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Hollow Kingdom

Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

A humorous, big-hearted and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero. Perfect for fans of Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies

S.T. is a domesticated crow. He is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (those idiots) and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos. 

But when Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head, S.T. starts to feel like something isn't right. His most tried-and-true remedies - from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of the loyal but dim-witted dog Dennis - fail to cure his owner.   

S.T. is left with no choice but to venture out into a frightening new world, where he discovers that the neighbours are devouring each other, and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumours of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle....   

Humanity's extinction has arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow.   

©2019 Kira Jane Buxton (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"A thoroughly enjoyable account of the end of the world as we know it. The Secret Life of Pets meets The Walking Dead." (Karen Joy Fowler, PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves)  

"It's transformative, poignant, and funny as hell. S.T. the irrepressible, cursing crow is my new favourite apocalyptic hero." (Helen Macdonald, New York Times best-selling author of H Is for Hawk)

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So good!!!

I've enjoyed other audio books, but this is the first time I've enjoyed one enough to write a review. I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone, but it's kind of a mix of The Passage and The Jungle Book, with a little Always Sunny in Philadelphia thrown in. At times irreverently hilarious, at others heartbreakingly sad and poignant.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the reader's voice. Again, this is the first time I've been compelled to note a reader's name and look for other books he's read.

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A thought provoking first novel.

I was hooked from the first page. ST is a surprising and engaging narrator. The story unfolds with many twists and turns until the totally satisfying ending. A must read!