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)
I enjoyed the story, a different take on the traditional history of the Robin Hood mythology.
I enjoyed the story line, however it was constantly corrupted by the narrators poor pronunciation of basic English words. I acknowledge the intention of offering Gaelic language, but the affected English the narrator employed used made his narration ridiculous. I cringed every time a mis-pronunciation of basic words or of place names occurred to the point that I almost quit listening.
I decided to give the author of the book an honest chance so I continued.
However I will not listen to any more of the series by the same narrator.
a dedicated dilettante
Hood provides a whole new look into the Robin Hood legend. It is a richly written tapestry late 11th Century Britain. The enemy are the Normans (and the Frank). It's told primarily from the protagonist's (aka Bran Bendigedig, the Hood) perspective and uses the etiquette, pacing and milieu of the day for dialog, action and relationships of the day. I thoroughly enjoyed this but my teenage boys found it a bit slow.
Stephen Lawhead provides a compelling argument in the supplement to the book "Robin Hood in Wales" to move the Robin Hood we know and love from Sherwood Forest (and indeed from being English) to being a Welshman in Wales. The reason I bring this up is this sets the tone for the book and is indicative of Mr. Lawhead's writing. He is thorough in his research and, as I indicated above, the subsequent setting of his book and the way the dialog and action move forward. He writes as if this could have been a personal history.
I went between the Kindle and Audible versions. Adam Verner does an outstanding job with the challenging Welch titles and overall language. His pacing is spot on with Bran being quicker spoken than Iwan. Irritation, whininess and arrogance of just the right amounts come from Count Falkes de Braose voice. There are times that the period is spoken quite slow, but I suspect the paces of things were a bit slower. If you like audiobooks, you'll enjoy this one.
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I was not sure what to expect.I did not care for the narrator, almost made me stop listening in the beginning until the story picked up. The narrator read characters well and intoned, he just had a very classical high pitched haughty accent that I found annoying and will avoid in the future. The story itself was an interesting shift to the traditional Robin Hood stories I have heard in the past. Traditional characters were woven the story creatively providing some "aha" moments when their names are revealed. While I did enjoy the story I am not sure I will go on to the next one if it is the same narrator.
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.
The author has some compelling reasons for the legend originating in Wales which he presents after the end of the tale. The story was well written and held my interest very well. I love the whole legend of Robin Hood and found this version very believable. I enjoy hearing about different historical periods and how people lived in different times.
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!
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