"Rip Van Winkle" is one of Washington Irving's most iconic scary stories. Rip falls asleep after drinking too much and awakens 20 years into the future with a rusty gun, a dead wife, and a now-adult daughter. What's more, looks like Rip has missed the entire American Civil War. George Guidall is an incredibly talented audio performer. He brings this famous and traditional American ghost story to life. Guidall plays with his intonation, utilizing both high and low registers to make this audio version even more captivating than the original. In particular, Guidall endows elderly Rip with a spot-on croaky and bewildered voice. This audiobook is a great Halloween-time listen.
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"Irving belongs to the number of writers who can be read by all who admire a combination of elegance, sentiment, and wit." (American Literature and Culture)
She found long ago she could get away with almost anything as long as she didn't stop to explain - Edith Wharton, The Old Maid
These short stories are excellent, and the narrator is one of the BEST! There had been an issue of only Rip Van Winkle being included but this has now been corrected. The length of this audiobook at the time I purchased it had been listed as 48 minutes but now it is two hours and 14 minutes long. If you purchased this prior to this correction, you just need to download it again as I did and you will gain access to both stories.
This title was supposed to include the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. But it only contains Rip Van Winkle.
Happy to confirm as reported by an earlier reviewer that both stories are, in fact, included in this audio.
I found these stories, often read in elementary school, to be every bit as much enjoyable and interesting to me now at age 60+, maybe even more so since I'm able to appreciate subtleties I missed as a child. I loved the description of the Catskills and the 18th century society.
George Guidall is as ever one of the best narrators. I happily buy anything narrated by him without apprehension and these two stories of Washington Irving are no exception.
That said, the narration of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow--that story alone--by Tom Mison is excellent also.
I needed both stories. The title says Sleepy Hollow is included, but it is not. Have we done something wrong in the download?
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