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Hollow Kingdom

Written by: Kira Jane Buxton
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author.

S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos®. 

Then Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn't quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies - from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim's loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis - fail to cure Big Jim's debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity's extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education. 

Hollow Kingdom is a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero.

Praise for Hollow Kingdom:

"I love this book so much! I wanted to set it on fire while hugging it. I wanted to hasten the apocalypse just to see how my own pets fare in a more humane world without humans. Kira Jane Buxton's voice is fresh, like a newly dug grave, but so joyful and honest you'll laugh out loud, and then check to make sure you haven't lost an eyeball. Hollow Kingdom is a wildly original debut and a paean to my favorite city." (Jamie Ford, New York Times best-selling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet)

©2019 Kira Jane Buxton (P)2019 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"A plucky hero, a boisterous tale, startling prose and eerie events combine for a thoroughly enjoyable account of the end of the world as we know it. The Secret Life of Pets meets The Walking Dead." (Karen Joy Fowler, PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

"Hollow Kingdom offers a bird's-eye view of the apocalypse we all want and need-especially when the bird in question is a plucky, Cheeto-loving domesticated crow.... With infinite heart and humor, Kira Jane Buxton's fine-feathered narrator guides us through richly imagined animal realms while braving the terrifying collapse of the human world. A dazzling, wholly original debut, revealing the great paradox of humanity's fatal flaws and resilient spirit." (Mona Awad, author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl and Bunny

"If you've ever thought that humans were the ones in charge, Kira Jane Buxton's groundbreaking novel will have you thinking otherwise. Full of unforgettable humor, insight and beauty, Hollow Kingdom enriches our human experience by inhabiting the minds (and bellies!) of our non-human animal companions and reminding us that we're not alone here on this earth." (Ruth Ozeki, nationally best-selling author of A Tale for the Time Being)

"Hollow Kingdom is a nature book for our own age, an exuberant, glittering, hard-hitting mashup of Dawn of the Dead and The Incredible Journey. It's an adventure lit by strange myths, brand-names, television and smartphone screens, a fable with teeth and claws about animals making new lives amongst the ruins of humanity. It's transformative, poignant, and funny as hell. S.T. the irrepressible, cursing crow is my new favourite apocalyptic hero." (Helen Macdonald, New York Times best-selling author of H Is for Hawk)

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Fun, funny, and flawless

A rare gem among tales, irreverent, hilarious and insightful. I’ll be recommending this book to many!

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Beautiful

Beautiful, and gory, just like life.
The performance of the narrator made this book sing.

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  • Theresa
  • 2019-08-16

Well....

At first, this was a genuinely enormously entertaining book. I mean, laugh-out-loud funny. I loved it... until I did not. There are reasons I typically do not read contemporary fiction. When this turned into an unending stream of product placement, the enjoyment evaporated. I hate it when films do this. I hate it when television does it. I loathe it when books do it. I'm here for an entertaining zombie apocalypse from an admittedly unique point of view. I'm not here for lists--LISTS--of brand names... it got offensive. Entirely subjective, of course, one of those things that drive me to book-hate. The Cheeto thing? Okay, that did make me laugh. Occasional, sure. Done in moderation? Fine. But the non-stop continuing stream, the LISTS, of product placement? Excessive and too frustrating, so nope. Bye! I won't be able to finish this. I'd rather not listen to another blood-pressure rise inducing LIST.

Narrator is pretty outstanding, though.

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  • Terri
  • 2019-08-08

Pets Narrate Zombie Apocalypse

Very funny! New twist to a standby theme. It really feels like exactly what animals would be thinking if faced with humans suddenly lurching about as zombies. A bit profane if that bothers you, but used wisely. Enjoying the heck out of the wacky tale--especially the narration.

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  • Charles C. Palmer
  • 2019-09-06

Extraordinary

A truly funny and wonderful story about nature and its ability to survive no matter how poorly mankind behaves. Thought-provoking and always amusing, the story offers a moving glimpse into whar birds must be thinking. The narrator is absolutely perfect.

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  • Senora Maven
  • 2019-09-04

Mo Fo's Are Awesome!!

This is a book that celebrates the beauty of humanity while dealing with the consequences of its pride. This is all with nary a human word at all. I read many an apcolyptic story. This not like any of them. This is the apocalypse from the view of animals. This is not just animals but former pets in many cases. I really wish I could do this book description justice. The story is funny, ugly, educational, uplifting and many other things. There is death...It's the apocalypse after all. It ends with life though.

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  • Lisa E.
  • 2019-08-19

Fantastic Writing/Story & Phenomenal Narration!

This is such a well written book! The author's style and word choice is so creative and descriptive...not to mention hilarious & insightful. Even if you aren't that interested in post-apocalyptic zombie novels, this is worth a listen. I don't write reviews often but I was so impressed with the creativity of this author. Throughout the book i found myself appreciating the writing, adjectives & references (like how the crow passess a tudor house and can't resist wanting to tap-tap at the door). I can't do it justice! See for yourself! I think i might enjoy reading it again. But also very worth a listen because this narrator is fabulous! I am definatrly going to look up more work from this narrator and author.

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  • M.
  • 2019-08-08

Best book I've listened to in a long time.

Hilarious and heartwarming. Robert Petkoff really brings the characters to life. This book is a treasure.

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  • unco
  • 2019-08-25

Thoroughly Enjoyable

I did not want this book to end. The writing was wonderful and the characters were richly descriptive. The narrator was also a boon making the story come alive.

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  • Lanay Barber
  • 2019-08-23

amazing book!

this book exceeded my expectations. I often struggle with finding books where the narrator isn't annoying but this one was great and kept me fully engrossed in the story. the gave me moments of happiness, joy and sadness. I definitely laughed more than I cried!

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  • Saban Sisko
  • 2019-08-20

amazing reader, pretty good story

I love the narrator so much i almost want to see out books just because he reads them

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