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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,816 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hans Christian Andersen Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9781483040011
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Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale The Snow Queen is an enchanting story of the bond of love and friendship between young playmates Kai and Gerda. When a small shard of a wicked troll’s broken mirror lodges in Kai’s eye and heart, he loses his joyfulness and sees only the world’s imperfections. With his heart turned to ice, the Snow Queen kidnaps him and returns to her castle in the far northern reaches of Lapland.

Gerda, heartbroken but innocent and full of love, sets out to find her dear friend. Along the way she encounters a bewitching old woman, talking crows, a prince and princess, and others who help her on her journey. With childlike faith and pureness. she finds the strength to continue on to the Snow Queen’s isolated palace, never giving up on hope that she will reunite with Kai and thaw his heart.

Told in seven parts, this classic fairy tale is considered one of Andersen’s finest works and has inspired countless other stories, including Disney’s smash hit Frozen. Princess-obsessed kids and parents alike will be charmed by Gerda’s perseverance and faith throughout this tale of friendship, love, and bravery.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was one of the greatest fairy-tale writers of all time”

    Library Journal, praise for the author

  • “Andersen had the ability to articulate desires petty and profound and make them into transcendent tales.”

    Noel Daniel, editor of The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, praise for the author

  • “Katherine Kellgren’s performance wrings all of the emotion and suspense from Andersen’s classic tale of friendship, innocence, wickedness, and despair…Kellgren becomes the restrained storyteller, an old witch, talking crows, and more as she spins Andersen’s iconic story to its happy conclusion. Those who have been engaged by the alternative retellings of the past few years will be newly enchanted by the original. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/19/2014

    " A wonderful retelling of the Snow Queen fairytale! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 2/7/2014

    " While not the best of the series, it only rates that because the first few were so good. If you can find the hard cover copy at the used book store, buy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/31/2014

    " This is in the same line as her other tradition books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/31/2014

    " Not the best piece I've read from her, but still enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/15/2014

    " Read from 6/30 to 7/6. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/1/2014

    " Another book in the 500 Kingdoms series. This one does not quite follow the usual lines of "The Tradition", so is quite interesting. However, I also feel that it lacks Lackey's usual thorough character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 12/14/2013

    " LOVE tales from the 500 kingdoms!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serena | 12/3/2013

    " really good book iam not a fantsy book reader but her books has got me started "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 11/29/2013

    " Fun, but definately not as good as her other five hundred kingdoms. She could have done alot more with the story idea "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/26/2013

    " Not original, but still enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allyson | 11/15/2013

    " Not as strong as the first three. The plot was fairly muddled, although it was nice that it wasn't a 'bodice-ripper.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magdalene | 10/17/2013

    " I love this series. I prefer the other books in the series, but that's not to say this one isn't great. The other ones are just more great! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari Metzger | 9/28/2013

    " Love Mercedes lackey for fluff reads after I'm full up on heavy books, but this one didn't do it for me. I felt that if I had been a teenager,MIT would have been 5 stars, but as an adult, it left me hanging.. A little predictable, and not deep enough for me... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacque | 8/29/2013

    " I read this because I like Mercedes Lackey and I find the idea of the Tradition intriguing. I was disappointed with how juvenile the story was. Of course, that follows the Tradition too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor | 7/27/2013

    " Fun new "twist"on old "fairy tale" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 5/11/2013

    " Book four in the Five Hundred Kingdoms book. I liked it but probably not as well as a few of the others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 5/6/2013

    " i think i read this just cuz it's clean. "

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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

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award and forty-two AudioFile Earphone Awards.