• The Little Match Girl

  • Cyberpunk Fairy Tales
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 9 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A retelling of the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen of the same name.

Listen to more of the Cyberpunk Fairy Tales, a unique twist on the classic stories you grew up with. Sometimes dark and disturbing like the Grimm stories, other times new and relevant to the modern age.

©2019 George Saoulidis (P)2019 George Saoulidis

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A tear jerking tale in any form

The little match girl is a tale that has been told and retold many times many ways. This cyberpunk twist on it is no less potent and will still bring a tear to your eye.

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A new look at a familiar fairy tale

This is, just as it says, a cyberpunk retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's story. In this retelling, the "matches" are single-use VR "experiences," created by her now-deceased father. Her father lost his job, and thus all his tools, but he still had the rights to the VR experiences he created on his own time. Then he died, and the girl's mother died, and the only thing she has left to sell now, and survive on, are these single-use VR experiences.

Some of them are recordings of happy experiences at home, before her father lost his job. But since these are single-use experiences, each can only be used once. She can either sell it, or use it for a brief escape into a warm, happy memory.

Once used, either by herself or a customer, it's gone.

It's a moving, well-done story--with an ending, inevitable and appropriate, that may not be what everyone wants, in the midst of the pandemic.

Nevertheless, recommended.

I received this audiobook short story as part of a "we're caught in a pandemic; let's do something nice" giveaway, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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Little Match Girl

A futuristic retelling of the classic tale of the Little Match Girl. Instead of matches, this little girl is selling a few moments of joy in the form of a memory. It will bring tears to your eyes for sure. My only complaint is that it is so short. I would have liked a little more substance to the tale. The narrator was just right for this one. I received the audiobook version of this story from the author and chose to review it.

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Sad

I received this book for free at my request but the opinion is of my own. A retelling of an old tell set in the future. A girl is selling her family’s memories just to help make ends meat for her father and herself. However she can’t help seeing one just one more time.

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It’s alright

I love George’s world, many of his stories are all (at least in my mind) in the same futuristic world. This was a good take on the classic story but if it were longer and more fleshed out I probably would have loved it. As it was it’s just ok for me.
Narration was excellent.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator

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Nice cyberpunk adaptation of Anderson's fairytale

This hightech interpretation of Hans Christian Anderson's original The Little Match Girl is really very nicely done. It's believable, relatable, and a lot shorter than the original which to 21st century readers is a big plus.

This story was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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Grab your tissues...

The Little Match Girl (Cyberpunk Fairy Tales) by George Saoulidis and narrated by Steve White should be on your Christmas listen list this year. If you only listen to one book this holiday, let it be this one. Highly recommend this short story.

What’s it about? A young girl is selling her families memory sticks that are now owned by the corporation as her father and her struggle for basic needs. It’s sad yet heartwarming. It’s a future tech retelling of a HCA tale. I would love for George to expand on this one more for next Christmas. His retelling would be a fantastic Christmas movie (you reading this Amazon? Hint hint…). The narrator, Steve White, did a good job.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: hunger (family unable to meet this basic human need), death.


*I received this copy for free in an email. Not sure if I need to write this or not, so here it is.*

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"Cool" little short

It's only 9 minutes, so I don't want to give anything away, but in typical fashion, this is a tragic holiday tale that still manages to warm the heart.

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Well Done

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is a retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson story but with a modern twist. It's wonderfully told and will still bring a tear [or two] to your eye.

The narrator did a very nice job.

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GREAT READ!

I really enjoyed it! The narration was great. The author did a great job with the characters. I look forward to reading more from this author. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.