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Grimms' Fairy Tales

Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
By: (1785-1863; 1786-1859)

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.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 42 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 15, 2021
Subject: My favorite books.
I love the twelve dancing princesses.
Reviewer: - March 12, 2021
Subject: My favorite books.
I love the twelve dancing princesses.
Reviewer: - November 23, 2020
Subject: Entertaining
Loved listening to my old favorite fairy tales from when I was young. Author's voice is incredible.
Reviewer: - November 10, 2020
Subject: I like it!
I love audio books and this was was even better than most the narrator is awesome as well.
Reviewer: - May 30, 2020
Subject: Wow
the immortal Grimms and well read. the reader seems to have sputum in his mouth while narrating but the voice is clear at most.
Reviewer: - April 14, 2020
Subject: It keeps freezing non-stop
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
Reviewer: - April 7, 2020
Subject: Awesome!
I haven't been this entertained since 1929!
Reviewer: - March 29, 2020
Subject: good narrator
i like the narrator's voice
Reviewer: - February 11, 2020
Subject: Grimms fairytales
Beautifully narrated thank you.
Reviewer: - June 16, 2019
Subject: Wonderful narrator
I love this man’s voice. Please list all the books he narrates so I can read them.
Reviewer: - April 24, 2019
didn't like the voice of the person reading
Reviewer: - March 28, 2018
Subject: such a good narrator
i love this guys calm vocie
Reviewer: - November 21, 2017
Subject: Listening to free books
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.
Reviewer: - November 16, 2017
Would be cool if the name of the Narrator were credited Below the creator's name
Reviewer: - August 16, 2017
Subject: Narrator
he needs to read every audio book
Reviewer: - February 28, 2017
Subject: audios
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.
Reviewer: - September 10, 2016
Subject: Site
Thank you for your efforts and this wonderful resource!!
Reviewer: - April 11, 2016
Subject: Narrotor
This Man should get narrator of the century!!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: - March 21, 2016
Subject: i love his calm voice
when this guy speaks it's so calm
Reviewer: - March 10, 2016
Subject: thanks
your stories are great,mainly Grimm'e tales, thank you so much...
Reviewer: - November 18, 2015
Subject: Narrator!
Such a good narrator! I want to hear more read by him!
Reviewer: - October 22, 2015
Subject: Wonderful
It's great!!!
Reviewer: - September 18, 2015
Subject: Good Books
This books is very good exercise for studied English
Reviewer: - June 14, 2015
Subject: Amazing
Amazing stories with an amazing narrator!
Reviewer: - June 2, 2015
Subject: Incredible Narration
Amazing book with very good tales
Reviewer: - April 10, 2015
Subject: Amazing narration
Love the Stories more because of the narrator double thumbs up!
Reviewer: - January 31, 2015
Subject: good
i like this a lot
Reviewer: - September 10, 2014
Subject: Wonderful
Thank's narrator, amazing, amazing.
Reviewer: - August 1, 2014
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Reviewer: - July 23, 2014
Subject: Great!
I love this book. You're the best reader. Thank you Bob!!
Reviewer: - July 17, 2014
Subject: Wonderful!
What a great book, made even better by the narrator!
Reviewer: - June 30, 2014
Subject: Perfect to learn language!
I'm so thankful I can listen this book to learn language, reader has amazing voice, so clear :)
Reviewer: - June 27, 2014
Subject: narrator/voice
The best voice that I've ever heard in that site. It makes me remember Gandalf. Great!
Reviewer: - May 14, 2014
Subject: Good book
What a good book I will give it 5 stars.
Reviewer: - April 24, 2014
Subject: What a perfect way to fall asleep
It's like being read to by your grandad. Makes me a feel like a wee kid again. Best reader ever.
Reviewer: - March 12, 2014
Subject: best reader
In this book all thanks goes to the reader. Great job. Thank you Bob.
Reviewer: - March 5, 2014
Subject: Best
This is definately one of the best read books on this website thanks to the narrator. Thank you very much Bob.
Reviewer: - February 17, 2014
Subject: Grimm
I am truly impressed by the reader! Wonderful voice! I really love it! Thank you!
Reviewer: - November 9, 2013
The best reader ever, very clear Voice!
Reviewer: - September 17, 2013
Fantastic reading of the book.
Reviewer: - September 6, 2013
Nice reader, Great Job.
Reviewer: - July 25, 2013
Subject: Love it!
The book is amazing and the reader very clear and fun to listen to.

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