The central core of the stories concerns a Persian king and his new bride. The king has a brother who is a vizier in faraway Samarcand, and he invites him to come to the palace for a visit. Just before his departure, the vizier is shocked to discover his wife's infidelity. Enraged, he kills her. Full of pain and grief, the vizier continues on to the court of his brother, the king. But, once arrived at his brother's palace, the vizier soon discovers the king's wife is also involved in an even more flagrant infidelity, which he reluctantly reports to him.
The maddened king, Shahryar, then kills his wife, too. The distrustful king next decides to marry an endless succession of virgins only to execute each one the next morning before she has a chance to dishonor him. Weeks go by. Eventually, Scheherazade, the vizier's daughter, offers herself as the next bride. She is convinced she knows how to stop the slaughter. Her father reluctantly agrees to the marriage.
On the night of their marriage, Scheherazade begins to tell the king a tale, but does not end it. The king, curious about how the story ends, is thus forced to postpone her execution in order to hear the conclusion. The next night, as soon as she finishes the tale, she begins (and only begins) a new one, and the king, eager to hear the conclusion, postpones her execution once again. And so it goes on for 1,001 nights....
Listen as the fabulous tales of Alladin, Sindbad the Sailor, Ali Baba, and many others sweep you away to the Golden Age of Islam.
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The reading may be on the speedy side, which does mean you need to pay closer attention than normal, but you get used to it.
The good news is that the longer duration and faster reading means a greater number of stories than other versions available on audible.com (including some not present in the original Arabian Nights such as Aladdin and Ali Baba). I'm happy to deal with a swift reading in exchange for extra stories, and apart from the swiftness the reading is excellent.
My only complaint is that the translation seems to abridge things a bit more than some versions.
This is first Audible selection I have encountered that was narrated too fast to be understandable. I slowed it down to .75X with the app control and it was ideal! The narrator's voice was rich and and seemed an ideal fit for the material, considering the elements of magic and mystery in these classic tales.
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No library is complete without it, and this is an entertaining version. The narrator speaks in a British accent, and he does a good job. Complete with cheesy sound effects as the stories transistion.
Charlton Griffin did us a huge favor and immersed the reader in one of the most underrated epic tales of all time. There are a couple stories missing from this telling, but Louis Rhead still brought us an enjoyable take on the dozens of stories that make up the Arabian Nights.
The stories of the Arabian Nights are very different than what Americans grew up listening to, but they really are wonderful.
Since the concepts and stories are so unusual to us, this book should be read at a nice even speed with emphasis in the proper places.
Instead, the reader just blows through the book and it is extremely hard to follow what on earth is going on. I slowed the playback and it was a little more tolerable, but still not so good. Had I not read this book more than once as a teenager, I don't think I would have gotten through 5 minutes.
I ended up giving up half way through the book.
It is with great joy I must confessed it was an absolute pleasure listening to this book. Granted the levels of stories that is involved with this installment are long and short, the book went very smoothly. I would recommend this book to anyone with an open mind. Enjoy listening!
The narrator sounds like a John O'Hurley caricature. It is not the speed as much as it sounds like he is hurried while over dramatising. It is difficult to enjoy the story when all you hear are words.
"Wonderful stories read by a great storyteller"
As a child I read and loved 1001 Arabian nights. Listening to Louis Rhead I was once again transported to places like Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus, as well as China and Africa. And I loved reliving some of the great adventures such as Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves and the Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.
Louis Rhead has a wonderful voice and I was transported to places like Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus, as well as China and Africa. The Arabian Nights story includes fairy tales, fables, romances, farces, legends, and parables. It's about good versus evil and in each story there is an assumption that life is always worth living and that human endeavour, along with human weakness, is a wonderful and fascinating thing to behold.
The Arabian Nights story includes fairy tales, fables, romances, farces, legends, and parables. The one story I did not remember and loved was The Story of the Humpback.
It has a very good select of story's and also was very long so I Dident just run out quickly
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