The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Digital Audiobook narrated by Tom Mison
Published by Audible Studios on September 9th 2014
Genres: Classics, Fantasy, Fiction, Gothic, Historical, Historical Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Short Stories
Length: 150 pages or 1 hour, 15 minutes
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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.
This book is an October tradition for me.
I love book traditions. As a kid, I knew the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, but I had never read the book until Audible gave it away to its subscribers in 2014. It’s about a scrawny school teacher who falls in love with the wealthy Katrina Von Tassel and begin to woo her – even though she is already being courted by Brom, one of the rowdy boys of the town. Fortunately for Brom, Crane is run out of town by the apparition of the Headless Horseman.
Tom Mison’s reading is brilliant.
As I was listening to it this year (the audiobook is very short), it occurred to me that even though the rich descriptions are lovely and I adore the character quirks of this classic folk tale, what I REALLY love is Tom Mison’s voice. He played Ichabod Crane in Fox’s Sleepy Hollow which was sort of a hot mess (I watched all four seasons and loved it) and he read the whole thing so perfectly. It was brilliant of Audible to bring him in to do it.
Sleepy Hollow is a must-read folktale classic.
I’m a New Englander, so this story really hits home for me. The description of the little sleeping valleys between mountains and cities still holds true today, even though the story takes place in New York. There’s a rustic old world charm to the tale that makes it delightful. It’s not scary in the least, even though it is a ghost story. It’s just a fun little yarn about a superstitious man and the shadows under the moon.
I love it.