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 ordered this book after reading the wonderful reviews, and having audible feature it as a book that "could not be put down". The only way this book could not be put down, would be if you were paralyzed. It was awful. The writing was adequate, but the story was just terrible. After hearing Bran warn the third person that the French were coming, in the exact same manner, I stopped listening. The story goes at a snail's pace and the writing is repetitive. I'm sorry I wasted the money. Don't make my same mistake.
This book hooked me, right from the start. I'm confused by the issues below with the narrator. I'm horribly picky when it comes to narration - I will even put down a great book with a bad narrator - but I loved every bit of this one!
I really enjoyed the pace of this book and the way that Lawhead again manages to take myth and transform it into a plausible entertaining story.
My only questions is, why does Audible.com not have the sequel "Scarlet" yet?
I haven't listened to a lot of the book but needed to write straight away. I've already fast forwarded to skip over some of the very many 'trials' that befall the hero and I've not even reached the end of the first main part.
But the thing that really gets me is the narrating!! Errol Flynn or some other American accented black and white film hero failing miserably to sound like a Welshman from Norman occupied Britain - totally off putting. In fact, I find myself listening for the appalling accents rather than the story.
It could be that I'm British and dislike an American accent telling a story set in Britain - but then again I didn't like it when a story set in Dublin was narrated with no Irish accents.
Don't know if I'm going to manage to listen to all of this one!
I enjoy the tale of robin hood and was really looking forward to reading a new take on the story. There were many positive reviews so I expected a winner. However, I have to agree with several other audible listeners in that the book is incredibly slow. The telling seems so "dumbed down" that I actually did some research on whether or not it was supposed to be a young adult novel. As much as I wanted to love this book, I will not be continuing on with the series.
If listening to an American do a poor imitation of a British accent will annoy you, you may want to think twice about this audiobook. I love the work of Stephen Lawhead, but the reader really got in the way of my enjoyment of this novel. If a British reader could not be found, it would have been better to have an American read this without attempting to fake it.
This is my first review and I felt compelled to let future readers know that the story pretty much follows the Robin Hood tale but a lot slower and with non interesting details.
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