Tom Mison, star of the hit Fox series Sleepy Hollow, narrates the classic Washington Irving short story.
In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball during the Revolutionary War.
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"Tom Mison's voice is delicious. His precise British diction allows listeners to savor Irving's sumptuous descriptions and sly humor. There are many pleasures to be found in Mison's rendition of the brief classic story, though a few instances of Irving's casual racism grate on modern ears. Listen for yourself and discover why it has so captured our collective imagination. (Mison himself stars in Sleepy Hollow, the current TV incarnation.) Whether you're familiar with the original story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman or not, Mison's reading is a gratifying way to experience it." (AudioFile)
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“He would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was - a woman.”
― Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Beautifully written, with humor and abundant descriptions of a life and a period long gone but with characters that are human and recognisable. The descriptions of food are good enough to make one salivate at the cornucopia of country delicacies being served.
“Such heaped up platters of cakes of various and almost indescribable kinds, known only to experienced Dutch housewives! There was the doughty doughnut, the tender oly koek, and the crisp and crumbling cruller; sweet cakes and short cakes, ginger cakes and honey cakes, and the whole family of cakes. And then there were apple pies, and peach pies, and pumpkin pies; besides slices of ham and smoked beef; and moreover delectable dishes of preserved plums, and peaches, and pears, and quinces; not to mention broiled shad and roasted chickens; together with bowls of milk and cream, all mingled higgledy-piggledy, pretty much as I have enumerated them, with the motherly teapot sending up its clouds of vapor from the midst-- Heaven bless the mark!”
― Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
This is a short story reach in humanity if not real horror, but a well played game to gain the love of a girl that is playing her own games with the best bachelors available to her community. An impeccable study of how we behave and how we are. and proof that what Franklin Delano Roosevelt said “let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” still stands and was true before he gave the speech.
The familiar story, smart and a little tongue in cheek read in the beautiful tones of Tom Mison. My only wish is that it could be a little longer!
...all the way through. Great story written with so much colorful detail. Tom Mison's voice is perfect and the story was read with just the right amount of drama.
I thought Tom Mison did an excellent job with this - I really enjoyed his style and the life he brought to the story.
The story itself was also very good. I just wish there had been more of it !
The story is pleasant and easy to listen too
Tom Mison is a brilliant reader, making the story come to life as you listen
It's totally worth it :)
Happy, vegetarian, swimming, Spanish learning, walking, knitting, partnered man. Teacher and learner.
it was nothing like the film at all
I really got the feel of what life was like in the old colonies, really lovely christmas treat
Its a great story of course and really, really creepy. You can make up your own mind about quite a bit which we don't often get the chance to do these days and although that's nice... I wanted more!
Tom Mison delivers this legendary tale with eloquent humour and spellbinding suspense. Sitting by the old wood fire, listening to Tom's narration painted my imagination with all the finery and technicolour of Washington Irving's rich text. This recording was so entertaining, I played again, immediately and enjoyed it's replay with equal delight.
For those more familiar with the film or television versions of "Sleepy Hollow", as it's become most commonly known, this story might be an eye-opener, as the original tale is very different from the adaptations made by later generations. The focus of the original story is quite different, and the ending has often been altered in adaptation. It's worth a listen, though, even if mainly to compare the various retellings there have been. Ichabod Crane, however, is not nearly as interesting a character in his earliest incarnation as Johnny Depp later made him- fair warning.
The short story is well narrated in this version, however, and given that it's only about 90 minutes long and was free when I got it it's still worth a listen. I don't think I will revisit the audio version, but it's not bad. I'm just not the ghost-story type, I guess.
"Treasures Of Jolly Autumn"
A free fun Halloween listen from Audible of a famous short story about ghosts and the greedy Ichabod. First published in 1820 the story is brought vibrantly to life by this excellent narration. Tom Mison makes this a complete winner. Really well done!
Because I had never read the story before but seen countless sleepy hollow versions I wasn't sure what to expect. Tom mason does an excellent narrative and my stomach was a flutter thinking of the headless horseman. I wish this was a longer book.
"Fantastic Narration by Tom Mison"
I do own both the audio and the print version of this story. When I heard Tom Mison was narrating it, I jumped at the chance to have the fictional Ichabod Crane from TV to read the origin story for me. I thought he really brought the story to life for me.
I like Brom Bones in the original story as he is full of mischief but seems to have a good heart. Brom actually liked Katrina instead of liking the wealth and prestige she could give him as Ichabod did. This is stark contrast to other media portrayals where Ichabod is the hero and Brom is the villain of the piece.
I liked Tom's voice as Ichabod. It was a stuffier performance than his TV portrayal of another version of his character.
Tom Mison was a great narrator. I'd listen to other things he did in the future.
It is short and too the point. I do think that the narrator could have helped make the character a little more different but overall this was a good telling of the story.
I don't know If this book. Is spooky because I listened to it at night but hmm lol
"A New Retelling of an Old Favorite"
America's first native fairy tale / ghost story is once again retold, and it's a great way to jumpstart the Halloween season as far as I'm concerned. This version is narrated by Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane on TV's Sleepy Hollow. That version has virtually nothing in common with its source material apart from some names. The classic version has a decidedly much better writer, but I'm biased as this has always been one of my favorites growing up. Mison is an excellent narrator for this, capturing the old world feel of the tale perfectly.
For those new to the story, the thing to remember is that this is an old ghost story, and all that implies. It's all about setting the mood and leaving you with questions. It's not "complete" by modern standards, but by the standards when it was written, it's just about perfect.
I was enthralled by the narration by Tom Mison. I felt like I was in a period movie and a gentlemen was gracing me by reading a story. With Halloween approaching it was fun to read the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, although is a lot less scary now that I'm all grown up.
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to everyone who enjoys stories written with real atmosphere and beautiful language.
I enjoyed the rich prose and the twist at the end. Sleepy Hollow the town was almost a character in itself. The descriptions make the reader feel like they watch the story unfold in person.
Mison sounds like he belongs in the period. While he alters his voice here and there, his presence isn't distracting from the story.
"Great Reading of Sleepy Hollow!"
I had looked for an audio version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow online, but hadn't found one that was any good before now.
Tom Mison's reading of the book was absolutely brilliant. He has the perfect voice for the piece, and his reading of the tale is quite enjoyable. The fact that he is Ichabod Crane in the television show of the same name makes it all the more fun.
A great reading of an American classic--which I totally enjoyed!
This is well-loved classic and knows the story, of course, so it's all about the performance, and Tom Mison is perfection. He has a perfect voice for audiobooks, and his acting ability makes his reading soar. Loved it.
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