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The reader, David Thorn, takes his time to evoke moods, gives each character a distinctive voice, and speaks with a classic English accent. I listened to the samples of other readers' versions. One didn't create distinctive character voices. Another's way of reading sounded almost like a sneer to me. A third, while avoiding both these problems, spoke at a pace that moved the story forward (resulting in a recording a full hour shorter than this one), but failed to linger long enough over descriptive passages to evoke the mood of each scene. Howard Pyle's book is a classic, the first modern (1883) attempt to bring the various Robin Hood ballads together in a single narrative, while preserving the feel of medieval prose--all the more remarkable because Pyle was American, not English. (Pyle is perhaps best-remembered for his painting and drawing. He taught and influenced several other classic illustrators in the "Brandywine School," including N. C. Wyeth. For "Robin Hood," he provided "medieval" pen-and-ink drawings and decorations, a perfect marriage of image and text.) This is a book I've loved since childhood, and I'm happy to find a reading that does justice to it.
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Having read, listened to, and viewed multiple versions of the Robin Hood story, this is, to me, the jolliest version. It must be the writing that was used for the Errol Flynn movie, Robin and Marion, and many others since. However, this reading is the best so far. Fun adventures, well told, and well read.
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