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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 Fiel Publisher: Mission Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.