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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | [Washington Irving]

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the most famous supernatural wild chase in all of literature. One of the best known American short stories, this tale has been produced countless times for television and film. A halloween classic!
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Publisher's Summary

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the most famous supernatural wild chase in all of literature. One of the best known American short stories, this tale has been produced countless times for television and film. A halloween classic!

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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    Robert Tampa, FL, United States 05-23-12
    Robert Tampa, FL, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Good Ones Never Get Old"
    If you could sum up The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, humorous, lively


    What other book might you compare The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to and why?

    Like Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow gives an enchanting view into the dynamics of everyday life in colonial times.


    What about Curtis Sisco’s performance did you like?

    Sisco does a splendid job giving distinct voices to each of the characters and does so with attention to the story flow.


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

    Listening to this book brings back happy memories of being read the story as a child. I couldn't help but laugh at the foibles of the character.


    Any additional comments?

    As you can tell from my earlier comments, I am quite enthusiastic about this experience. If you purchase this version, you will be, too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-06-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-06-14 Member Since 2013

    Rob Thomas

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    "Hard to believe was written almost 200 years ago"

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a such a great short(ish) story. The descriptions of the people, scenery, and life in the Hudson valley were excellent. Then there's that neat and very ambiguous supernatural element in it as well.

    I read this story back in high school eons ago. Loved it then, love it now. It almost feels contemporary despite its age.

    Btw, reading it again made me realise the Disney version of this got the look of Ichabod Crane just right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather United States 10-30-12
    Heather United States 10-30-12
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    "A great story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow the most enjoyable?

    It was short and so I could listen to it with few breaks.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ichabod because he thinks he's got it all figured out on how to get the girl.


    What does Curtis Sisco bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a good storyteller. His reading is fluid and easy to follow. He pronounces the words well and doesn't make awkward pauses like other narrators sometimes do.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A twist at the end


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good story that is about middle school level. It's not particularly one that I feel my 7 year old could follow, but a story I plan to share with him in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    antonio WOODBOURNE, NY, United States 10-02-13
    antonio WOODBOURNE, NY, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2013

    Passion for History, Philosophy and Politics.

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    "A forgotten piece of Americana"
    What did you like best about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? What did you like least?

    Legend of Sleepy Hollow is an interesting short work. Everyone has their judgements going into the Irving classic, either it be from the Disney short, the new television show or watching a stage rendition of it. Being an Americanist at heart I was excited to revisit this American classic tale and was disappointed at the dimwitted nature and shallowness of the protagonist. I guess my expectations of what Ichabod Crane was supposed to be, and what he actually was were completely different. One does have to give Irving a thumbs up on his comedic elements; The possible cabal between Crane and Brom was a funny twist.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Curtis Sisco?

    I'm sure Sisco is a fine orator and voice actor but when I'm listening to fiction I want the characters to be voiced differently.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Mount Juliet, TN, United States 09-26-13
    Virginia Mount Juliet, TN, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2010

    "Listening with my other ear"

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    "Classic book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe, just for the story itself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole story. This is a classic original tale so many others have copy-catted.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not much, Mr. Sisco speaks in such a monotone voice it was difficult to understand the emotions in the story at all. We were trying to listen in our home school class and actually turned it off and bought another version.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last third of this book is wonderfully scary!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Benjamin Central Jersey, USA 03-12-13
    John Benjamin Central Jersey, USA 03-12-13

    I like audiobooks.

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    "Hard to listen to, perhaps not the greatest story"
    What did you like best about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? What did you like least?

    I loved the description of detail. Washington Irving wrote a wonderful series of character portraits. I however, did not like the story all that much. I feel like it is hard to judge given all we already know about the story, but honestly, it was 7/8 a discussion of a young school teacher's romantic prospects and then a quick scare at the end. Of course I recognize the open-endedness of the finale. (Perhaps it was the other suitor attempting to scare him away, etc.) However, everyone who hasn't already read this will spend most of this listen wondering when the horseman will show.


    If you’ve listened to books by Washington Irving before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Curtis Sisco?

    Sure. This was hard to listen to, but it had more to do with Washington Irving's page after page of description rather than plot than with Sisco.


    Do you think The Legend of Sleepy Hollow needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't understand this question.


    Any additional comments?

    This is probably a work better read than listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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