Published by Audible Studios on 1820
Source: Owned Audible Book
Tom Mison, star of the hit Fox series Sleepy Hollow, narrates the classic Washington Irving short story.
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 during the Revolutionary War.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
Another classic that I’ve been meaning to read for years now (are you sensing a pattern of decades long tbr abuse? Please, don’t report me to the Library Police!). I was, I thought, fairly familiar with the tale, having seen several tv and movie interpretations of it. I even got to visit Washington Irving’s inspiration for the story on a visit to New York to see my friend, Pam. It’s one of those books, like Jane Eyre (still need to read it, btw), that I’d half convinced myself I must have read at some point.
The audiobook was just a little of an hour long, and on sale this past October on Audible, which made it the perfect length to listen to when I drove to my friend’s house for the October 2014 24 Hour Readathon. I even stopped to do a little shopping and a pit stop to Dunkin Donuts, all the while listening to Ichabod’s fate unfold (although I should point out that while I often listen to audiobooks while shopping and standing in line, I always make sure to remove the head phones when it comes time to check out).
Ichabod is kind of a jerk, which I don’t think I realized. A coward, yes, the tv movie showed that (although the Johnny Depp movie has little in common with the original tale), but he was genuinely dislikable in the story. The one aspect that I found interesting was how as a teacher, Ichabod was put up by the townspeople, and it made me long for simpler times (until I realized that I wouldn’t have HBO, my Kindle, or the right to vote, own land, marry who I want, etc, so really, screw you simpler times). Despite Ichabod, or because of him, I really liked listening to the book, and I have a feeling that I’ll be re-listening next October!
Tom Mison narrates the audiobook, and he is certainly swoon worthy- his voice at least. But then I looked him up and it turns out that he’s the Hottie McIchaboddie on the latest incarnation of Sleepy Hollow on tv. Sadly, at this time I could find no other audiobooks that he’s narrated, but this is definitely one of those cases where the voice matches up with body. This man can read to me any time he wants.