The first book of the trilogy, Shadow of the Wolf, is set in Sherwood Forest in medieval England. In it, Tim Hall presents a Robin Hood more heroic and horrific than ever before: a 14-year-old blind, ruthless assassin and elemental creature of the forest, hell-bent on a mission to avenge his father's death and the brutal abduction of his soul mate, Marian. It is a breathtakingly original - and utterly compelling - retelling of the Robin Hood legend.
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The voices chosen for the characters.
Great story line and great idea well written. A mix of magic, folklore, fantasy and the legend.
Voices chosen for characters are wrong. Robin and other important characters are portrayed as slow and stupid by the voices they are given. A real shame. The sheriff does not seem as frightening as he should be, just a bit dim. I think they were trying for Midlands accents but being from the Midlands myself, I can honestly say we don't all speak slowly and stupidly! Watch Peaky Blinders and you will get the idea!
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Being a fan of Robin Hood stories, I couldn't resist this book and am not dissappointed by the story. A great idea and well written. The narration is OK but some of the voices used are wrong. Characters who should be strong and charismatic seem slow and stupid. A real shame. I might buy it in paper form and re-read it myself
"Great narrator. Tedious story"
First off, the narrator is brilliant and manages to give each character such a distinct voice that I struggled to believe that it was all done by one person. However, the text itself is so frustrating that I didn't enjoy it. I simply didn't understand why Robin would give everything up and leave the Keep to go find Marion - and I found all that 'our fates are entwined; you are me and I am you' guff really irritating. Infuriatingly, the bit I enjoyed most was when Robin was training to be a knight - and was really annoyed when he left to go chase after some spoiled little rich girl.
I am struggling with this one - it may be the first audiobook I don't finish, and that's surprising because it promised to be just the sort of novel I enjoy. But it seems slow and the characters don't engage me. It's a pity because the narration was very good.
"A bit wishy washy"
I'm sure some people will love the form of this story, but for me it was too ethereal and wishy washy. I'm not sure the narration helped either as although Joe Jameson did a good job of giving the characters individual voices, some of them really grated - especially that of Marion, who really just came across as a spoilt brat most of the time, and I was left wondering why Robin kept chasing after her. I also felt many of the themes of the story were never adequately explained, leaving me with a poor understanding of many of the characters motivations.
I kept listening to the end, hoping that the various threads would come together, but they never really did.
Silly female high pitched voice
This is a book that is confusing in explaining plot by audio
"well written and read. great story"
I have already listened to this audio book twice!
Unpredictable... although this story has been told many times, I've never read it from this angle.
"After ten hours I give in."
While detailed and descriptive not much happens , its all very woe is I, self pity and stupid frustrating decisions.
If he wrote a book which had better pace Id have a Listen. I just couldn't finish this slow, tedious, book. Imagine a teenage girl shouting no one understands me and stamping her foot while every adult rolls their eyes and sighs. that feeling you get when you sigh at that point is how I felt for the majority of this book. that's what this book is.
Actually the Narrator was good, his script was the issue
the one bit where ( spoiler alert) he was in the keep learning how to fight that was entertaining. then he (sigh) runs off after a girl throwing away his life of four years and abandoning his mates.
Unless you have a gushing fountain of emotion and pity don't listen , its not worth the frustration.
"More Magic to the Myth of Robin and Marion"
This is a completely original retelling of the story of Robin Hood and Maid Marion. It opens by telling you that nothing you have previously heard about Robin Hood is true, and from there a truly captivating story enfolds starting with Robin as a seven year old boy and as it progresses you feel almost as though you grow and learn with Robin. The story is very well narrated. I originally got this book in one of the three for two offers. I've always enjoyed the Robin Hood legend so thought I would give it a try, and am really glad I did. I will certainly be looking for more books by Tim Hall in the future, and not just as my 'get one free' selection!
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