Robin Hood
Episode 2 - Sheriff Got Your Tongue?

Authors: Dominic Minghella and Kay Woodward
Read by: Richard Armitage
BBC Audio
RRP: 9.99
ISBN: 978 1 4056 7714 7
Available 05 November 2007

The Sheriff of Nottingham is determined to punish Robin for his defiance of authority. He holds the villagers of Locksley hostage, threatening to cut out a villager's tongue every hour until Robin is found. Robin has no choice but to give himself up to protect them. But with his gang of outlaws on his side, all is not lost...

Sheriff Got Your Tongue? is a 2-disc CD collection, which sees Kay Woodward adapting Dominic Minghella's original script from the TV series into an audio book.

After the events that unfolded in Will You Tolerate This?, this second release sees Robin forming his band of men as he hides out in Sherwood Forest. But avoiding the Sheriff is not an easy task. The Sheriff wants to make an example of Robin and has threatened to cut out the tongue of one member of Locksley every hour until Robin gives himself up.

This story explains how Robin managed to gain his famous nickname, Robin Hood. It also explains how and why he started robbing from the rich to give something back to the residents of Locksley. There's also a nice touch as Little John bumps into his son, but can't explain who he is as he doesn't want his wife or son getting messed up in his world now that he's an outlaw. However, when he realises that his wife still loves him, he decides that he will soon reveal to them that he is not dead, as they believe.

This audio book is read by Richard Armitage, who plays Guy of Gisborne in the BBC's Robin Hood series. This release also includes an extra in the form of another bonus interview with Richard Armitage, giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes account of filming for the BBC show. I was expecting this to be a repeat of the interview on Episode 1, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this was a totally new interview, lasting just under five minutes.

Armitage's reading is fairly engaging and this audio book has been well adapted from the original. While it seems a little on the stretched side, there is enough action and adventure here to keep you listening. And, unlike the first episode, this captures the imagination a lot more.

Pete Boomer

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