We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Ivanhoe | [Sir Walter Scott]

Ivanhoe

Wilfred, knight of Ivanhoe, the son of Cedric the Saxon, is in love with his father's ward, Rowena. Cedric, however, wishes her to marry Athelstane, a descendant of the royal Saxon line, whom Cedric hopes will restore the Saxon succession. With a colorful cast of chivalric knights and fair ladies, this action-filled novel comes complete with feats of derring-do, the pageantry of a tournament, and a great flame-engulfed castle - all of which makes it the most enthralling of Scott's creations.
Regular Price:$31.47
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

A century has passed since the Norman Conquest, and England is still a colony of foreign warlords. Prince John is plotting to seize the throne from his brother, Richard the Lion-Hearted, and Robin Hood and his merry band are making fools out of the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Wilfred, knight of Ivanhoe, the son of Cedric the Saxon, is in love with his father's ward, Rowena. Cedric, however, wishes her to marry Athelstane, a descendant of the royal Saxon line, whom Cedric hopes will restore the Saxon succession.

With a colorful cast of chivalric knights and fair ladies, this action-filled novel comes complete with feats of derring-do, the pageantry of a tournament, and a great flame-engulfed castle - all of which makes it the most enthralling of Scott's creations.

(P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (291 )
5 star
 (137)
4 star
 (89)
3 star
 (46)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (8)
Overall
4.2 (209 )
5 star
 (102)
4 star
 (60)
3 star
 (33)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (4)
Story
4.4 (202 )
5 star
 (118)
4 star
 (58)
3 star
 (16)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amazon Customer USA 03-31-14
    Amazon Customer USA 03-31-14 Listener Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sometimes classics are not how you remembered."
    What did you love best about Ivanhoe?

    I always remembered the romance of the complete story.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Rebecca has always been my favorite female character in this story. I think Mr. Page gave her an interesting voice and one that you could easily tell from the other voices. Wamba is actually my most favorite in the story and his voice and characterization was done very well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Just because of the length of the novel and also the story jumps back and forth between scenes and people. Actually took some time to listen to the complete reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I had either not noticed or forgotten many of the details of the book, how the Jews were treated and how boorish so many of the main characters were. Realize it was probably an accurate account of the times the writer lived in but am glad I didn't live then.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-16-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-16-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    257
    108
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun Fantasy"
    Any additional comments?

    Excellent story of medieval adventure, showing how insane "religions" people could be at the time, however most of the rest is fantasy, even Robin Hood and King Richard make their appearances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Leacia A. Dyck Winnipeg, Mb 02-25-14
    Leacia A. Dyck Winnipeg, Mb 02-25-14 Member Since 2013

    Stitches23

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    67
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Historical Fiction"
    Where does Ivanhoe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have always been very fond of Ivanhoe and try to re-read it every decade or so. As far as audiobooks go, it's right up there with Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ivanhoe?

    I always love how King Richard sneaks onto the scene.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    Michael Page did a wonderful job of bringing one of my favorites to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme. Just pure entertainment and routing for the good guy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ana BALTIMORE, MD, United States 02-06-14
    ana BALTIMORE, MD, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    88
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I'm trying !!!!!!"

    As a foreign born and English not being my native language, I'm having a hard time following the narration because of the use of vocabulary and accent of the times. I'm half way done and I'm now taking a break. I read mostly Historical Fiction and love the British accent, but this is a bit too much for me. The same happened with Niccolo Rising, which I returned because it was almost painful to listen to. Oh, welll...!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer DENVER, CO, United States 01-30-14
    Amazon Customer DENVER, CO, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful"

    This was a fabulous book. It was a rich experience to be immersed in the world as he described it. I enjoyed every minute of the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bruce Perth, Australia 01-24-14
    Bruce Perth, Australia 01-24-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    75
    27
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not what I expected"

    It's well written but don't forget, it was published in 1820 so uses the language of the day where it takes a lot to say a little. Also the story is not quiet as I remember it. It's worth a listen if it's on special but not sure if I'd buy it otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Corwin Idaho 01-13-14
    Corwin Idaho 01-13-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Solid Performance of Classic"
    What did you love best about Ivanhoe?

    Walter Scott's _Ivanhoe_ is a romantic adventure of the first order. If you want a tale of chivalrous knights and derring-do, this is one of the few books that spring to mind, outside of Arthurian tales and Howard Pyle's _Men of Iron_. The story is well told, and was responsible for a resurgence of knightly tales, and is also said to have helped shape the modern conception of a certain legendary outlaw. The language used is rich, perhaps slightly flowery, but a pleasure to hear. In places the story uses real history; in others, Scott takes some liberties to advance his tale. The result is both entertaining and enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters are assigned their roles and carry them well. Sometimes characters border on stereotype, but Scott injects both enough humor and drama to keep you from really noticing. One of my favorite characters is the minor figure of Wamba, the quick-witted fool with the occasional merry turn of phrase.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Michael Page provides a solid performance. Characters have each their own voice, and you can clearly tell the difference between them. Page speaks clearly and with style appropriate to the piece. The performance is excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott's work was first published in 1820, and so was written during the last part of George III's reign, during the Regency of George IV. If you were not introduced to the book in school, you should be aware the story is told in the style and language of the day (Scott was also a noted poet of his day). Yet Scott's tales continue to breathe life, and repeatedly turn up on both the small and silver screens. There is a reason the book was included in so many high school curriculum, and if you haven't read it for a while, it is definitely worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joseph Kingston, PA, United States 01-08-14
    Joseph Kingston, PA, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    34
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Sentimental Listen that Really Scores"
    What did you love best about Ivanhoe?

    This is a great story, and I remembered it pretty well from a high school reading more than 30 years ago. After I couldn't get my son to read it -- he balked after 30 pages -- I thought I'd give it a listen to see if I'd misremembered my appreciation of it.In a nutshell, it's at least as good as I remembered. From the opening scenes with the swineherd and the jester who give the wrong directions to the too-proud Norman knights to the big battle scenes of the climax, the pace and the romance are almost perfect. It's fun as a story, and it's fun to sit back and realize this is the guy who invented the historical romance.I've recently read some Dumas -- similar reputation from a similar era -- and none of it comes close to this. I'll be getting to Rob Roy and the Talisman in the next year or so, and I'm hoping Audible will figure out a way to produce Waverley and some of the others before too long.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is also a terrific performance. It's understated next to some -- he's reading, not acting as some very good readers do -- but it's always in the service of the story. He builds tension very effectively but it's never rushed nor too slow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dulce USA 08-19-13
    Dulce USA 08-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Avid reader until vision impairment set in. Now an avid listener!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    55
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    84
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Moving romantic epic, beautifully read"
    Would you listen to Ivanhoe again? Why?

    Yes, I'm sure I will. The performance is incredibly good--the reader was able to find a unique voice for each of the many characters. It's also a very rich story and I'm sure I'd get more from a second listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's empathy with the Jewish characters, particularly Rebecca. Scott doesn't shy away from describing the contempt of English medieval nobility for the Jews, who were in their opinion total aliens- nonbelievers and usurers. But underlying the insults and blame is Scott's essential humanism. He insists on a portrayal of Jews that supersedes medieval stereotypes, making Rebecca one of the noblest and most memorable heroines in romantic literature. The ending made me cry.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I'm sure to look for other books by him now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was too long and much too dramatic to take in one sitting. Anyway I knew how it ended, because I'd read it before. But if I hadn't known about Rebecca's fate, the suspense might have had me listening in longer sessions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    William Reifsteck 03-29-13

    Historian turned Construction Executive Try my book Two Million Bricks (not yet on Audible)

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A book you should have read in college"
    Would you listen to Ivanhoe again? Why?

    Not for a while as I really don't need to go back


    What other book might you compare Ivanhoe to and why?

    Robin Hood


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Battle at the end


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it was too long I listened two hours a day on my commute


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-20 of 20 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.