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The Hollow Ones

Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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A horrific crime that defies explanation, a rookie FBI agent in uncharted territory, and an extraordinary hero for the ages: an investigation spirals out of control in this heart-pounding thriller.

Odessa Hardwicke's life is derailed when she's forced to turn her gun on her partner, Walt Leppo, a decorated FBI agent who turns suddenly, inexplicably violent while apprehending a rampaging murderer. The shooting, justified by self-defense, shakes the young FBI agent to her core. Devastated, Odessa is placed on desk leave pending a full investigation. But what most troubles Odessa isn't the tragedy itself - it's the shadowy presence she thought she saw fleeing the deceased agent's body after his death.

Questioning her future with the FBI and her sanity, Hardwicke accepts a low-level assignment to clear out the belongings of a retired agent in the New York office. What she finds there will put her on the trail of a mysterious figure named Hugo Blackwood, a man of enormous means who claims to have been alive for centuries, and who is either an unhinged lunatic, or humanity's best and only defense against unspeakable evil.

From the authors who brought you The Strain Trilogy comes a strange, terrifying, and darkly wondrous world of suspense, mystery, and literary horror. The Hollow Ones is a chilling, spell-binding tale, a hauntingly original new fable from Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro and best-selling author Chuck Hogan featuring their most fascinating character yet.

©2020 Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (P)2020 Grand Central Publishing

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What a disappointment.

Hard to believe that the two authors who penned The Strain wrote The Hollow Ones. The former is a scary, intriguing series while the latter - at least if the first book is any indication - is just silly with characters and a plot that are unoriginal and underwhelming. To make matters worse, Brittany Pressley's attempt at an English accent is just annoying.

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I liked it!

I think overall it’s a great into to what is apparently going to be a series. Performance was mostly great, however some of the voices were very similar and could have been differed a bit more. SPOILERS I think that the book doesn’t go in-depth enough in Blackwood’s hunting of general bad spirits. We get allusions to it, but he only hunts 2, and one is apparently an extra bad one? Would have liked a crescendo to see how hard this work really is for him, rather than him beating one easily then not.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-04

Worth The Wait!

I'm several hours into the book and already know it's going to be a favorite! I am a C J Box, Robert B Parker and John Sanford fan. I also like good SciFi (The Breach). I liked parts of The Strain, but it was too dark overall for me. I can't stop listening (and I should be working) if that tells you anything. I return way too many books to Audible because they do not grab my attention. The Hollow Ones will grab you and keep you. I hope you enjoy!

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  • Ellen
  • 2020-08-09

Hollow Ones needs filling out more

I have the Strain Trilogy books and audio and I truly enjoy listening to them and reading them over and over. The Strain Trilogy is up there with The Stand and Swan Song. I did not like the "made for TV version" of The Strain or The Stand. Too much is lost from the book when it is adapted to screen play. The characters are melded together to make someone new and the story is changed enough so that the people that truly loved the book cannot bear to watch. But I am rambling. I have had this book on my wish list and even pre-ordered so that I could have it right away. That's how much I like these authors and their collaboration. That being said let me inform you as to why I did not like the book as much as I though I would. I had to remind myself that this was a new story line to follow and that it was unfair to compare this book with the previous works. I felt like I was reading a pitch for a screenplay. There was so much missing that I almost stopped listening after the first 90 or so minutes. I continued listening thinking that the pace would pick up and the characters would be fleshed out more. I don't think they ever were. I wanted to know more about Solomon and Vernon. The who, what, when, where and why is missing from the little boy's story. The beginning of the connection with Solomon and Blackwood was only briefly touched upon. I spent much of my time thinking "wait, what?" and rewinding to listen again. There was much jumping back and forth in time in the story and I am hoping that the next book will fill in a lot of what seems to be missing. Why Odessa? And who exactly are Blackwood's two helpers? What's on the tapes? I will be listening to this book again and I hope to pick up a few more pieces of the story. As I said before I like these two authors a lot and I will purchase the next book in this trilogy. Bottom line is I think it's an okay book. I think much is missing but I have high hopes that those missing things will be brought out into the light with the next book. Apparently, the hook has been set and I am waiting to be reeled in by the next book. I say try it.

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  • Chris Fitch
  • 2020-08-08

Way too short

It was interesting, but I felt as though a lot was missing. If a bit more depth was added and if the end wasn't so anticlimactic, I would have enjoyed it more.

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  • Linda
  • 2020-09-05

Loved it!!

Absolutely loved it! Kept me engaged and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next! Definitely recommend!!

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  • Melody A. Woods
  • 2020-09-30

edge of your seat

great edge of your seat read. listened to the audiobook on walks and in the car nearly nonstop.

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  • bryan
  • 2020-09-29

Not bad

Dismissing the similarities to the duos other collaborations it’s was a pretty good introduction to the story. Did feel a bit short but excited to see what happens next in the series.

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  • Rebecca Landers
  • 2020-09-28

Wow!! Pleasantly surprised.

Listened to this all the way through only pausing once or twice! I hope there’s more to come. Fantastic. Blackwood is reminiscent of another mysterious and charming character who also resides in The Dakota, Agent Pendergast.

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  • Will Townsend
  • 2020-09-12

Loved it.

So glad I ran across this book. Listened to it all in 3 days. Amazing find.

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  • Hobbit52
  • 2020-09-11

Terrible story

The lady reading this was terrible. Couldn’t stand her reading, made stop listing. Story was turning into a magma storyline. Couldn’t keep me interested. Wasted my money

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  • Austin Jayhawk
  • 2020-09-08

I Was Wrong

As a student of occulted, or hidden knowledge and history I found this novel as intriguing as I do most of Guillermo’s trabajo. We all unknowingly see symbols and sigils everyday and carry talisman in our wallets whether we believe in this sorcery and mass mind control or not. We can choose to believe these things do not effect and influence us, just as we can choose to believe dark lodges of freemasonry do not run the puppet show the Inverters have us watching, reading and listening to in our media fueled false reality every day of our lives. The truth is the Great Work of Freemasonry is about personal resurrection and waking up from the slumber known to occultists everywhere as the checkerboard. It is about combining yin and yang, sacred feminine and sacred male energies to ascend the ladder off the checkerboard. All first degree masons must admit that not only is there far more out there than we are told to look at, but they also must admit these five simple, yet ego shattering words, “I WAS WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING.” Whether Jesuit, Rosicrucian, Kabbalah, Freemason or some other occult, the esoteric aspects of these hidden knowledge faiths is about Hermetic principles, magic and sorcery. They do not care either, whether you believe in it or not, because they do and use this knowledge and sorcery to great success in life. Now obversely, the Great Work of the dark lodges like Skull and Bones is to keep us asleep. As a matter of fact these yahoos call most of us the Dead because they feel we are all too willfully ignorant and lazy to ever find out there is more out there than the checkerboard. And mayhap they are right. Either way, it would appear from where this old sailor is sitting, the dark lodges have been far more effective at their Great Work for a long, long, long time now. So when I read books like this I have to suspect folks like Guillermo know more about the occulted history and knowledge than they let on in their novels. I just hope he and others can inspire enough people to wake from their slumber in time to save this prison planet before our pineal glands are far too calcified from fluoride, vaccine adjuvants, and stratospheric aerosol injections to ever become enlightened. I fear a Brave New World future with us “Dead” playing the part of the permanent Beta Class.