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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,185 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Perrault Narrator: Robin Field Publisher: Mission Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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Born in 1628, Parisian Charles Perrault was aptly credited as being the father of a then-new literary genre: the fairy tale. Often drawing from his own surroundings (the Chateau Ussé was the model for Sleeping Beauty, while the Marquis of the Chteau d'Oiron inspired the delightful Puss-in-Boots), Perrault originally penned the tales as moral stories for his own three children. Often retold, imitated, softened and animated, Perrault's much grittier original fairy tales are certain to awaken the listener to a study of courage, betrayal, redemption and love...in short, all the complexities of the human story.

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

    " Interesting collection by Perrault, along with extra stories by de Beaumont and d' Aulnoy. I found them truly less grim than the Grimm brothers (no dismemberment or wolf slaughter). Ergo, some of the maidens seemed too goody-goody. Some tales held morals at the end. But details gave new perspective on some of the characters. I also was intrigued to read d' Aulnoy's more dramatic and less told "Princess Rosette" and "The Friendly Frog" (which is not "The Frog Prince"). They had dramatic flair, colorful characters, and amazing settings developed in their tellings. Some felt softened either by translation or etiquette's sake. But several brought on a different look that enlarged the story's world. I now want to see the fair land of the peacocks and the somber underworld of the Lion-Witch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 flajol | 1/26/2014

    " I love fairy tales and reworkings of fairy tales, and sometimes it's good to get back to basics. Here Angela Carter presents her translations of Charles Perrault's fairy tales. There's a good introduction by Jack Zipes too, detailing the backgrounds of both Perrault and Carter, and illustrating how Carter's own agenda and beliefs suffuse the translations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 1/3/2014

    " "...although this was an ogre who devoured little children, he was by no means a bad husband." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance | 12/24/2013

    " I actually read these while I was in France, but I reread a couple of them this week while my online group was discussing them. The online discussion reminded me how dark these stories were, full of violence and terror and unpredictability. The things we face in life, in other words. The things we seek out in books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Mendonça | 12/15/2013

    " It was very interesting to read the "untold stories". The ending of "The Sleeping Beauty" shocked me the most, in a good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/30/2013

    " I know they are Fairy Tales...still, I maintain that growing older is inevitable, but growing up is optional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/8/2012

    " I had never heard of Perrault before I came across this book. I enjoy his fairy tales though more than Grimm. Maybe because some of Grimm's tales are more abstract than I like and because Perrault is, for lack of a better word, less grim. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 10/19/2012

    " A very nice little book of original, classic fairy tales! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mohena | 8/15/2012

    " Preferred Angela Carter's adaptation of the classic fairy tales but these were great regardless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/16/2012

    " leans to the darker side of fairy tales. blue beard is my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 8/6/2011

    " I adore Fairy tales. My only disappointment with this book was that the Grimm's tales were not nearly as dark and they could have been. I prefer the original Grimm's tales before they started editing them for children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mishou | 1/23/2011

    " A very sweet and well written book with amazing art and great morals pulled from the tales. An amzing read for anyone who loves classic tales told in their true form including adorable little poetic paragraphs. ? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 La Chipie | 11/30/2010

    " Un classique indémodable pour tous les âges. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/19/2010

    " I had never heard of Perrault before I came across this book. I enjoy his fairy tales though more than Grimm. Maybe because some of Grimm's tales are more abstract than I like and because Perrault is, for lack of a better word, less grim. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 1/25/2010

    " I had never realized that so many familiar tales (Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast) had originally been set down by Perrault. Intersting to see them collected together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/18/2009

    " Jeden ze zbiorów bajek, jakie pamietam z dziecinstwa. Sa po prostu swietne i dla kazdego. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 3/1/2009

    " Really beautiful, enjoyed reading it. Unfortunately the imagination is polluted by the image of the character seen in Disney's movies and other adaptations. So there is not a great place imagination when reading, but the stories are really good. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault (1628–1703) was a French author and intellectual. Known as a founding writer of the fairy tale genre, he rewrote numerous folk tales, including Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Blue Beard, and Puss in Boots. His stories, which continue to enjoy worldwide acclaim, have been adapted to opera, ballet, theater, and film.

About the Narrator

Robin Field is the AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of numerous audiobooks, as well as an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and lyricist whose career has spanned six decades. He has starred on and off Broadway, headlined at Carnegie Hall, authored numerous musical reviews, and hosted or performed on a number of television and radio programs over the years.