These 2 stories from the pen of one of America's earliest and most popular writers draw upon the myths and legends of local and European folklore to create memorable, richly American tales and characters. In the title story, Rip Van Winkle wanders into the Catskill Mountains before the Revolutionary War. When he helps a dwarf carry a heavy keg to a ninepins game, it seems natural to drink the strange, small men's brew - but he hasn't the head for it, and wakes up 20 years later! In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," the gawky schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, and his rival Brom Bones, both court beautiful Katrina Van Tassel - until a Headless Horseman makes a ghostly ride.More
"Rip Van Winkle" is one of Washington Irving's most iconic scary stories. Rip falls asleep after drinking too much and awakens 20 years into the future with a rusty gun, a dead wife, and a now-adult daughter. What's more, looks like Rip has missed the entire American Civil War. George Guidall is an incredibly talented audio performer. He brings this famous and traditional American ghost story to life. Guidall plays with his intonation, utilizing both high and low registers to make this audio version even more captivating than the original. In particular, Guidall endows elderly Rip with a spot-on croaky and bewildered voice. This audiobook is a great Halloween-time listen.
"Irving belongs to the number of writers who can be read by all who admire a combination of elegance, sentiment, and wit." (American Literature and Culture)
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