• The Hollows

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Guy Mott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (474 ratings)

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The Hollows

By: Mark Edwards
Narrated by: Guy Mott
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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of The House Guest comes a chilling story set deep in the woods...

With his marriage over and his career in freefall, journalist Tom decides to reconnect with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Frankie. Desperate to spend precious time together now that they live an ocean apart, he brings her to Hollow Falls, a cabin resort deep in the woods of Maine.

From the outset there’s something a little eerie about the place—strange whispers in the trees, windchimes echoing through the forest—but when Tom meets true-crime podcasters David and Connie, he receives a chilling warning. Hollow Falls has a gruesome history: twenty years ago this week, a double slaying shut down the resort. The crime was never solved, and now the woods are overrun with murder-obsessed tourists looking to mark the grim anniversary.

It’s clear that there’s something deeply disturbing going on at Hollow Falls. And as Tom’s dream trip turns into a nightmare, he and Frankie are faced with a choice: uncover the truth, or get out while they still can.

©2021 by Mark Edwards. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Great Story HORRIBLE NARRATOR

Brilliance audio owes Mark Edwards an apology for casting such a mediocre narrator for his truly engaging story.

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Tired of poor performances

Another winner by Mark Edwards. Just getting tired by the underwhelming narrators lately. This was a very poor performance imo and took away from the overall enjoyment of this great author.

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Narration is laughable

I barely made it through the second chapter. The narrator is horrible! The hideousness of his adult American voice is surpassed only by the voice of his daughter. His normal voice is pompous and grating. Just no.

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Narrator kills it

The Narrator's American accents are nothing but caricatures of whiney teenagers, regardless of the age of the character being narrated.
The reading of signs and the like are done in such a peculiar way, using teenager angst in the reading. It was offputting. Then again, the story itself was also such a cliche.

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The story is great!



Wow! I'm never sure what to write in a review, but I think this is one of my new favorites from Mark Edwards! The Hollows will grab you from the beginning and keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. The story is creepy and chilling, and moves along at a nice pace. This would be a great book to read near Halloween, or in the winter months when it gets dark out much earlier. I think this book is much more in the horror/thriller genre and reminiscent of Stephen King.

The narrator is not my favorite for this book. I own several books narrated by Guy Mott that I enjoy, but he talks with a weird halting at the end of all of his words in this book and it's a bit distracting while listening.

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This was ridiculous

I liked the earlier books he wrote. These are turning into a second rate Stephen King. That accent he had for the kid, Frankie, was awful. Like a stereotypical New York accent. The story itself, unrealistic responses to situation. One of the very few I refused to endure to the end, made it 8 hours in.

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Good Book, Strange Vocal Choices

An enjoyable story. The narration was fine but the narrator made some strange choices.

The English daughter lives in Albany for three years but has a thick Brooklyn accent ?

I'm now used to people messing up a Maine accent but these people sound like they are from down south. Regional American accents are practically dead, let it rest. They are too easy to mess up.

Also, why can't narrators do their homework and look up how local names are pronounced? Quite a few mistakes here. Not a big deal very few people will notice.

Also the narrator goes from emoting the dialog in one sentence then pivots to robot voice in the next. So strange.

I enjoy Mark Edwards novels, and this one is no exception. If you enjoyed his others you will enjoy this one too.




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Mixed feelings

I am a fan of Mark Edwards & his extreme style of writing. He always leaves you guessing until the end. This time I was disappointed in some of the narration but not only that even surpassing that was the absolutely foolish choices he and his daughter were making with their safety. The ending was creepy!

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Fairly good story

This is kind of “ghosts and gouls” in the beginning, but stick it out because it gets better! The narration isn’t the best, but the story itself is good. Definitely not the best book I’ve read but also not the worst. Worth the credit.

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Worst Narration Ever

I was very much looking forward to this listen, but it is just atrocious. The narrator is terrible. Save your credits

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  • Dimmy
  • 07-10-21

Narration is awful

I had this book on my wish list for ages and preordered it as I love Mark Edward's books, I was so looking forward to it, but this one is totally ruined by the narrator. I'm not even sure I can finish it. I feel like I am being lectured not read a story, it's so difficult to connect with and like the characters when the narrator gives them such ridiculous and whiney voices!! I would love to know if the author has any input in the choice of narrator. if not you have done him a serious injustice. if this was my first experience of a Mark Edward's book, I would never listen to another. Fortunately I discovered him long before this horrid version

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  • SandraL
  • 07-23-21

Reminiscent of those 1980s Campsite horror movies

I pre-order everything that Mark Edwards writes because I know I will love it. The Hollows certainly didn't disappoint! Mark has given us another creepy thriller, set once again, in the USA.

The Hollows campsite has a backstory which will thrill any true-crime fans - it's the site of a n unsolved ritualistic murder which took place 10 years ago. Perhaps the protagonist, Tom, should have done more research before taking his teenage daughter on holiday there! The place is teeming with 'dark tourists' and soon some pretty spooky things start to happen. The whole thing reminded me a bit of those 1980s horror movies like Friday 13th.

The book sucked me in right from the start. I'm a horror fan so loved the creepy vibe of the campsite and dark, eerie woods which sent chills down my spine. It is well written and perfectly paced and it was very hard to stop listening. The characters are all really well drawn. I loved Tom, the divorced father trying to do his best despite living in a different continent to his daughter. And daughter Frankie came across as a very realistic teenager. I also loved Tom and Franki's neighbours at the campsite, Connie and David. This book is definitely one of my favourites by Mark Edwards.

I enjoyed the narration by Guy Mott.

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  • Tess
  • 07-13-21

laboriously slow

I have read Mark Edwards books before. I thought this book was quite unlike any he written before. The narrator was appalling, the American accent was poor. I carried on through the 10 hours of listening because I very rarely give up. Overall I would say that I shall give up on mark Edwards books going forward

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  • Tammy
  • 08-30-22

Narration is appalling!

I simply couldn't continue to listen to this and had to return. The narrator's style is a mixture of patronising teacher and game show voice over! Truly awful. I've always liked Mark's books but the narration was so intolerable that I couldn't have cared less about the story or the characters. The whining voices he gave to the characters was the straw that broke the camel's back.

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  • A. N. Kilpin
  • 08-02-22

Dreadful narration

I don’t like to be unkind but that was so deadpan it took all the joy out of the book. Sorry.

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  • Nomadicdragon
  • 04-16-22

disappointed

the narrator drove me nuts from the very start - a pedestrian, flat intonation with no hint of passion in his voice (even at the climax). however the storyline was good enough to help me past this. as usual Mark Edwards draws one into his maze of twists and turns with dexterity. how much better it would have been with a decent narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-15-22

Narrator sounds like automated voice off Tik Tok

Only listened for 15 mins and had to stop. The narrator sounds like an automated voice from tik tok or a sat nav.

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  • MrsM
  • 10-31-21

Not one of his best

If you're a fan of ridiculous 80s horror films where teenagers keep insisting on being left on their own to get murdered then you may enjoy this. Except we are supposed to believe that a father keeps insisting that his teenage daughter is left alone despite all the other stuff that keeps happening around them. And then insisting he'd 'do anything for his daughter '. Rambling, repetitive storyline made worse by terrible narration (English guy who cannot pull off a convincing American accent). One of the first books I've read where I was hoping that some or all of the main characters got killed off because of their gross stupidity which was the only reason I stuck with it. I enjoy most of Mark Edwards books but this was pretty dreadful.

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  • JR
  • 07-30-21

Awful Narration

I can tell there is a good story in here, but how good or if it’s worth continuing with I’ll never know after the 4 hrs I’ve just spent with it.. simply put, the narrator does an absolutely terrible job of this, he has absolutely no idea how to tell a story, truly awful.

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  • Andrea
  • 06-18-22

Great book awful narration

I really struggled to stick with this book, it’s a great bit of writing but the narrator sounds like a robot and a poor impression of scooby doo! Could refund so stuck it out, luckily the story is worth it not I recommend taking it not listening