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Sleepy Hollow: Rise Headless and Ride

Jason Crane, Book 1
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Series: Jason Crane, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Book Two SLEEPY HOLLOW: Bridge of Bones is NOW AVAILABLE

JASON CRANE just turned seventeen years old.

He's a STAR WARS fan and a history geek. He doesn't believe in ghosts or the afterlife. He doesn't believe in psychic powers or tarot cards. He doesn't believe in the Headless Horseman.

But Sleepy Hollow will change all that. Because Jason Crane has a heritage to claim. Jason Crane has a Gift to discover. And Jason Crane has an old enemy who will RISE HEADLESS AND RIDE.

©2013 Richard Gleaves (P)2014 Richard Gleaves

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  • Freda
  • Warrington, United Kingdom
  • 13-01-15

Start of a brilliant series

I really enjoyed this book. Eris Micheal Summerer made it come to life. There are parts where I held my breath and urged the hero along. It ended on a kind of cliff hanger making me want the next book right away st see what happens next.

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Highly recommended to those who love adventure and a bit of a spook

Having purchased this audio book via kindle unlimited on Amazon, a decision made as much on price as on the expectation of entertainment I was delighted and surprised to find it immeasurably entertaining, a real (if metaphoric) page turner. I binge-listened to the whole thing on a Saturday and immediately upon finishing it purchased the next book.

I hope that at one point soon it gets made into a TV series or film, because I'd love to see it on screen and think it would be much more enjoyable than recent forays into the Sleepy Hollow legend.

Thank you Richard Gleaves.

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  • factsnotwishes
  • 29-03-14

“I don’t know you, do I?”

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This was an entertaining ride in audio, an old-fashioned tale of malevolent forces and charming heroes who tackle them. I’m not a consistent consumer of the supernatural/ghost genre, and I don’t know the work of Washington Irving. I gave this book a shot at the recommendation of a friend, and I thoroughly enjoyed it – and I definitely look forward to the next book.

Characterization is believable amidst the belief-suspending supernatural elements. Moreover, I found myself eager to see what happened to these people along the way and happy and sad at their various outcomes. The excellent writing translates superbly to the read-aloud format. Voices are distinct amongst the characters, the pacing is just right, and there weren’t too many places where my mind wandered off and lost the story. The imagery is crisp – you can see what’s happening – well enough that you know author Richard Gleaves has the big screen in mind for his saga, or, better, an intricately developed tv series. Personal highlights for me, other than the story well told of a budding hero, were the scenes dealing with a conflicted closeted teen, the humor (“No brains … No brains …”, LOL), the Ayn Rand literary references, the character of Eliza, a sly wink and smile personified, the all-too-brief musical interludes, and the hints of mysteries to come (“Usher" family?). There is at least one wonderful philosophical theme running through this tale, an epistemological mystery undergirding the ghostly one: the difficulty of KNOWING the people around you. Getting to know the truth behind people is part of the dark adventure here. And though there are dark things happening in this story, the story itself is not cynical, but bright and joyful. And fun!

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  • BooksAndTrouble
  • 21-09-15

Washington Irving would be proud!

I went into this book with cautious optimism. After attempting to watch that blasphemous Sleepy Hollow series and suffering through the first installment of the Hollow Trilogy, I know that there’s so many ways a headless horseman story could go wrong. Oh and please don’t get me started on the Tim Burton movie. Who in their right mind would cast Johnny Depp as Ichabod?

Here’s the thing. If you’re going to retell old Washington Irving’s masterpiece, you better use the spooky setting to your full advantage. Irving and Ray Bradbury mastered the art of intoxicating readers with lyrical descriptions of fall landscapes. Contemporary authors all seem to pale in comparison. That is until I took a chance on Richard Gleaves.
He is clearly a huge fan of Irving’s work, and it shows in his atmospheric descriptions of Ichabod Crane’s stomping grounds. His prose swept me away to the little hamlet along the Hudson River, where I could hear the soft autumn breeze wafting through the trees, smell the smoke drifting from burnt leaves, and see the moonlight shining upon spooky boneyard. Such fun!

The genius of the story, is the parallels between the modern day characters and their direct descendants—Brom bones and Ichabod Crane. Our hero Jason Crane may be long and lanky, but he’s much cooler than his social-climbing ancestor. As expected, he falls in love with Kate (the new Katrina), who is unfortunately hooked up with the modern day Brom Bones, a school jock with lots of skeletons in the closet.

Of all the multi-dimensional characters in this book, I most enjoyed Jason’s newfound bestie—a wannabe Robin Williams who spends most of his waking hours manning the grounds of the local cemetery. This actually comes in handy when Jason finds that his grandmother is being conned into digging up a veritable Pandora’s box that has been entombed in the family crypt for two centuries.

I’ll save you from the gory details—and I mean that in every sense of the word! But I will say that this is one thrill ride that will get you in the Halloween spirit. Ever since I watched the Disney version of Sleepy Hollow—a masterpiece onto itself—I’ve been obsessed with this story. It was such a treat when Gleaves invoked bits and pieces from Ichabod’s last ride into the climax. I won’t tell you any more, but I will say that fans of the Disney classic will be most amused.

P.S. The narrator is fantastic!

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  • The Kindler
  • 01-10-16

Interesting Start

This is an interesting story. A little slow and very few explanations about the special powers (except that they survive supernatural attacks) but still intriguing enough for me to continue the story. Jason is a practical boy who won't believe anything unless he sees it and so he is given vision after clue and so struggles until the end to believe what he sees. A semi-predictable story with enough twists that make it enjoyable, it does though reminded me of a Scooby Doo movie about a man who summons his long dead witch relative from the grave and can't control her afterwards. I don't know which came first but this book is worth a try.

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  • latasha
  • 16-10-14

A fun Halloween read!

this book was a lot of fun! I love the original tale and I'm glad this book turned out to be good too. it has to do with the descendants of the characters from the original Sleepy Hollow story. there was certain characteristics of each person that harken back to their ancestors. I liked that. and there was certain scenes that were recreated, too. liked those. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was superb! yes, I will read the next book in this series! it's a fun Halloween read. (the story takes place in October & on Halloween).

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 17-06-19

Best headless horseman yet!

Sleepy Hollow: Rise Headless and Ride by Richard Cleaved and narrated by Eric Michael Summerer is an great new tale on the old subject! It has a teen boy as the main subject who lives with his rich grandmother. There is a treasure hunt, evil possession, and other supernatural activity. It must be a series because it left some things still open to questions. If it is, it will be good!
Narration was good too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-19

Completely wonderful! Amazing!

An exemplary twist on an old loved legend. A great story line with wonderful characters that will have you wrapped into their tale and feeling like you're there.

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  • Hannah
  • 07-10-18

worth listening to

I didn't absolutely adore this book. the author has a unique style of writing and I wasn't completely sure by the end if I liked it or not but the story is definitely entertaining and I will have to read the rest of the series! it starts off slow but picks up the farther you get into it.
the only bad thing was the narrator. I don't know why but he really just grated on my nerves. his voice isn't great, and especially when he talks like teenagers and cute old women- the teenagers all sound super whiny (I know they do actually sound like this a lot but its painful to listen to 10 hours of whiny teenager voice) and Jason (thr main character) I wanted to tape his mouth shut in the first chapter, whereas his grandmother was so utterly UNLIKABLE, but only because of the voice
so all in all- looking for a good book- get it if you are looking for a good performance.... I would pass

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  • Valerie Larouche
  • 19-09-18

My New Halloween Classic!

I have absolutely loved my experience with this novel!
The story is a lot of fun and the narrator is simply fantastic. The characters are well-rounded and the ambiance is just to die for. If you're looking for a Halloween YA paranormal read, you've found it!

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  • Lars Vaart
  • 23-07-18

A little long...

This was a well written book, albeit it took a little longer than I would have liked to get to the meat of the story. That's about the only negative that I could get from it. :The narration was okay, I"m always a little leery of trying out a new voice. I am looking forward to hearing the next in this trilogy.

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  • Kevin MF
  • 18-02-18

I'm left wondering if I liked it or not

this book was a kind of fun, light, creepy mystery, although what was solved in the end was pretty minimal. My biggest problem with the book is how someone can go from writing a pretty decent and interesting story that draws you in, to some of the worst dialogue exchanges I've heard. I would to go from being wrapped up in the story to rolling my eyes like I was listening to an episode of Gilmore Girls or a first-year creative writing student.
The performance wasn't terrible or anything but it certainly didn't help. There was no real enthusiasm in the reading. Some of the voices were a little hokey as well. It felt like I was being read down to like a child being read to by a teacher.
I really wanted to like this book but now instead of immediately downloading the second of the series like I normally would, I'm sitting here debating if I even want to hear it. I find myself wanting more of the story, but afraid I'll end up disappointed again.