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A man who sleeps for 20 years in the Catskill Mountains wakes to a much-changed world. This is an American classic!

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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A HEN PECKED HUSBAND

MARRIED TO A SHREW
We all know someone like Rip. An easy going guy who gets along with everyone, but is a bit on the lazy side. Some authors take hours to build a character, Irving does it in mere minutes and tells a whole story.

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As a elementary kid, I had heard the abridged version. It does not do justice to the unabridged version and Sisco reads it well. This was one of my favorites as a child for the whimsy of the strange men in the mountains, nine pins and a 20 year nap. As an adult I love the complexity of the story and the look at American History.

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Best Thirty-Seven Minute Fairy Tale on Audible

Rip Van Winkle is the tale of an unhappily married man on a journey towards idleness married with impunity. Irving's a master of language whose created a lexical texture describing time and place. The narrator, Curits Sisco, achieved the appropriate meter and emphasis; however, sometimes he rushes listed sections inappropriately or slows too long for character's voices. Rip Van Winkle easily fits into the tradition of short classical fantasy. Other stories like it include: The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crimes in Connecticut by Mark Twain, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

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A Well-Crafted Tale...

...from a much-beloved writer. Well- crafted tales never go out of style & are never forgotten.

BB... Jade Dragon

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I bought a bunch of classics

Oh boy, this story did not age well.

If it were revised for modern times, it could be a curious tale of how a fellow lost a rather important 20 year span with an interesting fish-out-of water ending.
But, as it stands, it spends more than half of the time hammering home how women are just *the worst.*

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Classic story; crisp narration.

Classic story of the idle man who inadvertently sleeps twenty years, and returns to a changed world. Crisp, well-paced narration.

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Main narrator was excellent; secondary ones not so

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The vast majority of the book was by the main narrator, so the secondary voices (possibly the main narrator taking on additional voices) was at most a minor annoyance.

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Great story

This classic should be read by everyone interested in 19th century American literature. A truly fun tale.

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Purely American

I loved the parallels drawn between his wife and the tyrannical reign of King George.

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Loved it!

Nice to finally read this classic. At times, I sincerely wish I could share in some of that Hudson moonshine

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Even better than I remembered

I remember being told this story ages ago and to hear it told again was awesome. The narrator was excellent as well.