- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 29 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 April 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JKA1UHI
Hollow World Audio Download – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
The story was both intriguing and enjoyable. It wasn't a "Back to the Future" type of future but one far more believable.
The pace of the story was just right and was vary well written.
I emailed the author this morning to tell him how much I enjoyed his book and within a couple of hours I had a reply from him. I am always impressed when you contact an author to make comment on one of his books and they take the time to reply, so thank you Mr Sullivan.
I would love to see a sequel to this book, and I was excited to read in Mr Sullivan's email that he does intend to return to Hollow World on completion of a couple more projects he has.
I will certainly be looking at purchasing some more of his books.
Hollow World is something completely different from the fantasy genre that Michael is so good at creating. That being said it is a very good sci-fi.
The first couple of chapters are a little dull and drab in all honesty, the introduction to Ellis Rogers' pre-time travel life feels tacked on and certainly less absorbing than his introduction to any of the characters in anything Riyria, it didn't set me up well for the rest of the book, but I decided to keep going with it. The second Chapter is a little boring for other reasons and is set immediately post time travel (I say no more for risk of spoilers).
I am glad that I did. The world that Michael J Sullivan created is excellent and truly shows itself from the third chapter. The world has its amazing elements, technologies and an interesting collection of characters. The most important being Warren and Pax (I won't say an more for risk of spoilers).
As the world has its all too human flaws it has enabled Michael to comment through the novel on a number of really touchy topics including Politics, Religion, Homophobia and Xenophobia. Some people won't like this, but I thought it a very clever dialoge on humanity now as much as it was a good sci-fi action romp with a good storyline.
Most of the social commentary comes through Ellis' own thoughts & through Pax. (I think Michael has put a lot of himself into Pax). I find myself agreeing in large part with the moderate & reasonable stance that is commented from, though not entirely on a couple of topics.Read more ›
In The Time Machine, the protagonist discovered a world which seemed perfect, peaceful, pastoral and comfortable and then realised that the humans enjoying it were nothing more than farmed cattle, grown to provide food. In this novel, the protagonist discovers a perfect world, also peaceful and utterly comfortable, but this time only that way because of technology. Apparently, humanity will be developed so far as to never stay in awaiting the repair of the "maker" (a magic device for creating anything at all out of rocks) because nothing (apparently) ever needs repairing.
Anyway, to carry on my comparison, the only "bad" side of this glorious techno life is that the bad guy is another time-traveller who follows the chief protagonist and, in a mire of religious, bigoted philosophies, decides he wants to rule the world, a bit like most evil geniuses across the "James Bond for Juniors" world.
To sum this book up, it was trite, but I enjoyed reading it - it felt so light that it could have floated away!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful read, enjoyed it thoroughly. Will read more from this author in the future.Published 4 months ago by Mr M Burberry
An enjoyable and easy read that kept my interest going throughout the story.Published 6 months ago by Avid Reader
A good story, well told, but just not especially gripping. It felt like a long-winded short story, lacking the substance of a full-length tale. Enjoyable nonetheless.Published 6 months ago by Timex
Thoroughly enjoyable slant on time travel. I read this in a single day as I found it hard to put down. Read morePublished 7 months ago by sepeh
Had no expectations from this book, but I really got into it and didn't want the story to stop. It was also totally different to anything I've ever read except maybe Wool. Read morePublished 8 months ago by P. Scott
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