The Monster in the Hollows

Narrated by: Andrew Peterson
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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Janner Wingfeather's father was the High King of Anniera. But his father is gone. The kingdom has fallen. The royal family is on the run, and the Fang armies of Gnag the Nameless are close behind.

Janner and his family hope to find refuge in the last safe place in the world: the Green Hollows - a land of warriors feared even by Fangs of Dang. But there's a big problem. Janner's little brother - heir to the throne of Anniera - has grown a tail. And gray fur. Not to mention two pointed ears and long, dangerous fangs. To the suspicious folk of the Green Hollows, he looks like a monster. But Janner knows better. His brother isn't as scary as he looks. He's perfectly harmless. Or is he?

Join the Wingfeathers on an adventure filled with mystery, betrayal, and sneakery in a land of tasty fruits. There's a monster on the loose, and the truth lurks in the shadows.

©2015 eChristian (P)2015 eChristian

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Like the story, NOT the narration

Would you recommend The Monster in the Hollows to your friends? Why or why not?

Not the audible book. The narration is so bad that even when you listen and don't do anything else, the characters run together. The author/narrator doesn't even bother to continue the same cadence or voice characteristics as the previous narrator. This is an enjoyable series, but the narration sabotages the momentum and characters.

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A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!

*First of all, I rarely write reviews of anything simply because I don't have time to do so. I do often rely on the reviews of others in selecting what I hope will be excellent reading/ listening materials for my family though, which is why I feel I must make time to let others out there know what a gem this is! This Wingfeather saga rivals The Green Ember series in my house for best story yet!*

My family (ages 4 months, 2, 6, 7 and on up to 40) has listened to the first 3 books in this series and we all LOVE them! The first book is slow starting, and initially hard to get into, as Peterson sets the scene. But once we began to grasp the nature of the world the characters live in, and the action started to pick up, we were hooked! My husband listened everyday during his commute and the kids and I while we we worked around the house and out in the yard and whenever we had to drive anywhere. The kids would frequently beg me to listen a little longer! And we've enjoyed discussing the story as a family.
The Wingfeather Saga reminds me a bit of Chronicles of Narnia, in that regardless of one's beliefs, this is a fantastic and well written story; but personally, I love the spiritual analogies, applications and deep insights that can be mined from each characters' strengths and weaknesses, what they have to go through, and their reactions to the circumstances around them. The author addresses so much within the adventures of these pages; sibling rivalry, teamwork, judging others, bullying, hypocracy, gratitude, sacrifice, service, courage in the face of fear, strength in weakness, grace, hope, forgiveness, redemption, and of course, love (in many different forms).
As a homeschooling mama, this will be a treasure I return to for amazing reading and writing assignments (along with character building) in the years ahead! I use a Charlotte Mason approach for much of our school structure, and this series perfectly fits the "living book" goal of inspiring in the reader the actual DESIRE for the character traits I am striving to train into my children!
My husband recently finished listening to the final book and said it too was fantastic, that the author did an incredible job of tying everything all together to wrap the series up. The kids and I are very excited to start it.... and a bit sad that it's the last one 😭

*A brief note about the audio versions: We prefer the performance of the Reader of the first 2 books over that of the author (who voices the second 2). Though both are very well done, I think we just got used to the characters' voices in the beginning.*

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Great story, new reader

Love this series. Peterson did a wonderful job in creating a world and characters that are easy to like and care about. The narration is performed by the author for this book. Let me just say that the reader for the first 2 was really good.

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New narrator, but once you adjust, he does well

Love love love this story. The characters are rich and have the weight of a history to each. Great themes are woven throughout a fun, suspenseful, and sometimes surprising plotline! I can't recommend it highly enough. Makes Harry Potter seem pretty shallow and petty by comparison.

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different narrorator

enjoyed gentleman who narrated the first two books better, but Andrew Peterson grew on me. the story is great, but perhaps a tad dark for young listeners. looking forward to the movie.

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Another great book in the Wingfeather Saga!

This is the third book in the Wingfeather Saga and it does not disappoint! I really enjoy how the author reads his own work because you hear the literature exactly as he intended.

I will not divulge any of the plot or spoilers, but I will say that I am once again surprised! Also, this amazing series is a wonderful reflection of living in Christian faith. The references to The Maker as well as the redemptive qualities in the characters reflect the characteristics we should show as Christians. My children are young, but I cannot wait to share this series with them when they are older! Thank you Andrew for this awesome work!

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A family favorite

We had the privilege of hearing Andrew Peterson read books one and two during the March and April 2020 quarantine. It was often the highlight of our day so we were thrilled to find the next books on audible. His story is compelling, he preforms it with wonderful voices and my kids (age 5-12) have enjoyed it immensely. we highly recommend the Wingfeather Saga!

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So worth it!

This book is so inspiring and character building. I love how each character is given such deep character and detail. Emoticon, battle, love, healing, suspense and one check of a great story this is !y third time listening to this sieres.(not counting reading it) lol!!! Great book to curl up and read or listen while working on a project! It's so amazing shares the story of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus dying for us, our sin. This book is so meaning full and worth it weather you like a books or not. READ THEM IN ORDER!
It's Ile watching a movie not listening to a book!
MUST READ IT!
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Ps. I cried in the last two

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Beautiful and redemptive

Loved the humanity and hope in this story. Thankful it exists. Every child should have a chance to hear it.

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absolutely stunning

I feel like I am one with janner. the characters are well developed and the world is well constructed. I makes me want to keep on reading.

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  • Lily the Pink
  • 12-03-15

I'm rather sad...

I loved the first two books in this series, so I was really excited to see books three and four were available. But something's very wrong. Peter Sanderson, who narrated the first two books, was quirky but quickly became a part of the story. The author has taken over the narration and suddenly several of the characters have strange not-quite-Irish accents, which I find very distracting. But more than that, the poetry in the words, which made the first two books so lyrical, has gone. I'm only about half way through and still hoping the original world, so beautifully created, is still there, somewhere...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-17

thank you A Peterson

the third book and the journey pulls you along like an old friend in a time of hardship.The struggles that endure by tenous finger holds. My 8 and 10 year olds just love this story. I enjoy hearing how my boys interact to the saga of how and what may happen next. I appreciate how the author uses his language to make the picture. How the stories slowly builds emotions and how beautifully the book describes the story in three dimensions.
it took time but these stories have settled in my mind and will be with me for along time as few but other great books have. Thanks again A P from a little family Tasmania.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-23-20

So thankful

My two boys (7&9yrs) and I are absolutely wrapped up in the wingfeather saga. I don’t know what we’ll do once we finish book 4! The writing is so majestic, vibrant, thrilling and keeps us on edge and in hope every step of the journey. The insight into the characters hearts is warming and redeeming. I can’t rave about these enough. And it’s a real pleasure to listen to the stories together on Audible but we are now buying the books too because we just want to hold them! Thank you Andrew Peterson, your hard work and sacrifice is hugely appreciated.

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  • Tricia
  • 11-20-17

Amazing!

I absolutely love this series, and I’m so glad that I have found it! It is not just for children! The ending was amazing, and I wept my way through the final chapters. Can’t wait to start the final book.

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  • William
  • 10-11-17

Captivating Story

The tension between brokenness and redemption is both confronting and joyous. The story draws you in and then magically as it builds to a climax not only in plot line but also illuminates profound revelations of life. challenges the strong narratives of shame, failure, weakness that often hold us silent. Fantastic story and a captivating listen.