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Fairy Tales Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Fairy Tales (Unabridged), by Hans Christian Andersen
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 and Richard Matthews Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Reviews

  • 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.