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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood | [Howard Pyle]

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Here are the beloved adventures of the mischievous hero Robin Hood and his brave and merry band of outlaws, who forged a chivalrous code to protect the oppressed and despoil the oppressors. Follow along as Robin makes his breathtaking escapes from his archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, while classic characters like Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Little John create one hilarious escapade after another.
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Publisher's Summary

Here are the beloved adventures of the mischievous hero Robin Hood and his brave and merry band of outlaws, who forged a chivalrous code to protect the oppressed and despoil the oppressors. Follow along as Robin makes his breathtaking escapes from his archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, while classic characters like Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Little John create one hilarious escapade after another. Pageantry, knights, and beautiful maidens of old abound in the episodes comprised by this favorite story.

Russell Crowe will star in the November 6, 2009 movie Nottingham.

(P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Doubtless there were few red-blooded American boys of the 19th century who did not share Tom Sawyer and his companions' sincere preference to being 'outlaws a year in Sherwood Forest than President of the United States.'" (Michael Patrick Hearn, American literary scholar and specialist in children's literature)

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    Jefferson Fukuoka, Japan 08-13-10
    Jefferson Fukuoka, Japan 08-13-10 Member Since 2010

    I love listening to or reading books--especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, classics, & historical.

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    "A PURE PLEASURE"

    This was a wonderful listen! The chapters (linked short stories) recount how Robin Hood comes to be an outlaw in Sherwood Forest, meets the key members of his band, and merrily adventures with them in and around Sherwood Forest in twelfth-century England. Howard Pyle's book has many impressive and pleasing points, among them:

    exciting story-telling, rollicking lust for life, savory conversations, compelling songs, apt aphorisms, beautiful descriptions of nature, irreverent chastising of corrupt authority figures, interesting figures of speech (comparing, for example, the swift passing of Robin's anger to a breath on a window pane or the slow brain of a cobbler to a ball of unbaked bread dough), great humor (ranging from comical slapstick to witty banter and funny irony), and thoughtful movement from the light-hearted merriment of youth to the joy and grief of nostalgic maturity.

    Christopher Cazenove reads with a clear voice and a charming manner and an effective range of accents and moods for the various characters, among them the good-hearted and stout Robin, the brawny and faithful Little John, the refined Will Scarlet, the querulous Sheriff of Nottingham, and the bestial bandit Guy of Gisbourne. Cazenove even remains in each character's voice as he sings the occasional catchy or lovely folk ballads. He infuses his reading with such meaning, humor, and life that listening to this audiobook was a pure pleasure that made me smile and laugh and finally moved me to tears.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 03-22-12
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "A Delight!"

    This great classic is a wonderful read for anyone who loves the adventure and vivid characters found in the novels of Dumas or the wit and whimsy discovered in those of Twain. Reading Pyle's Robin Hood is like taking the two together in one mighty draft of fine literature!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New England, USA 02-10-11
    Amazon Customer New England, USA 02-10-11
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    "A splendid reading of the classic!"

    Howard Pyle was the writer who put together stray tales of the English outlaw and created the narrative of Robin Hood we know today. His original novel is still great fun -- it took my kids (ages 9 & 10) a little while to get used to the language, but then they absolutely loved it. They've been acting out scenes and cracking themselves up. The narrator of this edition, Christopher Cazenove, is spot-on perfect for the material, too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheley Napier Columbus, Ohio USA 05-27-13
    Sheley Napier Columbus, Ohio USA 05-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful version"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood to be better than the print version?

    I love the playfulness and characterizations in this performance! If you enjoy the Robin Hood myths, this is a fun version. And this can serve to answer all of the other questions listed here, so forgive me as I repeat myself.


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

    I love the playfulness and characterizations in this performance! If you enjoy the Robin Hood myths, this is a fun version. And this can serve to answer all of the other questions listed here, so forgive me as I repeat myself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-21-13

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.

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    "Great Fun!"

    This is considered a "kid's book." But much like with The Hobbit, it's written so much better than a lot of adult novels today. Sign of the times, I suppose. But as a kid's book, this puts aside the grim and gritty of today's fare and gives the reader something fun and truly wonderful. I've grown up reading this book, and to hear it via Audible is a treat.

    Each chapter is a self-contained event, often with the next chapter building making a callback to the previous ones as a reminder. This means that while it's essentially a group of short stories, there is a continuity for those who appreciate such things.

    Readers who are familiar with Robin Hood in his many multimedia incarnations will probably be quite surprised to learn both Robin's "origin story" and some of the other tidbits here and there. Just because it's fun, it doesn't mean it doesn't have a bit of dark thrown in for added weight. Pyle doesn't talk down to the reader, and as the title suggests, there's more comedy and farce than anything else. This book is a classic, and it holds up. Highly recommended. It's a great read for anyone of any age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel Spokane Valley, WA, United States 09-16-11
    Nathaniel Spokane Valley, WA, United States 09-16-11
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    I loved it except for the end. Great narrator and great adventure! A must read if you are a Robin Hood fan.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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