Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

  • by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by Alan Cumming, Nigel Davenport, Andrew Sachs, Juliet Stevenson
  • 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Download eight timeless audio tales from a magical storyteller.
This enchanting collection, retold by writer and critic Naomi Lewis, contains eight of Hans Christian Andersen’s magnificent fairy tales. It includes Thumbelina, a little girl no more than a thumb-joint high, The Emperor’s New Clothes, the tale of a man who cares only for his appearance and The Little Mermaid, who longs to one day marry a human prince.
Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, in 1805. At the age of 14 he went to Copenhagen to become an actor. He failed and instead went back to school, where he was very unhappy. He published his first book, an account of a walking trip, in 1829. From then on he wrote many books, finding his true voice in his original fairy stories, which often had their basis in his life. He died in 1875.

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Not your average fairytale!

Funny, fairy tales are always thought of as sweetness and light-these aren't! I wouldn't share these with a 3 year old! Pride, greed, murder...but excellent ways to teach morals. Wonderfully told too. Thoroughly enjoyable!
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- Stephanie

Buy the CD Instead

Nothing wrong with the stories but the book is downloaded as a singe 3-hour track. Even when burned to CD the tracks don't correspond with the stories so you cant't jump to the story you want. A waste of time.
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-05-2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd