The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

  • by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Jack Zipes (translator and editor)
  • Narrated by Joel Richards, Cassandra Campbell
  • 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children's and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel", "Hansel and Gretel", and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style. For the very first time, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions. These narrative gems, are newly translated and brought together in one beautiful audiobook. From "The Frog King" to "The Golden Key", wondrous worlds unfold - heroes and heroines are rewarded, weaker animals triumph over the strong, and simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple after all. Esteemed fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes offers accessible translations that retain the spare description and engaging storytelling style of the originals. Indeed, this is what makes the tales from the 1812 and 1815 editions unique - they reflect diverse voices, rooted in oral traditions, that are absent from the Grimms' later, more embellished collections of tales. Zipes' introduction gives important historical context, and the book includes the Grimms' prefaces and notes. A delight to read, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm presents these peerless stories to a whole new generation of readers.


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Customer Reviews

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Grimm's grim stories

What did you like most about The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm?

Some stories were nice and innocent as fairy tales should be. However, some stories were quite shocking and very grim. I thought this was for children? I would not let my child listen to them all for sure. Some seemed to have no morals at all i.e. you do bad things and get away with it. Hmm, not a great example.
Having said that, overall it was a good entertainment and the first part was interesting.

Have you listened to any of Joel Richards and Cassandra Campbell ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, the actors were both good. Not great like some other books I have listened but far better than some others.

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- Customer797

It's not bad.

What disappointed you about The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm?

the first parts where too long, i almost gave up.

Who was your favorite character and why?

i'm not sure.

What three words best describe Joel Richards and Cassandra Campbell ’s performance?

they are ok.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

if you want to listen to this just skip the first two parts so you will get to the main stories.

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- nima samson sitta

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-12-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios