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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
By: (1783-1859)

Set in the small secluded valley of Sleepy Hollow, Irving’s short speculative story follows the rivalry between Ichabod Crane and Brom Van Brunt for Katrina Van Tassel’s hand in marriage. Mostly inhabited by descendants from Dutch settlers, the residents are known for their belief in superstitions and the supernatural, and have many stories to suffice their colorful imaginations. The story begins when the scrawny schoolmaster Ichabod Crane from Connecticut moves to Sleepy Hollow for a teaching job and rotates living with the families of his students. This type of living arrangement allows him to grow familiar with the stories circling the strange town. The most popular phenomena being that of the Headless Horseman, supposedly ghost of a Hessian soldier who lost his head during a battle in the American Revolutionary War.

As Ichabod adjusts to his new home town, a visit to the rich farm of Baltus Van Tassel inspires him to win the hand of his only daughter Katrina. However, Katrina’s beauty and wealth have also attracted the attention of other bachelors in town including the exuberant Brom Van Brunt, or locally known as Brom Bones. Well in the habit of intimidating and scaring off Katrina’s suitors, mostly through physical confrontations, Brom instead turns to pranks as his main method of persuading Ichabod to give up on his love quest. A story torn between logic and superstition, the characters must determine what is real and what is not, or fall victim to local myths determining their fate.

Other than being an intriguing story of greed, superstition and the supernatural, Irving also uses his main character Ichabod as a means of satire, mocking the seemingly refined culture of city dwellers. It is no coincidence that the educated Ichabod trades big city life for the small Sleepy Hollow, and is victim to the many pranks played on him. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of the earliest samples of American fiction which has remained a classic and favorite among its readers.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 16 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 6, 2021
The narrator was great, perfect tone for this kind of story. Listened to it all the way through and it had my full attention the whole time.
Reviewer: - September 20, 2018
Loved the book and the narrator! Perfect short story for an autumn evening!
Reviewer: - April 27, 2018
Subject: The legend of sleepy hollow
When I first heard this it pecked my interest.
Reviewer: - December 5, 2016
Subject: The legend of sleepy hollow
I was delighted to hear this reader again! As an aussie I had heard of this book, but was surprised how short it was!
Reviewer: - September 15, 2016
Very well read! I love this reader. His voice is perfect for this kind of story
Reviewer: - September 28, 2015
why does he sound like Alfred Pennyworth LMAO #batmanservant
Reviewer: - July 9, 2015
Subject: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
A good short story classic, worth revisiting, very well and appropriately narrated.
Reviewer: - January 11, 2015
Subject: excellent
The reader was wonderful. Absolutely no problem understanding him. Nice, relaxing story...short story.
Reviewer: - January 7, 2015
Very well read! I love this reader. His voice is perfect for this kind of story! He is clear and easy to understand.
Reviewer: - January 4, 2015
Subject: Sleepy indeed!
The story is great but I've never gotten through it all. Without fail I fall asleep during it. So when I was sick and had insomnia for days I went and put on sleepy hollow and sure enough.., it lived up to it's name! It's a great bedtime story and I do love his voice even if it is unusual. It's a good fit for the story and he's a great audiobook reader. It's just he lulls me to sleep! Sometimes that's exactly what I need though
Reviewer: - November 2, 2014
Subject: bb
This book is soooo boring id rather stare at a wall
Reviewer: - November 2, 2014
Subject: What??
This guy is so hard too understand and the book is so boring
Reviewer: - February 3, 2014
I thought it was ok. I recomend the book if you like legends.
Reviewer: - September 20, 2013
Subject: Review
I love Bob Newfeld's voice!!! What a short wonderful story. Highly recommend it.
Reviewer: - March 10, 2013
Subject: Excellent
I agree, I had forgotten what a charming tale this is, the reader, marvelous.
Reviewer: - December 30, 2012
A great old ghost story that I'd always heard of, but never actually read/heard. The reader has a wonderful voice and helps set the mood. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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