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Household Tales

Written by: The Brothers Grimm
Narrated by: Kelly Lintz
Length: 26 hrs and 36 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A collection of German fairy tales first published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the famous Brothers Grimm. Their most famous tales are instantly recognizeable: "Rumpelstiltskin", "Snow White", "Rapunzel", "Cinderella", "Hansel and Gretel", and "The Frog Prince." The collection is often known today as "Grimms' Fairy Tales".

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

In Household Tales actress Kelly Lintz brings a contemporary voice to the traditional fairy stories of the Brothers Grimm. Lintz's performance invokes a brilliant, tireless nanny - perhaps one with a degree in English lit - reading bedtime stories to mesmerized children. The brevity of these recordings is suitable for immature attention spans, but the language itself can be at times more suitable for adults, as it becomes apparent that frogs and dogs and sparrows spoke in a slightly more antiquated discourse in 1812 than they do today. Lintz, however, brings a fluency and exaggerated emotion to the occasionally outmoded language that easily fills in any gaps in a child's linguistic understanding.

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  • 208 Garner
  • 06-08-12

Wonderfully read, but most tales not for kids

What did you love best about Household Tales by Brothers Grimm?

The narration is great! Kelly Lintz does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life without self-conscious cleverness. A pleasure to listen to.

Would you recommend Household Tales by Brothers Grimm to your friends? Why or why not?

After my children, age 5 and 7, enjoyed a nighttime reading of Rapunzel I bought this for some after-dark story time. I knew Grimm's Tales could be dark, but many are so gruesome that I have to preview and take notes before I can listen to them with my children. Many of the stories are variations on the same theme so it often feels like you've heard the stories before. (Children lost in the woods, evil step-mothers, beautiful maiden marries wealthy king, etc.) I'm glad I've been able to offer my children a different viewpoint of the folk tales than the Disney version most have grown up with and introduce them to real literature. The re-telling of these folk tales do a suprisingly good job painting a picture in the listener's head.

What does Kelly Lintz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have maybe five "characters" in my bedtime story repertoire, many of which make my throat itch after a few pages. Lintz has, seemingly, hundreds which she transitions from one to another without skipping a beat.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. 22+ hours of folk tales. I doubt I'll ever get through them all.

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  • Pamela Robinson
  • 08-01-20

No chapter titles - multiple stories per chapter

I wish it was easier to find a specific story. Audible really should've made each story it's own chapter, and titled them. A huge oversight or just negligence. Disappointing functionality for an otherwise wonderful collection.

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  • Ibrahim G.
  • 27-05-19

Exhaustive but not easy to navigate

This appears to be an exhaustive collection of every brothers Grimm fairytale ever published with nearly 27 hours of material. In such a mammoth collection of stories, it would have made sense to have chapter by chapter navigation, but each chapter appears to be an hour long so not easy to find individual tales in this collection. Also, there is no information on what is contained in each chapter so it’s difficult to identify where individual tales are located in the collection. Narration is not very good, it’s flat, dull and lacks character and I wouldn’t want to listen to this as a stretch. Download the e-book.

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  • Beverley Hunniford
  • 22-04-19

Rubbish - rather have a book

Buy a book. Flat delivery from the single narrator. I understood free with trial but does not appear to be the case. Almost twice the cost of the book. Trying to work out how to cancel without costing more money to make a call.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-18

massive mixed bag of goodies

wow . I'm a bit proud that I got though all 200 + stories.
there are some very precious gems in amongst them but some strange, odd, obscure and down right inexplicable as well. there is a lot of death and the occasional very gruesome content. narration was very good once you got use to the odd choices of accents