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.
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I always remembered the romance of the complete story.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
I always love how King Richard sneaks onto the scene.
Michael Page did a wonderful job of bringing one of my favorites to life.
Nothing extreme. Just pure entertainment and routing for the good guy.
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...!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Avid reader until vision impairment set in. Now an avid listener!
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.
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.
No, but I'm sure to look for other books by him now.
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.
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Not for a while as I really don't need to go back
Battle at the end
No it was too long I listened two hours a day on my commute
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