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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 May 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00821NJXY
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Hollow Earth Audiobook – Unabridged
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I love the world that has been created for this book, it’s well described and thought out – I particularly loved that it links to our world through art, a few times paintings are mentioned that I knew, and a few made me look them up. I really hope that young readers will want to look up the paintings too and be introduced to some wonderful pieces of art.
I really liked the main characters, again this is a middle grade book featuring a trio with two boys and a girl, but in this book the three characters are far more equal and all have an important part to play. I very much liked that one of the main characters has a significant hearing impairment and communicates using sign language – he is written in a wonderfully manner of fact style, his deafness does not define him or become an important part of him, it’s just one facet of many that make up his character.
This is the opening book of a trilogy, it does a good job of balancing world building with action. I am really looking forward to seeing how the remaining books answer some of the questions left open at the end of this book.
There's a set up for a sequel which I really hope they are writing.
I agree with a couple of other reviews which talk about the strange Americanism. It is strange as the authors are from Glasgow, and John B has lived most of his life in Britain. So at times it feels very British, as it should being set mostly in Scotland, but then there will be these odd sections where a Scottish seaside town sounds like it's straight out of an American book, it felt very like Trixie Belden in fact. They keep referring to "Main Street" in the local town, and I kept thinking "wouldn't that be The High St" Also there are beaches full of young people sitting about fires and having BBQs, I certainly have only seen that on American telly, and never on a beach in Scotland. It was a shame because it did throw me out of the story as I couldn't picture the place properly, and the stark beauty of the Scottish Islands got a bit lost in their descriptions.
However I gave it five stars purely because it did keep me reading and I really enjoyed the ideas and plottiness. Also the characters are well drawn and likeable, you can imagine reading a few books of their adventures.
For a start I'm dyslexic and I can't normally read and follow books plots well so i don't read which is a shame. But as soon as I received the book I got straight into it and able to easily follow the book from beginning to end. There is another 2 books to come I have heard so I shall defiantly be buying them as soon as they come out!
Defiantly a good read, and good buy for the audience it is aimed at.
Thank you John and Carol for an amazing book, I shall be reading the next one to come!
Came in perfect condition, though arrived 2 days late, But that didn't bother me.
I loved all the characters, em and Matt's bond is so special! .and Zach,I can do sign language myself ,so it's exciting when he's signing .