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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,651 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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England is in the throes of the War of the Roses. As the houses of Lancaster and York vie for the crown, young Richard Shelton eagerly serves under his guardian, Sir Daniel Brackley, whose lessons he hopes will make him worthy of becoming a knight.

But Sir Daniel and his allies have been targeted by the outlaws known as the fellowship of the Black Arrow. This band of archers has a different lesson to teach Dick about loyalty, honor, revenge, and the ambiguities between good and evil.

Originally serialized in a periodical of boys’ adventure fiction, The Black Arrow furthered the genre of the historical novel through its swashbuckling action and its portrayal of a young man’s journey to discover the heroism within himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The time is fifteenth-century England, and Richard Shelton, the young hero, overcomes one obstacle after another."

    School Library Journal

  • “If one is handing out awards, The Black Arrow would certainly…be in contention for the most sheerly readable of Robert Louis Stevenson's books.”

    John Sutherland, author and Guardian (London) columnist 

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rob Roy | 2/18/2014

    " Treasure Island was an excellent tale with just enough quaint dialog to make it real. Black Arrow is as good a tale, but gets lost in the dialog. Stevenson went overboard here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob | 2/6/2014

    " A read from my grade school years but still remember some of the scenes. Set in England during the conflicts between Lancaster and York it features young Richard Sheldon who on being orphaned is the ward of Sir Daniel Barckley a particularly nasty nobleman who would change sides whenever it was to his advantage and used his position to acquire money and lands in less than legal ways. Richard befriends an young boy who is escaping from Sir Daniel's entourage and begins and adventure of deadly battles, a found love, a meeting with Richard Crookback, Duke of Gloucester and a Knighthood. My biggest problem was getting used to the syntax and spelling of the English of the period, especially that of the barely lettered. Fun nostalgia read and one for a book challenge (Title with a color in it.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aisha | 2/1/2014

    " I read an abridged version... so I dunno if the original would be much better... But I'd give this a 2.5, not 2* :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lizzy | 1/27/2014

    " School book project... slow beginning...didn't finish it. "

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