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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: February 2011 ISBN: 9781452671079
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa S | 10/6/2013

    " Since I was a child with an amazing illustrated youth version of these tales I have loved them. Fairytales help us develop in so many ways, and Shaharezade's wit and cunning always inspired me more than the tamed versions of Snow White, Cinderella, and the Little Mermaid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzy | 10/5/2013

    " This is a fairly condesnced version of Arabian Nights, and in places it is rather obvious and at times you do wish for a little more. That said, it's a very good way to get a handle on the stories, which are all very wonderful and fantastical. I loved that so many stories were put into the respective archives of the kingdoms involved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Husam | 9/21/2013

    " The best novel for all the time .. very long and interesting work for and anonymous writer.. I spent three months reading it .. very rich of imagination and entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Unicorn-san | 8/28/2013

    " This one is close to what I have in title that came from a 1950s-60s of set of classic books. Dearly loved tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 7/16/2013

    " Good but repetitive. I'm sure the translation probably makes a big difference here. I tried 2 different translations, and one was definitely more entertaining than the other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo | 6/19/2013

    " Fascinating, a window into a different time, with universality that makes the stories still interesting. Definitely worth the time to read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 2/22/2013

    " Hard work to keep going... Tried a couple of different translations. In the end the one on the good reads ipad app was easiest to follow. A bit of an insight into ancient storytelling, but in the end the stories did not really interest me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Lucas | 9/8/2012

    " These were wonderful stories! The reason she told so many was great! I won't put that in the review. Just read it to find out! Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Singer | 4/13/2012

    " Clear modern translation of the classic Arabian Nights tales based on the best version extant of the original stories. Much better than the Burton version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trecois | 2/29/2012

    " The names are hard to get past, but the story is beautifully written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristina UK | 10/23/2011

    " Hard work, I really struggled to read this and to be honest if it wasn't on the 1001 books to read before you die then I would have quit before the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 4/26/2011

    " This one is part of my Harvard Classics Collector's Edition "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 3/30/2011

    " Not what I expected but interesting anyway. What I antcipated is the Sinbad stories. This is not that. Some 35 or so of the stories are in this collection, none of which were familiar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zachary | 3/28/2011

    " if your wife is a slut, you better hope your brother's wife is an even bigger slut, or you'll never be happy again. As for the unfortunate brother, you better hope you come across a Djinn with an even sluttier wife, or you better get used to being SAD FACE =((( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 3/27/2011

    " Ok, I get it, you can't change the will of Allah and women suck. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 " | 3/19/2011

    " I read these stories when I was a teen, I have a collection of about 8 volumes, very entertaining and addictive, I read them all in a row. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 3/9/2011

    " I love the frame story. This book just captures me every time I read it. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Kevin Foley has more than thirty years of experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded more than 150 audiobooks, including Storm Rising by Gary Naiman, The Last Witness by Joel Goldman, and River Thunder by Gary McCarthy, for which he earned a Spur Award for Best Audiobook from the Western Writers of America. He has also won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky.