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Fairy Tales Audiobook

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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: Kate Reading, Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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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 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.