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Download Grimms' Fairy Tales 2 (Unabridged Selections) Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Grimms Fairy Tales 2 (Unabridged Selections) Audiobook, by Brothers Grimm
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (66,558 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brothers Grimm Narrator: Laura Paton Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN:
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Jacob and Wilhelm's first book of fairy tales, Children's and Household Tales, published in 1812, included 86 folktales and was an instant success. Shortly thereafter, the brothers incorporated 70 more stories in their next volume of Grimms' Fairy Tales. This continued for six more editions! The complete collection contains over 200 stories, and is probably the best-known work of German literature.

Filled with fantasy, magic, and talking animals, these enchanting tales for children often teach a lesson about moral values, and right from wrong. Reader Laura Paton's warmth and flair for characters, paired with bright and exciting classical music, results in a memorable production that younger listeners will enjoy again and again.

In this title you will find The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids, The Pack of Ragamuffins, Brother and Sister, The Three Snake-Leaves, The Boots of Buffalo-Leather, The Drummer, The Three Spinners, Old Rinkrank, The Grave Mound, The Master Thief, The Hare and the Hedgehog, The Little Folks' Presents, Master Cobbler's Awl, and The Three Sluggards.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacie | 2/20/2014

    " Must have in your collection, especially if you have children. "

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

    " My Grandmother gave me this collection before she died. I love how dark and menacing these stories are, so very not Disney. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarice | 2/11/2014

    " this book is enchanting with stories of love, royalty, beheading, and a lot more. it's written the old way or whatever you call it with words like "thou" and stuff. which makes it all the more special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqui R | 2/2/2014

    " Another required reading for the Coursera class. As described by the professor, the purpose of the Grimms' tales was to create a German cultural unity. Many of the stories came from other places, for example, Sleeping Beauty was written by the French Charles Perrault. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Buraslan | 1/29/2014

    " It's strange and macabre. Totally worth reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitecharm0116 | 1/29/2014

    " Honestly, I don't think it's that bad. I like the story.i didn't really read it when I rated it but after I read it, it was really worth it!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harry Doble | 1/21/2014

    " This collection has reference value if you are into tracing the origins of stories that have been told dozens of times back to their source. Unfortunately, I found most of the Grimm fairy tales to be sorely dated. By their nature they read more as sketches of ideas that can be expanded upon and told in different ways; each are childishly simplistic, and often forgo basic storytelling conventions enough to not make any sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.D. | 1/14/2014

    " During my last year of college I had the opportunity to read these tales twice: Once for my children's lit class and once for my German lit. class. It's nice to hear these stories in the way they are meant to be read--as cautionary tales or stories meant to espouse important human virtues--rather than as sanitized Disney childishness. All the classics are here such as Snow White and Hansel and Gretel. However, some of my favorites are lesser known stories like Jorinda and Joringel. I think this volume is a must have, especially for the price of under twenty dollars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia Johnson | 1/13/2014

    " Familiar Fairy Tales.....BUT NOT.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selena | 1/9/2014

    " Nice to read something that has a bit more morbid twist. "

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

    " Very interesting and somewhat gruesome. Enlightening to see what entertainment was like back then. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tonia | 12/31/2013

    " I remember reading one or two of the Grimm fairy tales in high school and remember, incorrectly, them actually being good. You can read one or two of their stories and you have read them all. It is like reading the same story over and over and over and over....well you get the point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice Sather | 12/30/2013

    " My rating as a child would have been about this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morwynne LeFay | 12/16/2013

    " My mom got so much crap for letting me read these, she gave me her copy from when she was a girl. No wonder I turned out the way I did! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 12/11/2013

    " Not for the faint of heart. Good introduction and commentary, but probably not a book to read straight through to your kids. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianna | 11/29/2013

    " so many of these stories were pointless! I don't remember them seeming pointless as a kid...maybe I fell asleep before the endings? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Deas | 11/29/2013

    " This is not for children but a great read, you can enjoy a different Grim brothers story each night! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis Mokler | 9/6/2013

    " The true Grimm fairy tales can be gory and are very adult stories. The condensed versions told to children are nothing like the original stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Bendicion | 3/9/2013

    " good old fairy tales! i downloaded it in iBooks and spend my time reading this! just a throwback, eventhough,i am still familiar with the story.. :)) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beowulfwulf | 3/6/2013

    " Classique, tordu et cruel comme tous les contes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosa Carmela | 12/20/2012

    " Fairy tales never get old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 12/10/2012

    " The magical, fun, childhood fantasies... was fun to read and re-read the tales we have grown up with at first, but mid-way the fables all started to sound the same and it got boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Enhantress | 8/7/2012

    " They are classics so everyone knows the stories and they are told very quickly. Not a thriller but god bedtime stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 6/7/2012

    " !ad it read to me when I was younger, loved it then and love it more now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josee | 5/31/2012

    " Simple and surprising "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darlene | 4/10/2012

    " read to my children and i belied this was the one where everything did not end so happy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 3/8/2012

    " I particularly love the one where they leave the children in the woods to die. That and the one where the bird kills the mom with a millstone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith Martin | 2/15/2012

    " I Thoroughly enjoy these books, but feel that as a side note I should add that some are extremely violent. read at your own risk. Some of my favorites include 'King Thrushbeard' and 'The Three Spinsters.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 10/31/2011

    " This will be an on-going read. There are too many stories to page through from front cover to back cover. I love skimming over the title page, finding a title that sounds unusual, and flipping to it. Like "King Thrushbeard." How could you not want to know who this person is and why? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DJ (Dakota Jane) | 7/9/2011

    " it's always refreshing to reread some things :) <3 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 6/22/2011

    " children's audio/grimm fairytales. Though Laura Paton's narration was great, the tales themselves are rather lackluster, and I wouldn't expect this to hold the attention of an actual child (though probably fine for adults who are into these sort of audio tales). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 6/7/2011

    " I read so many different versions, but I loved the ones where the violence was weeded out - in a Jungian interpretation they just grow, and grow, and grow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggysue | 5/19/2011

    " I've been reading bits of this book for many years. Definately a classic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adele | 5/17/2011

    " I love this.
    It's so interesting to read the original stories and not the disney ones.
    this is something i definately would be sharing with my nephews. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 5/13/2011

    " If I was a seven or eight I'd probably give this book four stars. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 5/5/2011

    " The original versions are a little more messed up than the watered down crap we get today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marj | 5/5/2011

    " Finally finished reading all the fairy tales. =="
    I was bored half of the time. Some of the stories are morbid but they end up to be 'happy' endings, so it's weird. :P
    Anyway, I especially liked 'ASHPUTTEL'. ^^ "

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About the Narrator

Laura Paton trained at LAMDA where she won the St. Philip’s Prize for poetry and the Michael Warre Award. She has toured the UK extensively in productions as varied as The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Oscar Wilde’s Salomé. Among her audiobook recordings are Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Dumas’ The Lady of the Camellias, and Grimms’ Fairy Tales.