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This is a gem, and absolutely carried by Alison Larkin's performance. Her reading is stylised, with a particular tone of voice - and it is utterly wonderful, reminding me of being read bedtime stories as a small boy. Listening to this is warming, comforting and just as exciting as when I was young. The choice of stories is good, too - some familiar, and some I'd not come across before.
This book was given to me for free at my request (and boy, am I glad I did!) and I provided this voluntary review.
This is a wonderful collection of around twenty one fairy tales, written by the Brothers Grimm and fairy tales written by other notable names as well as some anonymous writers. The collection is made up of the original tellings of the storIes, spoken in a language that is fairly easy for a young child of ten or eleven years to understand with some brief explanation. I listened to this audio book, primarily for my sister's amusement (she's eleven) as she has become quite a fan of audio books. She likes being able to share the book with others and talk and ask questions with someone who is following it at the same pace.
Together, we listened to the early chapters, and I plan to listen to the later chapters with her soon. For both of us, some of the fairy tales were quite new- the others I had already known, but my sister knew only very small fragments of. We enjoyed the collection, it was read wonderfully, my sister loved the different voices Alison Larkin performed and she loved to imitate the voices of the villains. She never could get them quite right but, it was a good deal of fun. I can't imagine reading the original fairy tales for myself anymore, with the collections as thick and heavy as they are. I feel this audio book is a far superior alternative: more magical, less burdensome and very enjoyable!
It's also worth mentioning that I haven't always been a huge fan of fairy tales, which is partially the reason that I chose to listen to this audio book. It was the mention of the 'fiercer sex' that appealed to me, and this ties in with one of the reasons I was so opposed to fairy tales: I didn't like how the females were treated as helpless and how they were 'rescued' by princes, and their problems solved by fairies, birds or fairy godmothers. A philosophy that is terribly misleading and something that isn't true of many of the original fairy tales at all- we learn that the characters are deserving of their great rewards for all their help, be that with saving the life of the prince, something that isn't ever emphasised as much in the Disney versions most of us have grown used to, or their families, or being so charmingly clumsy and unintentionally saving the day. Therefore, this collection of stories teaches the value of hard work, persistence and dedication, and how these help you in life as opposed to sitting around waiting for a nearby fairy to help you out of whatever tiffle you've gotten yourself in.
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I simply loved listening to Fairy Tales of the Fiercer Sex, an anthology of 20 classic folk and fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm more than 200 years ago. Many of these stories have captured the imagination of millions, resulting in hundreds of adaptations, including a few Walt Disney movies. For example, the movie Frozen was based on "The Snow Queen," and "Beauty and the Beast" is perhaps the most famous Grimm Fairy Tale, which was made into a Broadway play, multiple television shows, and several movies.
That having been said, this collection is NOT of the Disney princess variety. The Grimm brothers wrote compelling stories often with imperfect characters and not so "happy ever after" endings. The one theme that connects this collection of short stories is that all of them feature independent women who are strong and adventurous. These girls and women don’t wait around for a man to rescue them, but rather they take charge and rescue themselves. "Hansel and Gretel” and "Little Red Riding Hood" come to mind.
Alison Larkin narrated this collection of fairytales and she was simply sublime. She brings an enthusiasm and zeal to her narrations that many actors lack. Alison uses differing voices for all characters, and changes up the tempo during the most exciting parts of each tale. [I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.] In conclusion, Fairy Tales of the Fiercer Sex is an excellent audiobook that any fan of classic folk and fairy tales would enjoy!
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I know a lot of these are classic fairytales, but I only knew a few of them. I loved that the classic weak female does not apply here! its about time! these are great, a little tiny bit of gore here and there, but I would think 10 years and up may get a kick out of these!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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