Fairy Stories & Fairy Stories

  • by Clive Johnson
  • Narrated by Clive Johnson
  • 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fairy stories have captivated the hearts and minds of children over many centuries. With their stories of witches and fairies, enchanting castles, and beautiful princesses, they contain all the right ingredients for exciting a young mind. But as is well known, the truths that can be found within these timeless compositions are rich in meaning and metaphor.
In this innovative book, narrated by the author, seven traditional tales are beautifully retold. Appealing to children, these are also intended to inspire new meaning for adults. Combined with each classical retelling is a short story that aims to maintain the spirit and messages contained in the children's versions.
These parallel stories are specifically written for adults, set in a wide range of environments, and featuring characters who encounter a whole host of very real human challenges and dilemmas. Loan sharks and wife-beaters, compulsive gamblers and manslaughterers all feature here. But, so too, do stories of transformation and redemption, and journeys of self-discovery and unlikely friendship.
Each pair of stories is accompanied by a commentary on how they might be interpreted. The result is a collection of wonderful tales that may continue to enthrall children, whilst offering fresh levels of meaning that might be appreciated by an older audience.
Please note: The traditional tales that are included in this title (and having familiar titles) are suitable for children. Each new, parallel tale is intended for an adult audience.

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Most Helpful

new take on some classics

Where does Fairy Stories & Fairy Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

definitely in the top one percent


Who was your favorite character and why?

the little red riding hood character, the edgy erotism


Have you listened to any of Clive Johnson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

yes, I have heard clive Johnson narrate existentialism by kuczynski, and that is why I listened to this. he is more at home with this material than with pure thought


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

for the child in every man


Any additional comments?

good work

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2016
  • Publisher: Labyrinthe Press