The stories here range from exuberant early works such as "The Tinderbox" and "The Emperor's New Clothes", through poignant masterpieces such as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling", to powerful and more subversive later tales written for adults, such as "The Ice Maiden" and "The Wood Nymph". Tiina Nunnally's sparkling new translation of 30 of his extraordinary tales captures the vibrancy of Andersen's voice and will dazzle listeners young and old.
©2004 Tiina Nunnally; (P)2005 Penguin Audio and Books on Tape, Inc.
These tales are fun to listen to if you have a child or grandchild who loves to be read to at night but you are just plain worn out! Just plug on earphone in the child's ear and one in yours and hit play on your player and dreamland will be yours before you know it. These timeless fairy tales are the perfect bedtime stories. Our favorites so far have been "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes". The stories are well told, detailed and are not condensed in any way. While some stories (like the "Princess and the Pea" are very short, some last more than 40 minutes.
These are not sweet and cute modern fairy tales- they are grim and gruesome- I guess they're the originals from HCA. Way too bloody and non-comforting for me.
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