In Household Tales actress Kelly Lintz brings a contemporary voice to the traditional fairy stories of the Brothers Grimm. Lintz's performance invokes a brilliant, tireless nanny - perhaps one with a degree in English lit - reading bedtime stories to mesmerized children. The brevity of these recordings is suitable for immature attention spans, but the language itself can be at times more suitable for adults, as it becomes apparent that frogs and dogs and sparrows spoke in a slightly more antiquated discourse in 1812 than they do today. Lintz, however, brings a fluency and exaggerated emotion to the occasionally outmoded language that easily fills in any gaps in a child's linguistic understanding.
A collection of German fairy tales first published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the famous Brothers Grimm. Their most famous tales are instantly recognizeable: "Rumpelstiltskin", "Snow White", "Rapunzel", "Cinderella", "Hansel and Gretel", and "The Frog Prince." The collection is often known today as "Grimms' Fairy Tales".
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The narration is great! Kelly Lintz does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life without self-conscious cleverness. A pleasure to listen to.
After my children, age 5 and 7, enjoyed a nighttime reading of Rapunzel I bought this for some after-dark story time. I knew Grimm's Tales could be dark, but many are so gruesome that I have to preview and take notes before I can listen to them with my children. Many of the stories are variations on the same theme so it often feels like you've heard the stories before. (Children lost in the woods, evil step-mothers, beautiful maiden marries wealthy king, etc.) I'm glad I've been able to offer my children a different viewpoint of the folk tales than the Disney version most have grown up with and introduce them to real literature. The re-telling of these folk tales do a suprisingly good job painting a picture in the listener's head.
I have maybe five "characters" in my bedtime story repertoire, many of which make my throat itch after a few pages. Lintz has, seemingly, hundreds which she transitions from one to another without skipping a beat.
No. 22+ hours of folk tales. I doubt I'll ever get through them all.
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