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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
Public Domain (P)2018 Listening Library

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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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poor language

I did not care for this reading. The script included the use of taking God's name in vain or casually. maybe this won't matter to some. but this is not how I teach my children to speak

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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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Learned a lot

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

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  • Miss Victoria Taylor
  • 11-29-21

Uncomfortable listen (ugly duckling)

Nice narration from F Murray Abraham
But.. I downloaded this to listen to with my 4 year old while she drifted off to sleep. I switched it off during the Ugly Duckling when the story described a pair of geese being shot dead and the lake turning red with blood. It had been uncomfortable up to that part when the story described the mother saying she would kick the duckling if she had to (to make it swim or something, can't remember) but that was a step too far. Bit grim for the age group! Not suitable at all

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  • R. Sharples
  • 05-04-20

Not sure if I like the book

Don't be surprised if you don't like the book (I say I don't recommend this to anyone who dislikes fairy tales) . This'll be ok for anyone who likes fairy tales.

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  • Meme
  • 03-29-19

Ripof

Only one very short store for the price dont by expected more ase it says stores not store