Audiobook review: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Posted October 31, 2014 by Stormi in Audiobook Reviews / 2 Comments

Audiobook review: The Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Length: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Genres: Classic, Horror
Published by Amazon Digital, Audible Studios Pages: 102
Format: Audiobook
Source: Free

Narrator: Tom Mison
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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.

The first time I had ever heard of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was when I was a child and watched the Sleepy Hollow cartoon. Then I seen Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp and now I love to watch the TV show Sleepy Hollow.

None of those shows remind me much of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that I just got finished listening too. I think because it’s such a short story that it leaves much to interpretation which gives others a great foundation for new stories.

I was actually a little disappointed in this book because I had this idea of what I thought it would be like and it was really more of what the town was like and who Ichabod was and how he liked Katrina. Then the last like fifteen minutes we get the headless horseman. I honestly don’t have a lot to say about this story at all.

It has a very Gothic feel about it which I liked, but to be honest the best part about listening to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was Tom Mison.  Tom Mison plays Ichabod on the TV series and so hearing his voice and he has a very nice voice, really was the highlight of this story for me. He did an excellent job and really made the story come to life. I have to say that if it wasn’t for Tom Mison, I might not have liked it much at all. So he sort of saved this story for me and it is why I gave it a higher mark than I might have if I just read the story.

I think my idea of what I wanted the story to be like because of the cartoon and the Johnny Depp movie really hindered my liking of the actual classic, which is a bit disheartening to me. My ideas of Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman is way more out there than this book. 🙁

If you want to check out this version it is FREE on, which is why I snagged it in the first place.



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2 responses to “Audiobook review: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  1. I’ve always been fascinated by this story and I do enjoy the new tv series about it. I love Tom Mison’s voice too. I will have to check this out just for him alone. Sorry it didn’t live up to expectation. I guess looking out for good interpretations of this story can be half the fun of finding the version you like.
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Its funny – I have an idea of what sleepy hollow is all about, and yet I’ve never seen a movie, tv show, or read any of the books! I’m thinking I should go the movie route though, it seems you enjoyed it way more. And Johnny Depp is another good reason 😉

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