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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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Just as I Remembered

The Hollow Hill is just as I remembered it from when I read it the first time almost 25 years ago. Mary Stewart again was able to take disjointed legends and steep them in a historical setting. She took the parts that fit well together and wrote them into a singular story, reducing the fantasy by explaining much of the legendary magic as yet unknown science, then added her own brand of magic dependent upon the gods and subject to their will. Ironically, this brand of fantastical magic also holds true to what was practiced by the ancient wizards and witches. If you take the time to analyze today's magic practices you will find it remains true. So, even with the inclusion of more magic in this book than the first, she still tells a convincing story that, should actual history be forgotten, could be considered plausible. An Interesting note is that she did not shy away from the age of the individuals as they transitioned to adulthood and became sexually active. In those days it was not uncommon for boys and girls to become sexually active almost as soon as puberty ended. By the time a boy was 16 he was often fully trained in his trade and able to support a family. A girl also was able to bare children and would look to be wed by 15 or 16, should she reach age 18 without a spouse then she might well become an old maid. It is all these wonderful details that make the Arthurian saga by Mary Stewart such a joy to read. As for the narrator, he did a wonderful job with this book. I did not notice any errors in his reading or pronunciation. Nor did he repeat any sentence he had just read, as I have heard others do. The same tones and accents he used in the previous book, he used again in this one. This gave good continuity between them and kept the story going. Over all I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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My favorite tales of the Arthurian legend.

Well written. Well read. A timeless tale, well told. You won't regret this one, and will return to it over and over.

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love this

I have read and re-read this classic triliogy of Merlin an Arthur. It never grows old.

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Wonderful performance of a great story.

I have read this book probably 20 times in my life, but can now pull it up and listen to Derek Perkins' lovely read of it whenever I want. As far as I can tell, he does a good job with the various accents and he adds in enough dramatic flair, but not too much. Just right in every regard.

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awesome couldn't stop till I finished it.

I love this twist on aurtharian legend!! narration was pretty good.im addicted now & forever

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Even better than The Crystal Cave!!!

This series just keeps getting better with each progressive book...I can't wait until The Last Enchantment!!!

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I'm a Merlin/Arthur enthusiast

I really enjoyed this rendition of how Arthur became high king with Merlin's help! It is told well and follows the legend as I have always heard it.

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Hollow Hills

Again, what can I say. These are the best contemporary Author legend series written. It is very well read/narrated. A must for anyone who loves the legend.