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The Ugly Duckling

Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
Length: 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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When the story begins, a mother duck's eggs hatch. One of the little birds is perceived by the other birds and animals on the farm as a homely little creature and suffers much verbal and physical abuse from them. He wanders sadly from the barnyard and lives with wild ducks and geese until hunters slaughter the flocks. He finds a home with an old woman. 

The duckling sees a flock of migrating wild swans. He is delighted and excited, but he cannot join them, for he is too young and cannot fly. Winter arrives. A farmer finds and carries the freezing little duckling home, but the foundling is frightened by the farmer's noisy children and flees the house. He spends a miserable winter alone in the outdoors, mostly hiding in a cave on the lake that partly freezes over. When spring arrives, a flock of swans descends on the lake. 

The ugly duckling, now having fully grown and matured, is unable to endure a life of solitude and hardship any more and decides to throw himself at the flock of swans deciding that it is better to be killed by such beautiful birds than to live a life of ugliness and misery. He is shocked when the swans welcome and accept him, only to realize by looking at his reflection in the water that he has grown into one of them. The flock takes to the air, and the now beautiful swan spreads his gorgeous large wings and takes flight with the rest of his new kind family.

Public Domain (P)2018 Helder Media

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Not the story you read to your kids

This was a much different story than the one that I remembered reading to my kids, and in my opinion it was much better. The ugly duckling had a much broader character arc. He suffered through abandonment, persecution, starvation, freezing, and a number of other traumas. I don't think that the content would be too traumatic for little ones unless they are especially sensitive.

Greg Rizzo did a great job narrating. He has just the right amount of inflection to keep interest in the story without making it sound cheesy.

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A classic (and darker than expected) tale

Listening to these classic stories and nursery rhymes is fun, because while the basic plot is well known, there are often dark and unexpected elements that get glossed over with time. Everyone knows the Ugly Duckling gets bullied for being different, but the level of neglect and abuse was surprising, not to mention when part way through the story characters start getting shot. These unexpected elements are always a fun surprise. Greg Rizzo does a great job narrating. I've listen to a number of works he's narrated and have enjoyed every one, including this one.


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A classic tale well told

This is just what you would hope to find when sharing with your young ones. The story is an accurate reading of the original and the narrator is professional and pleasing to listen to.

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incredible interpretation

a lovely interpretation for a classic story for children it was very well written and very well-told it was very enjoyable and my niece enjoyed it very much as did I

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A Wonderful Rendition Of An Old Classic by HCA

The Ugly Duckling was a sweet little audiobook. I love all the classic stories from Hans Christian Andersen and this one was a goody. I hope my grandchildren will appreciate this as I and so, so many others did and still do. Perhaps this is what kids should be listening to? An overall fun and nostalgic listen with excellent narration.

Gregg Rizzo did a wonderful job reading this audiobook. He has a great voice and was pleasant to listen to.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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AN OLD STORY, WITH WONDERFUL NEW NARRATION

I think the narrator, Greg Rizzo, does an excellent job of telling this old tale, the darn thing always makes me cry but it's such a beautiful story. I very much enjoyed this version. :)

It's funny how something written so long ago can be relevant in today's times... always a good lesson in life and in love. Well done!

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A classic tale

Pretty much everyone knows the story of The Ugly Duckling, so this review is based purely off Greg Rizzo's narration. Rizzo does a good job with enunciation, tone, and other speech patterns that kept my attention and made this a fun listening experience.

**I was provided with a promotional copy, at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

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Well narrated

This is first time I’ve read/listened to this version of the story. Quite enjoyable. Not as dark as I thought it might be considering the trend of stories written in this age.

This is the fourth book I’ve listened to by Greg Rizzo. All have been classic stories. He does well reading these books and does not over exaggerate the words despite the intended audience is children. This is a good thing.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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Great lesson & great price.

A valuable lesson for young kids. The one's who are different are often the most beautiful. Young kids love these short stories that last just long enough to hold their interest. When they are paired with a good narrator like this one, it's a win-win situation lol.
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The story of my life!

This one goes out to all the late bloomers out there. And to all those yet to bloom. Hang in there. If this season of life seems unbearable, wait it out! Survive long enough and don’t lose heart, and you will find your tribe eventually.

Excellent story and narration.

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