"You who so plod amid serious things that you feel it’s shame to give yourself up even for a few short moments to mirth and joyousness in this land of fancy...these pages are not for you." So begins David Case in the hilariously proper British accent for which he is famous. He is introducing the Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Howard Pyle’s 1883 take on the playful archer, a legendary hero since the Middle Ages.
In this two-part audiobook, Pyle and Case regale the listener with all the familiar events and characters: the Sherrif of Nottingham, Friar Tuck, and, of course, Little John. Of additional interest, Pyle’s text is written in an "old English" dialect that is as delightful as it is entirely invented.
A beloved legend of all time, Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood tells the compelling tale of the brave, good-humored outlaw and his cohorts Friar Tuck, Little John, and Will Scarlet, as they cavort about Sherwood Forest.
However, it is not all sport. Robin Hood and his band must also outwit the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham, who will stop at nothing to rid the forest of the outlaw.
©1992 Phoenix Recordings; (P)2004 Tantor Media, Inc.; Originally published 1883
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood depicts the REAL Robin Hood. It's written in olde English dialect so it's a little easier to listen to than to read, but either way you'll catch on after a few stories.
The narrator is great and does an excellent job changing his voice for different characters. This is a must read/listen for the avid Robin Hood fan. Be prepared though... there's no Maid Marion. Stealing from the rich to give to the poor and partying with the guys didn't leave much time for women. Enjoy.
The most enjoyable book I have heard. The contemporary movie, "Robin Hood - Men in Tights" captures the light-hearted nature of this tale. I wish it would never have ended.
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