character to the reader. Characters are so emotionally attaching aswell, the narrator really helps with this too. I'm sure I will come back to this wonderful book by Robert Muchamore. Until next time..