Fairy Tales (Unabridged) [Unabridged Fiction]
by Hans Christian Andersen
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A gawky, dreamy boy, Hans Christian Andersen grew up to become a profoundly imaginative writer and storyteller who revolutionized literature for children. Andersen gave us the now standard versions of some traditional folk tales, but many of his most famous tales sprang directly from his imagination and continue to resonate with today's readers. The stories here range from exuberant early works such as "The Tinderbox" and "The Emperor's New Clothes", through poignant masterpieces such as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling", to powerful and more subversive later tales written for adults, such as "The Ice Maiden" and "The Wood Nymph". Tiina Nunnally's sparkling new translation of 30 of his extraordinary tales captures the vibrancy of Andersen's voice and will dazzle listeners young and old.
Great material, poor presentation.
The tales are great, and make compelling listening. Unfortunately there are no track marks or titles seperating the individual stories making it nearly impossible to find individual tales. Very frustrating when you have children who want to hear a tale repeated!
I could understand the speaker and although some were not for children- most were and I found that the ones that were not I enjoyed myself. you can navigate which story you want to listen too and they are all there. I liked this audiobook.
Not for small children
Although I enjoyed the stories, I find them sometimes hard to understand (they're read in British) and the words are too difficult for small children. Also these are original readings meaning they are at some times quite violent (beheading witches, blood drawn from breast, cutting tongues etc.). They are a great flash back to my youth where I listened to these stories read in Dutch while they were just as violent, it doesn't seem it bothered me then, but for my own children, I don't know. Otherwise a good value.