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The Arabian Nights: Their Best Known Tales | [Kate Douglas Wiggin, Nora A. Smith]

The Arabian Nights: Their Best Known Tales

Here is a selection of some of the best-known and best-loved tales of The Arabian Nights, including "Sinbad", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", "Aladdin", "The Talking Bird", and the "Fisherman and the Genie". In this "treasure house of pleasant things" you will find golden palaces, gem studded caves, and breathtaking gardens.
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Publisher's Summary

Here is a selection of some of the best-known and best-loved tales of The Arabian Nights, including "Sinbad", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", "Aladdin", "The Talking Bird", and the "Fisherman and the Genie". In this "treasure house of pleasant things" you will find golden palaces, gem studded caves, and breathtaking gardens; you will sit by mysterious fountains, hear the crash of gleaming waterfalls, unearth magic lamps, take a long voyage to exotic shores, and meet flying men and mythical beasts.

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

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    Joe Pawlowski New Hope, MN 04-14-05
    Joe Pawlowski New Hope, MN 04-14-05 Member Since 2005

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    "Lively Nights"

    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.

    44 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Orlando, FL, USA 04-18-09
    Robert Orlando, FL, USA 04-18-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The Arabian Nights"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy loves park, IL, USA 03-30-07
    Timothy loves park, IL, USA 03-30-07
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    "Great"

    A great listen for any time of the year.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Planetary Defense Commander Catfish City 07-06-11
    Planetary Defense Commander Catfish City 07-06-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Why didn't I press delete?"

    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.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Alden Paradise, CA, USA 11-28-07
    Alden Paradise, CA, USA 11-28-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Odd story... not quite what I'm used to."

    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).


    10 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    William Ekhardt Gamaliel, KY 02-04-12
    William Ekhardt Gamaliel, KY 02-04-12 Member Since 2009

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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    deaf people


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora A. Smith again?

    no


    What three words best describe Johanna Ward???s performance?

    perfectly competent job


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    Any additional comments?

    boring stories. worse than I could have imagined. so boring it put me to sleep and I nearly wrecked my car.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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