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Download Rip Van Winkle & Other Stories Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Washington Irving Narrator: Donada Peters Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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You are probably familiar with the popularized versions of Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but have you ever heard the original, unabridged stories by Washington Irving? The skillfully written and colorful original tales have much more meaning and depth. In Rip Van Winkle Irving makes a profound social comment about the changes then happening in America, and Sleepy Hollow isn't just a chilling tale about a Headless Horseman but an enchanting story about two rival suitors.

Equally enjoyable tales of suspense and the supernatural included in this collection include The Spectre Bridegroom, The Adventure of the German Student, The Devil and Tom Walker, The Adventure of the Mason, Legend of the Rose of Alhambra, The Governor and the Notary, and Governor Manco and the Soldier.

These stories demonstrate just why Washington Irving is widely recognized as the Father of American Literature. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Reiersen | 9/13/2013

    " As an audiobook, it doesn't quite hold my attention. Although, hearing the original stories does add something. There is a lot more to the stories than the popularized versions, and the original does add something. The stories make more sense now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/21/2013

    " I have read Rip Van Winkle, but I'm not sure about the Other Stories; it's okay although very far fetched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justyna | 2/14/2013

    " It's true that the foolish one's are always the happiest one's at the end ;-) Rip is probably an idol for many... many people ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/27/2012

    " Re-reading it because of the time of year!:) I wish I was reading it on a mountain again, though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jliongrrrl | 10/19/2011

    " Ok audiobook. Knew 2 of the 4 short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/20/2011

    " I forgot all about the negative description of Rip's wife which really turned me off to the story. Otherwise, it is a classic and when read aloud about 10 pages on average puts the little one to sleep when nothing else will. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christie | 4/17/2011

    " I realize that this was a historic piece in the history of short stories. Sadly, I didn't like it. It had a terrible moral and I didn't find the characters to be particularly likable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha | 2/8/2011

    " We really liked this story. I read this as a bedtime story to my kids and they all told me which part they liked the most. It was fun talking to them about what could happen if someone really did sleep for 20 years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tstrubi | 10/3/2010

    " well tihs book was a short and quick read. I read it for English III and I can't say I enjoyed it too much. The only part I thought was funny was when he was drinking and then he slept for 20 years talk about a hangover. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keesha | 7/16/2010

    " Quick read of a classic fairy tale. Not bad, not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassandra | 5/27/2010

    " Though I enjoy Irving's descriptive style used in his short stories, I do not care much for this particular storyline. Plus, it came across to me as negative toward wives and condoning of idleness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenifer | 3/5/2010

    " This morality tale fits the requirement of being interesting enough to tell to a child, yet with applicability to adults. I loved the language and the concise writing. A super cool listen narrated by the awesome George Guidall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mommy | 2/23/2010

    " Wonderful story which is wonderfully illustrated by N.C. Wyeth. Sometimes I wish I could sleep for 100 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boris | 2/6/2010

    " N.C. Wyeth's illustrations are classic.
    Catskills 1769-1789 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 1/6/2010

    " I read it for school... Interesting story. I don't like how it's written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 10/20/2009

    " A fun read, as I recall, should read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shoelace | 10/6/2009

    " Funny. Many men nowadays would find Rip's destiny as a blessing (if we don't consider him as s counterhero). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 9/17/2009

    " Everyone should read this story. We have references to this story around us all the time. It makes our life richer if we know the story directly from the author. Great book to read aloud. "

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About the Author
Author Washington Irving

Washinton Irving (1783–1859), American essayist, novelist, and historian, was born in New York to a wealthy merchant. He studied law, but because of his delicate health, his family sent him on a tour of Europe, where he collected material later used in his stories and essays. The first American author to achieve international fame, his literary career served in many ways to consolidate the cultures of the United States and Europe.