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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35,164 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Scott Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in England during Richard I’s reign, Sir Walter Scott’s fanciful, vivid reinterpretation of medieval life is a successful blend of fact, myth, and romance.

Upon returning from the Crusades, where he served with King Richard I, Wilfred of Ivanhoe is met with his father’s disapproval, having fallen in love with Rowena, his father’s ward. When his father disinherits him, Ivanhoe gets caught up in the power struggle between the king and his brother, Prince John, who is attempting to usurp the throne. Against the backdrop of a tournament of the Knights Templar, a series of adventures takes place. Ivanhoe catches the eye of Rebecca, a beautiful and courageous Jewess; he is taken prisoner, along with his father and hers, and Rowena as well; then they must rely upon one Locksley (Robin Hood) and his band of outlaws to set them free. When Rebecca is subsequently charged with witchcraft, she asks Ivanhoe to champion her in a trial by combat—but have his affections shifted, or does he still love Rowena?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Walter Scott is out and away the king of the romantics.”

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • “The real epic of our age.”

    Victor Hugo 

  • “A work of enduring value.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mate | 2/20/2014

    " Well, first of all, I should say that I love historical fiction, especially when the plot happens in the middle ages, as it does in Ivanhoe. My favorite character in the book was William Fitzurse, the backstabbing, intriguing, bastard traitor. The place of the king's chancellor was important at that time and he wanted it badly. I liked the story as well, but the character Ivanhoe wasn't that much interesting to me as some others were. Like, John's peers. As I said in the beginning I love historical fiction, especially when it happens in the middle ages, so it might be the reason why I graded this book with 5 stars in stead of 4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sam | 2/18/2014

    " I think I would like to give this three and a half stars. I bought this book because Jane Eyre reads it in her story. It certainly brought me closer to her character. The only reason I do not rate this book higher is because it was just so wordy that it was hard to pay attention for very long. As convoluted as it is, the story is beautiful and fun. Being a fan already of medieval legends, I felt it was the "Avengers" of the 19th century. Robin Hood and Richard the Lion-hearted team up with Ivanhoe, a swineherd and a jester to save damsels-in-distress from Prince John's men? Yes please! I particularly loved Rebecca on whose personality I now know Jane Eyre was loosely based on. They are examples of strong yet feminine women that should be known and admired by more modern readers. I have one problem though which I wish I could take up with the original publisher of this book. I learned it was his idea that Athelstane should be resurrected, which makes sense because it was totally stupid. It was Bois-Guilbert who should should have been resurrected if any, he was totally redeemable! <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marleah | 2/16/2014

    " Chivalry, romance, adventure, this book has something for everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Faith Justice | 2/15/2014

    " I couldn't remember if I had read this years ago or was remembering the movie. In any case, this was a fun read. The story is exciting with many of our favorite folk heroes - King Richard the Lion-Hearted, Robin Hood, Friar Tuck - shown in their most favorable light. The titular character actually spends a lot of the book flat on his back. What I enjoyed most about the book is the language and style. This first came out in 1820 and the prose style is delightfully archaic. Scott shows deep insight into human psyche, sharply drawing his characters, poking fun at hypocrisy and pomposity, and sympathetically portraying the humanity of the less fortunate. "

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