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.
"This is a classic tale."
This story, like many other fables, is unusual but is not as dark as some. Although the two characters are separated for sometime by the wants of others, the two are able to reunite and live happily thanks to the perseverance of the heroin.
"Odd little tale, will appeal to children"
It is an odd little tale, however, I expect that it will appeal to children. The older the child the less it will appeal though.
"What Are Friends For"
This was a lovely free gift from Audible for the holidays so naturally I waited until it was in the mid-70s & sunny outside to listen.
It had been a long time since I had heard the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and I thought I remembered the Snow Queen being much scarier. It is amazing how a few decades will change your perception of what is truly frightening.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tale, especially as narrated by the incredible Julia Whelan. Many thanks Audible.
"Short and light..made me smile!"
Sure, its a classic!
Its a fairytale!
She was good...very sweet and believable!
The end was super sweet!
This was a quick and light listen...very magical and well read...a classic story and I quite enjoyed it!!!
"Narrator of the year?"
Was surprised that the narrator was considered by Audible "Narrator of the Year." Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was amazed that she would pronounce the Danish/German name of one of the protagonists so horribly (Kai sounds like "Ky," not "Kay"). It's a pretty common name. I was able to double-check this within a minute of googling, so it It bothers me that this is often an issue in Audible productions--I'm not sure why it isn't considered important to the narrators--or even that Audible would check on that sort of thing. Not like they have to pronounce everything perfectly--but I'd like to think Audible would care a little more! Shouldn't this be a standard?
"Couldnt get into it!"
Some of the free Christmas books Audible has offered have been interesting but this one was not one in my opinion. I guess I am too old for fables! It was torture to listen.
You could tell that some of the ideas were a little lost in translation, but it was all very charming. This is the kind of story that should be read aloud to you.
The little robber girl was hilarious, all at once sweet and bratty and dangerous.
The random stories told by each of the flowers in the old witch's garden, each a beautiful little vignette
Thanks for sharing this with everyone, Audible. The movie, Frozen, was inspired by this story but almost completely unrelated, so it was great to hear the original.
STORY (European classic) - This is a fairy tale about a little girl who is trying to rescue a dear childhood friend. As an adult, I found it pretty boring. I never got into the main character and, thus, never really cared about what she was trying to accomplish. I also got annoyed by all the characters' names being prefaced by "Little." Little Gerta went here and Little Kay did this and the Little Robber Girl did that.
Didn't care for the book, but it is written in some nice, descriptive, wintery language. There you have it, short and sweet.
PERFORMANCE - This is the first time I've listened to Julia Whelan, and she has a lovely voice. Her reading of this story gave it a very wondrous, magical flair (even though the story fell flat, IMHO). It wasn't a difficult performance, but I will look for more books narrated by this Narrator of the Year 2014.
OVERALL - I'd recommend this for young children only but thank you, Audible, for the free holiday listen!
"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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