We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Audiobook

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Regular Price:$20.97
Sale Price:$3.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Here are the beloved adventures of the mischievous hero Robin Hood and his brave and merry band of outlaws, who forged a chivalrous code to protect the oppressed and despoil the oppressors. Follow along as Robin makes his breathtaking escapes from his archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, while classic characters like Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Little John create one hilarious escapade after another. Pageantry, knights, and beautiful maidens of old abound in the episodes comprised by this favorite story.

Russell Crowe will star in the November 6, 2009 movie Nottingham.

(P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Doubtless there were few red-blooded American boys of the 19th century who did not share Tom Sawyer and his companions' sincere preference to being 'outlaws a year in Sherwood Forest than President of the United States.'" (Michael Patrick Hearn, American literary scholar and specialist in children's literature)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (412 )
5 star
 (208)
4 star
 (117)
3 star
 (57)
2 star
 (22)
1 star
 (8)
Overall
4.2 (355 )
5 star
 (186)
4 star
 (84)
3 star
 (57)
2 star
 (23)
1 star
 (5)
Story
4.4 (356 )
5 star
 (220)
4 star
 (73)
3 star
 (46)
2 star
 (13)
1 star
 (4)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jefferson Fukuoka, Japan 08-13-10
    Jefferson Fukuoka, Japan 08-13-10 Member Since 2010

    I love listening to or reading books--especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, classics, & historical.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    307
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    92
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A PURE PLEASURE"

    This was a wonderful listen! The chapters (linked short stories) recount how Robin Hood comes to be an outlaw in Sherwood Forest, meets the key members of his band, and merrily adventures with them in and around Sherwood Forest in twelfth-century England. Howard Pyle's book has many impressive and pleasing points, among them:

    exciting story-telling, rollicking lust for life, savory conversations, compelling songs, apt aphorisms, beautiful descriptions of nature, irreverent chastising of corrupt authority figures, interesting figures of speech (comparing, for example, the swift passing of Robin's anger to a breath on a window pane or the slow brain of a cobbler to a ball of unbaked bread dough), great humor (ranging from comical slapstick to witty banter and funny irony), and thoughtful movement from the light-hearted merriment of youth to the joy and grief of nostalgic maturity.

    Christopher Cazenove reads with a clear voice and a charming manner and an effective range of accents and moods for the various characters, among them the good-hearted and stout Robin, the brawny and faithful Little John, the refined Will Scarlet, the querulous Sheriff of Nottingham, and the bestial bandit Guy of Gisbourne. Cazenove even remains in each character's voice as he sings the occasional catchy or lovely folk ballads. He infuses his reading with such meaning, humor, and life that listening to this audiobook was a pure pleasure that made me smile and laugh and finally moved me to tears.

    44 of 46 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer New England, USA 02-10-11
    Amazon Customer New England, USA 02-10-11 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    37
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    44
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A splendid reading of the classic!"

    Howard Pyle was the writer who put together stray tales of the English outlaw and created the narrative of Robin Hood we know today. His original novel is still great fun -- it took my kids (ages 9 & 10) a little while to get used to the language, but then they absolutely loved it. They've been acting out scenes and cracking themselves up. The narrator of this edition, Christopher Cazenove, is spot-on perfect for the material, too.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Douglas 03-22-12
    Douglas 03-22-12 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2798
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    524
    412
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    425
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Delight!"

    This great classic is a wonderful read for anyone who loves the adventure and vivid characters found in the novels of Dumas or the wit and whimsy discovered in those of Twain. Reading Pyle's Robin Hood is like taking the two together in one mighty draft of fine literature!

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Troy 07-21-13
    Troy 07-21-13

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2350
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    591
    277
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    159
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Fun!"

    This is considered a "kid's book." But much like with The Hobbit, it's written so much better than a lot of adult novels today. Sign of the times, I suppose. But as a kid's book, this puts aside the grim and gritty of today's fare and gives the reader something fun and truly wonderful. I've grown up reading this book, and to hear it via Audible is a treat.

    Each chapter is a self-contained event, often with the next chapter building making a callback to the previous ones as a reminder. This means that while it's essentially a group of short stories, there is a continuity for those who appreciate such things.

    Readers who are familiar with Robin Hood in his many multimedia incarnations will probably be quite surprised to learn both Robin's "origin story" and some of the other tidbits here and there. Just because it's fun, it doesn't mean it doesn't have a bit of dark thrown in for added weight. Pyle doesn't talk down to the reader, and as the title suggests, there's more comedy and farce than anything else. This book is a classic, and it holds up. Highly recommended. It's a great read for anyone of any age.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sheley Napier Columbus, Ohio USA 05-27-13
    Sheley Napier Columbus, Ohio USA 05-27-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    29
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    99
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful version"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood to be better than the print version?

    I love the playfulness and characterizations in this performance! If you enjoy the Robin Hood myths, this is a fun version. And this can serve to answer all of the other questions listed here, so forgive me as I repeat myself.


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

    I love the playfulness and characterizations in this performance! If you enjoy the Robin Hood myths, this is a fun version. And this can serve to answer all of the other questions listed here, so forgive me as I repeat myself.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. W. Yarbrough 03-29-16 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Outstanding"

    I learned of this book from John Senior's list of books at the end of the Death of Christian Culture. The older English of Pyle's composition is beautiful and was educational for my children. The stories themselves are delightful. Finally, I cannot praise the reader enough: just listen to a sample. He does wonderfully with different character types.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michelle Van Pelt 01-05-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun & entertaining, if slow in parts"

    A great listen - with humor, adventure and a life lesson here & there! The old English storytelling can be a bit difficult to wade through sometimes but worth the effort. The narration is excellent, with well defined, engaging characters.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bryant R. Mccall Oregon, USA 06-02-16
    Bryant R. Mccall Oregon, USA 06-02-16 Member Since 2015

    mccallfam

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved the story Presentation was ok"

    The singing wasn't our favorite we sped through some of the songs. The characters were represented well.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nathaniel Spokane Valley, WA, United States 09-16-11
    Nathaniel Spokane Valley, WA, United States 09-16-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sweetness"

    I loved it except for the end. Great narrator and great adventure! A must read if you are a Robin Hood fan.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John 04-24-17
    John 04-24-17 Member Since 2016

    St. Louis, Missouri

    HELPFUL VOTES
    623
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    126
    119
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    60
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Merriest of Merry Lives"

    Never mind that the Sherriff of Nottingham should have been able to find Robin’s merry band just by following the smoke of their fires by day—or the glow of their fires by night. Never mind that Robin keeps recruiting new members, yet the band is always described as being “seven score” (no employee turnover stats or retirement packages are ever mentioned). Or that Alan-a-Dale, whose marriage Robin arranges at sword point against the wishes of the bride’s father, then joins that seven-score band and we never hear of his wife again (until, tangentially, at the very end). Or that, in a story begun in the reign of Henry II, people swear by St Francis (who was but 8 or 9 when King Henry died). Never mind all of that. Just imagine the following, read by the incomparable Christopher Cazenove:

    Preface from the Author to the Reader

    You who so plod amid serious things that you feel it shame to give yourself up even for a few short moments to mirth and joyousness in the land of Fancy; you who think that life hath nought to do with innocent laughter that can harm no one; these pages are not for you. Clap to the leaves and go no farther than this, for I tell you plainly that if you go farther you will be scandalized by seeing good, sober folks of real history so frisk and caper in gay colors and motley that you would not know them but for the names tagged to them. …Beside these are a whole host of knights, priests, nobles, burghers, yeomen, pages, ladies, lasses, landlords, beggars, peddlers, and what not, all living the merriest of merry lives, and all bound by nothing but a few odd strands of certain old ballads (snipped and clipped and tied together again in a score of knots) which draw these jocund fellows here and there, singing as they go…And here is a country bearing a well-known name, wherein no chill mists press upon our spirits, and no rain falls but what rolls off our backs like April showers off the backs of sleek drakes; where flowers bloom forever and birds are always singing; where every fellow hath a merry catch as he travels the roads, and ale and beer and wine (such as muddle no wits) flow like water in a brook. This country is not Fairyland. What is it? ‘Tis the land of Fancy, and is of that pleasant kind that, when you tire of it—whisk!—you clap the leaves of this book together and ‘tis gone, and you are ready for everyday life, with no harm done. And now I lift the curtain that hangs between here and No-man’s-land. Will you come with me, sweet Reader? I thank you. Give me your hand.

    I admit to being somewhat taken aback when a chorus of children announced this recording was part of “Audible Kids”. Even ersatz Medieval English is sometimes a tricky thing to follow, even for an adult versed in English Lit; no doubt children were more open to the truly wonderful—or willing to make an extra effort—back in 1883.

    Unfortunately, not all is perfect in the land of Fancy. Christopher Cazenove’s singing—and there are many songs woven through the story—doesn’t come up to the level of magical sweetness promised in the text. But there I go again, plodding among serious things again. The narration throughout is as much a treat as the story being narrated. Go ahead and enjoy. As Howard Pyle promises, everyday life will surely be there afterward, and no harm done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.