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Fifty Famous Fairy Tales | [Adapted by Rosemary Kingston]

Fifty Famous Fairy Tales

Here is a timeless and wonderful collection from the best sources of fairy tales: Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Antoine Galland.
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Publisher's Summary

Here is a timeless and wonderful collection from the best sources of fairy tales: Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Antoine Galland.

Tales in this collection include: "Puss in Boots", "Rumpelstiltskin", "The Frog Prince", "Cinderella and the Glass Slipper", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Wild Swans", "Snow White and Rose Red", "The Spirit in the Bottle", "Little Red Riding Hood", "The Three Bears", "The Musicians of Bremen", "The Fisherman and his Wife", and many others sure to be familiar to children and adults alike.

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What the Critics Say

"Marguerite Gavin reads the entire collection, and her pleasant, articulate voice is welcome story after story." (School Library Journal)
"Gavin's assured, velvety voice is a good match for this adaptation of an anthology first published in 1917....Gavin's consistent, even-keeled delivery make this a good choice for bedtime and quiet time, for listeners both young and older." (Publishers Weekly)
"What a treat to have a compendium of the greats of folk literature from the European tradition narrated by Marguerite Gavin, who evokes memories of one's own mother reading the stories by one's bedside. Her steady, soothing voice navigates the familiar...and treasured, but less well-known, tales." (AudioFile)

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    Roger Ontario, Canada 05-04-12
    Roger Ontario, Canada 05-04-12 Member Since 2010

    If you always have a book with you...

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    "Put my kids to sleep!"
    Any additional comments?

    I got this book to listen to with my kids in the car. They fell asleep every time I put it on. The stories are classics, but the narrator is fairly monotone, certainly not captivating.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Vuturo-Brady USA 12-05-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Nice"

    These are well done, back to back and seem to captivate my 4 and 7 year old children in the back seats while I drive. I only wish the reader would announce the end at the close of each story as there is a time of reflection on what each story meant that I think the children and I with the children could benefit from. What I've started doing, when I'm listening with the children (and not talking to my passenger or just concentrating on my driving) is to say "The end." in an announcement fashion. Sometimes I stop the recording at this point to ask what lesson did each child learn, starting with the 4 year old. Nearly every story has a lesson and the children love to hear the stories over and over it seems. I highly recommend this collection.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Millwood, NY, USA 12-25-09
    Stephanie Millwood, NY, USA 12-25-09
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    "good narration, easy to understand"

    I downloaded a few different fairy tales series for my kids to listen to in the car. This was by far the best. A lot of the other stories that I downloaded had complex language that made it hard for my kids (4 and 7) to understand. This one is free of annoying music and the narrator speaks with a clear american accent. Several of the other story collections were narrated by people with thick English accents making it hard for young American ears to understand. This is also 6 hours long which is great because it provides so many hours of entertainment and also, the adult is not forced to listen to the same stories over and over again.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 06-04-11
    Gayle ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 06-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fifty Famous Fairy Tales"

    The narration is adequate. She doesn't change voices and lacks excitement, but she is easy to understand. The stories are definitely of the older variety -- quite a bit of violence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PaulTheTutor Berkeley, CA, United States 08-09-13
    PaulTheTutor Berkeley, CA, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Worst Narration EVER!"
    Would you try another book from Adapted by Rosemary Kingston and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    NO. She reads like a robot. It's like a female text-to-speech engine not a person.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

    A human? Plus fairy tales need music in the back ground if the narrator isn't going to read with any emotion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. PELHAM, NY, United States 04-25-13
    D. PELHAM, NY, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2001

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    "Why are there only 18 chapters?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there were 50 chapters, I would give it 5 stars. My kid loves it, but he gets very frustrated that he cannot jump right to the stories he wants to hear. I will contact customer support. If they cannot fix it, I'll get a refund and find another way to get this audiobook in proper digital format.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel Ukiah, ca, United States 04-24-12
    Laurel Ukiah, ca, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Short and sweet"

    The stories in this listing are perfect length as a bedtime story. However, they are best READ by a parent, not listened to on a machine. If you lack the time or ability to read them yourself then, by all means, let this book tell the tale. The reader has a pleasant voice.
    The best thing about this listen is that it reminds us of the stories we read or heard when we were small and guides us in a selection to read to our children and grandchildren. It is a fast overview of the "Jack" stories.

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    CESAR Linares, Mexico 03-09-12
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    What did you love best about Fifty Famous Fairy Tales?

    Each Fairy Tale is complete


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Famous Fairy Tales?

    When I listened it for the first time


    What does Marguerite Gavin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the emotion she inspires


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Fairy Tales


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful

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  • Keith
    Peacehaven, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    10/14/06
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    "Very good with lots of original stories"

    At first the narrator's voice sounds a little monotone. Stick with it though and you soon get used to this and really start to enjoy the great stories, of which there are so many. Best of all many of them are quite unusual, and not the sort of thing that turns up time and again in children's books. Recommended listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    PurleyUnited Kingdom
    7/5/06
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    "Poor. Boring voice."

    Lots of stories, but read in a monotone voice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
    7/31/07
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    "Dreadfully American"

    Could Audible please warn us if they use American voices? It is most off putting, grating and patronising.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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