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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,075 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Pullman Narrator: Samuel West Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN:
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In this enchanting selection of fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman presents his 50 favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm in a 'clear as water' retelling, making them feel fresh and unfamiliar with his dark, distinctive voice. From the otherworldly romance of classics such as 'Rapunzel', 'Snow White', and 'Cinderella' to the black wit and strangeness of such lesser-known tales as 'The Three Snake Leaves', 'Hans-my-Hedgehog', and 'Godfather Death', Pullman captures the appeal that has held the imagination of children and adults alike for centuries. In his introduction, he discusses why these stories have lasted so long and become part of our collective storytelling imagination. Pullman's Grimm tales of wicked wives, brave children, and villainous kings will have you listening again and again for many years to come.

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

    " These cheerful and lovingly crafted retellings of fifty Grimm tales, both famous and lesser-known, were a joy to read. Some of the stories I have loved my whole life, and others were new to me and thoroughly entertaining. It's abundantly clear that Pullman has a great deal of affection and respect for these tales and he has given them a buff and polish that restores them to their full storytelling potential. This book has become my go-to fairytales anthology and makes a beautiful addition to my bookshelf! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari Lynn Mackey | 2/11/2014

    " Pullman's translations of German fairy tales are magically fascinating and linguistically pleasing. Along with the perpetual favorites, he includes in this collection many lesser-known tales, which are not only entertaining and intriguing, but also serve to shed further light on the characteristic elements of this traditional style of story-telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Gunn | 2/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this; if you've ever liked fairy tales, you will too. It might be that simple. I read one or two of these a night literally as a bedtime story, and I'm sure will someday buy a copy of my own so I can keep rereading them in the same way. Pullman also adds just the right amount of endnote to each story, without going overboard on interpretation or history. His notes are actually just as fun to read as the stories themselves. "

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

    " a perfect book. pullman's modern english translation is timely, and wonderfully executed. read it to fall in love with the gory glory of the grimms' fairy tales all over again. you won't be disappointed. highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/1/2014

    " Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version is a collection of fifty fairy tales. I was familiar with almost half of these, though it had probably been two decades since I last read some of them. Half of the stories were completely new to me. I probably found a few new favorites. At the conclusion of each story, Pullman shares facts, details, and opinions on the story. He tells us the type of story it is, what other tales are similar, what other cultures this type of story can be found in, what changes he made and why, what changes he would have made but didn't because he wasn't trying to write a novel, what he really thinks of each story. I found these sections to be interesting. Of course, I enjoyed the fairy tales. Some stories better than others, of course, a handful I could have done without completely. Still, I found the collection as a whole to be quite fun! The kind of book that you can read a story or two a day for several weeks of entertainment. This is NOT a book to rush through. Reading two or three fairy tales in a day is great, reading thirty a day, well, it's just TOO MUCH. You may not love, love, love each and every story in the collection. You may not find all of them to be equally worthy of your time. But. Chances are you'll find something to enjoy! The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich The Cat and the Mouse Set Up House The Boy Who Left Home To Find Out About the Shivers Faithful Johannes The Twelve Brothers Little Brother and Little Sister Rapunzel The Three Little Men in the Woods Hansel and Gretel The Three Snake Leaves The Fisherman and His Wife The Brave Little Tailor Cinderella The Riddle The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage Little Red Riding Hood The Musicians of Bremen The Singing Bone The Devil with Three Golden Hairs The Girl with No Hands The Elves The Robber Bridegroom Godfather Death The Juniper Tree Briar Rose [Sleeping Beauty] Snow White Rumpelstiltskin The Golden Bird Farmerkin Thousandfurs Jorinda and Joringel Six Who Made Their Way in the World Gambling Hans The Singing, Springing Lark The Goose Girl Bearskin The Two Traveling Companions Hans-my-Hedgehog The Little Shroud The Stolen Pennies The Donkey Cabbage One Eye, Two Eyes, and Three Eyes The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces [Twelve Dancing Princesses] Iron Hans Mount Simeli Lazy Heinz Strong Hans The Moon The Goose Girl at the Spring The Nixie of the Millpond "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darcy | 12/25/2013

    " This book has led me to the realization that I don't like reading fairy tales! I enjoyed the forward and the notes on some of the stories, but I don't tend to find short stories to be very satisfying, and this was no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissy Nestor | 11/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, I love Fairy Tales like this and my daughter does as well, so I would recommend that you read it and then pass it on for someone else to read! It was a very good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 10/25/2013

    " Great retelling of old favourites- I loved Phillip Pullman's dry commentary at the end of each story, and the use of simple imagery to evoke such rich images. The use of vaguely unhygienic habits ( such as picking bugs out of hair and not taking showers) was a highlight! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 9/30/2013

    " Not very well written- obviously for children and not meant to be thought about or questioned. Many stories just end without closure to the stories. Some new tales which were fun to read but none were very different from the traditional tales, which is what I had been led to believe. "

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

    " An interesting read. Some fairy tales were familiar but a lot were new to me, even tho I've read a book of Grimms' tales long ago as a kid. Good for older children to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sukanto | 7/30/2013

    " This is such a lovely retelling of the fairy tales as we've known before growing up, and continue to enjoy even after growing up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S-J | 7/26/2013

    " Now this really was a good book, borrowed from the library and read over christmas, I love real gritty fairy tales "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marion | 3/8/2013

    " I got part of the way through it. I thought this would be a re-telling of the fairy tales--not merely a Pullman-edited version of work of the brothers Grimm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Ann | 12/14/2012

    " Definitely my favorite collection of fairy/folk tales ever. It has all the classics and some of the more obscure tales with great source notes and author commentary. I'd love to own this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danialle Everhart | 9/5/2012

    " Good book has some fairytales I remember my mother reading to me as a child. My son and I read a story every night. We love the stories in this book and the twists at the end are great too. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is the Whitbread Award–winning author of the bestselling His Dark Materials series—The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass—as well as the Sally Lockhart trio of Victorian mysteries and other books for young readers. Among his other awards, he has won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work.

About the Narrator

Samuel West’s theater work includes ENRON, Hamlet for the RSC, and starring opposite his father Timothy in A Number. His TV credits include Cambridge Spies, Any Human Heart, Eternal Law, and Mr. Selfridge, and he has narrated many TV documentaries. Among his films are Hyde Park on Hudson, Van Helsing, Iris, Persuasion, and Howards End. He has also directed ten plays and two operas.