Otto of the Silver Hand
Howard Pyle

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Narrated By: Ralph Cosham

Duration: 2 hours and 40 minutes

What to expect

“This tale that I am about to tell is of a little boy who lived and suffered in those dark middle ages; of how he saw both the good and the bad of men, and of how, by gentleness and love and not by strife and hatred, he came at last to stand above other men and to be looked up to by all.”—from the book

Young Otto is born into a warring household in a lawless age. Having no mother, he is sent by his father, a valiant robber baron, to be safely raised by the monks until the age of twelve. But when he returns, gentle Otto can no longer escape the bitter blood feud between his father and the rival house of Trutz-Drachen. He is kidnapped by the rival family and his hand is cut off, to be replaced forever by a silver one. Can his brave father and his captor’s kind daughter, Pauline, help him escape?


Adventure fiction, Fiction: general and literary, Classic fiction, Fiction: general and literary, Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction

Listen to a sample

Otto of the Silver Hand has audience appeal for fans of the Arthurian legends…[Ralph Cosham’s] crisp diction and nuanced characterizations enhance this classic story…a worthy addition to any audiobook collection seeking lesser-known classics in children’s literature.”

School Library Journal

Otto of the Silver Hand is marvelously read by [Ralph Cosham]…well worth the listen.”

“The story's unflinching portrayals of the unpleasant aspects of medieval life may shock some young readers, but its well-organized and exciting plot makes for entertaining reading.”

Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults

“An excellent addition to any study of the Middle Ages, or simply an enjoyable read.”