The Arabian Nights Entertainments
- Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
- Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-02-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
The maddened king, Shahryar, then kills his wife, too. The distrustful king next decides to marry an endless succession of virgins only to execute each one the next morning before she has a chance to dishonor him. Weeks go by. Eventually, Scheherazade, the vizier's daughter, offers herself as the next bride. She is convinced she knows how to stop the slaughter. Her father reluctantly agrees to the marriage.
On the night of their marriage, Scheherazade begins to tell the king a tale, but does not end it. The king, curious about how the story ends, is thus forced to postpone her execution in order to hear the conclusion. The next night, as soon as she finishes the tale, she begins (and only begins) a new one, and the king, eager to hear the conclusion, postpones her execution once again. And so it goes on for 1,001 nights....
Listen as the fabulous tales of Alladin, Sindbad the Sailor, Ali Baba, and many others sweep you away to the Golden Age of Islam.
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By Barbara on 02-12-15
Wonderful stories read by a great storyteller
Would you consider the audio edition of The Arabian Nights Entertainments to be better than the print version?
As a child I read and loved 1001 Arabian nights. Listening to Louis Rhead I was once again transported to places like Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus, as well as China and Africa. And I loved reliving some of the great adventures such as Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves and the Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.
What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?
Louis Rhead has a wonderful voice and I was transported to places like Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus, as well as China and Africa. The Arabian Nights story includes fairy tales, fables, romances, farces, legends, and parables. It's about good versus evil and in each story there is an assumption that life is always worth living and that human endeavour, along with human weakness, is a wonderful and fascinating thing to behold.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The Arabian Nights story includes fairy tales, fables, romances, farces, legends, and parables. The one story I did not remember and loved was The Story of the Humpback.
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By D. Fearon on 21-11-13
Includes stories absent from other versions
Any additional comments?
The reading may be on the speedy side, which does mean you need to pay closer attention than normal, but you get used to it.
The good news is that the longer duration and faster reading means a greater number of stories than other versions available on audible.com (including some not present in the original Arabian Nights such as Aladdin and Ali Baba). I'm happy to deal with a swift reading in exchange for extra stories, and apart from the swiftness the reading is excellent.
My only complaint is that the translation seems to abridge things a bit more than some versions.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Marvin Brown on 21-09-16
A PLEASURE NOT TO BE HURRIED
What made the experience of listening to The Arabian Nights Entertainments the most enjoyable?
This is first Audible selection I have encountered that was narrated too fast to be understandable. I slowed it down to .75X with the app control and it was ideal! The narrator's voice was rich and and seemed an ideal fit for the material, considering the elements of magic and mystery in these classic tales.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful