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4.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 5 4.27 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hans Christian Andersen Narrator: Michael Redgrave Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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Michael Redgrave reads 'The Tinder Box', 'The Emperor's New Clothes', 'The Staunch Tin Soldier', and 'The Emperor's Nightingale'.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha Christine | 2/13/2014

    " Definitely not the Disney versions.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellys Lim | 2/12/2014

    " Fairy tales are always one of those reminders that there is actually something innocent and pretty left around in the world. And of course, Hans Christian Andersen were one of the few who truly knew how to bring the magical world into our minds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna Garrett | 1/21/2014

    " I read this as a diversion after coming across it in my family's bookchest over the holidays. Fun stories that have influenced literature through the ages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabell | 1/19/2014

    " Over the years, I have never forgotten the worlds that Andersen creates in his stories. Most of these stories don't end happily and some don't even make sense. But the worlds... it's like a whole new universe. He was a master storyteller, no doubt about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/16/2014

    " I'm currently reading both Grimm's and Hans Christian Anderson, and while some of Anderson's stories are amazing--especially "The Little Mermaid," I have enjoyed Grimm's better. Though they get a little repetitive, they are much more interesting and less didactic than Anderson's. While many of his are originals--The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen--these are the best stories, the most beautiful and original. Many others are influenced by Grimm's or Danish folk-tales that will suddenly shift from pagan to Christian at the end, so as to protect the author? Or did he not know how to end the story? Grimm's however dark they are, and often twisted, are interesting and let you into the culture and it's fears at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elle | 1/14/2014

    " Being Danish I grew up with these stories and can not imagine my childhood without them. There are stories that are plain magical and stories that I could not understand when I was a child. I think that the fairy tales are not only for children but also for adults, or even better for the whole family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 1/13/2014

    " Ok. I am pretty sure this is not the one I read, but the one I have is pretty old and probably not on here. I asked for a book of original fairy tales for Christmas one year and got this and could not have been happier. In it, there are a ton of unedited-for-Disney stories that range from pretty basic to totally bizarre. A favorite short one is "The Jumping Contest" in which a flea, a "jumping jack", and some other thing all have a contest to see who can jump highest. Whoever does gets to marry the princess. The jumping jack wins through some kind of cunning and even though I have no idea what he is, he gets to marry the princess. Huzzah! There are also some incredibly gory ones, including "The Rose Elf" in which an elf exacts revenge on a bad guy and includes a moderately graphic decapitation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 12/26/2013

    " The best fairy tales ever written. There is a story in here to please any child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/13/2013

    " An amazing collection of fairytales which absolutely delighted me as a child. I loved growing up in a fantasy world filled with magic and wonder and these tales are just the thing to spark a little imagination in a child. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angel Zhou | 11/24/2013

    " This book has many different stories. Some were really short and some were really long. It was ok. Most stories were interesting,but most have also been read already. The beginning of the book was very interesting, but it was a bit too much. It's still a very good book though, just not my style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 11/22/2013

    " There is no one like him. His life was quite interesting too. Interesting reading. Interesting guy. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sierra Chavez | 11/13/2013

    " Great help with my author study "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Horowitz | 10/25/2013

    " When I was reading the Little Mermaid at first I was thinking the movie was surprisingly similar... Then I got to the end. Yeesh. I forgot how many fables and storys from ye elden times were so harsh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alusha | 7/28/2013

    " I grew up with his stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hana | 4/27/2013

    " I think everyone should read them at least once. I enjoy evreytime I do... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/21/2013

    " can't beat the classics :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/15/2012

    " I cried and cried when I read Thumbelina "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 herdiana hakim | 2/26/2012

    " princess and pea, ugly duckling, mermaid (the unhappy ending version, not the disney-ish one), emperor's new clothes, steadfast tin soldier... sigh. i often think andersen's fairy tales 'hit' the grown-ups more than children. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 1/19/2012

    " Some wonderful classics... like "Big Clause Little Clause" and "The Emperor's New Clothes," but most of the other storeis I could have done without. The dogmatic Christian overtones also get very annoying. Granted, I only read about 10% of the stories, but that was more than my fill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosa Linda | 10/10/2011

    " I miss fairy tales with morals... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 5/15/2011

    " Most amazing fairy tales. The symbolism in each story is what really hooks me every time :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xdyj | 5/11/2011

    " Some stories are quite deep and many, many of them are very sad, when dealing with the harsh reality of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pauline | 4/14/2011

    " My first introduction to the world of Faerie, and life has never been the same since. This was one of only a few books in my home as I was growing up. I read it over and over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/24/2011

    " Wonderful turns of phrase that really light up what we think are well known tales, but when we re-read them find them very rich, fresh and wonderfully sustaining for our journeys through the seeming imaginative deserts of adulthood. Get ma drift? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 3/6/2011

    " Golly, but some Fairy Tales are grusome. Some of the tales I've also sort of known the story, but not read it, so that was fun. On to Grimm's Fairy Tales next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa | 2/24/2011

    " my favorite book of all time. OF ALL TIME! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anjali | 2/18/2011

    " Every person who is trying to learn about economics and/or financing must read !! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quincess | 2/17/2011

    " Good reading ? i love it ! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deviant | 2/6/2011

    " im more of a grimmes fairytale kinda girl.. christian Anderson is too religious for my taste "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sloane | 2/5/2011

    " I wonder if Hans Christian Anderson had a sad life. He wrote a lot of sad stories. I really like all the stories in this book, but my favorite is "The Emperor's New Clothes." It is just hilarious. "

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About the Author
Author Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875) was born in Odense, Denmark, the son of a poor shoemaker and a washerwoman. As a young teenager, he became quite well known in Odense as a reciter of drama and as a singer. When he was fourteen, he set off for the capital, Copenhagen, determined to become a national success on the stage. He failed miserably, but made some influential friends in the capital who got him into school to remedy his lack of proper education. In 1829 his first book was published. After that, books came out at regular intervals. His stories began to be translated into English as early as 1846. Since then, numerous editions, and more recently Hollywood songs and Disney cartoons, have helped to ensure the continuing popularity of the stories in the English-speaking world.

About the Narrator

Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave (1908–1985) was a renowned English stage and film actor, director, manager, and author. He began his acting career in Liverpool and London, and over four decades became renowned as an actor, winning several awards for best actor in both Britain and the United States. His first major film role was in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes in 1938. For his services to drama, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1952 and was knighted in 1959. He was also appointed Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog, Denmark, in 1955. Besides being one of the post-WWI English acting pantheon, he was the sire of an acting dynasty. As an author, he wrote four books, including his autobiography, In My Mind’s I, as well as two plays and two stage adaptations.