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Robin Hood: The Story Behind the Legend

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Oscar winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as Robin Hood, whose exploits have endured through out popular mythology. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world
power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Tor Books (first published April 1st 2010)
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Indah Threez Lestari
Aku punya aturan tak tertulis terkait novel-novel movie tie-in:
1. Jika filmnya diangkat dari novel, lebih baik membaca novelnya lebih dahulu sebelum menonton filmnya karena biasanya novelnya lebih baik dari filmnya.
2. Jika novelnya disusun berdasarkan naskah filmnya, lebih baik menonton filmnya lebih dulu sebelum membaca novelnya, karena biasanya filmnya lebih mengasyikkan dari novel/naskahnya, terutama bila banyak dialog improvisasi model film Iron Man.

Sekarang aku melanggar aturan itu, dan...
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, I have to admit that "cover picture" aside I wasn't really aware this was a novelization of the Russell Crowe movie...

Okay so i was a little slow on the up take. Maybe I'm getting old.

Why am I sitting at this keyboard again....?
Oh, yeah, okay i remember.

Anyway as noted this is the novelization of said movie. So if you liked the movie (which I did/do) you'll probably like the book.

It takes some liberties with history (though has the general historic frame work right and pretty accurately
The best part about this book was the reader, Robin Sachs, but I might be a bit biased because I like low gravelly voices talking to me in foreign accents. (I "read" this as an audio book.) There were many days when I sat in my driveway after having come home, continuing to listen to Robin read me the story. The story itself wasn't half bad (though it was only half good). It was just so godawful SLOW, and I don't mean Robin's reading. Because it was a movie adaptation, there's only so much chara ...more
Noe Sanchez
May 11, 2014 Noe Sanchez rated it really liked it
Robin Hood: The Story Behind the Legend is an excellent book telling the adventure of Robin Longstride with side conflicts that lead to the main conflict.Its well written and detailed, has romance any person who likes these traits in a book should read it.The book lets you in on what Robin is thinking and feeling,you can also understand robin for who he is through his actions a hero,thief or legend . The book takes place in England some time around 13th century during a civil war. One of the imp ...more
Jamie B.
This book stays very close to the movie. Except for a few slight differences and some added details, the story is exactly the same. The film is one of my favorite adaptations of the Robin Hood legend, so I figured I may as well read the book.

I really enjoyed the book. The storyline jumps around just as it does in the movie, however, that did not hinder my enjoyment. The characters and dialogue are all the same, especially if you watch the director's cut. So, why not just watch the movie and ski
Jeremy Preacher
Jan 20, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
This requires a little explanation, doesn't it? I don't usually read the novelizations of terrible movies. And, although I haven't seen it, I can say with confidence that this was a terrible movie.

When I was a kid, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves came out, and I desperately wanted to see it. My mom disapproved, because she thought it was too violent. (She was probably right, but I don't really remember the timeline all that well.) So I picked up the novelization instead.

I LOVED that book. It was f
Lanie Sanders
As a fan of almost anything to with Robin Hood, i jumped up and down and freaked out when i saw a used copy of this in my local used book store. i love robin, his stories and all that he stands for but this was a mockery of him, and of the literary sub-genre. Honestly, i couldn't make it past the first few chapters, even though i enjoyed the movie. the main problem he was the writing style. it was painful! it was choppy, elementary, and just plain annoying! I happen to be very picky about what i ...more
Sheila DeChantal
Oct 06, 2011 Sheila DeChantal rated it liked it
So seriously... doesn't that sound a lot like Robin Hood? That's 'cause it is! I kid - but really this audio was all action, all testosterone, strong men who fight for their women...

ahhh... I admit it - I do like the era... I like men who act like men (packing a bow and arrow doesnt hurt either...) and women who wear the long beautiful dresses but are still tough....

whats not to love?

I have seen the movie Men In Tights (no, I am not proud but there it is...) and probably a cartoon or two in the
One day I will learn that no matter how enticing it may seem, novelizations based off films are not a good idea.

I liked the film, but this book, although the writing is sound, fails to add anything new to the cinema version.
Christoper Eloriaga
Sep 26, 2014 Christoper Eloriaga rated it it was amazing
While the story was really good, it felt more of a tell of kings and knights than it did about Robin Hood.
Feb 14, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Good read with a little bit of back story that you don't necessarily get from the movie. I did like that you get to find out more about the main character's history that wasn't clear from the movie.

Great book based on the movie.
Jan 05, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fun to listen to.
May 17, 2010 Sio rated it really liked it
Good book that kept me hooked through the whole thing. I did start reading it before seeing the movie, and finished it after, and it stands well on its own.
Dec 30, 2011 Dave rated it liked it
I listened to this book as a traveled to work. It is an adaptation of the movie but entertaining. I would recommend for anyone who has not seen the film.
Nov 14, 2011 Dawn rated it it was ok
The storyline was good, but the storytelling wasn't very exciting. I'm almost wondering if the movie came first and then the author retold the movie.
Sep 19, 2010 Shalon rated it really liked it
Very good version of Robin Hood. Book was better than the movie. Liked the unpredictability of an old story.
Nov 07, 2013 Glees20 rated it it was amazing
A really good book, best historical fiction book I've read. Builds lots of suspense.
Nov 12, 2010 Annette rated it liked it
Fun - had to read it... days of yore... etc. etc. Nothing like a good-hearted hero!
May 21, 2010 Mikael rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
wow! oh my heck, i'm so excited to see the movie. this is soooooo great!
Aug 22, 2013 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: okay
okay... good story, bad telling. Dont write books about movies.
Apr 15, 2013 Frank rated it liked it
It was good for a quick read. Nothing too spectacular....but not bad.
Jul 29, 2012 Jordan rated it really liked it
Flowed easily, great story to it, an amazing beginning to a legend.
Coushatta LaRue
Sep 21, 2012 Coushatta LaRue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
I very much enjoyed it. Would like to see the movie now :)
Jun 27, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Novelization of the recent movie. I'd recommend either.
Marcy N
Sep 09, 2011 Marcy N rated it it was amazing
Definately not the typical "Robin Hood"
Dodi Mohd.
Sep 12, 2010 Dodi Mohd. rated it did not like it
it's nise ..
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David B. Coe is an author of fantasy novels and short stories. He lives with his wife, Nancy Berner, and their two daughters on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.
He has begun writing a new historical fantasy series under the pen name D.B. Jackson. The first one is titled Thieftaker, published in 2012.
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