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Renowned Danish author Hans Christian Andersen has inspired movies, statues, and even theme parks. Though his fairy tales weren't immediately embraced by the reading public upon their publication, the world has since made up for its lapse in judgment, as Andersen's name is now virtually synonymous with children's literature.

Actress Angele Masters performs the beloved stories in this collection in a lively, bright English accent to which both children and adults can relate. Her voice sustains the 40-plus hours of narration required to bring life to all these fairy tales. The stories are arranged in somewhat idiosyncratic alphabetical order, beginning with "A Story" and ending with "The Story of the Year".

Publisher's Summary

A magical storyteller's timeless tales. Here are 127 of Andersen's classic stories, translated by "Mrs. Edgar Lucas" in the 19th century. Included are such well-known tales as "The Emperor's New Suit", "The Little Match-Seller", "Thumbelina", "The Little Mermaid", and "The Snow Queen".

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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first time ever reading the classics!

Definitely interesting! I don't agree with everything he wrote doctrinally but he was so creative he captures and hold your mind and heart story after story. Definitely a reread and want to purchase a classic edition.

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Nice tales but a terrible reading

What didn’t you like about Angele Masters’s performance?

Her voice is so childish. And it seems she's making a wretched mockery of the characters.

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Really, really bad reading.

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Horrible Translation of Hans Christian Anderson

Audible, can you list the translator as well as the year of translation of translated works? This old translation is quite bad but I did not know it was such an old translation when I got the book.

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  • Richard Johnston
  • 06-30-18

Excellent narration poor formatting

Angele Masters reads the various stories beautifully. The problem with this huge collection is the difficulty in finding a particular individual tale. Other large collections provide a pdf which enables one to locate the specific chapter in which a story is narrated. This edition gives no such help. On the other hand, the free LibriVox recording lists the title and length of each separate story.
I was tempted to return the Audible version but the narration is so consistently excellent that I decided to make notes of the positions of my favourites but Audible should supply that material.

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  • Ben
  • 07-05-18

Awesome for my niece and nephew when they need to go to sleep.. Excellent narration :-)

Fantastic collection - complete set :-D - helps me get to sleep, too! I love this author

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  • Corrina
  • 04-14-13

childhood favorites

so great for my son to listen to all my childhood favorites plus hearing some even i hadn't heard.

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