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Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

Narrated by: Samantha Worthen
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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In 1905 Hamilton Wright Mabie published Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know, as distinguished from the author's similar works, Famous Stories Every Child Should Know and Myths Every Child Should Know. What does Mabie require children to know in this audiobook? Actress Samantha Worthen tells listeners the familiar fairy tales of Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Sleeping Beauty as well as lesser known tales from The Arabian Nights, the Brothers Grimm, Aesop's Fables, Charles Perault, Hans Christian Andersen, and others. Worthen's warm, amiable, child-friendly voice brings a light to sometimes dark material. In classic children's narratives she has clearly found a genre where she can shine.

Summary

This volume contains a collection of fairy tales from a wide array of classical works. These immortal tales include "The Enchanted Stag", "Twelve Brothers", "Puss in Boots", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Light Princess", "Beauty and the Beast", "Hansel and Gretel", "Jack the Giant Killer", "The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor", and "The Story of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp".

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Too American for me

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Don't get me wrong, I love most things American - great writers, actors, TV dramas, movies - cultural beacon of the western world, etc. But the narrator was just too saccharine-sweet, monotonously ploddingly cutesy for my taste - and, I suspect, for any Brit's taste. To be fair, the stories are good and my children seem to like it (I bought this for long car journeys), but it would be sooo much better with a different narrator.

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Not for children

Too many high level words are used for children. Language (but not stories) suit teenagers.

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  • Chris Stringer
  • 26-06-15

I love it

It's the best my favorite in the light princess I am 10 years old and I feel when listening to It I feel like someone is reading me a book all night

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  • Victoria
  • 03-03-17

Stories were interesting for children

Would you consider the audio edition of Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know to be better than the print version?

It is nice to have my kid listen to it in bed with lights out. We still read but this is just imagination time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lots of classic stories.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-18

Lily love it

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  • Noxid
  • 13-08-18

Very good audible classics! wish to listen to more

This have most of the classic that I've heard as a child. my kids enjoyed most of the stories before bed time.

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  • Elizabeth Wilson
  • 26-02-15

Good

I think it was a great narrator but the story's seemed too short so
4 stars overall I liked it

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  • Tara
  • 30-04-13

Good Stories

I enjoyed listening to the stories that I already knew and being introduced to the ones I hadn't.

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  • Mitchell Zimmerman, author of Mississippi Reckoning
  • 30-04-17

Terrible performance

Reader is stilted, arch and unable to effectively render different voices. Translation of stories also poor

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-01-15

Very bad narration

I have had a very difficult time struggling to finish this book, but I have resolved to quench the pain inflicted on me by the reader. Don't know how, but I made it.
Strongly recommend choosing a different narration.

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  • Patrick Theodore Rawlinson
  • 03-12-17

Strong racist and misogynistic undertones

Any additional comments?

The stories were poor translations of the originals (from German, Arabic, etc.). The translator made a point to emphasize any racist facets of the stories that they could. Further, none of the stories hold any morals, lessons, or virtues. The stories all end with the handsome prince gaining possession of the pretty girl (even if he's grown and she's 8) with no basis on either's character, but rather on beauty and wealth.
These may be fairy tales that every child has known for generations, but that doesn't mean that any child actually should learn them.

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  • claire locher
  • 02-08-20

interesting take on classic stories, condescending reader

i read this not as a child but as a lover of fairytales, so i knew most of the stories already. i liked other endings than presented in this anthology, which is fine. i didn’t like the tone of the reader, because i’m not a child and it felt like she was speaking down to me. interesting voices through.