The King Raven Trilogy of which "Hood" is the first in the series delivers a new version of the Robin Hood narrative. It gives an interesting and logical historical perspective to an old favourite. Although somewhat melodramatic, the story never-the-less flows along nicely.
As a child, I watched Richard Green play the role of Robin Hood in the British television series of the 1960's and am still able to recall the theme song, but I refused to read the story because I knew that Robin's fate was not a happy one. The King Raven Trilogy satisfies in this respect.
One of the reasons I enjoy listening to audiobooks is because of the narrators. I am awed by their great skill in using their voices to paint pictures, set scenes and interpret characters.
Unfortunately, I found Adam Verner's narration of all three book in this trilogy a great source of irritation. His mix of English rounded vowels, American accent and frequent mispronunciations was like hearing the screech of the proverbial chalk on the backboard.
Bran. He is the hero and focal point of the story.
His reading and voice characteristics were appropriate for the material and yet transparent as far as the story goes. I mean that in a positive way. He didn't make or break the tale and for a narrator that is a fulfilment of his purpose.
I laughed a bit but no tears. The bad guys were bad, especially the sheriff and I did get mad more than once.
I good and interesting take on a lifelong favourite.
The different setting of the Robin Hood tale is intriguing; it's interesting to hear Lawhead weave together familiar characters in a new way. However, the reader has taken me out of the story numerous times. Primarily this is due to mispronunciation of English words (and fairly common ones, especially for period literature), but his church Latin is also poor. I have no familiarity with Welsh, but when so many of the names in the book are Welsh, Verner's inability to handle English pronunciation makes me doubt his accuracy there as well.
I haven't completed the book yet, though I will. I was driven to write a review now after one too many mispronunciations.
The concept is enough to keep me listening through to the end; this is one of the times when I'd rather just read the book itself instead, though.
Lawhead sets Hood in Wales at the time of William Rufus and puts up a good case. The story has elements of the absurd which do not detract from it. In fact it and the rest of the series are a rip roaring good read. I went through all three books in a row.
However the narrator is terrible to anybody with a sense of British regional accents. What a shame that this was not read by a Welshman!!!!!! Verner's light tenor middle class voice only goes up for the voices, making many of the characters squeaky. I found this tiresome.
Awesome historical background.
I loved the resetting and the background as to why. I loved the reality of it, but this is a well known story so needed more oomph! The action scenes are great, but there's so much exposition and description in between you get antsy for something to happen.
I greatly enjoyed the story and the performance. I cannot wait for the next part. I now know I will definitely be buying it. The only criticism I have is the narrator's French is atrocious. I don't think it would've taken much effort for the narrator to learn how to properly pronounce the few words, but otherwise, I quite enjoyed his performance.
There is a bonus, after the end, where the author gives some insight into decisions behind the ideas governing the story's setting.
I guarantee you will enjoy this if you like medieval tales of chivalry and adventure.
Bran was the hero and does a fair bit of growing. He was easy to like.
Our narrator did an excellent job with making different voices and handling dialog. I felt transported in the action scenes.
There were a few laugh out loud moments for me.
It seems that our hero is hopelessly out matched. I can't wait to see what the author has in store in part 2!
Yes... it's just one of those books you could listen to agaiñ and again
It's just a great book beginning to end
Great narrator.... Great performance
A new look at hood,...
Great take on a classic tale
The anticipation was really well done.
WAAAAAY to fast. didn't allow the moments to develop.
I really enjoyed this book. It has enough differences from previous Robin Hood stories that it stays interesting.
I enjoyed the banter between the characters. Their emotional life was realistic
I enjoyed how Bran was changed by events that caused him to mature into a man.
The social injustice is the driving force of the book. There were still a lot of other things going on to keep the story moving.
If you enjoy Robin Hood. The sit back, relax and enjoy being in his world. This is more a story of how Hood became the man he was. It isn't alway pretty or comfortable.
Hood ranks about the middle of audio books i have listened to. It kept my interest even when I got characters mixed up like the Barons and Counts. It also had enough humor to keep me involved in listening.
When the old woman rescued Bran and told him all the stories enough to make him want to lead his people.
I love Adam Verner's accent and intonation as he reads.