This is a lovely collection of stories and the readers deliver them beautifully too. There's no distracting sound effects or music and this is a good thing - my little one gets completely absorbed (she does a wonderful impression of the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella!). I know there are other albums from the same author and will be checking those out too. All in all, a lovely, well-read collection of favourites.
I'm a bit of a fan of fairy tales, and pride myself on having read or heard most, but this translation of Comtesse de Segur's Old French Fairy Tales gave me something entirely new in so many ways. Firstly, these are very rare and largely forgotten tales; you won't find them in most fairy tales books. Secondly, she writes these tales with a depth and emotional resonance often missing in the shorter, traditional method of fairy-tale telling; as a consequence they are more like novellas than short stories, and give the reader a true, full-immersion experience that I didn't want to end, and made me engage with the characters completely. Lastly they are read beautifully by Cathy Dobson, whose audiobooks I have purchased before and thoroughly enjoyed for her soothing voice and cool, clear accent. Just wonderful all round. My personal favourite was the last tale, "Ourson", but all deserve five stars!