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Editorial Reviews

Hans Christian Andersen's body of fairy tales is large. This recording includes several of the oft-told, such as "The Nightingale," "The Brave Tin Soldier," and the title story, as well as the less familiar "Metal Pig," set in Florence, and the whimsical "Flea and the Professor." No matter what the tale, Andersen's attention to nature's detail and his reflection on the sorrow and hardship life brings are ever present and beckon the listener back again and again. Each narrator is suited to his or her tale. Thumbelina's voice comes through as sensitive and delicate. The emperor's is pompous, but then contrite at the point when the nightingale's wisdom is understood. Enjoy reconnecting with Andersen's stories and sampling the freshness of promising new narrators.
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Publisher's Summary

This delightful selection of stories by one of the classic masters of the genre includes some well-known and lesser-known tales, presented in lively Naxos AudioBooks style with music and sound effects.
This recording is also unique in that the stories are read by the finalists of the Naxos AudioBooks/The Times Voice of the Year competition, which offered a recording opportunity to talented reader who had never studied or worked professionally. The competition produced some outstanding natural talent as this recording shows!
This title includes the following tales: "Thumbelina"; "The Brave Tin Soldier"; "The Princess and the Pea"; "The Butterfly"; "The Flea and the Professor"; "The Flying Trunk"; "The Metal Pig"; "The Storks"; "The Silver Shilling"; and "The Nightingale".
(P) & ©2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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