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Editorial Reviews

Christian Rummel brings Washington Irving’s classic American tale to life in this audio edition of Rip Van Winkle. With its playful performance, young and old alike will delight at the story of funny old Rip’s strange experiences in the woods of New York’s Catskill mountains, bowling and drinking with peculiar figures, and taking a nap that lasts 20 years too long. This tale that tackles the supernatural with humor, along with his more macabre The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, situated Washington Irving firmly in the cannon of American folklore and made Rip one of its most memorable characters. Whether you know the story or not it's worth returning to again and again - like a ghost from the past or a dream of lost time.

Publisher's Summary

Rip Van Winkle lives in a nice village at the foot of New York's Catskill Mountains. One autumn day he escapes his nagging wife by wandering up the mountains. After encountering strangely dressed men, rumored to be the ghosts of Henry Hudson's crew, who are playing nine-pins, and after drinking some of their liquor, he settles down under a shady tree and falls asleep. He wakes up 20 years later and returns to his village.

Public Domain (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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Excellent Story! Listen with your Children!

My six year old son and I listened to this story on our way to Family Camp and thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course how could you beat any story written by Washington Irving. As well as, Christian Rummel's excellent narration. Thanks for making this wonderful classic available.

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A Classic Invitation

I knew this story from long ago, but its memory was vague. It's wonderful to read a great piece of literature and be reminded: classics are rarely formidable; they are simply wonderful stories, told wonderfully well. (It's nice if they're read wonderfully, too, and this one is.)

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Quick, enjoyable story

I have never read, or had read to me, the story of Rip Van Winkle. This was rather cute and nicely narrated. The phone keep ringing during this audio and I finally had to turn off the ringer. Once I backed up for the final time I really enjoyed some of the references to adults. I am sure this is always classified as a children's story, but I couldn't help wonder how many children know what being hen pecked means. Worth a few good laughs.

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Nice Reread

I read this years ago....ole Ripp slept for 20 years and woke up away from his wife who he would allege, hound him, and went from a citizen of England to a United States Citizen while asleep!

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Full of lessons for kids

What made the experience of listening to Rip Van Winkle the most enjoyable?

Having someone else read it to me. I always read with my same voice and the readers do different impressions.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rip Van Winkle?

Rip is caught neglecting his family and in the end it's excepted as fact rather then being rebuffed.

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Fun short story

Well narrated and a classic tale

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Excellent!

Very enjoyable!

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