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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (425 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hans Christian Andersen Narrator: Richard Matthews, Kate Reading, Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9780786553341
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Hans Christian Andersen was the profoundly imaginative writer and storyteller who revolutionized literature for children. He gave us the now standard versions of some traditional fairy tales—with an anarchic twist—but many of his most famous tales sprang directly from his imagination.

The thirty 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 more subversive later tales such as “The Ice Maiden” and “The Wood Nymph.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 8/22/2013

    " My favorite story was The Little Mermaid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/19/2013

    " Hah hah! Only kidding. This story is waaaaaay too disturbing for children! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 6/20/2013

    " This is such a great book my favorite part of the book was the story of the Little Mermaid even though I still prefer Disney's version way much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 liibzy | 6/13/2013

    " this book is a slightly strange version of the diseny in which the princess ends up happy whereas in this one the are alot of bald sisters and knmives its an ok book but i read it when i was very little and i definately preferred the simple diseny version even though tjhis was the original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/9/2013

    " So eclectic, so unexpected, so visionary! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope | 3/27/2013

    " Beautiful story and enchanting descriptions. I would definitely read this again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/12/2013

    " The Little Mermaid and other tales is a collection of wonderful classic fairy tales in teir untouched form. My favorite stories are The little Mermaid, The Little Match Girl, and The Rose Elf. All rolled (with more) into one must-have collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole | 1/3/2013

    " This is the depressing closer to the original version with religious overtones! Sweet! Keep Victorian ideals out of your kid's fairy tales with this copy! (I am not even being sarcastic really). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 6/28/2012

    " Surprised to find that the real version of this story does not end happily ever after. Worried about which other stories disney has adulterated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie Monahan | 6/13/2012

    " These are the original fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen and much darker without all happy endings like the disney versions. But love the emporers clothes and the princess and the pea. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 5/21/2012

    " did not finish. i didn't feel the stories were appropriate for my children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 laaya | 10/28/2011

    " I like it. and I read it stm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 7/20/2011

    " I loved the detail and simplicity in all of these stories. Great fairy tales! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/4/2011

    " These are the real fairy tales and not all of them end up happy ever after. Sometimes things do not always work out as we had hoped. Still Hans Christian Andersen was a wonderful story teller and I love his work. "

  • 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 AndersenHans Christian Andersen was a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, though to this day he is best remembered for his beloved fairy tales.
About the Narrators

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.