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Hag

Forgotten Folk Lore, Retold As Feminist Fables
Length: 8 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Summary

Exploring otherness, identity, faith, religion, gender and sexual trauma, Hag brings together a gripping collection of tales that are unsettlingly timely and wickedly sinister. Each story is inspired by a forgotten folk tale sourced from across the UK by Professor Carolyne Larrington, a specialist in Old Norse and British fairy tales at St John’s College, Oxford. Drawn from illuminated manuscripts and other folkloric traditions, these stories have been revised and reimagined by authors local to each region. Just as the Brothers Grimm codified Germany’s rural folk lore, Hag catalogues the early myths and legends that have shaped the UK’s storytelling heritage.

Each story has been richly sound-designed, combining subtle vocal effects, atmospheric textures and an original score.

Listeners who want to find out more about the forgotten folk tales that inspired Hag will be able to explore further with a series of accompanying interviews between Professor Carolyne Larrington and the authors.

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©2019 Daisy Johnson, Eimear McBride, Kirsty Logan, Mahsuda Snaith, Naomi Booth, Emma Glass, Natasha Carthew, Liv Little (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Relevant and intriguing." (New Statesman)

"A return to traditional forms of storytelling." (The Times)

"Sharp writing and cleverly done." (The Spectator)

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Dull, Over-Analysed and Tedious. Just not for me!

I listened to 3 'fables' before deleting the book from my device. The original tales behind these stories were probably told and listened to with more excitement and thrill, upholding the morals that they describe. Modern adaptations sound dull by comparison (probably due to the vast array of media content we are exposed to today).

In depth analysis after each story was told, made me feel like I was back at Uni being lectured and it was a chore to listen to. I am sure others will really enjoy these tales but sadly they are just not for me this time.

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Intrigued

I am truly enjoying the revised perspectives, the discussion afterwards. I am only on the 3rd story but I do use reviews to guide my purchases, downloads, consumption patterns and would hate for other listeners to miss out due to the guidance of the first 2 reviews.

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Not as advertised

I'm confused by how this is discribed as "sinister". Dull, yes. Interesting, not really. The description of the folk tale behind the first story, for instance, sounded a lot more interesting and dark than the reimagined version. Really failed to deliver for me.

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Interesting parallel if old and new

This is my first listen of audible podcast Hag I cannot wait to explore the next story.
Loved the selkie story

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50/50

The stories were good apart from the tales of Kathleen. I did not enjoy the analysis at the end. The performances were amazing though.

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Brilliant short folk stories

A really good collection of well-narrated folk stories, some might appeal more than others to a listener, personally I found the collection an excellent listen.

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