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Narrator Angele Masters' natural, unaffected delivery livens up Andrew Lang's collection of fairy tales taken from different cultures and countries around the world. Masters' timing is impeccable and she will elicit gasps from children as she describes encounters with monsters and heroic actions. Masters also shows off her versatility as she voices each character, moving from Aladdin's wide-eyed innocence in "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" to Medusa's awful hiss in "The Terrible Head". Listeners will enjoy visiting and revisiting these tales filled with valiant heroes and heroines overcoming horrible beasts and villains and finding love.

Publisher's Summary

Here are some of the finest fairytales from around the world - most of them old favorites: "Sleeping Beauty," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Cinderella," three from "The Arabian Nights," and many more. Andrew Lang was one of the most famous literary critics around 1900. He also edited a series of children's fable books that preserved and illustrated a host of tales which are still used extensively today.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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My children are spellbound

Where does The Blue Fairy Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best audiobooks we've listened to. It goes for hours and hours and keeps my young children (6 and 8) spellbound for well over an hour at a time. They love it, and so do I, because they are learning wonderful vocabulary and quality story-telling while they enjoy the exciting stories.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Will listen to again and again

The performance is above mediocre, but that is probably because we have become accustomed to all star performances, such as Tim Curry, Elijah Wood, and the like. That said, my children pay no attention to that. They loved this book and will listen to it over and over. My two oldest are ages 6 and 8.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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The Original Fairy Tales, No Disney Here

Would you listen to The Blue Fairy Book again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to, "The Blue Fairy Book" again. Who can resist the classics AND a great narrator!

What did you like best about this story?

The best thing about, "The Blue Fairy Book" is that it reminds me of the fairy tales that I read in England when I was young. This isn't necessarily the book for children, unless an adult explains it and makes sure the children don't think this is real. I would have read it to my daughter, but not my son. He had nightmares and this would make them worse.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Nostalgia made new

I had forgotten how good these stories were. Although they're full of testosterone and not the Disney versions, they make great listening. These are the myths and legends of society. Angele Masters does a great Gaelic accent, and is at her best when voicing old women and heroes.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Angele Masters narration

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While Masters did some very good voices & I loved her Scots accent in the final few tales, there were audible mouth sounds (mostly swallowing sounds) which I found off-putting.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't get into it

Struggled from the beginning. Short, uninteresting stories, only made it about an hour in. Narration was mediocre.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I just cannot listen to the narrator.

I stopped listening the first time after about ten minutes, the character "voices" were grating, so I tried again a few days later,. The narrator's attempts at "voices" might satisfy small children but a straight reading would've been better.

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  • A. J. Clark
  • Thomasville, Georgia United States
  • 09-30-15

Free is not always good! 😞

Would you try another book from Andrew Lang and/or Angele Masters?

Uh... Not of fairy tales.

Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Lang again?

Probably not.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator was okay though she lacks in range. She actually sounds better on 3x. Yep I sped the last half of the book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was free.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Racist, violent and offensive

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No- I love fairy tales, but unless they are "Cleaned up" the original ones (like the ones in this book) are very offensive and may not be suitable for some parents in today's society.

What was most disappointing about Andrew Lang’s story?

I only got through the first half of the first fairy tale in this book before I deleted it from my children's ipod and returned it to Audible. In the style of very old fairy tales it is very violent ("burn the three little puppies and sprinkle their ashes over the bones of the king your just threw into the boiling cauldron until his skin separated from his bones") and very offensive (a character magically creates a rickety black ship that is operate by "Ugly Negr***") Definitely not suitable for families that are opposed to such backwards racism.

Which character – as performed by Angele Masters – was your favorite?

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Could you see The Blue Fairy Book being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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Any additional comments?

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9 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Love it!

I really love this book. I listen to it EVERY NIGHT.. It helps me relax and fall asleep.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 07-18-17

Too many Christian references

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Any Christian who wants to hear how the christians 'save the day'

What was most disappointing about Andrew Lang’s story?

I was after some original fairy stories and got Christian messages (they're not veiled, they are referred to).

How could the performance have been better?

This be honest, if I had to listen to over 14 hours of this narrator, I may have to put myself out of my misery first...

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was free...?

Any additional comments?

You pay for what you get.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful