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Publisher's Summary

Nathaniel Hawthorne's sequel to A Wonder Book, masterfully grabs the imagination of children with these timeless tales of adventure based on the incomparable Greek mythological heroes' escapades.

Children will enter a world of magic and intrigue as they face ferocious beasts, clever enchantresses, and tricky gods, alongside the greatest heroes of all time. Will Theseus escape from the maze that is guarded by the awful Minotaur — half-man, half-bull? Can Jason steal the Golden Fleece from under the nose and claws of a vicious dragon? Can Odysseus outsmart the witch whose potion has turned his men into pigs? And will Cadmus rescue his sister from the bull who has kidnapped her — and who turns out to be none other than mighty Zeus himself in disguise? Find out in this enchanting retelling of the classic tales, spun by an American master.

Tanglewood Tales include:

1. The Wayside

2. The Minotaur

3. The Pygmies

4. Dragon's Teeth

5. Circe's Palace

6. The Pomegranate Seed

7. The Golden Fleece

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) is considered to be one of the greatest American authors of the nineteenth century. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, he used Puritan New England as a setting for many of his short stories, allegorical tales, and novels. The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne’s masterpiece, has never been out of print since it was first published in 1850.

Public Domain (P)2004 Alcazar Audioworks

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  • JLP
  • 14-11-18

Chapter Divisions Are Useless

The chapter divisions do not line up with the story titles.

Why would anyone do that?

I have to fast forward ahead and find them.

It makes no sense.

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  • Klee Michaelis
  • 17-11-19

Hard to find individual stories

This recording’s chapters don’t correspond to the chapters in the book in any way. A new story starts in the middle of a chapter in this recorded book.

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  • Familyof7
  • 04-09-20


I know all the stories hear just not in that way! I really liked it and I hope you do to! If you are looking for a suggestion here it is: Harry Potter