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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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.
Entertaining, humorous, lively
Like Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow gives an enchanting view into the dynamics of everyday life in colonial times.
Sisco does a splendid job giving distinct voices to each of the characters and does so with attention to the story flow.
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.
As you can tell from my earlier comments, I am quite enthusiastic about this experience. If you purchase this version, you will be, too.
It was short and so I could listen to it with few breaks.
Ichabod because he thinks he's got it all figured out on how to get the girl.
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.
A twist at the end
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.
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Honestly this story was a bit boring. The disney version was actually a lot more entertaining and pretty much the same thing only made fun.
I wouldn't change anything about the book - its a classic tale!
Sisco was speaking way too fast. I even attempted to slow it down by going .75 speed but then I got an echo so I ended up listening to him rush through a great story. I also thought he didn't bring enough emotion to the character of Ichabod. Overall, he could have done more to enhance the story but instead I feel he deminished it.
The story is funny and exciting, I wish it were longer. The story is silly rather than scary. I think Hollywood has turned it into a nightmare situation when the real story is much more comedic. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it.
The narration was fine, average.
The main character would be fun to chat with.
I liked it a lot, I only wish it were longer.
Passion for History, Philosophy and Politics.
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.
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.
"Listening with my other ear"
Maybe, just for the story itself.
The whole story. This is a classic original tale so many others have copy-catted.
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.
The last third of this book is wonderfully scary!
I like audiobooks.
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.
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.
I don't understand this question.
This is probably a work better read than listened to.
"A classic worth reading"
Descriptive, interesting, classic
Ichabod Crane - very well drawn and not designed to be particularly likable.
His performance wasn't bad, but I wasn't bowled over. I suppose there wasn't much of a chance for him to "put on voices" as there wasn't much dialogue.
It was relatively short, so I listened to it in two sittings (perhaps "walkings" is more fitting) over the course of one day. It was good enough to warrant one sitting.
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