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Publisher's Summary

Here is the complete and unabridged tale of Ichabod Crane and his ill-fated visit to Sleepy Hollow. Half of the charm of the tale is Irving's beautiful prose, as he describes the glorious New England countryside. But of course there are chills galore when the Headless Horseman appears.

Public Domain (P)2008 B.J. Harrison

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First timer

For someone hearing the actual story for the first time. It’s nothing that I expected from what little I know of the story from movies and cartoons.

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Honestly...

I forgot how cumbersome and dry is the nature of this tale is in my nostalgia. It is humorous with a little chill in its bones, yet there is much wasted and needless detail that fluffs the story up to its length. I understand the commentary hidden, but it could have been s9 achieved without the incessant detail.
Also I take issue with the narrator, Mr. Harrison, for the voice he gave to the story's, erm... "Hero"... Ichabod Crane. He was portrayed as having the voice of a frog or toad from some bygone cartoon in the most nerve wracking of ways and it might destroys the feeling and immersion offered by the story.

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Classic with a classic reading

Timeless classic that, once I got beyond the obvious racist overtones of some of its characters portrayals, spirited me back to a time long ago to spook me get again. Kudos to the narrator.

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Great story

Beautiful writing and excellent narrator. Irving is a true master of writing tales only rivaled by Poe and Hawthorne.