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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (26,953 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard F. Burton Narrator: Kevin Foley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bawdy and exotic, Tales from the Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night features the wily, seductive Scheherazade, who saves her own life by telling tales of magical transformation, genies and wishes, flying carpets and fantastical journeys, terror, and passion to entertain and appease the brutal King Shahryar.

First introduced in the West in 1704, the stories of “The Thousand and One Nights” are most familiar to American readers in sanitized children’s versions. This modern edition, culled from the first three volumes of Richard F. Burton’s famous ten-volume translation, restores the sensuality and lushness of the original Arabic. Intricate and imaginative, these stories continue to captivate audiences as they have for centuries.

The following stories can be found in this audiobook:

  • “Tale of the Trader and the Jinni”
  • “The First Shaykh’s Story”
  • “The Second Shaykh’s Story”
  • “The Third Shaykh’s Story”
  • “The Fisherman and the Jinni”
  • “The Tale of the Wazir and the Sage Duban”
  • “King Sindibad and his Falcon”
  • “The Tale of the Husband and the Parrot”
  • “The Tale of the Prince and the Ogress”
  • “The Tale of the Ensorcelled Prince”
  • “The Tale of the Three Apples”
  • “The Hunchback’s Tale”
  • “The Nazarene Broker’s Story”
  • “The Reeve’s Tale”
  • “The Tale of the Jewish Doctor”
  • “The Tale of the Tailor”
  • “The Barber’s Tale of Himself”
  • “The Barber’s Tale of His First Brother”
  • “The Barber’s Tale of His Second Brother”
  • “The Barber’s Tale of His Third Brother”
  • “The Barber’s Tale of His Fourth Brother”
  • “The Barber’s Tale of His Fifth Brother”
  • “The Barber’s Tale of His Sixth Brother”
  • “The End of the Tailor’s Tale”
  • “Nur Al-Din Ali and the Damsel Anis Al-Jalis”
  • “The Birds and Beasts and the Carpenter”
  • “The Hermits”
  • “Tale of the Water Fowl and the Tortoise”
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ellen Hayes | 1/7/2014

    " I basically grew up on this book...Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is my favorite story from here. The most amazing thing, however, is the story behind how these stories were created. According to legend, Shahrayar was an Arabian king whose faith in women ended when he caught his wife cheating on him. After her execution, he began his new practice of marrying a woman, sleeping with her, and then beheading her in the morning. Eventually, Shahrazad, the Vizier's daughter, offered herself as his next wife--she had a plan to end the killings. Each night, she would begin telling an amazing story, and would promise to finish it the next night. This continued for one thousand and one nights, at the end of which Shahrayar kept her as his wife, having faith and trust in the woman he had grown to love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Annah-marie | 12/14/2013

    " I hate putting this book down! The intertwining tales are addictive! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Heathere Willoughby | 12/4/2013

    " Very interesting at first when the stories were related and joined to the previous story. Midway through there was a disconnect, or I missed a connection, and I quickly lost interest. Not sure I will pick it up again.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ibrahim | 11/15/2013

    " I read the Arabic version only. I could see how it portrays love and romance from the standpoint of man alone. Things may be attributed to females in the story but you could easily see beyond a shadow of doubt that the male narrator is using females to mouthpiece his male view of sexuality for instance. But again such is a plethora of Arabic poetry and stories of these times then. Which presents the dilemma of the Arab man: he wants a woman to be free spirited and say what she wants about sexuality, as long as she is not his own wife. "

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About the Author

Richard F. Burton (1821–1890) was a British explorer, writer, soldier, linguist, poet, and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia and Africa as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one account, he spoke twenty-nine European, Asian, and African languages. Burton’s best-known achievements include travelling in disguise to Mecca, and producing an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights. Burton was a prolific and erudite author and wrote numerous books and scholarly articles about such subjects as human behavior, travel, fencing, sexual practices, and ethnography. He was also a captain in the army of the East India Company, serving in India and later in the Crimean War, as well as British consul in Fernando Po, Santos, Damascus, and Trieste.