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Editorial Reviews

Joanna Daniel performs this collection of 25 of the greatest fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm. Translator Margaret Hunt is credited with bringing German folklore to the attention of English-speaking children, but in this audiobook, Joanna Daniel gets all the credit for a charming performance that adults will appreciate as much as their offspring. Tom Thumb, Snow White, Cinderella, and the Frog Prince all make appearances here, as well as some lesser-known characters like Dummling, Catherine and Frederick, and Mother Holle. All of them are both rendered delicately and enlivened by Daniel's winsome English accent.

Publisher's Summary

A collection of classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales, culled from Margaret Hunt's 1884 translation. The complete list of tales recounted here is: "The Goose-Girl", "The Little Brother and Little Sister", "Hansel and Gretel", "Oh, If I Could but Shiver!", "Dummling and the Three Feathers", "Little Snow-White", "Frederick and Catherine", "The Valiant Little Tailor", "Little Red-Cap", "The Golden Goose", "Bearskin", "Cinderella", "Faithful John", "The Water of Life", "Thumbling", "Briar Rose", "The Six Swans", "Rapunzel", "Mother Holle", "The Frog Prince", "The Travels of Tom Thumb", "Snow White and Rose Red", "The Three Little Men in the Wood", "Rumpelstiltskin", and "Little One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes".

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Perfect in every sense!

The narrator couldn't have done a better job! Enjoyed entirely from start to finish, bravo!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Love it

Love the readers voice awsome tales
Looking for more from Joanna Daniel
I highly recommend this to all my friends

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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More funny than "grimm" .

These were comical. I was a little disappointed, I thought they would resemble the fairytales of my youth put only a few of them did.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Okay

The narrator did a nice job. She is a good story teller. I just don't like the stories much.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fun

It was fun to read many of the stories I heard as a child. There were even a couple of stories I had never heard before.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Difficult for children

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Fine for adults but difficult for kids, due to degree of accent and speed of speech.

If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

To difficult to understand for children not used to highly accented British accent

What three words best describe Joanna Daniel’s voice?

To difficult to understand for children not used to highly accented British accent

Was Grimm's Fairy Stories worth the listening time?

Not for children.see above

3 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Not kid Friendly

"Stupid" word in beginning lets you know it is before politically correct days. States witche's kill etc...
So I would rethink the Grimm's altogether.


0 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • dan
  • 10-13-17

Brilliant book 📚

Every night I hear my children
laughing. I tried it,I thought it was brilliant...it is very funny
I personally think it is best at night.
It helps the girls to calm down.😻

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  • debbie
  • 05-21-17

A sweet reminisce of stories from my childhood

This audiobook contains a collection of the Brothers Grimm’s extensive collection of stories which included Tom Thumb, Cinderella and Snow White.

While very sweet to listen and reminisce I found many of the tales sounded very alike and similar themes emerged within many of the stories. From listening using adult ears and knowledge I can hear that they are old fashioned with dated ideas; for example there is a clear masochism which runs through many stories. These are things I would not have picked up on as a child.

The narration of the book was good, Joanna Daniel sounded like various readers from Jackanory, with just the right amount of condensation and jolliness which will engage a child while not alienating.

Overall these are sweet bite size stories which are the right amount for children with limited attention spans.