Robin Hood series 1 : Audiobooks
The first four episodes of Robin Hood have been published as novels and Richard Armitage has recorded audiobooks of all of them.
"I was very lucky recording an audiobook for something which I’m working very closely with at the moment because I still had all those characters very clearly in my head, although I didn’t really try and do impressions of the actors that I was working with," he said. "You just have to have an idea of the story that you’re trying to tell and the most clear way you can tell it. It’s very difficult moving between different characters; you have to just pitch very specifically and commit to what you’re doing and know exactly whose voice you’re doing, when you’re doing it, whether they’re male or female, where they come from." 
He also tried to get variety into the voices. "We are set very much in a kind of generic Midlands which involves a lot of northern dialects, but to make them not sound all the same I had to move them around a little bit." 
His voice as Gisborne isn't quite the same in the audiobook recording as it is in the TV series. "Trying to portray the character of Gisborne in an audiobook was actually quite different from when we come to shoot it because there is the visual representation on film which tells the story in itself. Without that, you only have the voice to express all of that evil and intention, so it was a question of just turning up the volume on all the details that I use physically and trying to get that into the voice." 
"Doing the audiobook was exciting, particularly when it went into the fight sequences, because you’re doing loads of voices and trying to get all the action in with as much energy and verve as possible." 
"This is one of the first audio-books that I’ve ever recorded and I have to say it was extremely hard work but great fun; I really really enjoyed it and trying to do all the voices," he said. "It’s been a great experience in storytelling for me so hopefully I’ll do another one." 
The four audiobooks each contain part of an interview with Richard Armitage in which he talks about Robin Hood and his role in it. The titles are:
Will You Tolerate This? Available at Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, The Book Depository and the BBC Shop.
(At Amazon USA the audiobooks are available as audio downloads.)
For those in Australia, the ABC Shop has a set of the four audiobooks.
UK residents can buy and download the four audiobooks from iTunes. They cost £7.95 each.
 Interview on Robin Hood audiobook, "Parent Hood"
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