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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Narrated by: David Thorn
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
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Summary

Howard Pyle's exciting and hilarious tales of Robin Hood and his merry band of Outlaws who reigned over Sherwood Forest doing many good deeds for the poor, and deserved misdeeds for the pompous and haughty rich.

Table of Contents

Author's Preface

Chapter 01: How Robin Hood Came to Be an Outlaw

Chapter 02: Robin Hood and the Tinker

Chapter 03: The Shooting Match at Nottingham Town

Chapter 04: Will Stutely Rescued by His Companions

Chapter 05: Robin Hood Turns Butcher

Chapter 06: Little John Goes to Nottingham Fair

Chapter 07: How Little John Lived at the Sheriff's

Chapter 08: Little John and the Tanner of Blyth

Chapter 09: Robin Hood and Will Scarlet

Chapter 10: The Adventure with Midge the Miller's Son

Chapter 11: Robin Hood and Allan a Dale

Chapter 12: Robin Hood Seeks the Curtal Friar

Chapter 13: Robin Hood Compasses a Marriage

Chapter 14: Robin Hood Aids a Sorrowful Knight

Chapter 15: How Sir Richard of the Lea Paid His Debts

Chapter 16: Little John Turns Barefoot Friar

Chapter 17: Robin Hood Turns Beggar

Chapter 18: Robin Hood Shoots Before Queen Eleanor

Chapter 19: The Chase of Robin Hood

Chapter 20: Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne

Chapter 21: King Richard Comes to Sherwood Forest

Epilogue

Howard Pyle was born on March 5, 1853 in Wilmington, Delaware. From the time he was a very small boy he loved pictures, especially the pictures in storybooks. Among his favorites were Grimm’s German Fairy Tales and Arabian Nights.

At the age of twenty-one, Pyle began to contribute illustrations and fables to St. Nicholas magazine and later went on to write and illustrate books for children. His first was The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood in 1883. Many more books followed. He also taught illustration at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia and later set up his own art school in Wilmington. He died on November 9, 1911, in Florence, Italy.

Public Domain (P)2006 Alcazar AudioWorks

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Fantastic classic

This is a fantastic classic that should be on every British persons shelf, it is a great read with interesting characters and events.
The book takes the format of several short stories that are interconnected, there is no real main plot.

My only gripe is with the American artificial sounding voice that breaks up each chapter. The voice is so off putting and breaks the immersion, especially next to the calming British narrator, David Thorn.

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  • S. Wells
  • 05-12-09

Jolly good

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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  • James
  • 17-04-08

Good voices. Great pacing.

Our kids (ages 6 up to 14) enjoyed this, asking for it in the car, snagging the Garmin Nuvi to listen in the house.

Clear and expressive diction, singing generally OK and sometimes terrific.

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  • Damon D. Hickey
  • 21-06-12

Great presentation of a classic story

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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  • Elizabeth S.
  • 29-05-18

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Great story and well narrated. Thorn does it justice with his good accent and expression.

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  • Randi Matsuzaki
  • 15-05-18

The narration brought the story alive

Listening to this felt like a real, story-time of Robin Hood. So many narrations sound like dull, robots that detract rather than add to the experience, but this reading is fit to be called a performance. Two thumbs up.

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  • Coffin Family
  • 27-11-16

I love this version

the reading and singing are perfect to bring the whole story to life. plus it's robin hood

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  • TROUBLE IS
  • 26-08-19

Missing parts

Skips parts of the readings so I’m not sure what part of unabridged that means. Disappointing. It could have been perfect.

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  • L. Smith
  • 23-04-14

Good Rendition

What made the experience of listening to The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood the most enjoyable?

The depth of characters the narrator accomplished

Who was your favorite character and why?

Robin Hood--well acted and read.

Have you listened to any of David Thorn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

David Thorn sings the songs in the book. Although not sure where they got the tunes from, he did very with that.

The Pyle story of Robin Hood drags in the middle--the adventure, rob, resolution stories get tiresome. However, the story picks up action toward the end and does end well. Thorn brought out the ending very nicely too.

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  • mike s.
  • 19-02-20

Very dated storytelling

Great voice artist. The stories do not hold up well. I suppose that's why Robin Hood keeps getting reinvented.

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  • D. King
  • 19-01-20

The Legendary Outlaw Still Lives!

Howard Pyle's version of Robin Hood was the first book i was given when i was a child. I only knew of Robin Hood from movies and I was enthralled. Almost 50 years later, I still treasure that book today. The narrator does a good job of handling the language and varying for the different characters, although I doubt Anglo-Saxon England was as merry as the stories tell. But this is not pure history, but pure adventure. I saw one review that was critical of the narrator actually singing the songs that feature in the stories, but it is a fact that people of this time often sang and played music commonly. Looking through the eyes of 50 years of love for these stories , I felt the narrator did an outstanding job of carrying these tales. After all, the idea of reading for pleasure is to briefly escape the present for some adventure elsewhere. After all, in his introduction Howard Pyle states that these tales are not for everyone. Only those disposed toward jolly adventure would enjoy them. So put aside dreary thoughts and enter into Good Ole Merrie England!

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