• Aesop's Fables

  • By: Aesop
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Kent
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-23-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (755 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Contrived 2,500 years ago by the Greek storyteller Aesop, these fables were only written down 300 years later. Jonathan Kent's narration revives the original oral tradition, and his voices for the animal characters make the little stories entertaining as well as enlightening. The variety of characters Kent creates will fascinate children, the better to impart the time-tested moral lessons still with us thousands of years later. The production squeezes 160 fables into 140 minutes, making each one last less than a minute.
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Publisher's Summary

By their nature, "fables" are "fabulous", larger than life, the characters often using wit and guile to save themselves from circumstances. Thus Brer Rabbit is more than a bunny in a briar patch, just as Mowgli is more than a wolf child. Aesop, an ancient Greek poet who was sold into slavery in the early sixth century B.C, relied on animal stories to convey his key points to his masters in court. Aesop's Fables are now classic, memorable morality plays in which amusing animal characters drive home thought-provoking morals to generations of listeners and modern day readers. They illustrate what was fundamental to Greek culture yet their appeal lies in logic we still understand.
Fables from different cultures frequently overlap in the lessons they teach. If we would only stop to listen, there is an important lesson for us to learn from these fables; mankind is one, not several.
©1996 Joss Recordings (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-11-16


This was a very quick two hours and 22 minutes. Aseop knew it was better to show than to tell and all his stories show. It is amazing how he sets the stage and builds characters in a couple of paragraphs. I did not realize how many of the phrases we use today come from these tales. Such as: HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY, DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU AND SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD, to name a few. You can listen to this is short periods or in longer, each story is less than a minute.

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1 out of 5 stars
By B. Bartelt on 10-10-17

Terrible quality recording

The audio is low in volume and heavily compressed. Audible shouldn’t be selling a book of this audio quality — it isn’t up to their standards.

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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