First published by brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm in 1812 as a collection of retold Germanic folk stories, this collection of such well-known fairytales as "Rapunzel" and "Sleeping Beauty" transports listeners to a realm where "Once upon a time" often ends up "happily ever after"...and where giants, princesses, kings, and fairies pursue power, find true love, have all sorts of magical adventures - and in the process reveal multi-faceted truths about human nature.
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I rated this audio book at five purely on the narrating. I grew up with these stories and found them endearing after such long time.
For anyone who is looking for nice stories for young children and who has not read Grimm's Fairy Tales before, please don't chose this. The content is very grim indeed. All these Fairy Tales have these characteristic that I do not think are suitable for young children whose minds are still growing/absorbing: cruelty, misogynous, sexism, gender stereotype, fear, glorification of violence, dishonesty dressed up as wit and etc. In all, these stories reflect a bygone age with barbaric morality. I would not encourage any child under the age of ten to hear this book, even after the age of ten, to the age of 16, parents should be there to explain the difference between that time and this time and why something described in there is no longer suitable for this generation/era.
Again I bought to listen to with children but this is byond belief, dreadfully read, very dark, chopping people up, people in trunks running round in dressing gowns, just what is this all about, I am very unhappy as there is no warning
"One of the most enjoyable audible books ever!"
Yes, It brought it alive in such a fun way
It's a collection of stories; most of which I didn't know.
Robin Field's narration was the best I've ever heard in all of my audible books. I walk a great deal and I listen to audio books when I walk. I burst out laughing so many times listening to cadre of characters and voices.
Definitely made me laugh.
It was VERY enjoyable.
"Grimms: An all time classic"
Grimms fairy tales is wonderfully narrated, and a great choice of books for childrn, since many of the new modern classics seem to have overshadowed them The kids still gather when played
"some new stories i have never heard"
The Grimm's Fairy Tales are well known stories that fore the most I have heard ore read before, but I had not heard all of them. But I will always like the newer and modernised versons of them.
"Sorry, needs to be re-recorded."
The classics were all there, however the voice was too "airy" and recorded very much quieter than other Audible books. (a mistake for a children's book)
One needs to keep in mind, these are deep fairy tales with hard lessons. More suited for older gradeschool - middleschoolers.
"There Must be Many More than what is here"
I got this book based on some obvious miconceptions I had about the Grimm Fairy taies. I thought they were dark stories with well thought out lessons that were intended to teach children how to survive and how to act. The pop culture references of shows like Grimm, books like Moon Called by Patrica Briggs where they speak of the Fey (creature that I thaought were characters pulled from the Grimm Fairy Tales), and others lead me to beleive in something much more dark and neferious that what I found.
I believe in fact there were many lessons there but as so often happens they are written for a time that is so far of from the way we live today that the stories have lost their relavence.
I also expect I was gonna have to visualize monsters of all sorts. All the monsters in these tales wear human masks and are influenced by jelousy, hate, and selfishness. The tales paint in black and white and with lots of repetition. Both of which are great characteristics for teaching children but they repeat the same themes so often that they become motonous in there voice and you loose interest.
All in all the stories are outdated and somewhat weak by todays standards. If you are looking for research I would recommend them but there is on other reason or listen to these tales.
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