Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets, and Bran must find a way to make it his own if he is to survive.
Like the forest itself, Hood is deep, dark, and at times savagely brutal, yet full of enchantment and hope. Internationally acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead has created a lyrical rendering of a time-honored story that will lead you down strange pathways into another place and time.
©2006 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)2006 Oasis Audio, LLC
"A fun read that will leave readers anxious for the next installment." (Publishers Weekly)
This is an interesting retelling of the well known Robin Hood story. However, its a bit simplistic for my tastes. I can't help thinking its aimed at younger readers.
The dialogue at times is jarringly anachronistic and the norman characters have a tendency to spontaneously break into modern french (just in case we didn't realise where they came from?).
The narrator does a good job with the range of voices needed for the characters, though he does tend to mispronounce celtic words and names.
All in all, It was a bit disappointing and I don't think I will continue with the series.
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True to Lawhead, the story is well developed and enjoyable. Would have given it 5 stars across the board except for the narration. I am torn about the other two books. I really want to continue the story, but am turned off by the narrator. I will have to consider that.
This book moves terribly slowly and is written in a rather staid style. This might be intentional (historically accurate?), but I found it boring.
I think the trilogy could have easily fit in the 12 hours I listened to.
While the story of Robin Hood set in Wales is an interesting one (that is well and convincingly done by Lawhead), what I appreciated most about this audiobook is that it's internal segments aligned with actual chapters; this made it easy to know and find your place, especially if you were to be listening as well as reading the book (depending on which media worked for you in a given context). Adam Verner also did a great job as narrator, varying his voice well for different characters (only sometimes being slightly irritating when doing the voices of the female characters).
I have to say that I was disappointed. I love many of Stephen Lawhead's books, but his writing is really heavy-handed in this book. I heard the phrase "be that as it may..." too many times to count. Also, the narrator has an odd way of reading- he over enunciates, so the text is stilted and hard to listen to. Pus the music that shows up at random interludes is distracting, and doesn't seem to have anything to do with the storyline- other than its supposed to be slightly celtic-mystical, I guess. Overall, this is mediocre at best- i might recommend reading it instead of listening to the audiobook.
Amusing story set primarily in Wales (UK) but the reader has no idea at all about how to pronounce some of the welsh names. Some of these are a real hoot. The river Wye (pronounced why) he pronounces as wee. Would have been better without these errors but an enjoyable listen nontheless.
A great re-telling of the Robin Hood legend with a beautiful twist of Celtic mythology. Well voiced and well written!
I enjoyed the retelling of Robin Hood set in a different location which gave the story a new and fresh appeal. However, the narrator was dreadful. Nothing more distracting when listen to a good book then to hear it read in a terrible accent and words so mispronounced that at times I could not quite understand what they where. This book is worth listen to for the great story but be aware that the narrator may lessen your enjoyment.
After reading this book, I can't wait until the next in this series is complete. Lawhead writes an engaging and delightful retelling of the Robin Hood tales. He makes the plot both new and believable.
For this audiobook, the narration is good and the post production is excellent.
This book was well conceived and researched, but it just didn't grab me from a story telling perspective like I wish it could have.
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