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Publisher's Summary

A magical storyteller's timeless tales. Here are 127 of Andersen's classic stories, translated by "Mrs. Edgar Lucas" in the 19th century. Included are such well-known tales as "The Emperor's New Suit", "The Little Match-Seller", "Thumbelina", "The Little Mermaid", and "The Snow Queen".

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Terrible narration

Aside from the on going problem with long books and audible (non-existence of chapter titles, impossiblity to find a story of your choice, bad transition between stories), this book had another huge issue for me. The narrator does not suit me. Every story sounds the same. Every character sounds like a child or a woman, it is sooo confusing when you're supposed to be imagening a grown up male. And the narration is boring. I was so disappointed.

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Would be a great addition to my audio library, but

The stories are listed as Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, etc. with never a title of a story. Good luck at finding your favorite story buried in the forty something chapters. This makes what could be a very fun book to share with children or grandchildren absolutely useless. Wish I hadn't purchased it. I don't have time to listen to 41 and 1/2 hours to find The Little Match Girl or The Ugly Duckling.

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  • 02-22-19

Run on fairytales

I was excited to have a full collection of Hans Christian Andersen’s writings however, a pause and an introduction between stories would have been nice.

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Horrible Translation of Hans Christian Anderson

Audible, can you list the translator as well as the year of translation of translated works? This old translation is quite bad but I did not know it was such an old translation when I got the book.

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first time ever reading the classics!

Definitely interesting! I don't agree with everything he wrote doctrinally but he was so creative he captures and hold your mind and heart story after story. Definitely a reread and want to purchase a classic edition.

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Names of stories included.

I almost didn't purchase the book because of some misleading reviews. The book comes with the list of stories.

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An Explosion of Tales

This feels like a massive Explosion of unending tales. You get lost in the out flow of tales & thought & feelings & creativity. Simply astounding

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hard to get through

not sure if it was the narrator or the stories but I honestly just could not wait till this book ended and when it finally did I was happy to be done with it. some stories were so interesting but came across as boring if that makes sense.

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Enjoyed listening to Hans C. Andersen Fairytales!

Great stories, listening like this made me realize what a heart for God this man had. I loved hearing the narrator use different voices. Also I loved hearing the Islands of Denmark pronounced in the Danish way. I lived there for 3 months and it was great to picture places he described! What fun. Also, each chapter was titled so we can know which fairy-tale is being performed! Loved this audio book!

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  • Richard Johnston
  • 06-30-18

Excellent narration poor formatting

Angele Masters reads the various stories beautifully. The problem with this huge collection is the difficulty in finding a particular individual tale. Other large collections provide a pdf which enables one to locate the specific chapter in which a story is narrated. This edition gives no such help. On the other hand, the free LibriVox recording lists the title and length of each separate story.
I was tempted to return the Audible version but the narration is so consistently excellent that I decided to make notes of the positions of my favourites but Audible should supply that material.

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  • Ibrahim G.
  • 05-27-19

Gentle to listen to, poor navigation for such a mammoth book.

This appears to be an exhaustive collection of every Hans Christian Anderson fairytale ever published with over 41 hours of material. In such a mammoth collection of stories, it would have made sense to have chapter by chapter navigation, but each chapter appears to be an hour long so not easy to find individual tales in this collection. Also, there is no information on what is contained in each chapter so it’s difficult to identify where individual tales are located in the collection. Narration is good, if a little flat, however she is easy to listen to. All in all, I would have given this a higher rating if we could’ve had a better navigation experience.

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  • thedaffodilfish
  • 01-02-21

Excellent reading of a fantastic collection.

Purchased this in January 2021 and the book is fully indexed so easy to navigate to find the story you require.
Reading by Angele Masters is excellent. Highly recommended.

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  • Mairi
  • 01-24-20

Dark, full of death and terrifying for a 6 year old

Don’t chose it if you have a sensitive child - grim and scary. Even for ,e as a mum!

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  • Corrina
  • 04-14-13

childhood favorites

so great for my son to listen to all my childhood favorites plus hearing some even i hadn't heard.

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  • Tomas
  • 10-22-19

Poor reading performance

HCA stories are great, what is a massive let down here is the reading performance.
Angele Masters has a high pitch voice, and is reading way too fast with a monotone.
My son (6yo) loves the stories but is not interested in listening to this because the voice is just not gripping enough
to bring him into the story.
Like she is reading a boring newspaper story on brexit.
Do not waste your $ or credit on this like I did.

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