The Little Mermaid

  • by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by Andrea Emmes
  • 0 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the most famous fairy tales of all time, The Little Mermaid was written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen and published in 1837. The littlest mermaid of the Sea King ventures to the surface of the ocean on her 15th birthday and falls in love with a handsome human prince whom she sees sailing on his vast ship. As her heart has been captured by this young royal, she endures great sacrifice and pain in order to be with the man she loves. Not a typical fairy tale as seen on the big screen but one with a heart-filled story of love and loss.


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Great Audio Update for Classic Mermaid Tale!

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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen is a classic fairy tale that was first published nearly 200 years ago. This story has captured the imagination of millions, resulting in hundreds of adaptations, including a ballet and one of Walt Disney's most famous movies of all time. The Disney version of the Little Mermaid took many of the basic plot points from the original short story: it revolves around the youngest mermaid of the Sea King who on her 15th birthday visits the surface of the ocean; at the surface, she observes a handsome young prince sailing on his ship and she immediately falls in love with him; she saves his life after an unexpected storm catches the ship unprepared and is destroyed; and because she just can't live without the prince, the Little Mermaid exchanges her tongue to the sea witch in exchange for human legs. This is where the similarity with the Disney version ends.

The Little Mermaid endures great pain in order to be with the prince. But because she is mute, the Prince is persuaded to marry another and The Little Mermaid is basically relegated to not much more than "pet" status. The Little Mermaid accompanies the bride and groom on the bridal ship whereupon her sisters present her with a knife to kill the prince in exchange for her tail back. But rather than kill the Prince while he is sleeping, she throws herself into the ocean to die. But, instead of becoming foam like other mermaids who die, the Little Mermaid becomes a "daughter of the air" to help children be good for 300 years. Although at first I was surprised by the ending, I then remembered that old Victorian fairy tales were written for children to teach lessons and to scare them into good behavior.

I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Andrea Emmes who did a wonderful job. She has a nice smooth voice and provides consistent voices for all characters. Her narration really contributed to my satisfaction of the story. I recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys listening to classic folk and fairy tales. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

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- LilMissMolly

Just A Little Too Short

I only knew this story from the Danny Kaye movie, “Hans Christian Andersen” and Disney. Having the opportunity to read/listen to the original Hans Christian Andersen story was a pleasure. I know stories tend to change for a variety of reasons, good and bad when they are adapted from book to the screen, but I was still surprised at the changes made to this story as depicted on the silver screen. I’m glad I got the opportunity to check out the original version. If pressed to critique something, I only wish the story was just a bit longer.

Finally, this audio book was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.
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- Ashanti

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2016
  • Publisher: Spoken Realms