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Publisher's Summary

For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.

Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets, and Bran must find a way to make it his own if he is to survive.

Like the forest itself, Hood is deep, dark, and at times savagely brutal, yet full of enchantment and hope. Internationally acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead has created a lyrical rendering of a time-honored story that will lead you down strange pathways into another place and time.

©2006 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)2006 Oasis Audio, LLC

Critic Reviews

"A fun read that will leave readers anxious for the next installment." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Lindsey
  • Paris, KY, United States
  • 06-03-12

Couldn't even get through it :(

Would you try another book from Stephen R. Lawhead and/or Adam Verner?

I would try another book by the author, but will never listen to Verner's narration again. I found it hard to rate the story because I got so hung up in the horrible, fake-sounding British accent that I could not listen to most of the novel.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The premise was interesting. I think I might read the book myself as a novel since I love stories about the Robin Hood legend.

Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Verner’s performances?

Never!

Any additional comments?

This is the first time that I have purchased a book (with credits) that I have not been able to listen to from start to finish. I was so disappointed and ardently wished that I had not wasted my credits.

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  • Cameron
  • Monterey, CA, United States
  • 05-31-12

Hated the beginning, liked the end

I really found the beginning very boring. As the story moves along, it becomes more interesting but remains a fairly simple plot and seems to end abruptly. Plus, I didn't think the writing was that interesting. The author has the characters talk in Shakespearean English, which comes across as stilted in the audio version. The story's major plus is its different (and maybe more realistic) take on the traditional Robin Hood stories.

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Good Book

I really liked this book. It reworks the Robin Hood story in a similar manner to how many authors have the Arthurian Tales. Instead of being a highway man in the High Middle Ages, Lawhead imagines Rhi Bran y Hud as a welsh nobleman a few generations after the Norman Invasion. I think it is a fun treatment, no it’s not the fastest paced story ever, but it does seem more plausible than the classic story.

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  • Booklover
  • Jacksonville, FL, United States
  • 02-17-12

Hang on to your speakers

I really liked the book, but every time I started to get into the story the narrator killed the mood. He seemed to be speed-reading which is exhausting to listen to. I love audiobooks, but had a hard time keeping up with this one. I loved his voice, the way he brought his characters to life and the fact that he mastered that balance between monotonous and overly dramatic. I think if he hadn't read so fast, I would not have paid so much attention to his performance and noticed his strange accent (sounds like an American trying to sound British) and mispronunciations.

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  • Sean
  • Bensalem, PA, United States
  • 02-03-12

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Great story but the narration was way too fast. I listen on an Android and was able to slow the narration speed to x.5 and that made it much better.

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  • Cid
  • LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States
  • 10-16-11

Wonderful Rendition of the Robin Hood Tale

My only complaint - it ended too soon!!!!! I loved this book, it grabbed me from the start and I didn't want it to end. I really wish he would have developed the relationship between Bran and Marrien more fully.... I think we need a next installment!!!!!

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  • cynthia
  • Sebastopol, CA, United States
  • 06-20-11

Thoroughly enjoyable

The story was well researched and nicely woven. A good thing too, since I started recommending it shortly after I started reading. It did not disappoint. I look forward to the second book.

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  • Robin
  • Sinking Spring, PA, United States
  • 06-20-11

Don't Waste Your Time

I ordered this book after reading the wonderful reviews, and having audible feature it as a book that "could not be put down". The only way this book could not be put down, would be if you were paralyzed. It was awful. The writing was adequate, but the story was just terrible. After hearing Bran warn the third person that the French were coming, in the exact same manner, I stopped listening. The story goes at a snail's pace and the writing is repetitive. I'm sorry I wasted the money. Don't make my same mistake.

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Loved the book, no problem at all with narrator!

This book hooked me, right from the start. I'm confused by the issues below with the narrator. I'm horribly picky when it comes to narration - I will even put down a great book with a bad narrator - but I loved every bit of this one!

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A Fun Listen

I really enjoyed the pace of this book and the way that Lawhead again manages to take myth and transform it into a plausible entertaining story.

My only questions is, why does Audible.com not have the sequel "Scarlet" yet?