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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howard Pyle Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“This tale that I am about to tell is of a little boy who lived and suffered in those dark middle ages; of how he saw both the good and the bad of men, and of how, by gentleness and love and not by strife and hatred, he came at last to stand above other men and to be looked up to by all.”—from the book

Young Otto is born into a warring household in a lawless age. Having no mother, he is sent by his father, a valiant robber baron, to be safely raised by the monks until the age of twelve. But when he returns, gentle Otto can no longer escape the bitter blood feud between his father and the rival house of Trutz-Drachen. He is kidnapped by the rival family and his hand is cut off, to be replaced forever by a silver one. Can his brave father and his captor’s kind daughter, Pauline, help him escape?

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  • Otto of the Silver Hand has audience appeal for fans of the Arthurian legends…[Ralph Cosham’s] crisp diction and nuanced characterizations enhance this classic story…a worthy addition to any audiobook collection seeking lesser-known classics in children’s literature.”

    School Library Journal

  • Otto of the Silver Hand is marvelously read by [Ralph Cosham]…well worth the listen.” 


  • “The story's unflinching portrayals of the unpleasant aspects of medieval life may shock some young readers, but its well-organized and exciting plot makes for entertaining reading.”

    Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults

  • “An excellent addition to any study of the Middle Ages, or simply an enjoyable read.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Abraham | 2/18/2014

    " This is a fine book, as are all great offerings from the masculine Pyle. This is a dark and more exotic tale than Men of Iron, and more complex than his Arthurian tellings. It is a good book for a young man -- portraying the discipline of education, the excruciating hardship of pain and torture, the marvels of love, and the thrills of cloak-and-dagger intrigue -- though every young woman will be enthralled by the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jesse Winslow | 2/14/2014

    " I didn't really enjoy this as much as I thought I would. Some exciting parts, but Otto is really a wuss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Regina | 2/5/2014

    " Jordy and I read this as a 7th grade history assignment. Great historical fiction that gives a picture of what it was like to live in a castle community in early western Europe. Life was harsh and morals were low, but anyone can change. Old English wording and uncommon vocabulary made comprehension an effort at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Esther | 1/22/2014

    " Howard Pyle has an unassuming writing style that I love. His description is never over the top, but just enough to set the scene without calling attention to itself. It's hard for me to decide which I like best, the story or the illustrations. Anyone who likes stories of knights and monasteries will like this one. "

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