Hailed by the Times as "hugely entertaining", award-winning narrator Alison Larkin selects fairytales of strong, brave, independent, at times irreverent girls and women who take charge of their lives, go on their own adventures, rescue themselves, and sometimes even save the men they love.
These are not stories of helpless females shut up in high towers waiting around for a handsome man to rescue them while they sleep for years or brush their golden hair a lot. These heroines have far more to distinguish them than the fact that they (sometimes) end up married to a prince.
Selected and introduced by Alison Larkin, the stories are:
"The Snow Queen", "Molly Whuppie and the Double-faced Giant", "A Pottle of Brains", "Cap o' Rushes", "Hansel and Gretel", "Mr. Fox", "Clever Grethel", "Kari Woodengown", "The Twelve Dancing Princesses", "Felicia and the Pot of Pinks", "The Iron Stove", "The Hedley Kow", "The Six Sillies", "Baba Yaga", "The Old Woman in the Woods", "The Idle Spinner", "The Twelve Brothers", "Frederick and Catherine", "Little Red Cap", and "Beauty and the Beast."
Award-winning audiobook narrator, comedienne, and best-selling author of The English American Alison Larkin is also a classically trained actress who has appeared on Broadway with the Royal National Theater and off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Recent narrations include her AudioFile award-winning recording of Peter Pan and The Inconsiderate Waiter by J. M. Barrie and Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
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I simply loved listening to Fairy Tales of the Fiercer Sex, an anthology of 20 classic folk and fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm more than 200 years ago. Many of these stories have captured the imagination of millions, resulting in hundreds of adaptations, including a few Walt Disney movies. For example, the movie Frozen was based on "The Snow Queen," and "Beauty and the Beast" is perhaps the most famous Grimm Fairy Tale, which was made into a Broadway play, multiple television shows, and several movies.
That having been said, this collection is NOT of the Disney princess variety. The Grimm brothers wrote compelling stories often with imperfect characters and not so "happy ever after" endings. The one theme that connects this collection of short stories is that all of them feature independent women who are strong and adventurous. These girls and women don’t wait around for a man to rescue them, but rather they take charge and rescue themselves. "Hansel and Gretel” and "Little Red Riding Hood" come to mind.
Alison Larkin narrated this collection of fairytales and she was simply sublime. She brings an enthusiasm and zeal to her narrations that many actors lack. Alison uses differing voices for all characters, and changes up the tempo during the most exciting parts of each tale. [I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.] In conclusion, Fairy Tales of the Fiercer Sex is an excellent audiobook that any fan of classic folk and fairy tales would enjoy!
It's hard to critique the content, since most of these stories are classic fairytales. Alison Larkin's narration works really well for this collection. I think she'd do well narrating any children's stories. I don't know if she has a lisp or the recording wasn't able to reduce sibilance effectively, but her hissing 's' sounds were noticeably distracting through my earbuds. I'm not sure, maybe if I had downloaded at a higher quality format (which I don't like to do because of file size) this wouldn't have been an issue. Other than that, though, it was a wonderful narration :)
This is a great collection of classic tales from all different authors of the fiercest women in these stories. The narrator did a great job expressing emotions, and giving life to the characters. I have two small girls who both loved listening to the stories. It was very easy to pause in between each tale so we could listen on and off.
This audio book was graciously provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
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A fun and easy read. A bit slow at times but overall a very enjoyable retelling of classic fairy tales. I always enjoy Alison Larkin. She's a great narrator.
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I read all kinds of books, but I have an obsession with paranormal and fantasy at the moment. Sorry about any spelling mistakes/typos.
This is the first, but I imagine that she would do a wonderful job with childrens stories. Alison did a fabulous job with the narration of these fairy tales and while the narration was clearly aimed at a younger audience it was also enjoyable for me.
There are about 20 different stories narrated in this book, they rage from about 6 minutes to about 80 minutes in length.
All of the stories feature a girl who completes a trek or solves something to fix a problem that is currently occurring, it's great to hear examples of girls in fairy tales who don't sit around waiting for a prince to save them.
A great book to listen to as a family, although perhaps not with really young children.
Note: This book was provided free by the author/narrator/publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
I am just girl who loves my husband, dogs, shopping online and books!
I know a lot of these are classic fairytales, but I only knew a few of them. I loved that the classic weak female does not apply here! its about time! these are great, a little tiny bit of gore here and there, but I would think 10 years and up may get a kick out of these!
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I think this retelling of fairy tales from various sources would be great for older children. Some of the stories have some gruesome elements that might be too strong for younger children. However, some of the stories would be fine for all ages, as long as parents used appropriate discretion in which ones they let younger children listen too. As an adult, I found some of the stories boring, but others made me laugh with delight at the clever heroines. The narration was excellent. The speed and tempo were perfect, and the author/narrator did a great job of varying her voice to bring out the individual characters.
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One of the very best. I always love audiobooks narrated by Alison Larkin and I am a huge fan of the classics, so this is a match made in heaven.
The end of Mr Fox was a real shock. That story is not one I had heard before and I loved the bravery of the bride-to-be and her solution to the problem was not one a feeble girl like Rapunzel would have made!
Alison Larkin is an A List narrator who always delivers. She is also a writer and selected these perfectly. I loved her narration of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, The English American which she also wrote and her narration of the wartime novel Somewhere in France.
The girl heroines no one has heard about
It's an audiobook that appeals to all. We listened to this on a family car trip - my wife, my two daughters - 13 and 9. We all LOVED Alison Larkin's narration and thought the original story of The SNow Queen (on which the move Frozen was based) was even better than the movie and we loved listening to the original story of Beauty and the Beast, but mostly we so enjoyed hearing stories of strong women and girls that we had not heard before! These are stories that have been around for hundreds of years but in Larkin's hands they really come alive today.
"Comfort food for the soul"
This is a gem, and absolutely carried by Alison Larkin's performance. Her reading is stylised, with a particular tone of voice - and it is utterly wonderful, reminding me of being read bedtime stories as a small boy. Listening to this is warming, comforting and just as exciting as when I was young. The choice of stories is good, too - some familiar, and some I'd not come across before.
This book was given to me for free at my request (and boy, am I glad I did!) and I provided this voluntary review.
"A splendid collection"
This is a wonderful collection of around twenty one fairy tales, written by the Brothers Grimm and fairy tales written by other notable names as well as some anonymous writers. The collection is made up of the original tellings of the storIes, spoken in a language that is fairly easy for a young child of ten or eleven years to understand with some brief explanation. I listened to this audio book, primarily for my sister's amusement (she's eleven) as she has become quite a fan of audio books. She likes being able to share the book with others and talk and ask questions with someone who is following it at the same pace.
Together, we listened to the early chapters, and I plan to listen to the later chapters with her soon. For both of us, some of the fairy tales were quite new- the others I had already known, but my sister knew only very small fragments of. We enjoyed the collection, it was read wonderfully, my sister loved the different voices Alison Larkin performed and she loved to imitate the voices of the villains. She never could get them quite right but, it was a good deal of fun. I can't imagine reading the original fairy tales for myself anymore, with the collections as thick and heavy as they are. I feel this audio book is a far superior alternative: more magical, less burdensome and very enjoyable!
It's also worth mentioning that I haven't always been a huge fan of fairy tales, which is partially the reason that I chose to listen to this audio book. It was the mention of the 'fiercer sex' that appealed to me, and this ties in with one of the reasons I was so opposed to fairy tales: I didn't like how the females were treated as helpless and how they were 'rescued' by princes, and their problems solved by fairies, birds or fairy godmothers. A philosophy that is terribly misleading and something that isn't true of many of the original fairy tales at all- we learn that the characters are deserving of their great rewards for all their help, be that with saving the life of the prince, something that isn't ever emphasised as much in the Disney versions most of us have grown used to, or their families, or being so charmingly clumsy and unintentionally saving the day. Therefore, this collection of stories teaches the value of hard work, persistence and dedication, and how these help you in life as opposed to sitting around waiting for a nearby fairy to help you out of whatever tiffle you've gotten yourself in.
I received this audio book through Audiobook Boom.
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