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)
Great take on a classic tale
The anticipation was really well done.
WAAAAAY to fast. didn't allow the moments to develop.
I really enjoyed this book. It has enough differences from previous Robin Hood stories that it stays interesting.
I enjoyed the banter between the characters. Their emotional life was realistic
I enjoyed how Bran was changed by events that caused him to mature into a man.
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.
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.
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.
When the old woman rescued Bran and told him all the stories enough to make him want to lead his people.
I love Adam Verner's accent and intonation as he reads.
Stephen Lawhead maybe, Adam Verner definitly
Verner does an excellent job making the characters interesting and handling the Welsh names.
Hood was an interesting take on a classic story. But it did tend to drag and make you wonder were it was going.
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.
The premise was interesting. I think I might read the book myself as a novel since I love stories about the Robin Hood legend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
"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.
"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.
"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.
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