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Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know Audiobook

Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

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In 1905 Hamilton Wright Mabie published Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know, as distinguished from the author's similar works, Famous Stories Every Child Should Know and Myths Every Child Should Know. What does Mabie require children to know in this audiobook? Actress Samantha Worthen tells listeners the familiar fairy tales of Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Sleeping Beauty as well as lesser known tales from The Arabian Nights, the Brothers Grimm, Aesop's Fables, Charles Perault, Hans Christian Andersen, and others. Worthen's warm, amiable, child-friendly voice brings a light to sometimes dark material. In classic children's narratives she has clearly found a genre where she can shine.

Publisher's Summary

This volume contains a collection of fairy tales from a wide array of classical works. These immortal tales include "The Enchanted Stag", "Twelve Brothers", "Puss in Boots", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Light Princess", "Beauty and the Beast", "Hansel and Gretel", "Jack the Giant Killer", "The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor", and "The Story of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp".

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Chris Stringer 06-26-15 Listener Since 2008
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    "I love it"

    It's the best my favorite in the light princess I am 10 years old and I feel when listening to It I feel like someone is reading me a book all night

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Wilson Evanston, IL United States 02-26-15
    Elizabeth Wilson Evanston, IL United States 02-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good"

    I think it was a great narrator but the story's seemed too short so
    4 stars overall I liked it

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    Amazon Customer 01-21-15
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    "Very bad narration"

    I have had a very difficult time struggling to finish this book, but I have resolved to quench the pain inflicted on me by the reader. Don't know how, but I made it.
    Strongly recommend choosing a different narration.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchell Zimmerman Palo Alto, CA 04-30-17
    Mitchell Zimmerman Palo Alto, CA 04-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible performance"

    Reader is stilted, arch and unable to effectively render different voices. Translation of stories also poor

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara NOWATA, OK, United States 04-30-13
    Tara NOWATA, OK, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Stories"

    I enjoyed listening to the stories that I already knew and being introduced to the ones I hadn't.

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    MJK Seattle, WA 01-02-16
    MJK Seattle, WA 01-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Completely Inappropriate"

    With a title like "Fairy Takes Every Child Should Know" I assumed it would actually be appropriate for children and I wouldn't need to preview it. I won't be making that assumption again. We turned this on in the car and were shocked when they described a horrible mother killing her child's goat. By that point, we attempted to turn it off, but we decided to let it play out hoping there was a moral at the end to explain such a horrible act in a children's story. Nope! It was the typical "rescued by a handsome prince" ending. I know this is a fairy tail and sometimes that's how "happily ever after" is often expressed but this is a poor choice to include in a book entitled "Fairy Takes Every Child Should Know". The only thing we felt we could do to repair what it exposed our son to was to say, "boy there were some unkind people in that story! That poor girl had a very mean mom and sisters who did terrible things. We're grateful you have a nicer family."

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    STLGIRL St Louis, MO 08-26-15
    STLGIRL St Louis, MO 08-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not for kids"

    These stories are awful. Really not for small children. May be ok for older kids looking for alternative fairy tails, but they're pretty weird stories.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Ulrike Maria McNeil 04-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring"

    The stories drag on an the voice sounds computerized. couldn't wait to get through it when I was listening to it with my daughter.

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    Victoria 03-03-17
    Victoria 03-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Stories were interesting for children"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know to be better than the print version?

    It is nice to have my kid listen to it in bed with lights out. We still read but this is just imagination time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lots of classic stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C 10-25-16
    C 10-25-16 Member Since 2016

    Occasional and genre free listener. Anything that could get me to pay attention for more than 2 chapters is a winner.

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    "Seriously really not for kids"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The storylines are too old


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No idea


    What didn’t you like about Samantha Worthen’s performance?

    She is fine.


    What character would you cut from Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know?

    Aladdin and Ali Baba.


    Any additional comments?

    OMG so many killings! Story of fantasy and not a book to perpetuate moral idealism of obtaining wealth and murder. For instance, a villain murders whereas a hero destroys evil. C'mon, seriously?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Too American for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Don't get me wrong, I love most things American - great writers, actors, TV dramas, movies - cultural beacon of the western world, etc. But the narrator was just too saccharine-sweet, monotonously ploddingly cutesy for my taste - and, I suspect, for any Brit's taste. To be fair, the stories are good and my children seem to like it (I bought this for long car journeys), but it would be sooo much better with a different narrator.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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