The epitome of the chivalric novel, Ivanhoe sweeps listeners into Medieval England and the lives of a memorable cast of characters. Ivanhoe, a trusted ally of Richard the Lion Hearted, returns from the Crusades to reclaim the inheritance his father denied him. Rebecca, a vibrant, beautiful Jewish woman, is defended by Ivanhoe against a charge of witchcraft - but it is Lady Rowena who is Ivanhoe's true love.
The wicked Prince John plots to usurp England's throne, but two of the most popular heroes in all of English literature - Richard the Lion Hearted and the well-loved, famous outlaw Robin Hood - team up to defeat the Normans and regain the castle. The success of this novel lies with Sir Walter Scott's skillful blend of historic reality, chivalric romance, and high adventure.
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Ivanhoe is really one of the best listens on Audible. Scott's wit, story-telling, and personal narration are perfect. Prebble's narration is at its best. This work is so obviously an influence on many of my favorite authors. Interestingly enough, one author that most resembles Scott (purposefully) in style, Susanna Clarke, also has Simon Prebble read her books: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel; and parts of her Ladies of Grace Adieu (I recommend both). Prebble is spot-on, and Scot is very enjoyable to read. Ivanhoe is most highly recommended.
Ivanhoe has all the elements for an entertaining and exciting story. I love it as a companion story to middle school world history. The students learn about society's rules during the Crusades and Age of Chivalry and see the problems of hypocrisy and political intrigue alongside family squabbles and stubborn pride. Scott also demonstrates how the mindset of differing religions and nationalities can work together with a little courtesy and valuation of human life. As in the 21st century, schemes cannot function without a financier. The relationship between the borrower and lender can be interesting, as well as troublesome. Robin Hood and Richard, the Lion-hearted are two supporting characters to the Knight Templar, Cedric of Saxon, Rowena, Wilfred of Ivanhoe and Rebekah, the Jewess. This may be Sir Walter Scott's most entertaining work in his creation of the novel genre.
"fabric artist and quilter"
This was my first Sir Walter Scott and while I enjoyed it, it was to modern ears a bit corny. What did make it interesting was listening to an historical novel set in the middle ages written in English not too different to that written by Jane Austen. It gave the whole novel an authenticity as the descriptive passages were not written as they would be today.
Overall I enjoyed it and will listen to more Scott. Simon Prebble did a great job narrating as he always does.
I liked the story, I should have read it 50 years ago. I didn't because I got tired of all of the words. They are one of the reasons I didn't. I have found that listing to this kind of book is an enjoy able experience.
Impossible to do
Still reading and think it might be ages before I get though it all so reviewed now on what I heard so far.
He makes it easier to listen to than to read.
I know it is a classic, but oh my gosh. I need my cliff notes!
Programmer for 25 years. Retired in 2002 when I lost my vision. I am not sightless but visually impaired. I am a poet, a novelist, and just plain enjoy writing. The loss of the ability to read trashed my life. I HATE audio books, they are SO slow. But, C'est la Vie! I listen to books now because I must.
Anyone who has not read this should get around to it. I read it when I was 10 years old. Nearly 50 years later it is well worth re-reading.I had forgotten how many of the movies about Robin Hood had their basis in this story.
I couldn't pick a favorite character no matter how I tried. Each seemed very alive to me.
Simon Prebble was good at making the villains of the piece come alive. He has the voice for menace, I think.
I felt that the narrator could have slowed the story down - I had to go back again and again to try to understand and grasp what he was saying. Perhaps it was me but just found him very difficult to listen too. I was very excited to listen to the book but gave up as felt I had to work to hard to follow him
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