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The Complete King Raven Trilogy

Hood, Scarlet, Tuck
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Series: King Raven, Book 1-3
Length: 35 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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A completely re-imagined epic of the man known as Robin Hood from multi-award-winning, best-selling author Stephen R. Lawhead - now available in one volume.

For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated imaginations. Now the familiar tale takes on new life as it boldly relocates to the dark forests of the Welsh countryside.

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. Bran must find a way to make it his own if he is to survive and become King Raven.

From deep in the forest, Bran, Will Scarlet, and Friar Tuck form a daring plan for deliverance, knowing that failure means death for them all - and the dreams of the oppressed people of Wales.

This acclaimed trilogy (Hood, Scarlet, Tuck) conjures up an ancient past and holds a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare yourself for an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.

©2011 Stephen Lawhead (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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Found a new author!

I’m new to this author and I’m hooked- the stories held my complete interest from start to finish and the ending historical references was icing on the cake. The narrator was perfect for the story...using inflection without superficial emoting.

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  • Karen
  • 12-07-19

Lawhead is marvellous, the narration is not

Do not expect a typical Robin Hood story. It is not.

Set primarily in Wales during the reign of William the Conquerer's grandson, Lawhead brilliantly captures the upheaval of the times to individuals, communities and politics while telling a rollicking good story.

Unfortunately, the American narrator has not the ability to pronounce a large number of the words and phrases that are not in American modern English. This is a time when diverse cultures are coming together, so there are simple phrases in Latin, French, old English, Saxon and Danish/Scandinavian. Phrases which I would have thought were in common parlance. For example, Lawhead often shows the French origin of characters by ending questions with "N'cest-ce pas?". However, the narrator pronouces this "Nessy pah", so it it quite a while before you become aware of this and I never really got to the stage where I was not so distracted by the dire narration that I was able to enjoy the story. Other phrases are so thoroughly incomprehensible I have no idea what is being said.

Names are just as bad. The narrator cannot pronounce even the names of the main characters and with some of the characters, there is no consistency, so you cannot immediately be sure who is being talked about so you spend your concentration trying to work out "who is this?" rather than what is happening or being said. (Example, "Marion or Merrian"?) and I have no idea of the name of the main character's sidekick, though I can tell you that the narrator pronounces it "Ee-wan". Place names are just as bad. Even if you are au fait with the area, working out where anything is geographically, is next to impossible, again owing to the narration.

In summary, the story is fantastic but I recommend that you buy the book instead of listening to Audible. If you do get Audible, it will take more than one or two listens.