©1990 Mary Stewart; (P)2009 Phoenix
I picked up this book as a schoolboy, bored with all the other
similiar titles. I wanted to be different, so randomly chose something that nobody else would be reading, and which hadn't been stamped in a long time...ten years!
Well, I couldn't put the book down, it was an extremely unique look at the Merlin story, and one which has always made more sense than the fantastic telling of so many other authors.
I recommend listening to this audiobook, possibly for the same reason as I did, all those years ago. Who knows, you may actually enjoy it :)
The book itself was so good that the rather clumsy adaptation (did Dan Brown butcher Mary Stewart's original?) grates with me, but then I know the book almost by heart. Also, it's the middle book of a trilogy, which makes me wonder how someone unfamiliar with The Crystal Cave would get on with it.
I do wish someone had picked up narrator Nicol Williamson's 'Welsh' pronunciation - Myrddin is not said as Murdin, but Murthin, among other minor irritations. In spite of all that I was glad to listen to it and it has prompted me to re-read the others in the series.
This Mary Stewart series deserves to be read from cover to cover. This adaptation rips the heart out of the book and leaves us with something with all the charm of a telephone directory.
"Who Abridges and Epic Trilogy?"
The Hollow Hills was performed very well but abridged? What a stunning choice. They kept the story line but it's like a commercial for the complete story. What a waste of the talents of both the author and the performer.
The performer has a rich, nuanced voice that is perfect for an epic saga like this one.
I hope someone decides that this classic trilogy is worth the time and money to create in an unabridged version.
"Never Buy Abridged"
So many important details in this book were lost in the abridgement. Entire conversations were condensed into one or two prose sentences. The entire feel of the story is different. The basic storyline is there, but not the magic of Mary Stewart's writing. The narrator is very good, however, which is why I bought it. If I hadn't read the book, this would've been enjoyable.
"A lovely voice, but not the whole story"
I don't buy abridged audiobooks as a rule, but I had to buy this one. Nicol Williamson has a fabulous voice and it's worth the credits to listen to him.
It's been years since I read The Hollow Hills, one of Mary Stewart's 4-book series about Merlin. This one covers the time from the birth of Arthur until his coming to the kingship. I think if you are very familiar with the entire book you will find this a disappointment, as most abridgements are.
"Great story, but..."
Wish the trilogy was unabridged. Too much of the story line was lost. I'm disappointed.
"Yet another gutted Stewart abridgement"
That it was abridged. These abridged versions of Stewart's Merlin books are barely unsatisfying- the story feels gutted.
I like listening to pleasant men's voices narrating books, so I appreciated his voice. He acted out the scenes well, too.
The question is what characters were cut from it that I didn't get to hear about :)
They should create full, unabridged versions of Renault's and Mary Stewart's books. These abridged versions are unsatisfying.
Unabridged please! This is a truly great story and it deserves a full length version.
"Love Mary Stewart's 'Hollow Hills'."
'The Hollow Hills' is a captivating story of Merlins role in Arthur's conception and early years. I highly recommend this book. I read it again and again.
"A hatchet job of a marvelous story"
Don't bother with this mess. The text was abridged to the point that all the charm, lyrical language, characterization, and everything else that made the book worth reading was gone. Read the actual book instead. It's well worth it.
I will check carefully in the future to make sure I am buying the actual book.
The narrator was fine. I wish he'd read the actual book.
I would have loved an audiobook of The Hollow Hills. This was an audiobook of a poorly edited, mangled summary of the book. None of Mary Stewart's original prose survived.
A huge waste of a credit.
"It is a wonderful book, Merlin is always great."
Merlin, training Arthur to be the great king, Merlin would have been.
When he got the sword and set it up for Arthur.
Have always loved the Merlin/Arthur story.
"Wonderful! Where are parts 1 and 3?!?!?!"
This is part of four books that Mary Stewart wrote about the Arthur ledgend. They are the best I have ever read and I am really disappointed that Audible only offers the second and fourth books. The Crystal Cave and The Last Enchantment would be well worth offering! Please complete the set, Audible!
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