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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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The story is set in 1790 in the countryside around the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town (historical Tarrytown, New York), in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow is renowned for its ghosts and the haunting atmosphere that pervades the imaginations of its inhabitants and visitors. Some residents say this town was bewitched during the early days of the Dutch settlement. Other residents say an old Native American chief, the wizard of his tribe, held his powwows here before the country was discovered by Master Hendrick Hudson. 

The most infamous specter in the Hollow is the Headless Horseman, said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper that had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during "some nameless battle" of the American Revolutionary War, and who "rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head".

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A Classic for good reason.

In this quick Audio Book you catch a glimpse into the genius of this great Writer.

Quality lasts for a reason and I am sure this story will be enjoyed 300 years from now.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Interesting story with a dull writing style

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a classic, yet other than knowing it was about a headless horseman I knew almost nothing about it. what it really is about is two men vying for the affection and hand of a wealthy man's daughter. Both want to marry her - for the money, making neither a respectable protagonist.
The main character, Ichobod Crane, is a very superstitious man, living in a town full of supposed ghosts and superstitions, not the least of which is the Headless Horseman, a civil war solider turned ghost. The story follows him as he tries win the hand in marriage of the rich lady, and then his encounter with the Headless Horseman.

The story is a great one, with a wicked twist in the tail. Yet i found myself struggling to care or pay attention, because the writing style is so frustrating. It's not that it is a classic, I have read lots of classics without this issue, it's just that it is so remotely told. everything is told to you, rather than shown. You are told what sort of man Ichobod is, what the town is like etc. You never get shown these things. There is some dialogue, but not much. There is nothing in the writing style that draws you into the story, so what could be an amazing story become passable.

Narration by Gregg Rizzo is good. I find him to be well paced and easy to enjoy. His voice is a deep yet gentle, not overly strong American accent that I find suits the classic nature of the work really well. I've enjoyed his work here and other places.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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Great

I received this book for free at my request but the opinion is of my own. I’ve seen the movie and the tv show. Knowing a little about the tale but it was great to finally hear the story of crane. How a school teacher tries to win the hand of a lady above his station and than comes across something of legend or is it?

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A Great Reading of a Classic!!

I love Sleepy Hollow and all it's adaptations! I do not have a favorite but enjoy them all (book. TV, movies). This was an enjoyable listen and the second audio I have of this book. I found both narrators (Gregg Rizzo and BJ Harrison) did wonderful jobs reading this excellent story! I'm looking forward to playing this story for my children on Halloween.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The Headless Horseman

At 60 years of age, I had never read this story. I decided that since it is the Halloween season, I would give it a listen and see what all the fuss is about.

I must say that I was mildly disappointed. From all the references to the main character, Ichabod Crane, and the story of a ghostly horseman riding around the countryside without his head, I was expecting much, much more. This is one of those stories that we have all heard referenced, but I thought it was more of a ghost story and less of a tale of unrequited love.

I know that the book was written in an older style, but I found the descriptions slow, boring and tedious. The characters were shallow, undefined and not very likeable. The last 4 minutes or so, with Ichabod's supposed encounter with the specter were pretty enjoyable, but far too short to make the other hour of the tale worth listening to.

Also, the narrator was good, but from the very beginning, his loud, drawn out breaths were very, very annoying. He sounded like he had just run a marathon and was out of breath throughout the entire book. The only time this wasn't bothersome was during the scene with Ichabod's encounter with the ghost. Then, his breathlessness sounded just right.

I was gifted a copy of this Audible version of the book through Audiobook Boom and chose to review it.

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The Original and Classic Tale of Ichabod Crane

Washington Irving’s tale, great for the Halloween season! Terry Town is a place in New York where ghosts and hauntings from the war or Indians are a source of entertainment for the community...the Headless Horseman in particular.
Ichabod Crane is the teacher there who loves the ideas of ghosts and hauntings, yet he is unnerved by it also.
The tale involves the descriptions of the different people in the community, including the girl he wishes to marry and his rival for her hand.
This is a story of fear, imagination, hubris, greed, elitism, desire for more and trickery.
The narrator did a terrific job!
Those accustomed to the new versions of the story may find this different but it can bring in a richness previously missed.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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wasn't what i expected

I have grown up like many hearing this story and watching cartoons and tv shows/movies of this story, but those were exciting and a little bit creepy. The book though i found to be quite boring. The basic story was there, there was a lot of detail about the area that the story originated from and all that which was ok, but i lost interest almost before the school teacher was introduced. I can't say my interest was pulled back into the story after he was introduced either, but there were enough differences in the characters personality that it did make me take a bit of notice. I wouldn't recommend this book if you were looking for creepy or scary, but it is interesting enough to get the base of the story and where it came from.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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classic brought to life

It has been years since I have read the story and hearing it in audio format was a real treat. Gregg Rizzo does a great job of bringing this classic story to life. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

I love this classic tale. It has been bastardized over the years, but nothing beats the original in all its detailed glory. Gregg Rizzo did a good job narrating the story and I am glad I had a chance to review it. The only thing that would make it better would be to play it on Halloween which I may do since it is so short.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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A wonderful classic!

A wonderful classic that never goes out of style! Perfect for a Halloween listen. A very enjoyable listen narrated well. I received this for free for an honest review.