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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,677 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brothers Grimm Narrator: Stephen Mangan Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN:
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A beautiful miller's daughter is locked away by the King and told she will never see her family again unless she spins straw into gold. Then an ancient dwarf promises to help - but there is a price to pay....

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronda | 2/19/2014

    " Fun to use with discussion of folk tales. Great opportunities for discussing all kinds of tangential things---what does a miller do, recurring use of number 3, what does "alas" mean, different endings, and more. Frankly, I was surprised at how riveted so many of my students were with this one--I'd figured I might lose some of my boys--and admittedly, there was some eye rolling when I pulled out the book, but they fell right in. There are usually some gasps at the fact that the king threatens the miller's daughter with death if she doesn't spin the straw into gold. Great lead-in to some of the various versions of folk and fairy tales out there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle Wynn | 2/18/2014

    " This book is kind of rough to get through!!! I think this book could attract many students that love or enjoy magic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole Petteruti | 1/25/2014

    " This book is so intriguing, yet so weird at the same time. As a child I remember really liking this story, but now I realize how the story was actually quite sexist and all of the men in the story treated the girl (I believe her name is Lisa) very poorly. The basic plot of the story is that the girl's father lies to the king and says that his daughter can spin straw into gold to try and impress him. The king takes her and locks her away and says that she must spin all of the straw into gold or else he will have her executed. Feeling helpless, the girl is about to give up until a strange little man comes and spins the straw into gold for her in exchange for her necklace, and then again for a second night in exchange for her ring. When she has nothing left he agrees to spin the straw into gold in exchange for her first born baby. She agrees. The king is impressed with what he believes her talent is, and marries the girl. She has a baby and as agreed the strange man comes back to claim his reward. The now queen offers to give him all of her riches if she can keep her newborn, and the man says she can keep her baby if she can guess his name in 3 days. His name is overheard when he is dancing through the forest and the queen guesses it correctly, getting to keep her baby. Quite a strange story, but perhaps intriguing because of the element of magic throughout and the escape of danger by the young girl. I think children would enjoy this book, especially as a read aloud for younger children because it can be a bit difficult to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharmin | 1/21/2014

    " This story is another classic one of a young princess who is trapped away and a prince comes to save her! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L12_tomj | 1/17/2014

    " Paul Galdone's interpretation of the Rumpelstiltskin fable is much more explicit in telling young readers how Miller's daughter came to her prediament; her father made a boast: "I have a daughter who can spin straw into gold." Other characters motivations and actions are laid out in more detail. The king wants to marry the miller's daughter, and Rumpelstiltskin although just as nefariously greedy as always does allow the new queen three days to guess his real name. More plot details are revealed in Galdone's version of the story; the King and Rumpelstiltskin are seen plotting together on page to extract gold from the miller's daughter, and now crowned queen sends a messenger who overhears Rumpelstiltskin bragging about his new found wealth and saying his name out loud. The Miller's daughter, acts like she doesn't know the little troll's name, but she does. The ending is the same with Rumpelstiltskin's greed and brash mouth getting the best of him. He stomps both his feet and soon vanishes from sight. Paul Galdone appears to have both written and illustrated the story, but it would seem that the story would have worked better with another illustrator. The drawings have a cartoon like simplicity of line and color to them. The reader is transported more to an ABC television special than the medieval period. Rumpelstiltskin, the king, and even the father still conspire and use the Miller's daughters for their own greedy ends, but the sketches are much too innocent looking. The characters aren't drawn in scary ways to match their sinister schemes. This is a big drawback. The writing does fill in some details in the story, but it seems more intent in its explicit retelling to force feeding the young reader the storyline. There isn't much interpretive room for a teacher of 4th grade students to look at the drawings and storyline and extract as many themes or symbols via the drawings or leaving space in the writing for the reader to respond to the text which is unfortunate. Paul Galdone's version of Rumpelstiltskin was written in 1985, and this doesn't seem to be a book that many publishers will republish or teacher pick up to reread in 20 or 40 years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elly Squire | 1/11/2014

    " I have read several versions of Rumpelstiltskin, and I think every version has something different! This is the classic fairy tale and has beautiful illustrations. I loved going back to my younger days by reading this fairy tale and enjoyed reading the classic story, unaltered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allie Vossoughi | 1/4/2014

    " "Rumpelstiltskin" is a book with memorable detailed illustrations. The illustrations are done in a renaissance style in mainly warm colors. The pictures vary from full bleed to bordered by white page. This fable like story is embellished by the artwork of each illustration nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin Bonde | 12/28/2013

    " A story originally told by the Brothers Grimm, this is retold by present-day author Paul O. Zelinsky. Great story about a classic fairy tail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rikki Chadwig | 12/5/2013

    " Little fairy tale with a clear message, an inspiration to many filmmakers and series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy Groover | 12/3/2013

    " great pictures and not a very widely known story. great read for older grades "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skylar Burris | 11/23/2013

    " She didn't really perk up and pay attention until we got to the part about "And if by dawn tomorrow you have not spun this straw into gold, you must die." After that she was hooked. This one has always creeped me out and fascinated me too. It's a decent version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 9/15/2013

    " Zelinsky's illustrations are warm yet majestic - an appropriate fit for rendering Medieval European fairy tales suitable for a young, modern American audience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 9/5/2013

    " Meh. If it's the only version of the story that you share with your children, or if you're a completist or a scholar, it's fine. But if you've already enjoyed other versions, this one doesn't add much. Not much personality or verve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria Green | 9/3/2013

    " Beautifully illustrated--a visual treat.......1 letter down for JUV titles-- 25 to go! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 7/13/2013

    " A classic tale where a king is fooled into thinking that a girl can spin straw into gold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 5/11/2013

    " Rumpelstiltskin was always one of my most favourite stories when I was younger! Many memories of my mum reading it to me, complete with voices :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal White | 5/5/2013

    " This is not the cover or correct information for Gay's version of this tale in 1997. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L11-Mary Utterback | 4/26/2013

    " Another beautifully illustrated book from Paul Zelinski. Everything from the gold thread to the people are so realistic. This book deserved to be honored. THis book would be great for kids 2-5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Cockerell | 4/24/2013

    " Caldecott honor book. a fairy tale about a young women who has to out smart a magical man to escape his hold on her and her first child "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 3/1/2013

    " My goal is to read one fairy tale a month. This month I chose Rumpelstiltskin. I didn't really know the story before and enjoyed reading the short story just like most fairy tales I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay Thieleman | 2/12/2013

    " Again, another frightening story. I do think that this is the most beautifully illustrated version of Rumpelstiltskin that I have ever seen. Also, it does not end with Rumpelstiltskin tearing himself in half or exploding, which definitely helps lessen the scare-level when reading to children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richelle Goodrich | 1/23/2013

    " I love, love, love this fairytale! It makes me laugh every time. I wish there were more such simple and fun stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/3/2012

    " Great book! i love the illustrations and the way this story is told. I have to read it again to be more specific but I remember not minding reading again and again! "

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About the Narrator

Stephen Mangan graduated from London’s RADA after studying law at Cambridge University. He spent several years in regional theater, playing in classics such as The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet, and his successful seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the touring company Cheek By Jowl earned him a nomination for the Ian Charleson award for his roles as Sir Benjamin Backbite in The School for Scandal and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. He became a regular face in London’s West End in plays such as Hay Fever and Noises Off, but 2001 marked his breakthrough TV role as the eponymous character in the six-part BBC TV adaptation of Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years. Stephen has also appeared on screen as Dr. Guy Secretan in the TV comedy series Green Wing and has gone on to play a number of similarily self-obsessed characters on film such as Sean Sullivan in Festival and Josef in Confetti, a film which was wholly improvised.