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Contrived 2,500 years ago by the Greek storyteller Aesop, these fables were only written down 300 years later. Jonathan Kent's narration revives the original oral tradition, and his voices for the animal characters make the little stories entertaining as well as enlightening. The variety of characters Kent creates will fascinate children, the better to impart the time-tested moral lessons still with us thousands of years later. The production squeezes 160 fables into 140 minutes, making each one last less than a minute.

Publisher's Summary

By their nature, "fables" are "fabulous", larger than life, the characters often using wit and guile to save themselves from circumstances. Thus Brer Rabbit is more than a bunny in a briar patch, just as Mowgli is more than a wolf child.

Aesop, an ancient Greek poet who was sold into slavery in the early sixth century B.C, relied on animal stories to convey his key points to his masters in court. Aesop's Fables are now classic, memorable morality plays in which amusing animal characters drive home thought-provoking morals to generations of listeners and modern day readers. They illustrate what was fundamental to Greek culture yet their appeal lies in logic we still understand.

Fables from different cultures frequently overlap in the lessons they teach. If we would only stop to listen, there is an important lesson for us to learn from these fables; mankind is one, not several.

©1996 Joss Recordings; (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.

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ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER

IT'S ONE THING TO PROPOSE, ANOTHER TO EXECUTE
This was a very quick two hours and 22 minutes. Aseop knew it was better to show than to tell and all his stories show. It is amazing how he sets the stage and builds characters in a couple of paragraphs. I did not realize how many of the phrases we use today come from these tales. Such as: HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY, DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU AND SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD, to name a few. You can listen to this is short periods or in longer, each story is less than a minute.

42 of 49 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • Brooklyn, MD, United States
  • 04-05-09

Every story is a jewel of knowledge

I got this audiobooks to remember my morals as well teach them to my child. They are timeless to people with an imagination

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Teachable Moments

Great for grandchildren to listen to in the car. They learn and we talk about important points.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Donna
  • NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, USA
  • 03-06-08

Great Fun!

My 13 year old son didn't think much of reading these fables however, he loves to listen to them on his ipod while going to sleep. He does not even care if we start over or pick up in the middle. Interesting way to teach & great fun.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Jami
  • VICTOR, NY, United States
  • 05-11-14

Loved the Fables!

This audio collection had 160 of the fables, and I liked the variety of the selections. This was very enjoyable to revisit some childhood stories that I recalled and I had forgotten that they were such short tales. I had read some of them before, but others were new to me. I also enjoyed the use of animals to illustrate the morals of the tales. I was amazed that some common expressions we use today (such as physician heal thy self) comes from the morals of these fables; I guess I had never thought about where these expressions came from before nor had I recognized them as a youngster. The narrator did a decent job, so overall, I really liked this selection.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Very important stories

Very enjoyable even for adults. Though the audio is quite old. Very interesting and good tidbits of knowledge.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Jes
  • Hobart, IN, United States
  • 12-21-11

Old stories, great lessons

What did you love best about Aesop's Fables?

These storied could easily have been the basis of the bible or used to teach real lessons in life for everyone.

Any additional comments?

If you want a great set of stories to give kids that will teach them lessons they can always use then this is it.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Terrible quality recording

The audio is low in volume and heavily compressed. Audible shouldn’t be selling a book of this audio quality — it isn’t up to their standards.

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truisms!

Why didn't I read this as a kid? The truth in theses tales rings clear; even more so in this politicized environment.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • L
  • 12-04-17

Interesting

would have been nice to have a bit more time in between each fable. The narration was good. It's interesting to hear the original version of many tales I thought I knew.