In this enchanting selection of fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman presents his 50 favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm in a 'clear as water' retelling, making them feel fresh and unfamiliar with his dark, distinctive voice. From the otherworldly romance of classics such as 'Rapunzel', 'Snow White', and 'Cinderella' to the black wit and strangeness of such lesser-known tales as 'The Three Snake Leaves', 'Hans-my-Hedgehog', and 'Godfather Death', Pullman captures the appeal that has held the imagination of children and adults alike for centuries. In his introduction, he discusses why these stories have lasted so long and become part of our collective storytelling imagination. Pullman's Grimm tales of wicked wives, brave children, and villainous kings will have you listening again and again for many years to come.
©2012 Philip Pullman (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
I am book junkie. Read to me.
Philip Pullman reinterprets classic tales, some not as well known as others, with interesting results. The main problem here is the portrayal of males and females in condemning traditional roles. Girls are too often weak victims unable to think for themselves or they are conniving, evil witches; boys are rambunctious, impetuous and too quick to fight. These faults lie with the origin of the tales and not with Pullman, but you have to question his desire to retell such outmoded ideas in the first place. This is not to say that children shouldn't hear these stories. But it might be best to offer them in context and perhaps with gentle discussion about how we see people differently today.
Sam West does an amazing job, as always. He's a top-notch narrator. I love his voice.
Grimm by name - grim by nature. Definitely give it a miss if you have children with an innocent disposition.
Written in a voice that distils each story to it's essence, Pullman's words twine with Grimm's tales and West's performance like strands of fine yarn. With some of the richest examples from our shared lore, Grimm Tales for Young and Old is essential listening for fairy tale aficionados.
Hans my Hedgehog--need I say more?
No. I wanted to savor each story for fullest enjoyment.
A nice intro by Pullman. Well performed but perhaps this type of story is not my first cup of tea.
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