The characters and their growth into mature leaders is as classic as this tale is. I love how Mr. Lawhead uses classic stories within this story to grow Brand into the leader he needs to be. I can't wait to start the next book!
This is not the romanticised version of Robin Hood where he steals from the rich to give to the poor. In Hood, Bran is the young heir to a throne of a small county area. After the death of his father and the take over of their land from a frank noble who has purchased the land for 200 pounds, Bran escapes to the forest what's he joins forces with more people who have been forced from their land. Together they work together to undermine the Frank nobles and their allies, and to gain back their homes. A great read and listen.
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I have always been a fan of Robin Hood so when I was in a book store and saw a copy of Stephen R. Lawhead's "Hood", I got really excited.
I went home and looked it up to find more about it. I found that Lawhead wrote the story as if the legend were true so I had to get this. I am so glad I did.
I absolutely loved everything about "Hood" and the listened to both "Scarlet" and "Tuck"...
Lawhead absolutely brought the legend to life.
The development of Bran ap Brychen from selfish son to legendary outlaw and man of the people. This takes place over all three books.
Adam Verner did an amazing job in all facets of this trilogy.
This book was well conceived and researched, but it just didn't grab me from a story telling perspective like I wish it could have.
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!