These fables date back to the sixth century, BC. Literary historians question the existence of Aesop. Perhaps someone collected a group of parables coined by anonymous writers, and the mythical Aesop was given credit for authoring them. Regardless of who wrote them, these parables have remained relevant across time. With their global reach and universal truths, they set the template for future folk tales. Parents of every culture can enchant their children with these gem-like morality plays. Narrator Samantha Worthen’s voice has a high but resonant pitch. Her tone is familiar rather than curious; both Worthen and the listener are treading beloved old ground. Worthen’s captivating recitation will help listeners to rediscover charming plots, coy and sly interactions, delicate ironies, and pithy moral lessons.
These classic fables use simple allegories to convey universal truths. Though it is unkown if Aesop ever actually existed, dating back to the sixth century, BC, these fables are known in cultures throughout the world and have been translated into many languages.
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The narration has not been adequately rehearsed. The presentation is stiff and takes effort to follow. It sounds like it was read once, then recorded.
The material is interesting from a historical view and is representative of its time. It is useful for insight into ancient thought.
Most of the fables do not have concluding summaries. I suppose in the 500 BC the messages would be clear. This is wisdom literature along the lines of biblical proverbs, but not as clear or helpful. Lots of animals interacting, representative of human behaviors and attitudes seen today. Proverbs state the lessons learned, Aesop gives the background stories.
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