Audible's 2014 Narrator of the Year Julia Whelan performs one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved fairy tales, The Snow Queen. This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.
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"Strange & Fascinating"
A Christmas/Winter freebie treat from Audible. Beautifully narrated by Julia Whelan. If you are like me and find fairy tales a deep and often scary labyrinth--this story won't disappoint. Seven short tales that connect in the end and captivate. Written in1844--this is a true classic which examines perception, point of view and constancy. A winner without question. Short, sweet and to the point.
always loved this story, this version gave more info on the mirror, i loved it, it was great. my grandchild also enjoyed it very much, i know we will listen to it over and over.
"not so great stories but excellent narration"
Maybe something was lost in translating these short, connected stories from their original Danish, but they are disjointed and really aren't very fun. However, the narration is excellent. I doubt this would be entertaining for children, too dark, and not very magical.
Ugh, this book was only an hour but it felt like an eternity. they claim this is the inspiration for Frozen but I'm not sure where they found that story in this one. I typically like fairy tales but this but bored the crap out of me. The narration was ok.
"I'm kinda glad Frozen wasn't this"
This story lacked any sense of cohesion Seriously, these mirror shard exist solely so this kid can have an excuse for his crappy decisions. They're not actually worked into the story's structure in any meaningful way. Same goes for the Snow Queen. She's probably the most interesting thing in the story, but her only purpose is to be an antagonist. The lack of cohesion leaves the story feeling less like a story and more like a random series of events. Plus the christian allegory/parable/undertones/whatever were heavy-handed, and annoying. I know its a children's story, and a faerie tale to boot, but I still can't help but expect more. It had some cool elements (geddit?! Er, never-mind), but feels horribly unfleshed-out. It's like the skeleton of a longer better story.
Julia Whelan did fine. Though, I don't really get why she was chosen Narrator of the year. This is the second time I've listened to her and I never found her to be anything special when compared to other good narrators. But, whatever.
"Mom's Opinion:Hated It, Child's Opinion:Hated It"
My daughter and I listen to audiobooks all of the time in the car. We had high hopes for this audiobook given that it was performed by the narrator of the year and the movie, Frozen, was loosely based on this story. We both hated the story and could not wait for it to be over (which speaks volumes considering that it is not a long recording to begin with). If the audiobook had been any longer, we would have stopped listening due to our dislike. I had to urge my daughter (any myself even) to finish since I thought the ending might salvage things. Nope.
I didn't care for the story AT ALL. It was so disjointed. There was a thread of cohesiveness with the main characters but the rest was like chaos going on around them. From the glass to the Snow Queen to the witch. It felt like such a jumble and honestly, I was expecting much more development with the Snow Queen, which did not happen. She's in the story for a very short time. If there was a rating for how we felt when it was over, it would be 4-5 stars, but ONLY because we rejoiced that we didn't have to listen to it anymore. Skip it. The narrator is fine, but the story is horrible.
"confusing, disjointed but lovingly narrated"
a story split into several (six? seven?) parts covering the relationship between a boy and a girl, from different families but who are neighbors and best friends. The boy is kidnapped by a Snow Queen; the girl embarks on a journey to find him and bring him home.
Like many original fairy tales, the story is full of sadness, darkness, warnings for children. This story also sort of doesn't make sense. To me. At all. Sorry for the incomplete phrases, but for emphasis, let me repeat: I did not get it. Since I could not logically link up the stories, nor find explanations for random plot keys like the girl's seemingly divine powers over evil, I could not really explain this book to my children.
I definitely do not recommend. Or else, whoever does get this book, please, send me a note of erudition or a link where I could education myself.
"Couldn't Finish It"
Someone who enjoys children books.
Not written it.
Lots of emotion and a calming voice.
I thought I had accidentally downloaded a children's book.
This is not seven connected stories, it is seven chapters. It was also quite the snoozer. It may be free, but it is a waste of time.
"Not for me"
This was not the book for me I did not like the narrator and it was hard to follow the story. I would return the book but was free and it will not let me.
"Classic fairytale for Xmas"
Yes, it's an easy listen and something the whole family could listen to.
Classic fairy tale suitable for the whole family. An evil mirror breaks and a small piece enters a boy's heart making him run away with the snow queen. Loving friend sets out to find him with the help of talking crows and a princess. Very festive for the time of year. The MD of Audible introduces the tale with a thank you for being a customer, but Audible search facility needs improving as I only found this free gift via a helpful person posting search tips on the Internet.
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