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Publisher's Summary

"The Little Prince" was published in 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is a poetic tale in which a pilot strands in the desert and meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world. While it looks like a children's book, it targets adult relationships with deep thoughts on how adults perceive life and each other. "Children should show great understanding towards grown-ups".

Get ready for a trip to see the world differently and learn what is really important. "The Little Prince" is one of the most-translated books in the world and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into 300 languages and dialects (as well as Braille), selling nearly two million copies annually with sales totaling over 140 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling books ever published.
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Lovely book, terrible narrator

Alexander Fink has no business narrating books in English. I've never read The Little Prince, so it's unfortunate that this narrator was my first experience with the book. His very strong accent makes it difficult to understand, he has no pacing whatsoever (doesn't even pause a beat when announcing new chapters), and he made several mistakes where he repeated sentences two or three times and didn't bother to edit that out. The story was sweet, but this narrator ruined the experience for me.

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dissapointing

What would have made The Little Prince better?

This is one of my all-time favorite books. The narration would have been better done if it was read by Stephen Hawking. There was absolutely no attempt to get the story across, just a very dry reading of the words.

Would you be willing to try another one of Alexander Fink’s performances?

Absolutely not

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terrible production quality

Amazon's quality control should not even allow this production to be sold on Audible. Poorly produced, rushed pace, repeated lines. At one point, the reader stops mid-sentence and starts all over again. We hear the whole thing. Poor editing. If you're a fan of the story, or wanting to experience it for the first time, I recommend you look elsewhere!

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Classic story with great message.

Thanks performance of this audiobook is really what stood out to me. Sometimes the accent was hard to understand but overall I really enjoyed the story. It's a short story but ends with a great message about The Little Prince. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Nabil
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 08-06-18

Great, meaningful story

I love the story and it's deep meaning. It's a classic, akin to Aesop's Fables. The reading is very crisp and clear, but the reader is clearly German and mispronounces many English words.

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An essential book in any library

“The essential is invisible to the eye”. Every time that I read (or listen to) this statement I feel like flying. One of my favorite books, highly recommended in a very good perdormance.

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Narrated perfectly!!!

Many people comment about the poor narration, but I think that it is perfect!! My understanding is that this book is supposed to be written as a children's book. I truly felt that I was listening to a 'grown-up' bedtime story as I listened, as I felt the narrator was reading it directly to me. My only complaint, is that I had to get my computer to look up the illustrated pictures of the book to see what the narrator was referring to during some parts (but alas, this is a universal problem with audiobooks).
Otherwise, I LOVE this story and this reading of it! Enjoy!

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strange book

it's pretty hot but I'm curious as to the meaning love it and what the author went through before writing this

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5-star book butchered by horrendous recording

Would you try another book from Antoine De Saint-Exupéry and/or Alexander Fink?

Antoine de Saint-Exupery is the bees knees. Like the rest of the world, I love everything he wrote.

Alexander Fink, however, managed to mangle this classic so much that it was hardly recognizable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Little Prince?

Sooooo many beautiful and poignant moments!! This book is fundamentally about what it means to love. The taming of the fox and the obligation it brings. The counting of the business man. The drawing of the sheep in the box. The Little Prince returning to the baobab-covered planet... It is a perfect book full of hard and yet hopeful truths!

How could the performance have been better?

The reader has a German/Austrian accent so thick it is distracting. Worse is that he has no timing at all, rushing monotonously through the book, only pausing in random places to breath. And he was apparently given no director, producer, or editor as his mistakes were left in place including when he'd just start a sentence over after a mistake, page turns, and other random noises. Nothing was going to slow down his cheap power-through for the world's fastest and most horrible reading of this phenomenal book. It felt like we were being trolled the whole way through.

What character would you cut from The Little Prince?

The only character I'd cut is the Audible reader.

Any additional comments?

This book is able to be read and appreciated by beginning readers and adults equally. It speaks to quite mature themes in such a simple and beautiful and fun way. Every person should know this story! It's a shame that the audible recording does it such a disservice. This book deserves and demands better!

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One of the most important books

This book takes about an hour to read (at 1.7 speed) and it will change your life. It is very important for every adult to remember to rethink all those things we have "learned" to be important and focus o. what really matters.