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Download The Bearskinner: A Tale of Brothers Grimm Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (164 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Amy Schlitz Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Cybils Award-winning author Laura Amy Schlitz crafts a masterful interpretation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most engrossing fairy tales. A cold and hungry soldier is returning from war. He has no money, so he makes a pact with the devil. If he can wear a bearskin for seven years, he will always have plenty of gold. But if he tells anyone of the pact, he will lose his soul. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MissInformation | 2/14/2014

    " A cool retelling- with haunting illustrations "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Walter | 2/7/2014

    " A haunting retelling of a lesser-known Grimm fairy tale. Here it is a story of redemption with a subtle antiwar theme. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/26/2014

    " I can't imagine better illustrations to go with this story - and what a story it is. It's definately one of those gather-round-the-campfire-snuggle-close-and-try-not-to-imagine-what-those-shadows-behind-the-tree-are stories. I'll bet it would be a wonderful read-aloud for an older classroom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/21/2014

    " This is one creepy book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen the Librarian | 1/19/2014

    " This book is absolutely gorgeous with a perfectly re-told, dark Grimm tale. I love it! "

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

    " I thought I had never read this story in Grimms, but I now see that I had. Laura Amy Schlitz's rendition is that of a true storyteller. She keeps the story but...rather than adding to the story, she sees what is behind the story and makes it manifest. The only true change - and it doesn't change the message of the story - is that the daughter with the true and compaasionate sight is the middle daughter. Hurrah for the middle child (for a change.) This would make a great story forthe slightly older child - not a nursery tale, for sure. "

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

    " James and I just finished reading this story and he loved it. He did advise that children under the fifth grade might not want to read it because it's a bit scary. As we read I remembered reading this to my oldest son and he had similar comments. But both boys loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 12/28/2013

    " A lovely retelling, haunting illustrations - overall a fabulous addition to the "nice and creepy Grimm stories" shelf. I loved the use of shadows in the illustrations. It's a slight story, but packs a good punch for the spareness of the telling. Well worth taking a look at. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Couey | 12/28/2013

    " slightly disturbing illustrations but loved it - very thrilling "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammra | 12/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this picture book and really liked the story. However, I probably wouldn't read it to really young children. There are pretty serious themes such as selling your soul to the devil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 12/22/2013

    " A grim Grimm fairy tale, beautifully told, about a soldier who makes a bargain with the devil and wins, with shades of "Beauty and the Beast" thrown in. Laura Amy Schlitz is a fantastic storyteller. Highly recommended for older (upper elementary) children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 12/8/2013

    " Very very cool book, excellent illustrations. Others have written much better reviews than I ever could. Wish I could tell this at a campfire... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandielle | 11/19/2013

    " A good retelling with beautiful artwork. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 9/29/2013

    " Great wonderfull farytail. Teaches you a wonderful moral, riches are not everything, true love is doesn't matter you have a rotting bear skin on top of you. "

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

    " Excellent re-telling of Grimm Brothers tale. Love the illustrations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barrie | 8/23/2012

    " I discovered Laura Amy Schlitz last year (Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!) and immediately read this and A Drowned Maiden's Hair. Schlitz has a great gift for probing the soul behind a story, and I recommend all of her books wholeheartedly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elissa | 8/13/2012

    " Excellent read-aloud for 3rd-5th grade, and maybe teens, too. Dark and weird, and way better than the movie that we used to own at one of the libraries where I've worked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 8/3/2012

    " This is a REALLY GOOD BOOK. When I finished it, I had the sort of breathless feeling that only the very best books give me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 GraceAnne | 4/15/2012

    " This is quite dark, and very beautiful. Lucky are the children who will read and hear it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/15/2012

    " This lite version of the Grimm story is so gorgeously illustrated! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Thames | 11/29/2011

    " This story is frightening and dark. The Devil is rally evil. It is a great fairy tale for the older kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 4/2/2011

    " Even though I was only browsing this, I feel confident that, had I read every word, I'd still be impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rory | 3/11/2011

    " A tiny bit breathtaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/2/2011

    " slightly disturbing illustrations but loved it - very thrilling
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylin | 8/18/2009

    " When I first heard about this story (from someone on Goodreads, of course), I thought it was going to be a novel. After my initial disappointment, I devoured it during a quiet moment. Beautifully narrated and illustrated, The Bearskinner is a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 7/25/2009

    " This story is frightening and dark. The Devil is rally evil. It is a great fairy tale for the older kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammra | 5/26/2009

    " I enjoyed this picture book and really liked the story. However, I probably wouldn't read it to really young children. There are pretty serious themes such as selling your soul to the devil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MissInformation | 10/10/2008

    " A cool retelling- with haunting illustrations "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 9/28/2008

    " Even though I was only browsing this, I feel confident that, had I read every word, I'd still be impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 7/18/2008

    " A lovely retelling, haunting illustrations - overall a fabulous addition to the "nice and creepy Grimm stories" shelf. I loved the use of shadows in the illustrations. It's a slight story, but packs a good punch for the spareness of the telling. Well worth taking a look at. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/7/2008

    " I can't imagine better illustrations to go with this story - and what a story it is. It's definately one of those gather-round-the-campfire-snuggle-close-and-try-not-to-imagine-what-those-shadows-behind-the-tree-are stories. I'll bet it would be a wonderful read-aloud for an older classroom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 6/5/2008

    " Very very cool book, excellent illustrations. Others have written much better reviews than I ever could. Wish I could tell this at a campfire... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 5/20/2008

    " James and I just finished reading this story and he loved it. He did advise that children under the fifth grade might not want to read it because it's a bit scary. As we read I remembered reading this to my oldest son and he had similar comments. But both boys loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elissa | 5/12/2008

    " Excellent read-aloud for 3rd-5th grade, and maybe teens, too. Dark and weird, and way better than the movie that we used to own at one of the libraries where I've worked. "

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About the Author
Author Laura Amy Schlitz

Laura Amy Schlitz is the Newbery Medal–winning author of several books. She lives in Baltimore, where she is a lower school librarian at the Park School.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned an Audie Award and four Audie nominations, including for Best Solo Male Narrator of 2003. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” He has earned nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, including the 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense as well as the 2009 Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.