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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35,134 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Walter Scott Narrator: Jonathan Oliver Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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Ivanhoe has never been superseded as the epitome of chivalric novels. The brave knight comes from the Crusades to claim the Anglo-Saxon princess, Rowena, as his bride. But he becomes caught up in the feud between Prince John and his brother, Richard the Lionheart, who has returned to England incognito. Robin Hood and his outlaws also appear in a story with many interconnecting strands which meet in powerful scenes of tournaments, sieges and courtly love. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/2/2014

    " Great swashbuckling adventure. I haven't enjoy a tale this much since Leepike Ridge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Curtis | 9/24/2013

    " I like the jewish girl much better then the princess. I love the story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esdaile | 9/20/2013

    " This must be one ofhis best novels. The romance as it calls itself and it is a romance, reads well from beginning to end. Especially fascinating is his portrayal of Jews. On the one hand, Isaac is portrayed in the manner customary at the time, the connviing above all pusillanimous Jew, but his daughter Rebecca is the heroine of the novel, and Ivanhoe clearly loves her, but as Forster put it in Pasage to India the time and place forbade their union. A very interesting character is the Templar who is very "progressive" in his contempt for religion, which he calls superstition coupled with his adherence to the chivaric code which is ambiguous and his ambition which is not ambiguous, likewise his pride. King Richard Coeur de Lion is presented as a deeply flawed but still likable man. This novel is at once a good yarn but stimulating to thought and non dogmatic. I did wonder though, in the manner with which Scott is sympathetic to the Saxon cause but effectively shows that the fait acoimpli of Norman rule is indeed that accompli, promoting the idea that Jacobean romantics should accept the Hannovrian succession and the Union of Scotland and England. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 8/10/2013

    " One of my favorite books, "Ivanhoe", in my opinion, should be required reading in Highschools across the country. I am absolutly astonished at how few of people I know that have actually read it. Sir Walter Scott presents a mastery of historical language yet still creates a readable and captivating story. "Ivanhoe" is a true classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 7/21/2013

    " I loved this book. It was a great tale that wandered a bit too much sometimes but had great characters and excellent writing. I enjoyed Sir Walter Scott's Old English and flowery language. The pace of the adventure was good (minus those few wandering bits) and kept me reading. I REALLY enjoyed the substance of the story and found the conflicts refreshing after reading a few books in which the sole conflict is which perfect boy the girl must choose. As a history student, I also really enjoyed reading about the Norman-Saxon conflict (though the Saxon, Cedric, did get a little over-explanatory about Saxon history). The animosity between the Jews and the Christians and the persecution of the Jews was heartbreaking, but I'm glad it was so prominent in the book so I could get a better feel for what it may have been like to live in such conditions. Scott does a great job of creating the world so you can understand the players in it. I enjoyed all of the characters, even the villains. I have seen several Robin Hood movies and am so familiar with the character that I was not interested in reading yet another rendition of his life, so I was happy to find his part in the story to be a very small one and still a very flattering one (I still want him to be a hero). I could write some about each character after getting to know them pretty well through Scott's excellent writing, but I'll cut it short and just say, "No wonder it's a classic." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilie | 3/19/2013

    " Really interesting how my idea of the medieval period comes so much from this work. My first SWS novel and certainly won't be my last. Very much enjoyed the intrigue and the strength of Rebecca's character in particular. It has piqued my interest in this period of history I have hitherto (why does using that word make me feel like a douche?) not ever cared for - and has done something for my vocabulary - wonderfully written. Very enjoyable indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fatty | 2/6/2013

    " Oh the rampant anti-semitism! But how not to be caught up in the romance? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Griff | 10/18/2012

    " Beautiful word use. Saxon/Norman conflict. Jewish persecution. Robin Hood "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Earl Jane Grey | 9/12/2012

    " I more like the setting than the actual story (which was quite anticlimactic), still a really nice escapist read with some pleasant morals to the story. The book should be called Rebecca, she is by far the best character in the whole novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 5/31/2012

    " This book has it all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 5/28/2011

    " Just finished this, and it was really good. I did not know the story at all, so it was really fun to find a Robin Hood/King Richard/knights and chivalry story. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/31/2009

    " This was one of my favorite books growing up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/27/2009

    " Great book for those who enjoy tales of old England. It's much like reading Shakespeare, though, so it might take a while to get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie Cingi | 5/30/2008

    " Best historical novel I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Thessen | 3/9/2008

    " This was my absolute favorite book for a long time. The language is old fashioned, but the story is absolutely amazing. Sigh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 5/12/2007

    " Andrew gave it to me to read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberta | 6/9/2005

    " A riveting medieval romance. Never thought I'd find something like this interesting but not even the lengthy sentences and involved language could put me off it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 2/21/2003

    " What's not to love about this? It has Richard Lionheart, Robin Hood, chivalry, romance, jousting (I loved the jousting) razing castles, revenge, daring do and evil baddies. At times, especially the long conversations, I found the language a little tiring, but overall, I really enjoyed this tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 4/17/2002

    " It was much fun to read this great story in the rustic eloquence of Sir Scott's "romantic" sentence structure. I wouldn't change a thing and thoroughly enjoyed the book! "

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About the Author

Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) was a poet, a playwright, and one of the greatest historical novelists who ever lived. Writing mostly about his native Scotland, Scott wrote a total of twenty-seven historical novels, the best known of which are Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverly, The Heart of Midlothian, and The Bride of Lammermoor.