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The spellbinding, suspenseful story of how Merlin, the Enchanter, helped Arthur become the king of all Britain - a magnificent novel set in a time when no life is safe, no law stable.

Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, which has been hidden for centuries. When Uther Pendragon is killed in battle, the time of destiny is at hand, and Arthur must claim the fabled sword to become the true High King of Britain.

The prophetic voice of Merlin communicates not only the bristling atmosphere of the story's ancient setting, but also its profound relevance to our own time. Once again, as she did in her best-selling The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart provides a glowing recreation of pre-Camelot England.

©2016 Mary Stewart (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The Hollow Hills in an unabridged form at last!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hollow Hills to be better than the print version?

The narrator did an excellent job of brining this wonderful story to life. I can't say that it is better than the book, because it perfectly matches the book. But it is a terrific way to go to 5th century Britain while walking, driving or working.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted to take in the whole story. And I wanted it to last. I have been waiting for years for the unabridged version. I have been checking back every couple of months just in case Audible got an unabridged version. And now I have the three books of the Arthurian Saga.

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This is a terrific take on the legend of King Arthur. Mary Stewart tells the story from Merlin's point of view. She does a great job of taking us back to 5th century Britain. She gives Merlin the right amount and type of power. She ties together the legends of Ambrosius, Uther and Arthur in a way that makes sense. She makes her characters human. This whole saga is very enjoyable. And the narration is very well done as well.

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Thank you Thank you Thank you

I have waited for a very long time to listen to these books. They are my "good book to live in", all of them. I have read them in print form at least every year since they were published. When I found they were, at last, available in unabridged form, I made girl noises, felt like "the sun had come out on my birthday morning, and I had been given the world" (a quote from another of Mary Stewart's books.), and then agonized about the narrator, hoping he would do a good job. He did. I highly recommend them.

To my mind, Madame Stewart has given the best interpretation of all the myths surrounding Merlin. His quest to serve God, the humility and grace with which he led his life, his use of his gifts for a greater good, all these things she ascribed to him have inspired me in my life. Add to that the action and the love stories, well, it is a complete joy.

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The story draws you in and keeps you...

The story will draws you in and keep you on the edge of your seat. Before reading, the reader know the history but it’s the details and the way in which they play out that makes the story. This telling is superber and the narrator is, like all great actors, a part of the story.
I enjoyed book 1 and will listen to book 3.

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loved it

Can't wait to listen to the final book of this series. The narrator is brilliant.

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Best Arthurian Story

Love this story. Mary Stewart is the best at writing about this legend. spellbinding!