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Author: Hans Christian Andersen Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Design Sound Productions Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781455162963
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In this classic tale adapted from a short story by Hans Christian Andersen, the residents of the little village of Langtvæk awaken one overcast morning to the distant ringing of a bell. Forced to wear earplugs to drown out the constant tolling, the sleepless king offers a reward to anyone who finds and stops the bell from ringing.

Lecia, a young impoverished girl from the village, volunteers to set out on the dangerous quest into the Dark Forest of No Return and earn the reward money for her mother. Along the way she meets Frederik, a handsome young boy who plays a wooden flute. As they continue their journey together, they encounter bonkberries, a treacherous ravine, and come face to face with a tritch—a tricky witch. A growing fondness develops between the two, but will it be enough for them to survive the ordeal and collect the reward?

This delightful full-cast dramatization by award-winning radio dramatist George Zarr features original music and songs with captivating sound effects.

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  • A family-friendly story for all age groups, featuring music, sound effects, and a full cast of narrators

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About the Author

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

Doug Bost is a writer living in Brooklyn. His screenplays include Diminished Capacity, Kubuku Rides (This Is It), Focus Group, and Policy of Truth. His radio plays include Dead Man’s Hole, Roadkil, The Dan, and The Bride in the Box. His short stories have been heard on station KCRW’s Unfictional.