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Legend of Sleepy Hollow (version 3)

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Everyone knows the story of the Headless Horseman but perhaps you, like me, did not remember what a marvelous story teller Washington Irving was. He observed human nature closely and like any good humorist, lets us laugh at our own silly and superstitious sides through the joy of having strangers be the ones to display them. If you, like me, have only vague and muddy memories of this story, you owe it to yourself to listen and laugh along with the rest of the world. My High School English teacher who could never interest me in 'literature', would be proud.

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by Washington Irving


A pleasing land of drowsy head it was, Of dreams that wave before the half shut eye; And of gay castles in the clouds that pass, Forever flushing round a summer sky. CASTLE OF INDOLENCE.

In the bosom of one of those spacious coves which indent the eastern shore of the Hudson, at that broad expansion of the river denominated by the ancient Dutch navigators the Tappan Zee, and where they always prudently shortened sail and implored the protection of St. Nicholas when they crossed, there lies a small market town or rural port, which by some is called Greensburgh, but which is more generally and properly known by the name of Tarry Town. This name was given, we are told, in former days, by the good housewives of the adjacent country, from the inveterate propensity of their husbands to linger about the village tavern on market days. Be that as it may, I do not vouch for the fact, but merely advert to it, for the sake of being precise and authentic... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 11 reviews)

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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