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Publisher's Summary

Tom Mison, star of the hit Fox series Sleepy Hollow, narrates the classic Washington Irving short story.

In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball during the Revolutionary War.

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Critic Reviews

"Tom Mison's voice is delicious. His precise British diction allows listeners to savor Irving's sumptuous descriptions and sly humor. There are many pleasures to be found in Mison's rendition of the brief classic story, though a few instances of Irving's casual racism grate on modern ears. Listen for yourself and discover why it has so captured our collective imagination. (Mison himself stars in Sleepy Hollow, the current TV incarnation.) Whether you're familiar with the original story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman or not, Mison's reading is a gratifying way to experience it." (AudioFile)

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American History

The main reason to read this is for the American History. This gives a good look at what life was like for Teachers in early America. The horror itself is not so much, more of a fun prank that scared our main character.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Treasures Of Jolly Autumn

A free fun Halloween listen from Audible of a famous short story about ghosts and the greedy Ichabod. First published in 1820 the story is brought vibrantly to life by this excellent narration. Tom Mison makes this a complete winner. Really well done!

35 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Hollow bones

Because I had never read the story before but seen countless sleepy hollow versions I wasn't sure what to expect. Tom mason does an excellent narrative and my stomach was a flutter thinking of the headless horseman. I wish this was a longer book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A New Retelling of an Old Favorite

America's first native fairy tale / ghost story is once again retold, and it's a great way to jumpstart the Halloween season as far as I'm concerned. This version is narrated by Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane on TV's Sleepy Hollow. That version has virtually nothing in common with its source material apart from some names. The classic version has a decidedly much better writer, but I'm biased as this has always been one of my favorites growing up. Mison is an excellent narrator for this, capturing the old world feel of the tale perfectly.

For those new to the story, the thing to remember is that this is an old ghost story, and all that implies. It's all about setting the mood and leaving you with questions. It's not "complete" by modern standards, but by the standards when it was written, it's just about perfect.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Enthralling Narration

I was enthralled by the narration by Tom Mison. I felt like I was in a period movie and a gentlemen was gracing me by reading a story. With Halloween approaching it was fun to read the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, although is a lot less scary now that I'm all grown up.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic Narration by Tom Mison

Would you consider the audio edition of Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to be better than the print version?

I do own both the audio and the print version of this story. When I heard Tom Mison was narrating it, I jumped at the chance to have the fictional Ichabod Crane from TV to read the origin story for me. I thought he really brought the story to life for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Brom Bones in the original story as he is full of mischief but seems to have a good heart. Brom actually liked Katrina instead of liking the wealth and prestige she could give him as Ichabod did. This is stark contrast to other media portrayals where Ichabod is the hero and Brom is the villain of the piece.

Which character – as performed by Tom Mison – was your favorite?

I liked Tom's voice as Ichabod. It was a stuffier performance than his TV portrayal of another version of his character.

Any additional comments?

Tom Mison was a great narrator. I'd listen to other things he did in the future.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Magical!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to everyone who enjoys stories written with real atmosphere and beautiful language.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the rich prose and the twist at the end. Sleepy Hollow the town was almost a character in itself. The descriptions make the reader feel like they watch the story unfold in person.

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

Mison sounds like he belongs in the period. While he alters his voice here and there, his presence isn't distracting from the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

No.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Slim
  • Lexington, Virginia
  • 04-11-16

Good

I don't know If this book. Is spooky because I listened to it at night but hmm lol

19 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Great Reading of Sleepy Hollow!

Would you consider the audio edition of Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to be better than the print version?

I had looked for an audio version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow online, but hadn't found one that was any good before now.

What about Tom Mison’s performance did you like?

Tom Mison's reading of the book was absolutely brilliant. He has the perfect voice for the piece, and his reading of the tale is quite enjoyable. The fact that he is Ichabod Crane in the television show of the same name makes it all the more fun.

Any additional comments?

A great reading of an American classic--which I totally enjoyed!

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic!

This is well-loved classic and knows the story, of course, so it's all about the performance, and Tom Mison is perfection. He has a perfect voice for audiobooks, and his acting ability makes his reading soar. Loved it.

20 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Denise S
  • 03-06-15

First time hearing it...

...all the way through. Great story written with so much colorful detail. Tom Mison's voice is perfect and the story was read with just the right amount of drama.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-18-15

Lovely

The familiar story, smart and a little tongue in cheek read in the beautiful tones of Tom Mison. My only wish is that it could be a little longer!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • MRS ELAINE GHOSH
  • 12-16-15

A Great Classic Story

The story is pleasant and easy to listen too

Tom Mison is a brilliant reader, making the story come to life as you listen

It's totally worth it :)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 12-20-14

I was pleased

What did you like most about Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

it was nothing like the film at all

Any additional comments?

I really got the feel of what life was like in the old colonies, really lovely christmas treat

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  • S. Lacey
  • 11-17-16

Brilliant!!!

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Really enjoyed listening to Tom Mison's voice reading this! Have always liked this tale!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • g
  • 10-31-16

A fun read for Halloween

Read this for the first time tonight. A fun and quick read for Halloween night.

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  • SempaiGreg
  • 03-22-16

Left wanting more...

Its a great story of course and really, really creepy. You can make up your own mind about quite a bit which we don't often get the chance to do these days and although that's nice... I wanted more!

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  • Trialia
  • 03-11-16

Fair story for its time, good narration.

For those more familiar with the film or television versions of "Sleepy Hollow", as it's become most commonly known, this story might be an eye-opener, as the original tale is very different from the adaptations made by later generations. The focus of the original story is quite different, and the ending has often been altered in adaptation. It's worth a listen, though, even if mainly to compare the various retellings there have been. Ichabod Crane, however, is not nearly as interesting a character in his earliest incarnation as Johnny Depp later made him- fair warning.

The short story is well narrated in this version, however, and given that it's only about 90 minutes long and was free when I got it it's still worth a listen. I don't think I will revisit the audio version, but it's not bad. I'm just not the ghost-story type, I guess.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • michael
  • 11-22-15

still a classic

very well told but dialect is a long distance of a by gone times excellent

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  • Reginald pelle
  • 10-04-15

Not so inspiring!

Although, the introduction was pretty good, the narration within, was not so inspiring. Quite disappointed, to be honest.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-24-16

Absolutely loved it!! Irving def a Master writer!

Irvings' tale of Sleepy Hollow was written with such poetic prowess and grandeur!

Every decisive word had such a tummbling, descriptive, rhythm throughout without a stutter. The story was so cleverly written, inventive, curious, darkly humorous with an element of surprise and of course suspense!!

I thoroughly enjoyed Tom Misons' narration. Really nice to listen to and his tone and character portrayal was spot on!
Would listen to it again! :))

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  • Skye
  • 02-26-15

Brilliant little story

I Loved it. Tom Mison has a lovely voice and should narrate more audio books.

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