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The Monster in the Hollows

Narrated by: Andrew Peterson
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 5-7
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Summary

Janner Wingfeather's father was the High King of Anniera. But his father is gone. The kingdom has fallen. The royal family is on the run, and the Fang armies of Gnag the Nameless are close behind.

Janner and his family hope to find refuge in the last safe place in the world: the Green Hollows - a land of warriors feared even by Fangs of Dang. But there's a big problem. Janner's little brother - heir to the throne of Anniera - has grown a tail. And gray fur. Not to mention two pointed ears and long, dangerous fangs. To the suspicious folk of the Green Hollows, he looks like a monster. But Janner knows better. His brother isn't as scary as he looks. He's perfectly harmless. Or is he?

Join the Wingfeathers on an adventure filled with mystery, betrayal, and sneakery in a land of tasty fruits. There's a monster on the loose, and the truth lurks in the shadows.

©2015 eChristian (P)2015 eChristian

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I'm rather sad...

I loved the first two books in this series, so I was really excited to see books three and four were available. But something's very wrong. Peter Sanderson, who narrated the first two books, was quirky but quickly became a part of the story. The author has taken over the narration and suddenly several of the characters have strange not-quite-Irish accents, which I find very distracting. But more than that, the poetry in the words, which made the first two books so lyrical, has gone. I'm only about half way through and still hoping the original world, so beautifully created, is still there, somewhere...

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  • LCNanny
  • 25-07-16

Like the story, NOT the narration

Would you recommend The Monster in the Hollows to your friends? Why or why not?

Not the audible book. The narration is so bad that even when you listen and don't do anything else, the characters run together. The author/narrator doesn't even bother to continue the same cadence or voice characteristics as the previous narrator. This is an enjoyable series, but the narration sabotages the momentum and characters.

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  • NM Wife & Mama
  • 20-08-18

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!

*First of all, I rarely write reviews of anything simply because I don't have time to do so. I do often rely on the reviews of others in selecting what I hope will be excellent reading/ listening materials for my family though, which is why I feel I must make time to let others out there know what a gem this is! This Wingfeather saga rivals The Green Ember series in my house for best story yet!*

My family (ages 4 months, 2, 6, 7 and on up to 40) has listened to the first 3 books in this series and we all LOVE them! The first book is slow starting, and initially hard to get into, as Peterson sets the scene. But once we began to grasp the nature of the world the characters live in, and the action started to pick up, we were hooked! My husband listened everyday during his commute and the kids and I while we we worked around the house and out in the yard and whenever we had to drive anywhere. The kids would frequently beg me to listen a little longer! And we've enjoyed discussing the story as a family.
The Wingfeather Saga reminds me a bit of Chronicles of Narnia, in that regardless of one's beliefs, this is a fantastic and well written story; but personally, I love the spiritual analogies, applications and deep insights that can be mined from each characters' strengths and weaknesses, what they have to go through, and their reactions to the circumstances around them. The author addresses so much within the adventures of these pages; sibling rivalry, teamwork, judging others, bullying, hypocracy, gratitude, sacrifice, service, courage in the face of fear, strength in weakness, grace, hope, forgiveness, redemption, and of course, love (in many different forms).
As a homeschooling mama, this will be a treasure I return to for amazing reading and writing assignments (along with character building) in the years ahead! I use a Charlotte Mason approach for much of our school structure, and this series perfectly fits the "living book" goal of inspiring in the reader the actual DESIRE for the character traits I am striving to train into my children!
My husband recently finished listening to the final book and said it too was fantastic, that the author did an incredible job of tying everything all together to wrap the series up. The kids and I are very excited to start it.... and a bit sad that it's the last one 😭

*A brief note about the audio versions: We prefer the performance of the Reader of the first 2 books over that of the author (who voices the second 2). Though both are very well done, I think we just got used to the characters' voices in the beginning.*

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  • John Campbell
  • 18-01-17

Great story, new reader

Love this series. Peterson did a wonderful job in creating a world and characters that are easy to like and care about. The narration is performed by the author for this book. Let me just say that the reader for the first 2 was really good.

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  • Matt
  • 07-11-18

New narrator, but once you adjust, he does well

Love love love this story. The characters are rich and have the weight of a history to each. Great themes are woven throughout a fun, suspenseful, and sometimes surprising plotline! I can't recommend it highly enough. Makes Harry Potter seem pretty shallow and petty by comparison.

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  • R. Syring
  • 11-08-16

different narrorator

enjoyed gentleman who narrated the first two books better, but Andrew Peterson grew on me. the story is great, but perhaps a tad dark for young listeners. looking forward to the movie.

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  • Kevin D. Olivarez
  • 10-11-19

Y-A-Y!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The name is super cool, and the story is even better! I love this story!!!

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  • Meg
  • 05-11-19

Beautiful

A-mazing. These books are fantastic.
Do yourself a favor and read them all, you won’t regret it.

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  • jgilly
  • 08-10-19

wished for previous narrator

what a wonderful third installment! I planned to save this book for a road trip but had to finish it. The story flowed and had wonderful dips and highs. I loved how the author captured each internal struggle and brought out the height of human depravity and forgiveness. The title was a little misleading as it had me sidetracked from the real monster the entire time! My only disappointment was that the earlier narrator was not available for this one!

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  • Sheehy Family
  • 29-09-19

Series starts strong and only gets better

My favorite thus far of the Wing Feather books! Satisfying on many levels!

Initially, I was sorry that author’s lack of British accent—but it is a special thing to hear an author read his own work. The quality of the story is such that you don’t spend long hankering after the old narrator.

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  • M.M
  • 24-09-19

Lillian says thanks

I love it so much.and I loved the story.
I'm so excited for the next.