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Young Robin Longbow, subapprentice forester in the King's Forest of Nottingham, must contend with the dislike of the Chief Forester, who bullies Robin in memory of his popular father. But Robin does not want to leave Nottingham or lose the title to his father's small tenancy, because he is in love with a young lady named Marian - and keeps remembering that his mother too was gentry and married a common forester.

Robin has been granted a rare holiday to go to the Nottingham Fair, where he will spend the day with his friends Much and Marian. But he is ambushed by a group of the Chief Forester's cronies, who challenge him to an archery contest...and he accidentally kills one of them in self-defense.

He knows his own life is forfeit. But Much and Marian convince him that perhaps his personal catastrophe is also an opportunity: an opportunity for a few stubborn Saxons to gather together in the secret heart of Sherwood Forest and strike back against the arrogance and injustice of the Norman overlords.

©1988 Robin McKinley (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Gail N.
  • 01-11-2019

A great story paired with the wrong narrator

I thought the story was very well done until I had to abandon the book because of the narration. Justine Eyre had presented a very good performance in "Helen of Troy" by Margaret George. This was a 30 hour listen and Ms. Eyre was entertaining, a pitch perfect voice for Helen who is the main narrator of her own tale. However, Ms. Eyre cannot do a lusty outlaw from Robin Hood very well. I gave up after a hour. Too bad all 'round since I would have liked to finish the book.

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  • Rachel Steinberger
  • 26-01-2020

Great retelling/story, wrong narrator

I've loved this retelling of Robin Hood since I read it (and re-read it and re-re-read it) as a teenager. The characters are very human and relatable and the story intertwines in a satisfying way, with a nice mix of romance and lots of humor and realism.

I'm very happy to finally have an audio version to listen to, but... she's the wrong narrator. She describes everything with a lot of melodrama but none of the humor. Overall, it's like listening to an amusing dinner story performed with all the drama of a soap-opera's weekly climax. I found her narration distracting (and detracting) from the natural warmth of the story.

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  • Rose Swartz
  • 05-04-2020

Meeeeeh

The narrators voice really bugs me. She doesn’t have much inflection or different characters. Every sentence sounds the same. And whiny too. I’m trying to return this one.

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  • AJQ
  • 02-02-2020

Excellent adaptation of one of my favorite books!

I was thrilled to see an audible version of this novel, which has been one of my favorites for a very long time. It did not disappoint. The narrator brings a wonderful flavor to much beloved characters. Do not hesitate--this is a wonderful listen!

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