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Author: Washington Irving Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9781974925568
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In New York's Catskill Mountains before the American Revolution, a Dutch-American villager named Rip Van Winkle falls asleep and wakes up twenty years later without realizing how much time has passed. Unaware that the Revolutionary War has taken place, he must come to terms with the changes he encounters. Washington Irving wrote “Rip Van Winkle” while living in England as part of the collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., alongside his other famous tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Irving later admitted that "When I wrote the story, I had never been on the Catskills." Since its publication in 1819, the story has become part of American pop culture and has been adapted many times for stage, film, radio, and television. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 10/15/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 9/28/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justyna | 9/8/2013

    " 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 ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jliongrrrl | 8/26/2013

    " 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 Wendy | 7/12/2013

    " 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 | 5/17/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/14/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jliongrrrl | 11/10/2012

    " 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 Rachel | 5/2/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 7/12/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justyna | 6/28/2011

    " 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 | 5/31/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skendall | 4/22/2011

    " Read Aloud to my girls. Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Rip Van Winkle "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/2/2011

    " super fast read with the kids...don't think they cared for it too much..but alas a little quality reading with the kids I suppose! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diva | 2/16/2011

    " witty and funny, had the fine description of nature and food, rather unexpected that, but very fine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilshem | 12/16/2010

    " I think that is story was good. I lliked it because I find the main character quite funny. My favorite part was when they described him riding a horse and Mr. Weise,my teacher, drew a funny picture. I see a little bit of myself in him because I always creep myself by reading weird/scary stories "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara | 10/18/2010

    " Really?! That's it?! So not impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 10/13/2010

    " Great collection of Washington Irving's writings. I didn't realize how talented he really was until I read through this. "

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

    " Two quick books that I listened to on a trip to Wyoming. they maybe classics, but they are easily forgettable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teric | 9/22/2010

    " A nice, concise collection of Irving's more popular works, including: Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and my favorite, The Devil and Tom Walker. Great classics! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alleycatfan | 6/2/2010

    " Who knew Americans could write. I think I enjoyed the vignettes of English life the most. Some of the stories did not interest me. Even in the telling of a not so interesting story I found joy. "

About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, winner of numerous Earphones and Audie Awards, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. He has been a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner from 2008 through 2013 and he has been named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine.