The Tales of Uncle Remus

The Adventures of Brer Rabbit
Narrated by: Julius Lester
Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
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It seems animals are like people in many ways--they just can’t get along with one another. And Brer Rabbit has the most trouble of all. Maybe it’s his mischievous ways, or maybe it’s because adventures always come looking for him. There was the frightening day that Brer Rabbit found himself attached to a baby made of sticky tar. Brer Fox would have had a tasty barbecue that evening if Brer Rabbit hadn’t been such a quick thinker. Then there was the time Mr. Man finally caught Brer Rabbit in the garden. That was almost the end of a certain long-eared animal. Award-winning author Julius Lester skillfully captures the rhythm and melodic language of these timeless stories first told by slaves. With an accessible combination of standard and black English, he preserves the traditional story lines and wit, yet adds touches of modern humor, breathing life into spunky Brer Rabbit and each of his colorful friends and foes.

©1987 Julius Lester (P)2001 Recorded Books

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Not the original versions of the stories.

These are paraphrased and heavily edited versions with modern references of the classic Uncle Remus stories. I would only recommend these if you want to have a introduction, but understand they talk about things such as TVs, the welfare office, tennis shoes and other items that didn't exist from the 1800s when these folk stories were originally collected.

That said the narration was awesome and took a good pacing for these types of stories. That made them enjoyable to listen to while on a drive or at work.

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A classic book made even better

I remember Uncle Remus tales from my childhood. And while I enjoyed listening to them then, hearing the book read in the authors voice made it ever better! His voice and infliction were perfect for each character.

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Just Wow!! A++ Performance of this Audiobook

What did you love best about The Tales of Uncle Remus?

The performance of this audiobook was hands down the best I have ever heard. I have listened to this audiobook at least five times since purchasing it and it amazing every single time.

Which character – as performed by Julius Lester – was your favorite?

Every. Single. One.

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WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've always Loved this book. My 7th Grade teacher read it to My class about 25 years ago an I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

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Classic

One of those books you want your kids to have heard and laugh along with like I did as a kid!

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This is a modern-day rendition.

The curious backstory and use of English for the animal dialogue are maintained in this updated version.

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Magical stories of trickery

wonderful performance by Julius Lester the tales of Uncle Remus. these stories are very funny and very clever. the narration captures the mischievous nest a Brer Rabbit. I enjoyed all the twists and turns of each character and I was often surprised buy all the ways that Brer Rabbit got out of difficult situations.

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A classic

I loved these tales as a child and being able to share them with my own children is awesome! The author knew just how to set the pace as he read each tale which excited and delighted the whole family.

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Whole family loved it!

Listened to this on a road trip with our four young kids. Parents and kids enjoyed it immensely, with kids clamoring for more Brer Rabbit every time we got in the car.

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we laughed and laughed

the narrator's accent and pronunciation of colloquial words is so natural, it feels like I'm back home in Carolina.