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Publisher's Summary

Here is a timeless and wonderful collection from the best sources of fairy tales: Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Antoine Galland.

Tales in this collection include: "Puss in Boots", "Rumpelstiltskin", "The Frog Prince", "Cinderella and the Glass Slipper", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Wild Swans", "Snow White and Rose Red", "The Spirit in the Bottle", "Little Red Riding Hood", "The Three Bears", "The Musicians of Bremen", "The Fisherman and his Wife", and many others sure to be familiar to children and adults alike.

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Critic Reviews

"Marguerite Gavin reads the entire collection, and her pleasant, articulate voice is welcome story after story." (School Library Journal)
"Gavin's assured, velvety voice is a good match for this adaptation of an anthology first published in 1917....Gavin's consistent, even-keeled delivery make this a good choice for bedtime and quiet time, for listeners both young and older." (Publishers Weekly)
"What a treat to have a compendium of the greats of folk literature from the European tradition narrated by Marguerite Gavin, who evokes memories of one's own mother reading the stories by one's bedside. Her steady, soothing voice navigates the familiar...and treasured, but less well-known, tales." (AudioFile)

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  • Roger
  • 04-05-12

Put my kids to sleep!

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I got this book to listen to with my kids in the car. They fell asleep every time I put it on. The stories are classics, but the narrator is fairly monotone, certainly not captivating.

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  • D.
  • 25-04-13

Why are there only 18 chapters?

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If there were 50 chapters, I would give it 5 stars. My kid loves it, but he gets very frustrated that he cannot jump right to the stories he wants to hear. I will contact customer support. If they cannot fix it, I'll get a refund and find another way to get this audiobook in proper digital format.

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  • Stephanie
  • 25-12-09

good narration, easy to understand

I downloaded a few different fairy tales series for my kids to listen to in the car. This was by far the best. A lot of the other stories that I downloaded had complex language that made it hard for my kids (4 and 7) to understand. This one is free of annoying music and the narrator speaks with a clear american accent. Several of the other story collections were narrated by people with thick English accents making it hard for young American ears to understand. This is also 6 hours long which is great because it provides so many hours of entertainment and also, the adult is not forced to listen to the same stories over and over again.

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  • ALABRADY
  • 05-12-08

Very Nice

These are well done, back to back and seem to captivate my 4 and 7 year old children in the back seats while I drive. I only wish the reader would announce the end at the close of each story as there is a time of reflection on what each story meant that I think the children and I with the children could benefit from. What I've started doing, when I'm listening with the children (and not talking to my passenger or just concentrating on my driving) is to say "The end." in an announcement fashion. Sometimes I stop the recording at this point to ask what lesson did each child learn, starting with the 4 year old. Nearly every story has a lesson and the children love to hear the stories over and over it seems. I highly recommend this collection.

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  • Abbynormal
  • 09-12-20

Terrible, boing narration.

We tell fairytales often so they are old friends. I downloaded this book to save my voice. Unfortunately the narration is dull, boring and slightly less than human. I almost wondered if it was an automated computer narration. The kid begged me to turn it off pretty quickly, even though they love the stories. “She’s boring, you tell the stories.” Rhys defeating the point. I would never buy or listen to another story narrated by this woman.

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  • CGermaine
  • 12-10-20

Great retelling of well known fairy tales

Narrator is excellent, a very good reading voice and beautiful singer. Stories told without over-acting.

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  • Paul and Courtney
  • 09-08-13

Worst Narration EVER!

Would you try another book from Adapted by Rosemary Kingston and/or Marguerite Gavin?

NO. She reads like a robot. It's like a female text-to-speech engine not a person.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

A human? Plus fairy tales need music in the back ground if the narrator isn't going to read with any emotion.

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  • Laurel
  • 24-04-12

Short and sweet

The stories in this listing are perfect length as a bedtime story. However, they are best READ by a parent, not listened to on a machine. If you lack the time or ability to read them yourself then, by all means, let this book tell the tale. The reader has a pleasant voice.
The best thing about this listen is that it reminds us of the stories we read or heard when we were small and guides us in a selection to read to our children and grandchildren. It is a fast overview of the "Jack" stories.

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  • Gayle
  • 04-06-11

Fifty Famous Fairy Tales

The narration is adequate. She doesn't change voices and lacks excitement, but she is easy to understand. The stories are definitely of the older variety -- quite a bit of violence.

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  • paula morton
  • 24-02-21

A Childhood Favorite

I had this book as a child and am enjoying re-listening to these adaptations of classic fairy tales. I like the narrator—she’s expressive without being overly dramatic. I’d much rather hear someone read a story straight, without distracting me with a children’s theater voice. For me, this narrator is perfect. If I could, I’d hire her to read all my books for me.

Besides well-known stories like Red Riding Hood, this book contains some wonderful lesser-known tales like Little One Eye, Little Two Eyes, and Little Three Eyes.

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  • Keith
  • 14-10-06

Very good with lots of original stories

At first the narrator's voice sounds a little monotone. Stick with it though and you soon get used to this and really start to enjoy the great stories, of which there are so many. Best of all many of them are quite unusual, and not the sort of thing that turns up time and again in children's books. Recommended listening.

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  • Mark
  • 05-07-06

Poor. Boring voice.

Lots of stories, but read in a monotone voice.

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  • Wendy
  • 31-07-07

Dreadfully American

Could Audible please warn us if they use American voices? It is most off putting, grating and patronising.

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