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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (50,078 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hans Christian Andersen Narrator: Alan Cumming, Nigel Davenport, Andrew Sachs, Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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Download eight timeless audio tales from a magical storyteller.

This enchanting collection, retold by writer and critic Naomi Lewis, contains eight of Hans Christian Andersen's magnificent fairy tales. It includes Thumbelina, a little girl no more than a thumb-joint high, The Emperor's New Clothes, the tale of a man who cares only for his appearance and The Little Mermaid, who longs to one day marry a human prince.

Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, in 1805. At the age of 14 he went to Copenhagen to become an actor. He failed and instead went back to school, where he was very unhappy. He published his first book, an account of a walking trip, in 1829. From then on he wrote many books, finding his true voice in his original fairy stories, which often had their basis in his life. He died in 1875.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/17/2014

    " I love fairy tales, and these are my 2nd favorite after Grimm's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Puneri | 1/16/2014

    " Hans Christian Anderson is one man who always makes me child again. His stories take me to a world full of magic and fairies and princesses and princes! I have read these stories as a child. I still have the same affection for those stories. Thumbelina is my all time favorite. I had an opportunity to visit the small Danish town in CA in Winter of 2009. They have a small library devoted to Hans Anderson. It was wonderful to sit in the presence on the man whom I will always love and cherish as the greatest story teller of all times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca (everyday reader) | 1/10/2014

    " A good collection of well loved fairy tales. Andersen is always a favorite. Good read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosa Linda | 1/8/2014

    " I miss fairy tales with morals... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/7/2014

    " Still have my old copy; fond memories with that book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany♪♫ | 12/13/2013

    " BBBBBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Bored me to death reading this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/5/2013

    " I've been reading these through Daily Lit for the last month or so. Mostly, I was pretty bored. There were a few stories that I liked, but overall, these didn't feel like fairy tales to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 11/24/2013

    " There is nothing like a fairy tale to remind you what is real in life. This is an amazing way to reorient your thinking and rediscover the beauty of a story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Sanow | 11/16/2013

    " These stories (along with the Brothers Grimm) were what I was allowed to read growing up. I once completely horrified someone when I explained to her that her 4-year-old daughter's Disney version of "The Little Mermaid" was lacking in a few details. She didn't talk to me much after that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 10/22/2013

    " I guess it's safe to say that Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales are highly entertaining for all ages. I can't believe I waited so many years to read this stuff again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellys Lim | 10/11/2013

    " Fairy tales are always one of those reminders that there is actually something innocent and pretty left around in the world. And of course, Hans Christian Andersen were one of the few who truly knew how to bring the magical world into our minds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elspeth | 5/8/2013

    " So much misery. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 3/26/2013

    " There is probably no literature better for children than Hans Chrisitan Andersen, at least in my opinion. I still love reading them, they have such a strong moral theme and are imagiantative and interesting to read. The edning of Little Mermaid is so beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mina | 2/11/2013

    " It's hard to rate a formative classic like this. The stories are often grim and evoke so much from childhood. The morality aspect is always fascinating and, for me, much more interesting than, say, the bible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin E. | 10/15/2012

    " Some classic Hans Christian Andersen stories, and some not so well known ones. Great book to build a preschooler's listening skills and vocabulary, but it might not be a book he'll fall in love with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mavic | 8/20/2012

    " This book has been my company every night when I was still in second year college. I especially love the story of the toy characters! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darlene | 5/12/2012

    " yes i was right Grimms was pretty grim and Anderson was very good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 3/25/2012

    " An amazing collection of fairytales which absolutely delighted me as a child. I loved growing up in a fantasy world filled with magic and wonder and these tales are just the thing to spark a little imagination in a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Santhi | 3/4/2012

    " Welcomed refresher... was good to enjoy the simple joys from childhood days "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith Henning | 2/4/2012

    " We did into this now and again, we're reading The Little Match Girl right now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calley | 11/13/2011

    " I remember reading this as a kid, in random order of course, and always trying to find a new one. There are enough that by the time I couldn't find one that hadn't been read, I could go back to one of my favorites and enjoy the nostalgia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sana | 10/23/2011

    " Fairy tales are my all times favourite and so is Hans Christian's stories.. I love the whole scenarios of true fairy tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 9/28/2011

    " Hans Christian Andersen is an absolute genius when it comes to writing fairytales. Normally through time, it loses some of the meaning yet stories like thumbelina and tin solider still are the sweetest fairytales. My personal favourite is the wild swans, I absolutely adore this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fenixbird SandS | 7/6/2011

    " My personal favorites? The Emperor's New Clothes & The Little Match Girl but love them all! [read much earlier than the 1993 release...hmmm with illustrations??) "

  • 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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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.