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Talking animals, wicked stepmothers, valiant tailors, cruel witches! Sixty-two stories that feature familiar figures like Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Rumplestiltskin, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Snow-White and Rose Red as well as lesser-known characters like The White Snake, Sweetheart Roland and Clever Elsie are contained in this volume of Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The original volume published in 1812 contained more than 85 tales and this number kept increasing till it got to the seventh edition which contained more than two hundred stories. Initially the authors meant the collection to be read not just by children, but also adults and was meant to be a compilation of folk-tales that had been passed down orally for generations. The first edition was packed with scholarly foot-notes and interesting information about the cultural connotations of each story. Later, the authors were persuaded to change the format and make it suitable for children. However, many of these stories were found by publishers to be far too gruesome for young readers. Objectionable passages and scenes of violence were removed and replaced with less fearsome ones. The scholarly foot notes were completely eliminated, making the book just a collection of fairy tales that a child might enjoy. The present collection contains some of the most famous and well loved fairy tales that generations of children have enjoyed. The universal themes of fairy tales which include the triumph of good over evil, courage, common-sense, humility, love, the downfall of pride, greed, envy and laziness all find voice in the characters of Grimms' Fairy Tales. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were two brothers born in Frankfurt in the old German kingdom of Hesse. They studied law, but were passionately interested in folklore. Jacob was also a philologist studying language. Though Wilhelm's ill-health made traveling difficult, they toured Germany and neighboring European countries in the 18th century documenting folk tales commonly recounted by word of mouth in small villages and communities. Their interest in preserving these historical examples of native wisdom and culture has made it possible for modern readers to enjoy these age old stories that were told and retold by countless grandparents to generations of grandchildren. Most of the stories retain the lyrical qualities of oral tradition and are meant to be read aloud, creating a magical world for children. This treasure trove of stories has become an essential part of the bed-time ritual of story-telling for both parents and children all over the world.
I give this a raw 1, I love fantasy books and I really wish this would work. Me and my brother Alex have tried several times! Horrible, I don't recommend
I haven't been this entertained since 1929!
i like the narrator's voice
Beautifully narrated thank you.
I love this man’s voice. Please list all the books he narrates so I can read them.
didn't like the voice of the person reading
i love this guys calm vocie
I have been unable to listen to one single book, having tried several times and with different genres.. Totally fed up. Was looking forward to listening to a good book. Won't be bothering again.
Would be cool if the name of the Narrator were credited Below the creator's name
he needs to read every audio book
OMG, thank you so much.Since my illness, I have not been able to focus reading for more than a few pages and as an avid reader I missed reading so much I would cry when I had to put the book down after reading the same page more than once. Now I can enjoy my favorite stories by the Brothers Grimms and others. All I have to do is kick back and listen. A thousand thank yous for this free program site. The storyteller sounds like someone's grandfather..I love fairy tales and I don't like when they are changed in any way.This is so original and wonderful. Some of the Brothers Grimm's stories were not for children originally. They were the same wonderful stories we love Disney puts out but changed from blood and gut to kids stories when the brothers sold most of the stories to their partner who decided to ask them to tone them down and the fairy tales for children and us were born out of those ugly original stories into dreams come true for little and big girls.
Thank you for your efforts and this wonderful resource!!
This Man should get narrator of the century!!!!!!!!!
when this guy speaks it's so calm
your stories are great,mainly Grimm'e tales, thank you so much...
The man's voice is so awesome!!! Doesn't he also narrate the story "Once On A Time" by A. A. Milne?
Such a good narrator! I want to hear more read by him!
This books is very good exercise for studied English
You can hear it at 0:23-0:25 :) He's name is Bob Lithard(?)
Also Very easy download. 5 stars to everyone who made this site possible!
Amazing stories with an amazing narrator!
Amazing book with very good tales
Love the Stories more because of the narrator double thumbs up!
i like this a lot
Does anyone know who's the narrator of this audiobook? I really like his voice!
Thank's narrator, amazing, amazing.
I loved your post.Much thanks again. beegkekcdbkk
I love this book. You're the best reader. Thank you Bob!!
What a great book, made even better by the narrator!
I'm so thankful I can listen this book to learn language, reader has amazing voice, so clear :)
The best voice that I've ever heard in that site. It makes me remember Gandalf. Great!
What a good book I will give it 5 stars.
It's like being read to by your grandad. Makes me a feel like a wee kid again. Best reader ever.
In this book all thanks goes to the reader. Great job. Thank you Bob.
This is definately one of the best read books on this website thanks to the narrator. Thank you very much Bob.
I am truly impressed by the reader! Wonderful voice! I really love it! Thank you!
The best reader ever, very clear Voice!
Fantastic reading of the book.
Nice reader, Great Job.
The book is amazing and the reader very clear and fun to listen to.