• The Complete King Raven Trilogy

  • Hood, Scarlet, Tuck
  • By: Stephen Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 35 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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The Complete King Raven Trilogy

By: Stephen Lawhead
Narrated by: Adam Verner
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Publisher's Summary

A completely reimagined epic of the man known as Robin Hood from multi-award-winning, best-selling author Stephen R. Lawhead - now with the complete trilogy 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. 

Epic historical fantasy that reimagines the Robin Hood legend in medieval Wales.

Includes the complete King Raven Trilogy:

  • Book One: Hood
  • Book Two: Scarlet
  • Book Three: Tuck

Total length: more than 300,000 words 

©2011 Stephen Lawhead (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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A Timeless classic that peaks too soon

The story of Robin Hood has been a favorite of mine forever, and I picked up The King Raven Trilogy on the recommendation of a friend. It turned out to be one of my favorite tellings of the tale, though it does have its hang ups.

Hood - starts off dreadfully slow and Bran is not the most likable of characters at all, even without all the plot armor. This book is also riddled with production issues, as one chapter is much quieter than the next. The smash cut from the end of Hood to the beginning of Scarlett can be jarring if you aren't paying attention.
Scarlett - Easily the best of the three books. Best story telling prospective, the interactions between Scarlett and Odo are the best, and William is my personal favorite character. Also, no production issues to speak of.
Tuck - After two books of build, the story takes an unexpected journey, than just sort of peters out to a rushed end. A lot more folk have plot armor than they should (personal opinion, ASoIaF has made think everyone should die), and why, oh why did they put music randomly at the end of certain chapters but not others?
Overall, still recommend this trilogy to fans of Robin Hood. Its good listen for one credit, and still a great story, even if it peaks in the second book.

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Disappointed

The narrator tries to sound British but fails badly. You can sense his American accent as he pulls off a Costner, cringe-worthy narration of a wonderful series. Planning on returning this because I cannot believe they couldn’t find a British actor to read this trilogy.

That alone was reason enough to return the set, but the acting was worthy of a B movie or maybe a C movie. I was trying to get into this as I read the trilogy many years ago and was excited to see that the trilogy was available as a set. Boy was I disappointed. This isn’t the first time I’ve been disappointed in Audible.

At least this set has chapters, unlike many of audible’s books. I bought Sherlock Holmes complete set a few years ago and could not get into it because it is not set in stories, just chapters. So trying to find the story you want to listen to is extremely difficult as you find yourself scrubbing and hoping that you’ll get to the story you want.

This book is not like that. It has actual chapters, but I just couldn’t handle the horrible narration. I’m sorry to the narrator but maybe British/Welsh stories just aren’t his thing. Only a handful of individuals can pull off a British accent and even then it seems strained. I just didn’t care for it. Love the story, hated the narration. Audible, you can do better. Especially at your extremely high price tag.

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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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Narrator

Really enjoyed this series. On the last book the narrator changed the way he pronounced several of the words. Not that big of a deal but annoying to me.

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An Enjoyable Storyline and Performance

I am about to finish book one and felt compelled to write this review. It is my first introduction to the author and I am enjoying the storyline. It is easy to follow the plot and the characters are believable. In regards to the narrator, he has a nice voice that easy on the ears and adds depth to the story through his tonal changes depending which character is speaking.

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Voice actor don’t cut it.

This story is AMAZING. A great new take on an old tale. But, I’m my opinion, the voice actor was pretty bad. His accents sounded almost comical at times. His accents for Iwan and Charles made it hard to take them seriously at times. And having read the first book, Iwan is one of the baddest dudes in the story. So that’s unfortunate. He was not bad enough to ruin the story, but he was pretty bad. Sorry voice actor, I don’t enjoy being that critical.

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It’s not great

Actually, it struggles to be decent. The meandering story manages to evade a climax at every possible turn. If you are looking for battles, blood and glory, keep looking. The setting and spin of the classic tales was great but the execution was soft to say the least. The narrator did the best job possible with the thin characters and lack of activity. The first person narration of Scarlet was unnecessary. I am surprised I finished it as it took more effort than it should have.

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One of my favorites

I read this series when it first came out and it lives up to the memory in audio book format.

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a really great take on the robin hood story

I really enjoyed the whole book series.
Good characters, well portrayed and performed here.

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One of my favorites

I’ve read these years ago and they were glorious and glorious still now. I just listened to them again and the series always brings tears to my eyes. I love it. Lawhead is truly the best.

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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.

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  • Scott Byers
  • 09-14-21

Lawhead revisited

Its been a long time since I read taliesin, Arthur, Merlin and Grail but I remember how brilliant they were.
This story was good but didn't quite hold me as much.
Worth a listen but try Taliesin first.

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  • brian philip davies
  • 04-15-21

Poor narration

Don't get an American to narrate books based on English and Welsh legends and place names the man butchered this story and completely ruined what promised to be a new take on a British legend

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  • Mr. D. Nesbitt
  • 02-22-21

Awful narration

I don't blame the narrator for the dog's breakfast I have just listened to - I blame the numbskull who employed an American to narrate a story set in England and Wales. An American who could not pronounce the simplest words e.g. Leicester, Gloucester, Hereford or Warwick - and don't get me started on the Welsh names he mangled, they were nearly as bad as his attempt to do an impression of Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins when an English accent was required. I startled my wife on several occasions by swearing when yet another word was mangled almost beyond recognition. I won't review the actual story, whether or not it is a good tale is largely dependent on personal taste, suffice it to say that I ploughed on until the end. Surely a decent narrator/editor would have spent five minutes on Google and checked how to say certain English words. In all conscience I cannot recommend this audio book - if you think you would enjoy the story - get it on Kindle!

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  • Freda Lowe
  • 11-16-20

Please teach narrators how to pronounce Welsh/English words

Ewan is You-an.
Draught is draft.
Cadwr is Kad-Oor.
Vacant is vay-Kant.
Hereford is Herry-Ford.
Gloucester is Gloss-ter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-26-20

Enjoyed this

Good story, well constructed characters , shame about the readers poor pronunciation made it annoying for this English listener.

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  • Bake.
  • 03-16-21

Not Lawhead's Best

As a fan of Lawhead's books, this reader had great expectations for this series, but was left somewhat disappointed.
The narrator was not to my taste and chose his nuances oddly. For instance, he chuckled at moments of high action and violence, such as when people were being hit by arrows. I found this odd, and also found his delivery of certain moments actually diminished the potency of those moments.

The story itself is interesting enough, and as far as a retelling of the Robin Hood story it is well done and original; a tough ask for a Robin Hood retelling. However, there are great chunks of the story that are hard work to get through; information with little of interest. Perhaps the style of narration did not help this.

Overall, I still recommend this book, if you are willing to wade through some long, dull scenes in order to get to the good stuff.
I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had read it for myself rather than listened to it being narrated by this particular narrator, who wasn't terrible, and at times narrated well, but who overall was not the right choice for this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-21

Love this

Great addition to hood.

The tale goes deeper and you can go as deep as your heart will let you

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