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Publisher's Summary

In the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, New York, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane arrives to educate the children of the region. This lanky schoolmaster from Connecticut fancies the idea of marrying the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter of a wealthy farmer, but there is a problem with his plan. Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt, the town rowdy, has already set his heart on marrying her.

This romantic rivalry climaxes one autumn night with the appearance of the legendary Headless Horseman, allegedly the ghost of a Hessian trooper who lost his head to a cannonball during the Revolutionary War. Every night he rides through the woods to the scene of the battle in search of his head.

Since this story’s first appearance in 1820, generations of readers, young and old, have thrilled to the headless horseman galloping through the haunted woods of Sleepy Hollow. The rollicking tale of Ichabod Crane and his ill-fated courtship of Katrina Van Tassel has become a classic ghost story.

Public Domain (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“[This story’s] unprecedented success allowed Irving to devote himself to a career as a professional author.” ( Encyclopedia of Literature)

What listeners say about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Love the original

The voice sounds a little like the narrator from Disneys Haunted Mansion. It's a great Halloween listen!

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a simple tale but Irving’s use of language makes this short story feel like epic poetry. I only give five stars for works that I play on reading again.

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Well Read

One of my favourite stories! It was preformed very well! Beautiful, clean, and the perfect use of inflection.

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Great Book

I always love, this story, make me remember when I was a child . ❤❤❤❤

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Timeless Scary Tale

Irving's use of words and description is absolutely remarkable in this short, silly, & scary tale. One that will be timeless when read on a stormy night or on a rainy evening. Excellent writing.

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Family fun

This is a family friendly book, short and sweet. Language is a bit dated, culturally speaking, but not too offensive. Spooky but not scary.

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Tragic romantic horror

A quick listen, the narrator's voice making it easy to pay attention. The true story is in its details, for one could easily tell the basics of this story in a decent sized paragraph, but the details make it flourish. As one who loves storytelling, this is one tale that I use as an example of how to bring your listeners inside the world with you. Truly remarkable, in my opinion.

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Where is the story?

You should only listen to this book if you are not interested in the headless horseman's storry at all but you would rather listen to landscape and random person descriptions

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That Was Really Boring & A waste of Time

The story is boring and it is not even targeted at kids. too much useless information that did not add anything to the story most of the time. It feels like this story tried to sound smart but failed miserably.

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Watch the Movie

The only time I have ever told someone that the movie was better lol. This is more of a story you tell over a campfire.

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  • 02-21-15

It's ok. Just expected more

I guess it's because I've seen some great adaptations of this classic story, but it just wasn't gripping. There's nothing wrong with it per se, but I doubt I'll listen to it again.

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