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Hood Audiobook

Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.

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

What the Critics Say

"A fun read that will leave readers anxious for the next installment." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Laurance Dickinson, TX, United States 02-18-13
    Laurance Dickinson, TX, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book poor performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Hood the most enjoyable?

    Great take on a classic tale


    What did you like best about this story?

    The anticipation was really well done.


    How could the performance have been better?

    WAAAAAY to fast. didn't allow the moments to develop.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    N/a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randall 02-16-13
    Randall 02-16-13
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    "A new twist on an old story"
    Where does Hood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. It has enough differences from previous Robin Hood stories that it stays interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hood?

    I enjoyed the banter between the characters. Their emotional life was realistic


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed how Bran was changed by events that caused him to mature into a man.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The social injustice is the driving force of the book. There were still a lot of other things going on to keep the story moving.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Robin Hood. The sit back, relax and enjoy being in his world. This is more a story of how Hood became the man he was. It isn't alway pretty or comfortable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Kansas City, MO, United States 01-15-13
    Mary Kansas City, MO, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining AND Historical"
    Where does Hood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hood ranks about the middle of audio books i have listened to. It kept my interest even when I got characters mixed up like the Barons and Counts. It also had enough humor to keep me involved in listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hood?

    When the old woman rescued Bran and told him all the stories enough to make him want to lead his people.


    What does Adam Verner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Adam Verner's accent and intonation as he reads.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Chicago, IL, United States 07-16-12
    Diana Chicago, IL, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not bad but not great"
    Would you try another book from Stephen R. Lawhead and/or Adam Verner?

    Stephen Lawhead maybe, Adam Verner definitly


    What does Adam Verner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Verner does an excellent job making the characters interesting and handling the Welsh names.


    Any additional comments?

    Hood was an interesting take on a classic story. But it did tend to drag and make you wonder were it was going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey Paris, KY, United States 06-03-12
    Lindsey Paris, KY, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't even get through it :("
    Would you try another book from Stephen R. Lawhead and/or Adam Verner?

    I would try another book by the author, but will never listen to Verner's narration again. I found it hard to rate the story because I got so hung up in the horrible, fake-sounding British accent that I could not listen to most of the novel.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The premise was interesting. I think I might read the book myself as a novel since I love stories about the Robin Hood legend.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Verner’s performances?

    Never!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time that I have purchased a book (with credits) that I have not been able to listen to from start to finish. I was so disappointed and ardently wished that I had not wasted my credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Monterey, CA, United States 05-31-12
    Cameron Monterey, CA, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Hated the beginning, liked the end"

    I really found the beginning very boring. As the story moves along, it becomes more interesting but remains a fairly simple plot and seems to end abruptly. Plus, I didn't think the writing was that interesting. The author has the characters talk in Shakespearean English, which comes across as stilted in the audio version. The story's major plus is its different (and maybe more realistic) take on the traditional Robin Hood stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Z. Wixom, MI 05-09-12
    Paul Z. Wixom, MI 05-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Book"

    I really liked this book. It reworks the Robin Hood story in a similar manner to how many authors have the Arthurian Tales. Instead of being a highway man in the High Middle Ages, Lawhead imagines Rhi Bran y Hud as a welsh nobleman a few generations after the Norman Invasion. I think it is a fun treatment, no it’s not the fastest paced story ever, but it does seem more plausible than the classic story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Booklover Jacksonville, FL, United States 02-17-12
    Booklover Jacksonville, FL, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Hang on to your speakers"

    I really liked the book, but every time I started to get into the story the narrator killed the mood. He seemed to be speed-reading which is exhausting to listen to. I love audiobooks, but had a hard time keeping up with this one. I loved his voice, the way he brought his characters to life and the fact that he mastered that balance between monotonous and overly dramatic. I think if he hadn't read so fast, I would not have paid so much attention to his performance and noticed his strange accent (sounds like an American trying to sound British) and mispronunciations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Bensalem, PA, United States 02-03-12
    Sean Bensalem, PA, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Helpful Tip"
    Any additional comments?

    Great story but the narration was way too fast. I listen on an Android and was able to slow the narration speed to x.5 and that made it much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cid LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 10-16-11
    Cid LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 10-16-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Wonderful Rendition of the Robin Hood Tale"

    My only complaint - it ended too soon!!!!! I loved this book, it grabbed me from the start and I didn't want it to end. I really wish he would have developed the relationship between Bran and Marrien more fully.... I think we need a next installment!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Isobel
    Harrow, Middlesex, United Kingdom
    5/24/07
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    "Hoodwinked - Hood Bk 1"

    I am a big Stephen Lawhead fan and have collected most of his works. This is my first audio version of one of his books. I found the storyline and characters enjoyable and liked the setting of the Robin Hood story. My only criticism is the story being read by an American who cannot pronounce the Welsh names and places. I found this extremely irritating and it constantly distracted me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria Pye
    Worcestershire, England
    9/22/08
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    "A compelling listen"

    I enjoyed this story. However, it is worth noting that it really bears very little relation to stories of Robin Hood. This said, it is an enjoyable fantasy novel and I hope to download a sequel soon.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Largs, United Kingdom
    4/1/12
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    "Good book - shame about the narrator"

    A good story, but not only can the reader not pronounce the Welsh names, he can't manage the Latin and French phrases. This spoiled the atmosphere and flow of the narrative for me every time it occurred. I'm getting the remaining parts of the trilogy in paper book form.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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