Christian Rummel brings Washington Irving’s classic American tale to life in this audio edition of Rip Van Winkle. With its playful performance, young and old alike will delight at the story of funny old Rip’s strange experiences in the woods of New York’s Catskill mountains, bowling and drinking with peculiar figures, and taking a nap that lasts 20 years too long. This tale that tackles the supernatural with humor, along with his more macabre The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, situated Washington Irving firmly in the cannon of American folklore and made Rip one of its most memorable characters. Whether you know the story or not it's worth returning to again and again - like a ghost from the past or a dream of lost time.
Rip Van Winkle lives in a nice village at the foot of New York's Catskill Mountains. One autumn day he escapes his nagging wife by wandering up the mountains. After encountering strangely dressed men, rumored to be the ghosts of Henry Hudson's crew, who are playing nine-pins, and after drinking some of their liquor, he settles down under a shady tree and falls asleep. He wakes up 20 years later and returns to his village.
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My six year old son and I listened to this story on our way to Family Camp and thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course how could you beat any story written by Washington Irving. As well as, Christian Rummel's excellent narration. Thanks for making this wonderful classic available.
I knew this story from long ago, but its memory was vague. It's wonderful to read a great piece of literature and be reminded: classics are rarely formidable; they are simply wonderful stories, told wonderfully well. (It's nice if they're read wonderfully, too, and this one is.)
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
I have never read, or had read to me, the story of Rip Van Winkle. This was rather cute and nicely narrated. The phone keep ringing during this audio and I finally had to turn off the ringer. Once I backed up for the final time I really enjoyed some of the references to adults. I am sure this is always classified as a children's story, but I couldn't help wonder how many children know what being hen pecked means. Worth a few good laughs.
Having someone else read it to me. I always read with my same voice and the readers do different impressions.
Rip is caught neglecting his family and in the end it's excepted as fact rather then being rebuffed.
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