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Download Rapunzel and Other Classics of Childhood Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Rapunzel and Other Classics of Childhood (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Brothers Grimm
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brothers Grimm Narrator: Robby Benson, Dudley Moore Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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This recording of three fairy tales, including background music and sound effects, is a delight for children of all ages. Included are Rapunzel, read by Robby Benson, and Rumplestiltskin and The Princess on the Glass Hill, both read by Dudley Moore.

Rapunzel is a German fairy tale in the collection assembled by the Brothers Grimm and first published in 1812. Rapunzel is the name of a beautiful young girl who at age 12 is locked in a tower by a witch who gains access by calling, Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb the golden stair. She then climbs the girl's long braid up through the tiny window in the tower. When the king's son, riding in the forest, discovers Rapunzel, the two fall in love and plan to run away together. But the angry witch catches them and separates them, the girl banished to the wilderness and the prince blinded. However, the girl's lovely voice in the wilderness reunites her to the prince, where she heals his eyes, and they return to his castle to live happily ever after.

Rumplestiltskin is the name of a dwarf who saves the life of the miller's daughter by spinning straw into gold for her. This goes on for three days, until the dwarf, in exchange for his work, claims the girl's firstborn child, unless she can guess what his name is. At first she tries every name she can find in the kingdom, but none are correct. At last, her messenger secretly discovers the dwarf singing that his name is Rumplestiltskin. She then foils the dwarf and saves her child.

The Princess on the Glass Hill is a Norwegian fairy tale that recounts a wondrous story of how the youngest boy of three sons, held in disdain by the other two, secretly obtains a magical horse. While disguised in three sets of armor, he uses the horse to perform three feats in a contest and thus wins the hand of the princess.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 6/14/2011

    " A very well done picture book retelling of Rapunzel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura ~loulou~ | 5/10/2011

    " This is the real story of Rapunzel, the "un-TANGLED" version, which I prefer. The renaissance art is beautiful, and striking! It helped add a lot of depth, and intrigue to the story. This is a must-read for fairytale and Rapunzel fans, young and old, male or female. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 4/22/2011

    " The illustrations in this book are beautiful. This is also a classically retold story of Repunzel. This is a wonderful version of the story. I think this is a good version of Rapunzel to read to children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 4/11/2011

    " Fun illustrations and true to original story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 4/10/2011

    " Retelling of the familiar fairy tale Rapunzel. Gorgeous, detailed illustrations and an interesting extra inclusion at the end - a brief history of the many versions of the fairy tale. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 4/6/2011

    " The pictures were GORGEOUS (and at times a bit intense), and Jordan liked to read about her much-loved princess. She interjected her Disney-trained corrections multiple times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/18/2011

    " warm and glowing illustrations, kept the intricacies together beautifully as the reader falls in head first to this classic tale "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 3/1/2011

    " a gorgeous artistic retelling, drawing upon the original Italian version 'Petrosinella' "

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