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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (371 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Bobbie Frohman Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's sequel to A Wonder Book, masterfully grabs the imagination of children with these timeless tales of adventure based on the incomparable Greek mythological heroes' escapades.

Children will enter a world of magic and intrigue as they face ferocious beasts, clever enchantresses, and tricky gods, alongside the greatest heroes of all time. Will Theseus escape from the maze that is guarded by the awful Minotaur half-man, half-bull? Can Jason steal the Golden Fleece from under the nose and claws of a vicious dragon? Can Odysseus outsmart the witch whose potion has turned his men into pigs? And will Cadmus rescue his sister from the bull who has kidnapped her and who turns out to be none other than mighty Zeus himself in disguise? Find out in this enchanting retelling of the classic tales, spun by an American master.

Tanglewood Tales include:

1. The Wayside

2. The Minotaur

3. The Pygmies

4. Dragon's Teeth

5. Circe's Palace

6. The Pomegranate Seed

7. The Golden Fleece

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 1864) is considered to be one of the greatest American authors of the nineteenth century. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, he used Puritan New England as a setting for many of his short stories, allegorical tales, and novels. The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne's masterpiece, has never been out of print since it was first published in 1850.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/24/2013

    " Hawthorne retells well known Greek myths in wonderful prose. The reader does feel he or she is at the Wayside Inn listening to the stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeniann | 11/23/2013

    " This is a little book of Greek myths put into readable and fun terms for children. I am not generally interested in mythology, but this was a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/2/2013

    " I read this aloud to the girls. It was nice to read something so well written for a change. The language was wonderful and the retelling of the greek myths included in the book was interesting because the story of Circe (from the Odyssey) was the only one with which I was very familiar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla | 11/20/2012

    " My favorite book of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivencio | 7/10/2012

    " enjoyed these tales as a boy so i didn't hesitate when i saw a copy @ the secondhand bookstore. will pass this on to my nephews and nieces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Literary Lion | 10/21/2011

    " Entertaining intro to mythology for children by one of the greats "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith Fishcrazy | 10/20/2011

    " Fun and amusing read. I really liked hiw the stories entertwined. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 10/14/2011

    " Probably the oldest book I own (1903) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mckinley | 3/4/2011

    " Classic! Was read this as a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 2/1/2011

    " This was on Ambleside Online's free read list for Year 2 and Carli and I are loving it. If we are, as girls, enjoying it this much, I can only imagine how an 8-year-old boy would enjoy it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 1/5/2011

    " Hawthorne is funny in a dry sort of way. His tellings are unique. We all enjoyed this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 6/11/2010

    " I've always been fascinated with Greek myths. This book is fascinating and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dead letter office | 2/12/2010

    " i was totally enthralled by this book from the time i was about 5 years old (when it was read to me--repeatedly) onward. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/25/2009

    " While these tales were written for children, Hawthorne nails the reader's attention by embellishing the characters and with wonderful prose. Yes, there are a lot of "liberties" taken with these stories, they are very good. Fun and timeless. Worth every minute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 2/3/2009

    " This was my first exposure to the Greek myths. I realize Hawthorne takes much license, but he managed to capture my imagination, and, given the myth aficionado I am today, I don't think it harmed me. Those who know me, of course, may disagree. No matter: I imperiously ZOT them all. "

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About the Author
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and made his ambition to be a writer while still a teenager. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, where the poet Longfellow was also a student, and spent several years traveling in New England and writing short stories before his best known novel, The Scarlet Letter, was published in 1850. His writing was not at first financially rewarding, and he worked as measurer and surveyor in the Boston and Salem Custom Houses. In 1853 he was sent to Liverpool as American consul and then lived in Italy before returning to the United States in 1860, where he died in his sleep four years later.

About the Narrator

Bobbie Frohman, a third generation Californian, was raised in a large extended family, the niece of cowboys. Early on she developed a deep love of animals, training her dogs to perform with her at dog shows, and as a competitive barrel racer with her beloved horse, Lucky.