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Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales

Written by: Erik Christian Haugaard,Hans Christian Andersen
Narrated by: F. Murray Abraham,Edoardo Ballerini,Marisa Calin,Cynthia Darlow,Ari Fliakos,Dion Graham,January LaVoy,Jennifer Lim,Euan Morton,Robert Petkoff,Rebecca Soler,Marc Thompson
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Publisher's Summary

Brought to life by Academy Award®-winning actor F. Murray Abraham and an ensemble cast of narrators, and featuring original music by Michael Bacon, this collection contains Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved fairy tales, as well as a selection of lesser-known favorites.

Unlike the Brothers Grimm, who collected and retold folklore and fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen adopted the most ancient literary forms and distilled them into a genre that was uniquely his own. His fairy tales are remarkable for their sense of fantasy, power of description, and vivid imagination. They are like no others written before or since.

Recognizing the literary merit of Andersen's own simple colloquial language, Erik Haugaard has remained faithful to the original text in the translation from Danish to English. Listeners will rediscover Hans Christian Andersen's best-known fairy tales, and find new favorites.

Stories:

  • The Princess and the Pea
  • Thumbelina
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Emperor's New Clothes
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier
  • The Wild Swans
  • The Nightingale
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • The Snow Queen
  • The Little Match Girl
  • "The Will-o'-the-Wisps Are in Town," said the Bog Witch
  • The Rags
  • The Adventures of a Thistle
  • Luck Can Be Found in a Stick
  • The Days of the Week

Cast:

  • F. Murray Abraham
  • Edoardo Ballerini
  • Marisa Calin
  • Cynthia Darlow
  • Ari Fliakos
  • Dion Graham
  • January LaVoy
  • Jennifer Lim
  • Euan Morton
  • Robert Petkoff
  • Rebecca Soler
  • Marc Thompson
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good sound and performance I just wish the chapters were named so i could find the story i want more easily

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  • B. Mitchell
  • 2018-07-16

Has it all

I have been listening to these with my 5 year-old daughter and I'm not sure who loves them more. The stories have beauty, truth, heartbreak, pain, devotion, perseverance and triumph. The pain that Elisa and The Little Mermaid endured brought tears to my eyes. The performance was well done. The use of different voices probably held my daughter's attention for longer than a single narrator would have.

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  • LeeAnne Purcell
  • 2019-08-11

This reader is amazing.

I love these stories more than my kids do. The reader is amazing with every single story !

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  • Finley
  • 2021-11-08

Learned a lot

The original stories mention God and faith alot. Appreciate this. Sad state we're in.

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  • SandyK
  • 2022-12-19

Terrific!

I have had some exposure to the real fairy tales in the past, but, candidly, I, like many, have had far more exposure to “bastardizations” in film and other adaptations.

The real tales are powerful, strong, beautiful, lyrical, and moving. They’re great for people of all ages in that they can be troubling and scary but also inspiring and unforgettable in the best sense.

Kids can handle it. Adults can handle it. It’s just so very good. This genre called fairy tales. And there have been few better in all the history of literature better than Andersen’s.

Also, the production was superb - all the voices and the supporting music.

If I had a criticism, it would be that there should be a demarcation of where stories start and where stories end. These aren’t chapters!

In any event, it’s a great listen!

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  • JB
  • 2023-11-17

Wonderful stories

I loved this book. I’m so glad to have listened to them in their original unabridged form. So many of them have been manipulated by children’s books and movies. It’s refreshing to hear them as written and much more impactful too. Narrations were excellent and brought the stories to life. As an adult, I found the stories quite meaningful. Highly recommend!

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  • Honestly
  • 2022-11-22

Absolutely Lovely

Such a pleasurable listen. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories and shared it with the family.

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