When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children's and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel", "Hansel and Gretel", and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style. For the very first time, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions. These narrative gems, are newly translated and brought together in one beautiful audiobook. From "The Frog King" to "The Golden Key", wondrous worlds unfold - heroes and heroines are rewarded, weaker animals triumph over the strong, and simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple after all. Esteemed fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes offers accessible translations that retain the spare description and engaging storytelling style of the originals. Indeed, this is what makes the tales from the 1812 and 1815 editions unique - they reflect diverse voices, rooted in oral traditions, that are absent from the Grimms' later, more embellished collections of tales. Zipes' introduction gives important historical context, and the book includes the Grimms' prefaces and notes. A delight to read, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm presents these peerless stories to a whole new generation of readers.
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"Once upon a time when a stepmom was only a mom..."
... and other well-known fairy-tale motifs were not yet invented, the Grimm brothers wrote down and published their first edition of household tales. Some of the stories were crueler and much less "politically correct" for its age than later editions of this well-known book.
Therefore, start listening if you dare to a sligthly different, though must interesting version of the stories we all came to love. Meet the real Cinderella, without a fairy godmother, very much like the new Dutch ballet with the same name. DIscover the material that has inspired many a Neil Gaiman story and uncover literary topoi and stock figures that gives you a better understanding of literature today.
Should you not care for any of the above and only want to hear some good stories, this remains a book not to be skipped. While some of the repetition of themes might seem boring at first, the fun starts when you compare and come to appreciate how the same story wondered in the world of people, but so often with a different cloak on. I think of the Swan Princess or was she actually a Crow Princess. Did Cinderella get her dresses from a nut or were they made by the birds? What does a story about Hansel and Gretel's own mothers' rejection of them tell us?
The book is read by Joel Richards and Cassandra Campbell. Their performance is quite good and easy to follow.
I strongly recommend the first edition of the classic tales of the brothers Grimm, translated for the first time in English. A must... if you want to live happily ever after!
"Exactly What I Wanted"
I wanted a bunch of fairy tales to listen to before bed, and that's what I got. I like the creepy and gory versions, so all the better.
It's an odd translation. Things that I'm used to hearing as rhymes don't rhyme, which is a little jarring. Also, there's a ridiculously long intro - 1:20hours - that you should just skip if all you want is to listen to fairy tales.
Aside from that, I find the original stories fascinating. Mixed in among the blood and horror I expected, there are also Christian fairy tales. They're not biblical, are written in the same style as the other stories in this collection, but with Mary, The Devil, etc.
Cassandra Campbell remains one of my favorite narrators. She does different voices, but they're not obnoxious like so many, and her narration style makes me picture a slightly wicked smile, which is perfect for this. Joel Richards is ok, though a little monotonous/robotic in this reading, and some of his diction is so sharp that it's a little distracting.
"The brutal Germanic 1812 sources, not for children"
Exceptionally well performed scholarly edition of the rare original 1812 (volume 1) and 1814 (volume 2) Grimm tales. includes a fascinating and thorough introduction that gives the history and rationale for these terse and authentic translations of uncut and un-sterlized folk tales. Subsequent Grimm editions that were edited, cut, revised, and Christianized all the way up until 1857 do not allow us to see so baldly and boldly the pagan brutality and simple morality and lack thereof in the folk traditions. Subsequent editions, for example, do not include the tale about the Children who Played at Slaughter: one boy slits the neck of his brother while the little sister catches the blood in a basin, just as they've seen done with pigs. The murderous boy goes free because he chose an apple rather than a gold coin at the "trial." If folk history and "morality" interests you, I highly recommend this edition. If you are looking for edifying moral tales for your children, after listening to the raw sources in this collection, you may lose your taste for exposing them to Grimm fairy tales at all, but certainly not to this edition. This edition is not for children, in my opinion.
"Switching narrators for stories"
One of the best things about the narration is that they switch chapter by chapter which, for this book, helps to mark the beginning and endings of the tales especially those with odd endings. This collection of stories is most definitely not the Disney versions of the tales but is the raw translation. Some of the stories are almost familiar but take a different path or end unexpectedly. It's more like the origins of the stories. Some of the tales feel very unfinished, others feel like they would only be truly understood in their own place and time. Enjoyable from a historical perspective.
"Very entertaining and filled with human bravado"
It's interesting to hear the original fairy tales and to see how they have been modified for later audiences. These are much bloodier than the versions that my mother read to me at bedtime. How man saw himself in relation to supernatural forces is interesting, as well. Even the simplest man could outsmart magical beings.
And even the poorest, most destitute man could outsmart a princess! It is most disturbing to see how daughters were given so freely as gifts to men who performed tasks for her father. Women had the role of bargaining chips. What's love got to do with it? Apparently, nothing!
I Loved it , the stories were very interesting and the
story teller kept my attention.
"Not as exciting as you might think."
I thought this was going to be a great book! The narrators sound bored half the time. Some of the tales repeat, since they stem from common stories.
"Good but repetitive"
I like the readers and enjoyed the stories but after a while they were the same story with different characters or slightly different scenarios.
"Did not finish."
Did not finish. This is probably a great book for literature majors yearning to learn the origins of the Grimm fairy tales, but to a layperson in the world of literature the tales are not very interesting. Some stories are repetitive because they are retold in different forms or with minor changes.
I liked some of the stories and others were strange. Some for adults and interesting and some for children. It's different than what I am used to in terms of fiction
"Grimm's grim stories"
Some stories were nice and innocent as fairy tales should be. However, some stories were quite shocking and very grim. I thought this was for children? I would not let my child listen to them all for sure. Some seemed to have no morals at all i.e. you do bad things and get away with it. Hmm, not a great example.
Having said that, overall it was a good entertainment and the first part was interesting.
No, the actors were both good. Not great like some other books I have listened but far better than some others.
"It's not bad."
the first parts where too long, i almost gave up.
i'm not sure.
they are ok.
if you want to listen to this just skip the first two parts so you will get to the main stories.
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