When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the county. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight - and how to win.
But Robin is a ruthless man - and although he is Alan's protector, if Alan displeases him, he could also just as easily become his murderer....
From bloody battles to riotous feast days to marauding packs of wolves, Outlaw is a gripping, action-packed historical thriller that delves deep into the fascinating legend of Robin Hood.
©2009 Angus Donald (P)2009 Library Magna Books Ltd
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I really don't like the title 'The Godfather of Sherwood Forest' because it implies a Mario Puzo type story which I think it is different then the overall truth of how all people existed back in the time this story takes place... Knights were not 100% chivalry & honor, it's feudal obviously so it works on this system. I love the military nuances & the beginning of longer blood battles & I would be interested to see how parts of this end, but I don't know if I'll get every book of the series. I'll probably get the last book & see how the end resolves.
The overall story doesn't hold up well as other authors but perhaps Donald has not written his best. If you like Robin Hood stories it could be worth it, but it depends on what else you've read. It obviously can't compare to Cornwell & Martin but its almost on Ludlow level, but its only one book I've read about this author.
Not the best type of books I've read in this genre...
I like the style of writing and the reader is good as well
I compare this book to Conn Iggulden, Ben kane, and Bernard Cornwell type of books
not sure which is my favorite
Robin in my opinion
I wasn't sure I would like this, but I chose it on the strength of other reviews and it proved to be an engaging story. It was easy to root for the young protagonist, and the narrative pace was brisk.
I was pleased that there was a series to follow Outlaw, and if I had written this review prior to listening to the second installment in the series, I would have more enthusiasm about this great start. However, the second book, Warrior, was so disappointing that it colors my appreciation of the first book.
I enjoyed the story and the characters of Outlaw enough that I was willing to put up with the gory depictions of sadism that peppered the narrative. But the second book, Warrior, was all gore and no plot. I wish now that I had only listened to the first one and left it at that.
I felt the reader was perfect for this role. The story was excellent but did languish in a few spots.
All in all, it is an excellent listen.
This was not my usual genre of audio book but a friend recommended it. I'm glad he did. I couldn't wait to get back in my truck to listen to more. Excellent narration. The story moved quickly. Characters developed well. I'm looking forward to listening to the next in the series.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
I Liked Robin, Little John, and the whole crew who banned together to try and form some hope of justice
Not read any who have the characters that these emotional issues forced them to trust one another.
This is my first and I was impressed with his professional performance and I look forward to read more of his audio books
I enjoyed the pagan celebration and their moon dance afterwards
I will get the next book in the series and look forward to reading it soon
Don't know, maybe in a few years...
Wolf's Head by Steven McKay. Also a good alternate Robin Hood story. Don't know which I liked better.
B+ :) Good performance overall. Enjoyed his altercating accents allocated different characters. But as usual, with a dark male narrating voice, his female voices become a bit silly to listen to! (absolutely not the worst I have heard though!)
Not really, but it kept me captivated, and wanting to listen on. Looking forward to book 2 already
Historical fiction is the best. (Conn Iggulden Emperor Series, Robert Fabbri Vespasian books, Anthony Riches, Jack Ludlow, Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow, Philippa Gregory, Robert Low and so on..)Thought Robin Hood would be too fictional a story to listen to, but I was pleasingly surprised.
I liked this new take on Robin Hood. The character is compelling and more fully developed. I also loved the way that young Alan, from whose point of view we view Robin, must constantly wrestle with his wishful image of Robin Hood and the reality of the man he serves. I thought it added an interesting complexity to the story.
Robin Hood is not a good man in this version. He has goals, and will do anything to accomplish them. Anything. If you are part of his inner circle, then he will die for you. Or kill for you, what ever you need. If you are not part of that circle...well, look out! Very exciting story!
Graham Padden did an excellent job of narrating the characters! I've never listened to him before, but it was great!
That's a tough one! I'd want to take robin Hood, but he would never reveal his inner thoughts and plans to me, so I guess I'd take Alan Dayle instead.
This is a much grittier version of Robin Hood. It is an excellent story, but the fight scenes are not pleasant. Donald does a great job of providing excellent descriptions throughout the tale, which makes the beautiful parts easy to visualize, but it also makes the violence that much more real too. Still, this whole series is a must read/ listen!
Donald's story is an authentic view of the time-period and the characters that could have been the genesis of the Robyn Hood legend. He captures the larger historical background of 12th century England and vividly constructs events in Sherwood Forest that make this book a gripping and thoroughly enjoyable listen. Worth the credit...and the next book in this series is now on my wish list!
This is the version of the Robin Hood story I always wanted to hear. Not the one where Maid Marian and Robin never end up together, not the one where Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn end up old but separate; not the one where Robin Hood dies young. Yecch! Who needs to be depressed. This is swashbuckling, more cool than Errol Flynn and Alan Hale, more interesting and more historically accurate. Angus Donald can write a story that sucks you in with interesting detail and a unique take on tough situations. Graham Padden's narration is superb.
I started by thinking Graham Padden was a little mono tonal and was almost inclined to stop listening. However, there turned out to be more intonation than I originally suspected and an enjoyable story. I have even downloaded the next volume!
Although there has been some criticism over the violent nature of Robin Hood character (who is no the "leading" character by the way), I must disagree. As the main character, Alan, describes the persona of Robin Hood is divided. He is as Friar Tuck says it "hot cold person". He has the strong inner circle for which he would do anything. And who is left out is literally left out. I have found the Outlaw series very interesting. But I guess that the same might go for this series. Those that like it, like it really much. But if you are outside the circle (might not like somewhat graphic violence for example) are really left out.
If you enjoyed Game Of Thrones in TV - here is a good place to continue! The final 8th book will be out next year, and I simply can't wait to listen to it.
Also note; the reader changes later in the series, but not for the worst!
"I didn't actually finish this."
No, he's too violent for my taste.
Maybe a bit more expression. He was OK.
My main reason for not finishing this book was nothing to do with the writing. I actually think the Author is a gifted story-teller, which is why I tried twice to read this. Telling the story from the point of view of one of the outlaws was a really nice touch too. No, my complaint was his interpretation of the Robin Hood character. While I think I understand what he was trying to do, put his own twist on the story and portray Robin as he probably would have been had he existed, to me, he missed the point. The whole reason Robin Hood is so loved is because he's not your typicle outlaw. He doesn't murder wantanly. He's not an inately cruel man and he cares for the suffering of others. He wouldn't have endured nearly so long if he was like Angus Donald's portrayal. I bought the whole series as I love everything to do with Robin Hood, but I'm sorry I did.
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