Here are some of the finest fairytales from around the world - most of them old favorites: "Sleeping Beauty," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Cinderella," three from "The Arabian Nights," and many more. Andrew Lang was one of the most famous literary critics around 1900. He also edited a series of children's fable books that preserved and illustrated a host of tales which are still used extensively today.
Narrator Angele Masters' natural, unaffected delivery livens up Andrew Lang's collection of fairy tales taken from different cultures and countries around the world. Masters' timing is impeccable and she will elicit gasps from children as she describes encounters with monsters and heroic actions. Masters also shows off her versatility as she voices each character, moving from Aladdin's wide-eyed innocence in "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" to Medusa's awful hiss in "The Terrible Head". Listeners will enjoy visiting and revisiting these tales filled with valiant heroes and heroines overcoming horrible beasts and villains and finding love.
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My children are spellbound
This is one of the best audiobooks we've listened to. It goes for hours and hours and keeps my young children (6 and 8) spellbound for well over an hour at a time. They love it, and so do I, because they are learning wonderful vocabulary and quality story-telling while they enjoy the exciting stories.
Racist, violent and offensive
No- I love fairy tales, but unless they are "Cleaned up" the original ones (like the ones in this book) are very offensive and may not be suitable for some parents in today's society.
I only got through the first half of the first fairy tale in this book before I deleted it from my children's ipod and returned it to Audible. In the style of very old fairy tales it is very violent ("burn the three little puppies and sprinkle their ashes over the bones of the king your just threw into the boiling cauldron until his skin separated from his bones") and very offensive (a character magically creates a rickety black ship that is operate by "Ugly Negr***") Definitely not suitable for families that are opposed to such backwards racism.