I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
Narrator: Jim Dale, Janis Ian, Alfred Molina, Katherine Kellgren
Length: 3 Hours 39 Minutes
Published by Listening Library (Audio) on May 10th 2016
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Read by a cast of award-winning narrators, this collection contains some of the most timeless and enchanting folk and fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm.The Brothers Grimm collected the original fairy tales that Americans are most familiar with today. Lyrically translated and beautifully narrated by an all-star cast, these 21 tales are selected from The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales and presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.
Stories include:Rapunzel, read by Katherine Kellgren Cinderella, read by January LaVoy Little Red-Cap, read by Simon Vance Little Briar-Rose, read by Grover Gardner Little Snow-White, read by Kate Rudd Rumpelstiltskin, read by Jim Dale The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces, read by Alfred Molina A Riddling Tale, read by Janis Ian The Twelve Brothers, read by Graeme Malcolm The White Snake, read by Scott Brick The Elves, read by Bahni Turpin The Six Swans, read by Davina Porter The Twelve Huntsmen, read by Dion Graham The Goose-Girl, read by Edoardo Ballerini Sweet Porridge, read by Jayne Entwistle The Golden Goose, read by Luke Daniels Eve’s Various Children, read by Roy Dotrice Snow-White and Rose-Red, read by Julia Whelan The Frog-King, or Iron Henry, read by Kirby Heyborne The Sea-Hare, read by Mark Bramhall Hansel and Gretel, read by Robin Miles
Why Did I Listen To Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm?
Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm is a treasure trove of classic stories that you basically have to be living under a rock in the back of a super deep cave to have never heard. These stories are a part of our collective history – well, those of us living in the Western world that is. Their influence has taken root in various Disney movies which basically I grew up OBSESSED with. So, when I saw this book available within the Volumes app for review I knew that I immediately had to download and listen to it. Also, the Listening Library version of Grimm’s Fairy Tales contains basically the dream team of audiobook narrators.
What’s The Story Here?
More like – WHAT ARE THE STORIES HERE?! So basically, there’s a lot of stories contained within this audiobook of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. There’s Cinderella, The Elves, Hansel And Gretel, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and much, much more. Legit, I don’t even know how to describe them to you except that if you’ve read fairy tale inspired books or have seen like all the Disney movies, you will know these stories.
How’s The Writing?
So, these stories are timeless, but also, as an adult listener, my critical cap was on. First off, I learned that elves are kind of jerks. I mean, the shoemaker decides to be nice and give them clothes and like Dobby, apparently the clothes free them and they run away. Also, dwarves are jerks too – especially ones who get their beards stuck in trees and when you help them get all pissed off. Oh, and royal people just go around murdering all their suitors until their impossible tasks are completed by one person. I mean, what? Can’t you just say, sorry not interested instead of killing! So, I guess these fairy tales are a lot more gruesome than their Disney versions. It’s kind of awesome though.
How’s The Narration?
Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm released by Listening Library is a veritable smorgasborg of excellence when it comes to audiobook narration. After being very disappointed by the audiobook of The Wind In The Willows, I could not be more pleased with the narration and production of this book. In fact, while I was driving, I was thinking this audiobook was a nice sampler of the most famous names within audiobook narration today. Each narrator is perfect for their story. Each one brings a wealth of skill and craft to the table. I also found myself wanting to listen to more by the new to me narrators in this audiobook. The only person missing was Nick Podehl but otherwise, wow, this audiobook nails it with the best of the business. I highly recommend you get yourself this audiobook if you want a short listen and are new to audiobooks and want to find a few good narrators to check out. Also, if you have kids who can handle violence and twisted situations.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
I’m actually amazed at the sass in these stories.
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