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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington IrvingTitle: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Publishing Info: September 9, 2014 by Audible Studios
Source: Audible
Genres: Adult, Classics
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 11, 2014

    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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I’ve been a big fan of the Sleepy Hollow TV show ever since it originally aired (one of the few shows I’ve actually watched from the beginning) so when I heard that one of the stars of the TV show Tom Mison narrated THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW for a free Audible audiobooks, I immediately went to download it. (I mean, have we heard his voice, friends?)

Obviously I have a basic understand of what THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW is about but I’ve never actually read the original book. For whatever reason, we always used to watch the cartoon around Halloween-time when I was in elementary school so I was pretty well-versed on how it went, but since I was getting a free audiobook, I figured now would be a good time to listen to this classic and actually get the original story written by Irving.

As excited as I was to listen to Tom Mison narrate the book, I have to say I was less than impressed. True, Washington Irving had a fantastic way at describing things but I felt like that was about 75% of the book. I had great visuals on what the characters looked like, what the setting looked like, and how food tasted/smelled/looked, but there was very little plot to the book and that was a bit frustrating. I was honestly over halfway done before any real plot even began to take shape and the ending was a bit of a let down. (Not like I didn’t know how it ended but there have been so many adaptations that I didn’t know which ones were the most accurate.) Overall, it was just a very dull story and the action didn’t really happen until the very end and it really wasn’t much.

Actually, the thing that I enjoyed the most was my personal connections to the legend. I really enjoyed remembering watching the cartoon as a kid and the feelings connected to it as well as pinpointing spots in the original story to plot lines in the Sleepy Hollow TV show. I love what the writers are doing with the TV show and expanding the legend into what I really hoped it would be when I picked up the audiobook.

The narration was quite good too. I just love British male narrators and Tom Mison has an excellent voice. I felt like his diction was a tiny bit overdone at times, but it was very pleasant to listen to for an hour and a half. If I’m listening to a slightly dull story, at least it was from a good narrator.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Classics. I don’t often read classics so this was a fun way to do it! I also liked how short it was haha. I wasn’t really enjoying the story so much so it was nice to know that it was on the shorter side.
Left Me Wanting More: Action & Suspense. For such an exciting concept and re-told tale, I felt like there really wasn’t much there. I do like all of the possibilities it holds with the somewhat open ending so maybe that’s the real winning concept here!

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If you want to listen to the audiobook, it’s free. Tom Mison was a really great narrator and the audio is short if you’re afraid you won’t like it! Worth a shot, right?

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Fortnight of Fright: I’m a Sleepy Hollow Fangirl!

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Welcome to our second annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2013

Last year, Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I really bonded over our mutual love of Halloween and came up with the idea for A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT: a two-week long event celebrating everything Halloween and horror-related! We decided to bring it back again this year and we have a TON of fun Halloween things planned for you!

I am not a big fan of the scary side of Halloween, I must admit. I’ve been a chicken all of my life and now that I’m a big girl at 26, I’m not ashamed to admit it. Even as a two/three/four-year-old, I was ridiculously afraid of the aisle with the Halloween masks — like TERROR, would not go down the aisle, would not even LOOK at them while passing, tried to avoid that side of the store if I could. Why? I really have no idea, but I’ve always been a big ole scaredy cat. I’m not AS scared as I once was, but I’m still PETRIFIED of ghosts, haunted houses still make me want to freak out and panic, and I don’t do horror movies.

One thing I can handle — and LOVE — is FOX’s SLEEPY HOLLOW. It’s not only because of Ichabod Crane (played by Tom Mison), although… Have you seen him?

Okay, Tom Mison isn’t the reason we started watching the show, even though Alyssa, Amy and I are so in love with the way he says “BROADAXE” that we actually call the show “BROADAXE” now and our phones autocorrect and autocaps the word… (Seriously though.)

SLEEPY HOLLOW is such a fun show because there are so many elements to it. It does follow the traditional story line of the Headless Horseman terrorizing the town of Sleepy Hollow, but there is so, so much more than that. Time travel, witches, apocalypses of biblical proportions, demons, possessions, spirits — pretty much everything Halloween should be, which is why now is the perfect time to talk about it… And fangirl about it.

Sleepy Hollow isn’t just horror. There’s a lot of really interesting history tie-ins (three corner hats, anyone?) — For example (ahem), Crane was in George Washington’s army in the Revolutionary War. There’s mention of the Boston Tea Party and how it really came about. We get a glimpse of what happened to the lost colony or Roanoke. And people speaking MIDDLE ENGLISH, holla!

Along with THOSE fabulous elements, there’s also a lot of humor and witty moments! For one, I love that Ichabod Crane is a member of WASHINGTON’s army and that Abigail Mills’ commander is Frank IRVING. WASHINGTON IRVING! Ha! The show is full of other delightful cleverness and I’m so glad that they make it so enjoyable because for someone who’s easily spooked, the humor and other underlying story lines make it easy for me to enjoy the show and not be TOO creeped out by all the demons and whatnots!

So how close is it to Washington Irving’s original story? Well… Not very. We’ve got the main characters, the Headless Horsemen, and the town of Sleepy Hollow of course, but so many things set in a modern-day world that Crane has magically plopped down into. I really do enjoy the liberties that the show has taken though! Now instead of a skinny, knobby school teacher, Ichabod Crane is a handsome and clever solider from a distant time who mentioned he was a professor at Oxford. He’s already won the heart of Katrina and they were married — well, back in his time. Obviously there’s a lot more paranormal going on than just a headless horseman and there’s SO much more modern versus historical weaved into the plot. None of that bothers me one bit though! I’m already a diehard fan of Sleepy Hollow and if you haven’t watched it yet, start out with the pilot and let me know what you think!

Tell me, friends! Have you watched Sleepy Hollow yet? Are you as obsessed as we are?