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Download Andersen's Fairy Tales Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (650 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hans Christian Andersen Narrator: Robin Field Publisher: Mission Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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Every man's life is a fairy-tale written by God's fingers. -Hans Christian Andersen.

Although April 2, Andersen's birthday, is celebrated as International Children's Book Day, the beloved Dane and author of more than 138 fairytales, wrote with a depth and sentiment that far exceeded mere bedtime stories. Few tales have been told that match the wit of The Emperor's New Clothes, the poignancy of The Little Match Girl or the redemptive purity of The Wild Swans. Listeners both young and young-at-heart will enjoy this collection of freshly-narrated classic tales.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Namerah | 2/19/2014

    " this is the worst possible book of fairy tales for any kid on the face of earth-_____- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Estelle Miller | 1/29/2014

    " I understand they are classics, and that they were in another language originally, but they're still super odd. Still, it wasn't too bad - it was mostly interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kath | 1/28/2014

    " Includes "The Little Match Girl", "The Girl who Stepped on Bread" and best of all, "Big Klaus and Little Klaus" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 1/13/2014

    " Lovely illustrations and a few lesser known tales - but missing my favorite, The Snow Queen! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/12/2014

    " Amazing how so many people want to have fairy tale endings, but many fairy tales, just aren't that happy! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/11/2014

    " Some of these stories were quite enjoyable, but overall I would have to say that I much prefer the stories by The Brothers Grimm.... maybe this just wasn't a sample of Hans Christian Andersen's finest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyrie | 1/6/2014

    " I like his stories. They're not cleaned up, Disney-fied and they're scary sometimes. He doesn't talk down to children. I've had this book forever (even crayoned all over the cover -shame on me) and I still love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 12/8/2013

    " Who knew what a character he was himself! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 12/6/2013

    " This edition has gorgeous illustrations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ida | 11/21/2013

    " As a child I truly enjoyed it and I'm surprised that after so many years I find a great deal of pleasure while I re-read again and I day-dream about those beautiful views Anderson describes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 11/21/2013

    " I prefer the Grimms over Anderson, but many of the stories in Anderson's arsenal are truly beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Risa | 11/18/2013

    " Very different from the sanitized versions most of us grew up with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 11/10/2013

    " a great collection of pictures and prose "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth Shapeero | 11/6/2013

    " Gave up on this - just wasn't getting that much from it. Might pick it up again one day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Rockwell | 11/5/2013

    " My favorite stories as a child, I read and reread "The Little Match Girl," "The Shadow," "The Traveling Companion," and many others over and over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike (the Paladin) | 8/14/2013

    " There are some good stories here, and some scared my childhood. Between dead match girls and trashed fir trees the Thumblinias were sometimes needed. Still they last. Excuse me I didn't get much sleep last night, there was something under my 20 mattresses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 6/23/2013

    " Most amazing fairy tales. The symbolism in each story is what really hooks me every time :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 5/13/2013

    " Fave tales from childhood must include The Princess and the Pea & The Ugly Duckling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacqueline | 4/13/2013

    " This was an absolute nightmare to read. So dry, long, and repetitive. I read the first quarter, skimming most parts, then gave up and read only the fairy tales I was most familiar with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 4/8/2013

    " Yes. I still read the stories and love them. I have the version published in 1981 by Treasure Press in London. The book was illustrated by Michele Danon-Marcho and Maya Filip. They are some of the most unique illustrations I've seen and I have adored them since childhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 2/8/2013

    " a great collection of pictures and prose "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 12/18/2012

    " These stories make me cry. Grimm's fairy tales are cautionary fables. These are tiny little slices of tragic reality, dressed up in doll's clothing or hidden behind animal masks. Check out "The Steadfast Tin Soldier,""The Ugly Duckling,"and "The Little Match Girl." Devastating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/11/2012

    " the little mermaid was surprisingly my absolute favorite story of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 9/25/2012

    " a great collection of pictures and prose "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/25/2012

    " Golly, but some Fairy Tales are grusome. Some of the tales I've also sort of known the story, but not read it, so that was fun. On to Grimm's Fairy Tales next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 5/15/2011

    " Most amazing fairy tales. The symbolism in each story is what really hooks me every time :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xdyj | 5/11/2011

    " Some stories are quite deep and many, many of them are very sad, when dealing with the harsh reality of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pauline | 4/14/2011

    " My first introduction to the world of Faerie, and life has never been the same since. This was one of only a few books in my home as I was growing up. I read it over and over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/24/2011

    " Wonderful turns of phrase that really light up what we think are well known tales, but when we re-read them find them very rich, fresh and wonderfully sustaining for our journeys through the seeming imaginative deserts of adulthood. Get ma drift? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 3/6/2011

    " Golly, but some Fairy Tales are grusome. Some of the tales I've also sort of known the story, but not read it, so that was fun. On to Grimm's Fairy Tales next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa | 2/24/2011

    " my favorite book of all time. OF ALL TIME! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anjali | 2/18/2011

    " Every person who is trying to learn about economics and/or financing must read !! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quincess | 2/17/2011

    " Good reading ? i love it ! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deviant | 2/6/2011

    " im more of a grimmes fairytale kinda girl.. christian Anderson is too religious for my taste "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sloane | 2/5/2011

    " I wonder if Hans Christian Anderson had a sad life. He wrote a lot of sad stories. I really like all the stories in this book, but my favorite is "The Emperor's New Clothes." It is just hilarious. "

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About the Author
Author Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875) was born in Odense, Denmark, the son of a poor shoemaker and a washerwoman. As a young teenager, he became quite well known in Odense as a reciter of drama and as a singer. When he was fourteen, he set off for the capital, Copenhagen, determined to become a national success on the stage. He failed miserably, but made some influential friends in the capital who got him into school to remedy his lack of proper education. In 1829 his first book was published. After that, books came out at regular intervals. His stories began to be translated into English as early as 1846. Since then, numerous editions, and more recently Hollywood songs and Disney cartoons, have helped to ensure the continuing popularity of the stories in the English-speaking world.

About the Narrator

Robin Field is the AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of numerous audiobooks, as well as an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and lyricist whose career has spanned six decades. He has starred on and off Broadway, headlined at Carnegie Hall, authored numerous musical reviews, and hosted or performed on a number of television and radio programs over the years.