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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood | [Howard Pyle]

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Here are American author Howard Pyle's exciting and hilarious tales of Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws, who reigned over Sherwood Forest doing many good deeds for the poor - and deserved misdeeds to the pompous and haughty rich.
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Publisher's Summary

Howard Pyle's exciting and hilarious tales of Robin Hood and his merry band of Outlaws who reigned over Sherwood Forest doing many good deeds for the poor, and deserved misdeeds for the pompous and haughty rich.

Table of Contents

Author's Preface

Chapter 01: How Robin Hood Came to Be an Outlaw

Chapter 02: Robin Hood and the Tinker

Chapter 03: The Shooting Match at Nottingham Town

Chapter 04: Will Stutely Rescued by His Companions

Chapter 05: Robin Hood Turns Butcher

Chapter 06: Little John Goes to Nottingham Fair

Chapter 07: How Little John Lived at the Sheriff's

Chapter 08: Little John and the Tanner of Blyth

Chapter 09: Robin Hood and Will Scarlet

Chapter 10: The Adventure with Midge the Miller's Son

Chapter 11: Robin Hood and Allan a Dale

Chapter 12: Robin Hood Seeks the Curtal Friar

Chapter 13: Robin Hood Compasses a Marriage

Chapter 14: Robin Hood Aids a Sorrowful Knight

Chapter 15: How Sir Richard of the Lea Paid His Debts

Chapter 16: Little John Turns Barefoot Friar

Chapter 17: Robin Hood Turns Beggar

Chapter 18: Robin Hood Shoots Before Queen Eleanor

Chapter 19: The Chase of Robin Hood

Chapter 20: Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne

Chapter 21: King Richard Comes to Sherwood Forest

Epilogue

Howard Pyle was born on March 5, 1853 in Wilmington, Delaware. From the time he was a very small boy he loved pictures, especially the pictures in storybooks. Among his favorites were Grimm’s German Fairy Tales and Arabian Nights.

At the age of twenty-one, Pyle began to contribute illustrations and fables to St. Nicholas magazine and later went on to write and illustrate books for children. His first was The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood in 1883. Many more books followed. He also taught illustration at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia and later set up his own art school in Wilmington. He died on November 9, 1911, in Florence, Italy.

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    Stephen Ellensburg, WA, United States 12-05-09
    Stephen Ellensburg, WA, United States 12-05-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Jolly good"

    Having read, listened to, and viewed multiple versions of the Robin Hood story, this is, to me, the jolliest version. It must be the writing that was used for the Errol Flynn movie, Robin and Marion, and many others since. However, this reading is the best so far. Fun adventures, well told, and well read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Damon D. Hickey Wooster, OH USA 06-21-12
    Damon D. Hickey Wooster, OH USA 06-21-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great presentation of a classic story"

    The reader, David Thorn, takes his time to evoke moods, gives each character a distinctive voice, and speaks with a classic English accent. I listened to the samples of other readers' versions. One didn't create distinctive character voices. Another's way of reading sounded almost like a sneer to me. A third, while avoiding both these problems, spoke at a pace that moved the story forward (resulting in a recording a full hour shorter than this one), but failed to linger long enough over descriptive passages to evoke the mood of each scene. Howard Pyle's book is a classic, the first modern (1883) attempt to bring the various Robin Hood ballads together in a single narrative, while preserving the feel of medieval prose--all the more remarkable because Pyle was American, not English. (Pyle is perhaps best-remembered for his painting and drawing. He taught and influenced several other classic illustrators in the "Brandywine School," including N. C. Wyeth. For "Robin Hood," he provided "medieval" pen-and-ink drawings and decorations, a perfect marriage of image and text.) This is a book I've loved since childhood, and I'm happy to find a reading that does justice to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Ann Arbor, MI, USA 04-17-08
    James Ann Arbor, MI, USA 04-17-08
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    "Good voices. Great pacing."

    Our kids (ages 6 up to 14) enjoyed this, asking for it in the car, snagging the Garmin Nuvi to listen in the house.

    Clear and expressive diction, singing generally OK and sometimes terrific.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    L. Smith Nebraska 04-23-14
    L. Smith Nebraska 04-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood the most enjoyable?

    The depth of characters the narrator accomplished


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robin Hood--well acted and read.


    Have you listened to any of David Thorn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Any additional comments?

    David Thorn sings the songs in the book. Although not sure where they got the tunes from, he did very with that.

    The Pyle story of Robin Hood drags in the middle--the adventure, rob, resolution stories get tiresome. However, the story picks up action toward the end and does end well. Thorn brought out the ending very nicely too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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