This production of Aladdin's Lamp is read by Lou Diamond Phillips, an accomplished actor with numerous film, television, and theater credits. Among his films are La Bamba, Young Guns, Young Guns II, and Stand and Deliver.
The sorcerer can possess the magic lamp only if received from the hand of another, so he fools young Aladdin into going down into the secret cave to get it and bring it to him. Sensing that the sorcerer means to harm him, Aladdin keeps the lamp and discovers its magic when rubbed. A genie appears and makes Aladdin rich and powerful. Through trickery, the sorcerer gets the lamp back and robs Aladdin of all that he possesses, but with the help of a magic ring and its genie, Aladdin recovers all that is his and defeats the sorcerer.
Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
First off this is said to be a children's production. As for the audio and the performance this is a good production. I only mention this is so out dated because throughout the story you have slaves given around as if that's something just natural to own. I realize this is a very old writing, but I find it pretty strange that the main characters are painted as very good people who have some bad things happen to them that they have to get vengeance on. Part of those bad things is everything they own including slaves are taken from them, but the hero is beloved because he shares wealth with the rest of the public....Except the slaves of course. In old stories like this one gets the impression that slavery was more like a job or position instead of the debilitating human condition that it actually is
Ok! So there's that, but should kids listen to this? I think so, but I'd explain how the mind set was back when this was written. Because in reality the so called "Hero" really wasn't. We find ourselves cheering for him, but he's not really someone who deserves to be cheered. Like I said....A very outdated tale.
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