Yes! Unique stories.
The moral lessons w/out being contrite.
Too many to pick.
Kids from 8-15 yrs. old all listened w/interest.
The african influenced music made it all the more captivating.
We've already listened to it twice in 2 days! All the stories are fun and quite funny as well. Not too much moralising, just great stories.
The story of Kasingi taking banans and pawpaws and chickens to market. Very funny.
Whoopi Goldber's story of the Djinn.
Very good value for money, told all my friends about it.
Alan Rickman! Alan Rickman! Alan Rickman!
The stories were funny, engaging and appropriate for children and adults. The stories and performers (most of them - not all) are worth listening to repeatedly. I highly recommend this CD. Plus, purchase goes to a good cause.
Alan Rickman! There is not enough praise for him. Other readers left wonderful stories flat. Some actors are personalities and not trained actors so only their fame earned them a place with the real talent.
If you have any hesitation purchasing this CD, don't! It is an excellent compilation and well performed album for anyone of any age or gender.
I love Books !
These stories are amazing. They are timeless.
there are lots of stories and they have soul.
All the narrators are A+
every story is good
Yes. I found many of those stories interesting culturally.
I learned a few things from listening to this audiobook. One was that certain tales are universal. Another was that being a good screen actor did not necessarily translate into being a good voice actor or verbal story-teller. For this project, there is an impressive line-up of well-known celebrities who each took on a folk tale. For the most part, I found many of these narrations to be rather bland and uninteresting but there were a few exceptions such as Whoopi Goldberg, Hugh Jackman, CCH Pounder, and Don Cheadle. I found those to be the most interesting narrators whose different character voices, voice acting and sound effects were well done. There were also stories I liked better than others. Usually, the shorter, the better. I started losing interest and struggled to pay attention to the longer stories.
Audiobooks makes my 10+hour commutes every week alot more bearable. :)
The stories are hit and miss, but the good ones arent less than great so its all well worth the listen!
I loved this book so much that I bought the paper edition as well to learn more about the selections and sources of the stories. Each story is read by a unique voice well chosen for the particular tale. And African music is included whenever song is part of the story, transporting the listener to a culture that is beautiful and unique.
Absolutely. Stories like these are timeless, and I enjoy them every time I hear them. They're great for when you need to kill 10-20 minutes, or when you want to half-listen to something you've already heard before. I like to put them on when I'm going to sleep. And, they're fun to listen to with kids because they are short and fun to talk about.
I have not read the print version.
Can't really say.
I found many of the stories amusing and found myself chuckling at the outcome.
I love these stories as they take me back to my childhood. I love the fact that I can plug my IPhone in while I am driving and listen to the stories on my way to/from work each day. Helps to mellow me out on the drive.
The stories are brilliant, of course. Africa's colourful and moving storytelling traditions are well-represented here.
The readings are fantastic as well. Whoopi Goldberg, amongst others, brings these stories to life in a way that is hilarious, moving, and entertaining. A great selection of readers!
My one HUGE gripe is that each story begins at about 10 seconds before the end of each track. Thus when you go to the start of a chapter and press play, it starts about 15 seconds into the story, missing the title of the story, intro music and the first few lines introducing what is going on.
This makes it VERY HARD to navigate the audiobook, or to skip back and find tracks you liked to share with other people. Epic fail guys! Come on!