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Publisher's Summary

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the most famous supernatural wild chase in all of literature. One of the best known American short stories, this tale has been produced countless times for television and film. A halloween classic!

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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Hard to believe was written almost 200 years ago

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a such a great short(ish) story. The descriptions of the people, scenery, and life in the Hudson valley were excellent. Then there's that neat and very ambiguous supernatural element in it as well.

I read this story back in high school eons ago. Loved it then, love it now. It almost feels contemporary despite its age.

Btw, reading it again made me realise the Disney version of this got the look of Ichabod Crane just right.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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stiff story teller great book!

the story of Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman is not the story for the light-hearted LOL. very colorful and very intricate. the Storyteller was a little stiff. I enjoyed the story overall

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Classic book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Maybe, just for the story itself.

What did you like best about this story?

The whole story. This is a classic original tale so many others have copy-catted.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Not much, Mr. Sisco speaks in such a monotone voice it was difficult to understand the emotions in the story at all. We were trying to listen in our home school class and actually turned it off and bought another version.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last third of this book is wonderfully scary!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A great story

What made the experience of listening to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow the most enjoyable?

It was short and so I could listen to it with few breaks.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ichabod because he thinks he's got it all figured out on how to get the girl.

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

He's a good storyteller. His reading is fluid and easy to follow. He pronounces the words well and doesn't make awkward pauses like other narrators sometimes do.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A twist at the end

Any additional comments?

This was a good story that is about middle school level. It's not particularly one that I feel my 7 year old could follow, but a story I plan to share with him in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Tampa, FL, United States
  • 05-23-12

The Good Ones Never Get Old

If you could sum up The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, humorous, lively

What other book might you compare The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to and why?

Like Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow gives an enchanting view into the dynamics of everyday life in colonial times.

What about Curtis Sisco’s performance did you like?

Sisco does a splendid job giving distinct voices to each of the characters and does so with attention to the story flow.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Listening to this book brings back happy memories of being read the story as a child. I couldn't help but laugh at the foibles of the character.

Any additional comments?

As you can tell from my earlier comments, I am quite enthusiastic about this experience. If you purchase this version, you will be, too.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Don't waste a dollar<br /><br />

The only reason to listen to this is if you are studying literature history
Dont buy this if you expect to be amused, or to pass the time

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so so book

it was ok could of had more details enthusiasm. more chilling scary more of a believable story

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What A Disappointment

Though this work is considered a "classic" it must be only due to its age. It certainly should not be considered classic in the sense of being a good story. It is a short story and, I find it to be a disappointment. I could have certainly completed my life without ever having read this book. The language and vocabulary I found impressive. The story I find mediocre.

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good story, slightly odd reading

this story is great, a classic, and it's short which makes it nice to listen to while commuting. The reading is nice and clear, but it is a little odd. I'm not 100% sure what it is, but I think the inflections and pauses are a little off. it's kind of like hearing an essay being read instead of a story. It didn't put me off the story overall though.

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Great story, terrible narrator

While I enjoyed the story, it was difficult to be enthused by it as the narrator sounded less like a person and more like a text to speech program. It could've been good if read by someone else.

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  • Amy Oudot
  • 08-06-14

A classic worth reading

If you could sum up The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in three words, what would they be?

Descriptive, interesting, classic

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ichabod Crane - very well drawn and not designed to be particularly likable.

What aspect of Curtis Sisco’s performance might you have changed?

His performance wasn't bad, but I wasn't bowled over. I suppose there wasn't much of a chance for him to "put on voices" as there wasn't much dialogue.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was relatively short, so I listened to it in two sittings (perhaps "walkings" is more fitting) over the course of one day. It was good enough to warrant one sitting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful