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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (50,124 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hans Christian Andersen Narrator: Diane Wolkstein Publisher: August House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN:
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Newly re-mastered for digital formats, this is the definitive recording of Hans Christian Andersen's six best-loved stories. Included are Hans Clodhopper, The Goblin and the Grocer, The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Nightingale, and Dance, Dance, Dolly Mine.

Narrator Diane Wolkstein, the artistic director of the Hans Christian Andersen Center in New York City, tells Andersen stories throughout the world. She is the author of 23 award-winning books of folklore and has been honored by the National Storytelling Network with its coveted Circle of Excellence Award, a designation reserved for America's best living storytellers.

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

    " This is as close to the book Aunt Pearl brought me back from Copenhagen when I was 9 as I can find on any list - hours and hours with this book, horrified and in love with the stories the way they were originally written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran A | 2/15/2014

    " I love fairy tales, and this collection makes for the perfect bed-time story. There are a lot of fairy tales included, such as The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, and The Princess and the Pea. I'm not quite sure if it is due to the translating of these stories from Danish to English, but they give off a mood that is just so different from any other fairy tales I've ever read. This book is definitely NOT just for little kids -- I would probably say it is more of a book for adults than anything. Quite violent things happen in some of these stories, including The Little Mermaid, and some of them don't even teach a good lesson at the end. Nevertheless, these stories are quite addicting, probably due to the fact that they are so different. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a fairy tale every once in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Astoria | 2/8/2014

    " Anderson is a master story-teller. It's always fun to go back and read my favorite stories by him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 2/6/2014

    " I was somewhat amazed by the large number of fairy tales that Hans Christian Andersen wrote. Apparently he wrote more than 200 in all, of which over sixty are included in this volume. In this book these tales are grouped into different sections according to the type of tales that they are. For example there are some which are grouped under the title 'Original Fairy Tales' which include The Little Mermaid and Thumbelina which are two of my favorites. Others are grouped under the title 'Evangelical and Religious Tales' which include The Red Shoes and The Little Match Girl. These often have a moral to them. Some of my other favorites include The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea, and The Nightingale. There are also many more of which I had never heard, and it was a joy to read many of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Tanner | 1/27/2014

    " These stories are much different than you expect and I found them to be very sad mostly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marylou | 1/27/2014

    " A very delightful book. the movie with Danny Kaye was lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisi | 1/22/2014

    " Anderson was a master storyteller! (It contains the real story of the Little Mermaid - and it puts the Disney movie to shame.) I would love to own this collection! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renae M. | 1/18/2014

    " Loved these as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sahar | 1/13/2014

    " My childhood all time favorite...i had wonderful memories with these fairy tales... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shell | 1/1/2014

    " Read them all at some point. My favourites were the little mermaid and the snow queen. "

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

    " Hans Christian Anderson was read to me as a child. I read it to my child. Well-written fairy tales. Truly a must read for any children's books enthusiast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/6/2013

    " Did you know Hans' grandmother worked in an insane asylum? Me neither "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 11/28/2013

    " Classic fairy tales. Really great, unedited and complete with the moral to the story :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquie Bryant | 11/26/2013

    " These are the real stories without Disney's interruption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 11/7/2013

    " Hans had a delightful storyteller narrative voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/3/2013

    " I don't have this exact book, but Anderson is amazing!!! Better/deeper/etc in the original than in the Disney versions (although I think we need those, too). Lovely!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daela | 7/16/2012

    " I love Hans Christian Andersen stories. Even though they can be very sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 6/21/2012

    " Good but not the best collection of Andersen's works "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elspeth | 4/10/2012

    " So much misery. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 3/2/2012

    " 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 Rebecca (everyday reader) | 2/29/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Alsaud | 11/20/2011

    " The creator of fairy tales, the master of literature and my hero. I love this man and I love his brilliant mind "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Sanow | 8/2/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 5/3/2011

    " I still have this book and when I see it,I remember good old times when I started to read and reread this so many times I can't count. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 4/30/2011

    " The poor duck that no one thinks is beautiful, has to deal with with being told that hes not good enough because of the way he looks. I think the message of this book is really great to share with kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/28/2011

    " This is a classic that most children know. The pictures are beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 4/26/2011

    " Classic story that sends a great message to kids. Love the illustrations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/22/2011

    " Any book that has a good message is worth reading. I think this book would be useful to read to children to help them understand even if people are different than you they are still valuable and should be treated with respect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayla | 4/22/2011

    " This book sends many messages that I think is good for children to read about. I think that children will really enjoy this book. The pictures in it are beautiful. Overall, this is a classic story that sends many big messages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murlene | 4/17/2011

    " This a classic book about how one duck searches for acceptance when he feels so different. I like that the mother duck accepted him for who he was. We can be that mother duck in our students lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 3/8/2011

    " as much as it sound naive, it's true, you see this all around you and on daily basis "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirei | 3/8/2011

    " Typical story of a duckling who is ostracized because he is ugly, but then discovers he is a swan. The text is easy to read for children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carissa | 2/27/2011

    " This is a great classic story of being different. I think every single child will benefit from reading this story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jd | 2/24/2011

    " its a good kid book and its kinda sad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alusha | 1/25/2011

    " Very sweet kids story, will recommend it to anyone with kids, very touchy story as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 1/25/2011

    " Rewriting of Andersens story of the Ugly Duckling. Everyone picks on the strange, ugly duckling. But his strange coloring saves him from the hunters. He goes on to grow into a beautiful swan. Beautiful pictures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/18/2011

    " The story is the traditional telling of the classic with clear, bright illustrations. At the end of the graphic novel, the author includes a glossary, a short history of the story, discussion questions, writing prompts, and a website for further exploration. "

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