Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man, about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe, but faced with a terminal illness he’s willing to take an insane gamble.
He’s built a time machine in his garage. If it works, he could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began...
©2013 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2014 Recorded Books LLC
A who done it, a time travelling future prediction plus an emotional love story. Amazingly written and fantastically told. I got this with a humble bundle then bought the book now also bought the audible. Read many times and had it read to me about as many. As you can tell I love it.
"Started great but..."
I am sorry - I loved The Ryria series but this book whilst it showed great promise - interesting ideas etc etc....the second half and it's tunnel into gender wars, discrimmination, bullying etc was just tiresome - I am fully aware of such things in the world but really I dont need to hear it rammed down my throat in escapism...
"Imaginative Futuristic Utopia"
I really enjoyed immersing myself into this future world born out of our very current global predicaments.
If I had had a time machine it would be interesting to go forward in time and see if this book turns out to be a classic of its period.
For me this book had the feel of a modern HG Wells time machine tale of sorts and a touch of the William Dufris readings of the classic Asimov robot books.
This book is a good yarn and I look forward to listening to it again in the not too distant future!
"Hollow World by Michael J Sullivan"
I already have. It is a great book that tackles many contemporary issues and questions - such as religion (and violence in the name of religion), love,homophobia, indiviualism - and many more. It tackles them with compassion, tasteful humour and without over-indulgent sentimentality or preaching.
I suppose the obvious comparison would be H G Wells' 'The Time Machine', although the subject of the future of humanity and the planet is handled differently. Both are thought provoking, 'Hollow World' is not afraid to make the reader smile - or even laugh.
The reveal about why Ellis Rogers carries so much guilt about his son's suicide.
I will be listening to and reading this again. It was a very enjoyable book.
"WOW, A must Read/Listen"
Yes, one of the best books I have listened to
Everything. Love the way it addresses so many issues and keeps you gripped throughout
Ellis rogers is great but I think Pax takes it for me
"Brilliant new SF on old but fascinating themes"
This came as a real surprise to me - I love proper sci fi but detest its modern corruption by fantasy. Despite a foreword by the author where he suggests that sci fi is largely fantasy anyway, I found this to be a great traditional time travel story full of engrossing speculation about the development of human beings, their motives and culture, as well as the earth and all its problems, while never losing sight of the central, flawed character and his personal story and reactions to the world in which he finds himself. It was gripping, moving and exciting and a joy to an old school sci fi fan - by which I mean someone who enjoys the likes of Theodore Sturgeon, Edgar Pangborne and Robert Heinlein. And it is beautifully narrated. Highly recommended!
"A great story that fell short"
I am a little torn about this book. There were elements that I really enjoyed, others not as much. I liked how it started, then the time travel and exploration of the new world (Hollow World itself and the people within it i thought had the grounding for a great story).
The was the latter half that seemed a little run of the mill. 2 people pitched against each other, preventing the doom of the planet etc. Not bad ideas, but with the start of the book I think I was expecting it to go in a different direction. The premise reminded me a little of a Planet of the Apes film (I wont say which one to avoid any spoilers).
The audio book was well produced, and I think the narrator did fairly well with distinguishing between the characters - considering they were supposed to be very alike.
I am not certain if there will be a sequel. I hope there will be, but maybe with a story arc that's not so encompassing or world altering.
All in all, I enjoyed the book, but was let down a little by the ending story. Keep up the good work Mr Sullivan.
Ellis, his character was so complex and interesting, really tied all the others into place. Really well written.
I thought his voices and accents were spot on. I imagine it's difficult to tell what future English will.sound like but he pulled it off.
When Ellis chose to stay with Warren instead of going with Pax. You just wanted to shout at him, "what are you doing? !"
Very well written and creative.
"Crystal ball gazing"
I appreciated the spoken introduction by the author, asking us to suspend our disbelief regarding time travel. I immediately felt some empathy with the effort the author had put into writing the story, and continued to listen even though the story began slowly and I could not relate to any of the characters.
When I got into it I found the story quite thought-provoking: will humanity be like that two thousand years in the future; will we create Paradise if we overcome aging, death, and the need to work; will Paradise be improved by removing self-importance?
The main drive of the story was to create comparisons between people of 2014, with their hang-ups, prejudices, jealousies and hates, and the engineered people of 2000 years hence. The story concentrated on just one storyline, which kept it concise and left me continuing to think about it – better to keep it short and have the audience asking for more!
I enjoyed the narration by Jonathan Davis.
"Original future idea, thought provoking story"
It's a book I would recommend to read. I think any and all Sci-Fi fans will absolutely love it as did I.
It had a really interesting plot, original and thought provoking (really left in thoughts after just finishing the book). The depicted future felt real and possible as everything was explained in a very logical way. The book was also trying to solve the mysteries of what is really love, God and meaning of life and death, aim of life... (btw, really liked his ideas about it)... and at the same time being fast paced and action filled (almost a thriller) and not being boring for one moment.
I like the way of writing and the way how the author presents the story A LOT.
Narrator is fantastic, too.
"A good idea but I wanted all the characters dead."
No. did not like the characters.
Yes. Interesting premise
No. I was annoyed by the action of the characters and wanted to shout at them.
"Old school vibe"
An interesting take on the time travel genre, though the emphasis of the story is more on earth of the future then actual time travelling.
I found this book to be a quick and easy listen with a decent but not overwhelming story, it also touched on some interesting philosophical discussions.
I did like how the writer developed the two main characters "Ellis and Pax" Though thought Ellis's friend Warren's actions a bit questionable. Also felt there was a lot, maybe too many references to American pop culture, but all in all the story was enjoyable. It even managed to get me a bit emotional which doesn't happen often!
With a good solid performance by Jonathan Davis, I had no problem following the story, or working out who was talking.
A decent Thriller,Sci-fi, Fantasy, Murder mystery story with an old school vibe.
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