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Download Andersen's Fairy Tales Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 5 3.85 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hans Christian Andersen Narrator: Erica Johns Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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The world of Hans Christian Andersen is seen through the eyes of children. There is the every-day wonder of an ugly duckling being transformed into a swan; the puffed-up Emperor being fooled by his own importance; the tender tragedy of a little match girl; the upright honesty of John rewarded by his traveling companion. By bringing true feelings to these stories, Andersen's tales have become part of universal folklore. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saskia | 2/19/2014

    " I will treasure this precious book for ever. I hold these beautiful stories so close to my heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luz | 2/18/2014

    " I love reading fairy tales as they were originally told. They tend to be so much darker "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/16/2014

    " Good entertaining book but compared to Grimm's Fairy Tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham, there weren't enough illustrations. The tales as you would expect are less graphic than Grimms'but are longer. I kept feeling that opportunities were missed in the stories for some superb illustrations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacqueline | 1/31/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carma Gorman | 1/30/2014

    " I had read these tales as a child. But I'm not sure I really understood them then. There are only a couple I would even consider reading to my four-year-old--I had forgotten how grim many of these are, and how moralizing, and how Christian. If you don't believe in heaven, then these tales are very depressing commentaries. "

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

    " a great collection of pictures and prose "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 1/8/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/8/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/27/2013

    " 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 Rockwell | 12/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 12/23/2013

    " Who knew what a character he was himself! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 12/5/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Namerah | 10/15/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maeve Ryan | 5/14/2013

    " A wonderful book of stories by Hans Christian Anderson. Fantastically illustrated and a delight to read. Also, there are many stories in this book that are less known, which is great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 3/25/2013

    " 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 | 10/15/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 9/11/2012

    " a great collection of pictures and prose "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 8/18/2012

    " a great collection of pictures and prose "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 2/18/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 1/3/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Risa | 10/3/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyrie | 9/22/2011

    " 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 Molly | 7/31/2011

    " 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 Joy | 7/14/2011

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

  • 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.