Nowhere else will you find such marvels, nowhere else will you find the impossible so real and convincing. For centuries The Arabian Nights has enchanted readers. These stories are presented here in a clear and direct style that renders them as fresh and as exciting as when they were first told.
©1996 Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora A. Smith (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
A lively delivery of the timeless classic. Holds your interest throughout. Good audio quality. The only disappointment is this unabridged audiobook is of a book that is itself abridged. I would love a full version of the 1,001 Arabian Nights. The imaginative, twisting tales are worth repeated listening.
Prior to listening to "The Arabian Nights", my only knowledge of the literary tales was poorly made movies. I had no idea of the depth to the tales of Aladdin, Sinbad and Ali Babba and the Forty thieves.
These Middle Eastern classics were expertly translated and excitedly read.
If you're looking to listen to these stories, this is the compilation you want. I've been burned by really bad versions of classic stories before. This is is good. The narrators are not amazing, but good, and the stories chosen are great.
Don't compare this experience to Aesop's Fables. These stories end abruptly. I suspect these stories were oral for many years prior to publication in the 15th century.
The recording quality of the book was acceptable. It was read by women, and perhaps I'm a little biased, but these more adventuresome stories, might be better read by men. Who knows.
Quality of the stories varied. Since it is a collected work of sorts, some of the stories were better than others. Although, I must admit I am used to more of the "western" type fairy tales and stories. I usually expect a moral to a story, or some sort of a conclusion. Often these books ended unpredictably, while I was expecting some sort of conclusion, the tale would end completely without one.
My second main reservation was the view of life and death. The human soul did not seem to be valued highly in these stories. People would die without the author even caring that much, and the read would be expected not to car as well. Accordingly, I would NOT recommend these stories for young children (unless their parents are trying to instill in them a lack of value of the human life).
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After each of these stories, I thought about deleting the audiobook, only my stubbornness stopped me. These stories are so slowly paced and repetitive that they quickly lost my interest and had no entertainment value. They didn't have interesting characters, thought-provoking plot twists, or any kind or moral or message, so I can't imagine what anyone would like about them. I'm surprised that anyone ever thought they were worth writing down on paper, and doubly surprised that a second person then thought they were worth making into an audiobook.
perfectly competent job
boring stories. worse than I could have imagined. so boring it put me to sleep and I nearly wrecked my car.
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