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Grimm's Fairy Stories by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Fiction, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology PDF, ePub eBook From "Dummling and the Three Feathers" Once upon a time there lived a King who had three sons; the two elder were learned and bright, but the youngest said very little and appeared somewhat foolish, so he was always known as Dummling. When the King grew old and feeble, feeling that he was nearing his end, he wished to leave the crown to one of his three sons, but could not From "Dummling and the Three Feathers" Once upon a time there lived a King who had three sons; the two elder were learned and bright, but the youngest said very little and appeared somewhat foolish, so he was always known as Dummling. When the King grew old and feeble, feeling that he was nearing his end, he wished to leave the crown to one of his three sons, but could not decide to which. He thereupon settled that they should travel, and that the one who could obtain the most splendid carpet should ascend the throne when he died. So that there could be no disagreement as to the way each one should go, the King conducted them to the courtyard of the Palace, and there blew three feathers, by turn, into the air, telling his sons to follow the course that the three feathers took. Then one of the feathers flew eastwards, another westwards, but the third went straight up towards the sky, though it only sped a short distance before falling to earth. Therefore one son traveled towards the east, and the second went to the west, both making fun of poor Dummling, who was obliged to stay where his feather had fallen. Then Dummling, sitting down and feeling rather miserable after his brothers had gone, looked about him, and noticed that near to where his feather lay was a trapdoor. On lifting this up he perceived a flight of steps, down which he went. At the bottom was another door, so he knocked upon it, and then heard a voice calling . . .

30 review for Grimm's Fairy Stories by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Fiction, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    4.5 I love Fairy Tales, and usually can't resist different lavishly illustrated versions. However, what attracted me to this copy was that is a light paper back with no illustrations and a nice selection of stories (45 of them). It made for a literal light read, in comparison to my enormous illustrated editions, which are undeniably stunning but also not practical to read outside of the house. It was fun to judge the Fairy tales on the story alone, to revisit old favourites such as Cinderella an 4.5 I love Fairy Tales, and usually can't resist different lavishly illustrated versions. However, what attracted me to this copy was that is a light paper back with no illustrations and a nice selection of stories (45 of them). It made for a literal light read, in comparison to my enormous illustrated editions, which are undeniably stunning but also not practical to read outside of the house. It was fun to judge the Fairy tales on the story alone, to revisit old favourites such as Cinderella and Briar-Rose, as well as reminding myself of some the lesser known yet just as enjoyable tales - The Valiant Little Tailor, The Lazy Spinner, The Three Army Surgeons. The oddest story in the collection may have been The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage, which is about a mouse, and bird and a sausage who all live together, dividing the chores, then the bird revolts, insists they swap chores and inadvertently causes them all to die. It is two pages long and escalated quickly!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pink

    Warning - If you read these stories too close together they get a little repetitive If you read them to very young children they will probably have nightmares Things I have learned from this collection of fairy tales- All Princesses are beautiful All step-Mothers are wicked All step-sisters are ugly Luckily Kings are unable to tell the difference between beautiful princesses and their ugly step-sisters Animals can talk Magical transformations are normal Princesses are saved by their natural goodness Wicke Warning - If you read these stories too close together they get a little repetitive If you read them to very young children they will probably have nightmares Things I have learned from this collection of fairy tales- All Princesses are beautiful All step-Mothers are wicked All step-sisters are ugly Luckily Kings are unable to tell the difference between beautiful princesses and their ugly step-sisters Animals can talk Magical transformations are normal Princesses are saved by their natural goodness Wicked people meet their downfall with an abrupt and grisly death Bonus thought - Little Red-cap is not as catchy as Little Red Riding Hood

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jo (A follower of wizards)

    As is usual with many short story collections, there were some stories I thoroughly enjoyed, and there were some I didn't like in the slightest. It's took a little longer than I'd hoped to get around to reading this, but I'm happy I finally have. It is a classic read, but there were some stories I could relate to more than others. There were some I remember being read to me as a child. To be honest though, these versions of the fairy tales are somewhat dark, and one could even go as far as calli As is usual with many short story collections, there were some stories I thoroughly enjoyed, and there were some I didn't like in the slightest. It's took a little longer than I'd hoped to get around to reading this, but I'm happy I finally have. It is a classic read, but there were some stories I could relate to more than others. There were some I remember being read to me as a child. To be honest though, these versions of the fairy tales are somewhat dark, and one could even go as far as calling them chilling. All of these stories contain some sort of message and a purpose, and I thought that it was a good deal of fun to figure those out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paula Bardell-Hedley

    Taken from the East European oral tradition, and first published in 1812, these stories were originally collated and published in Germany by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Although softened to appease Christian sensibilities of the day, this compilation still became a sort of cult horror anthology for children. Indeed, returning to these gruesome little tales as an adult, I can see that they are indeed 'grim', and make curious bedtime reading. Even allowing for the Grimm brothers sanitisation of the sto Taken from the East European oral tradition, and first published in 1812, these stories were originally collated and published in Germany by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Although softened to appease Christian sensibilities of the day, this compilation still became a sort of cult horror anthology for children. Indeed, returning to these gruesome little tales as an adult, I can see that they are indeed 'grim', and make curious bedtime reading. Even allowing for the Grimm brothers sanitisation of the stories, they remain far removed from Disney's cinematic versions of Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and all the other fluffy, uplifting animations so popular with modern movie-goers. Here, incest, cruelty, starvation, torture and violent death vie for space with the happily ever afters. (Decapitated gee-gee anyone?) Thankfully my seven-year-old self was far less squeamish, and I dwelt not at all on the many sadistic happenings, but simply enjoyed reading about talking bears, heroic giant-slayers and sharp-witted wolves in red bonnets. In short, I was a typical child reader. NB I don't wish to appear a pedant, but surely the title, Grimm's Fairy Stories, is grammatically incorrect. Shouldn't it be Grimms' Fairy Stories? I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

  5. 5 out of 5

    SheriC (PM)

    I think my only exposure to the Grimm brothers’ stories has been the Disney-fied version. I think I prefer Disney’s. Stories: 1. Hans in Luck – Hans is a fool who wouldn’t know a good bargain if it punched him in the face. 2. The Goose Girl – Trickery and ambition get you thrown naked into a barrel of nails and dragged to your death. 3. The Frog Prince – He’s the original “nice guy”. Accept help from a nasty toad and you will wind up with a Prince who feels he has the right to your time, your food I think my only exposure to the Grimm brothers’ stories has been the Disney-fied version. I think I prefer Disney’s. Stories: 1. Hans in Luck – Hans is a fool who wouldn’t know a good bargain if it punched him in the face. 2. The Goose Girl – Trickery and ambition get you thrown naked into a barrel of nails and dragged to your death. 3. The Frog Prince – He’s the original “nice guy”. Accept help from a nasty toad and you will wind up with a Prince who feels he has the right to your time, your food, and your bed 4. The Wolf and the Seven Goslings – “If you don’t do it,” cried the wolf, “I’ll eat you up!” And the miller was afraid and did as he was told. And that just shows what men are. 5. Faithful John – Abducted princess suffers Stockholm Syndrome, parents willingly decapitate their own children to save their faithful servant, wtf is this story? 6. Rapunzel – If the prince loved her so much, why didn’t he just bring a ladder to help her escape, instead of visiting every night to have sex with her in prison? 7. Hansel and Grethel – For once in these stories a girl takes action and saves herself and her brother. 8. The White Snake – A princess has fun setting impossible tasks for her suitors and killing them when they fail. Until a servant boy’s animal friends help him pass all the tasks, and he and the princess live HEA. Yay? 9. Mother Hulda – Helpful and industrious girls are rewarded. Lazy and mean-spirited girls are tarred and feathered. 10. Tom Thumb – He’s a tiny psychopath. 11. The Elves - oooookaaaayyy 12. The Robber Bridegroom – Girl keeps her head, brings justice to man who chops up and eats women. 13. The Almond Tree – Wicked woman decapitates and dismembers her stepson and feeds him to his father. All is HEA when stepmother is crushed by a millstone and the boy is resurrected by the almond tree. 14. The Six Swans – More wicked stepmothers and abducted girls “willingly” married to their captors 15. The Sleeping Beauty – Two beautiful privileged youth find each other and live HEA without a thought of the many boys with poor timing who died an agonized death impaled in the thorn hedge. This may be the best one, with the wonderful imagery of the kingdom asleep in suspended animation. 16. Snow White – Snow White is TSTL but is such a beautiful corpse that a prince marries her, and the evil queen is an incompetent murderess, but gets death by red-hot iron shoes. 17. Rumpelstiltsken – I think Rumpelstiltsken got a raw deal here. The greedy 1% stole his gold and welshed on the trade. 18. The Golden Bird – Another story where some dolt gets to own a beautiful princess as a contest prize. 19. The Golden Goose – I’d be a sourpuss too, if my father announced he’d give me away as a contest prize. Hardcover copy with the text translated from the original German and with intricately detailed illustrations. I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square A Grimm Tale:

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marvin

    Note: I am reading a kindle version of the 1922 publication of this collection titled Grimm's Fairy Stories. It is equal to 144 pages long and has 28 of the Grim Brother's tales. The Kindle version does not have the illustrations so obviously I can not comment on them. This is the first time I've actually read Grimm's fairy tales. I know a lot of them, as does everyone else, but only through the watered down Disney version, various children TV shows (Does anyone remember Shirley Temple Theater?) Note: I am reading a kindle version of the 1922 publication of this collection titled Grimm's Fairy Stories. It is equal to 144 pages long and has 28 of the Grim Brother's tales. The Kindle version does not have the illustrations so obviously I can not comment on them. This is the first time I've actually read Grimm's fairy tales. I know a lot of them, as does everyone else, but only through the watered down Disney version, various children TV shows (Does anyone remember Shirley Temple Theater?) and children story books that bowdlerized many of the endings. So I thought it would be nice to check out the originals. This 1922 book which is in the public domain and available free on Amazon for the Kindle seems to be a nice place to start; having 28 of the more known stories. There is also a Kindle version titled Grimm's Fairy Tales that has 60 tales for those who want to dig deeper. The first thing you hear is that Grimm's stories are much darker than what we are used to. Some of them are quite dark but others read like farces, like "Catherine and Frederick" or "Tom Thumb". I can''t help thinking they may have had some kind of sociopolitical ribbing in them that has mellowed through the ages. Others are dark any way you look at them. I seem to have missed out on some of the fun as a child. For instance, why did Disney leave out that delightful scene in "Cinderella" where the evil step-sisters cut off their toes so the slipper would fit? Or what about all those burnings and dismemberments. In "Little Red Cap" aka "Little Red Riding Hood", the wolf wins and has a very nice meal. Other tales are simpler and too easy. Example: In "Briar Rose" aka "Sleeping Beauty", the prince just walks in and revives the unconscious damsel. No fighting dragons or witches as in the modern versions. Here is a tip to all you princes: When rescuing a damsel, simply wait the seven or so years until the curse is over then be the first in line. It will save you a lot of trouble. But I did find these stories much more interesting than I suspected. As I've said, always go to the source. Of the lesser known tales, I especially enjoyed "Bearskin" "The Six Swans" and "Faithful John". This is a nice little sample of the Grimm Brothers' 200 plus tales.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Noelia Alonso

    Taking into account all the ratings for each individual tale, the final rating would be of 3.5 but I'm upgrading it to 4 because this edition is astonishingly beautiful. The artwork inside makes the reading experience even better. From the 27 tales this edition has, my absolute favourites are: Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs, Snow White, The Golden Goose, The Goose Girl and Puss 'n Boots. Cinderella was quite a surprise to be honest. I knew some of the gore details be Taking into account all the ratings for each individual tale, the final rating would be of 3.5 but I'm upgrading it to 4 because this edition is astonishingly beautiful. The artwork inside makes the reading experience even better. From the 27 tales this edition has, my absolute favourites are: Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs, Snow White, The Golden Goose, The Goose Girl and Puss 'n Boots. Cinderella was quite a surprise to be honest. I knew some of the gore details beforehand but my, my... those stepsisters did some nasty things :/ And Snow White was also great. It has nothing to do with the Disney movie and I was quite pleased with it (view spoiler)[especially about how Snow White woke up again. No true love's kiss! Hurray! (hide spoiler)] . The tale that disappointed me the most was Sleeping Beauty. I prefer the Disney version because the villain is scarier. I remembered watching the movie when I was a kid and being utterly terrified whenever Maleficent showed up. In the Grimm's version, there is nothing like it. It wasn't scary at all. It was all very underwhelming really. But, besides that, the whole collection is a great one to read. It also has a little introduction at the beginning of each tale to explain it a little better and sometimes compare it with other versions.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rrab... As with any short story collection, there were some I really enjoyed in here and others I wasn't so bothered about. I felt glad to have finally read this collection because it is a classic and it was interesting to see the traditional fairy stories and compare them with my previous knowledge of newer versions. The originals are a lot more gruesome and at times chilling. I'm glad I listened to this on audiobook because it made the stories more Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rrab... As with any short story collection, there were some I really enjoyed in here and others I wasn't so bothered about. I felt glad to have finally read this collection because it is a classic and it was interesting to see the traditional fairy stories and compare them with my previous knowledge of newer versions. The originals are a lot more gruesome and at times chilling. I'm glad I listened to this on audiobook because it made the stories more accessible and fun. I can highly recommend you try the audiobook version if you have tried to read these stories in the past and found them difficult to read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Makala Charles

    Finally finished reading this beautiful book! I have to say, I am completely shocked that I binge read this book the way I did. It was definitely not written to binge read lol as gorgeous as it is on the outside and as lovely as it was written on the inside, reading hundreds of fairytales back to back became extremely repetitive. I will probably never read these stories again unless I have children, which they’ll come in handy as bedtime stories! It is an amazing book to collect, however, and lo Finally finished reading this beautiful book! I have to say, I am completely shocked that I binge read this book the way I did. It was definitely not written to binge read lol as gorgeous as it is on the outside and as lovely as it was written on the inside, reading hundreds of fairytales back to back became extremely repetitive. I will probably never read these stories again unless I have children, which they’ll come in handy as bedtime stories! It is an amazing book to collect, however, and looks absolutely stunning on the bookshelf!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    Loved the narration, liked some of the stories too, though some of them weren't familiar.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    So I imagine that everyone comments on this, but first off it's worth saying that this collection of tales is a real eye-opener when set beside the Disney canon. I was aware of the major differences in some of the stories, like Cinderella with the fur slipper instead of glass and the sisters doing some fairly terrible things to themselves but I never imagined for example that Disney deleted Snow White's sister from the story altogether. In terms of writing style, most of these tales are short an So I imagine that everyone comments on this, but first off it's worth saying that this collection of tales is a real eye-opener when set beside the Disney canon. I was aware of the major differences in some of the stories, like Cinderella with the fur slipper instead of glass and the sisters doing some fairly terrible things to themselves but I never imagined for example that Disney deleted Snow White's sister from the story altogether. In terms of writing style, most of these tales are short and sharp, very little, if any space is generally given over to expanding the backgrounds of the myriad worlds that the Grimm brothers have offered fleeting insight into. There are no explanations for the existence or workings of magic, because these tales come from an age less sceptical than our own where magic worked because the author said so and no further reason was needed, and the notion of character development is seldom paid more than lip service unless an Aesop is involved about someone mending their wicked ways and benefiting from it. That said these tales are timeless and well known throughout the Western world. They also offer the source, or at least the most prominent examples, of some of the most well known story motifs out there in the fiction world. It is difficult to comment on the characterisations or the settings because there are so many presented here, but suffice it to say that very little effort is wasted on them, they are unfolded exactly as far as they need to be to allow the story to work, and no further. The Grimm brothers were also clearly not afraid of simply ending a piece in mid-air, the words and they lived happily ever after or some variation thereof finish a goodly portion of these stories, unless there is some anecdote about the fate of the villains of the piece. All in all therefore, this is a very spartan read, but still very interesting. The backgrounds and characters may not be as rich as a modern novel, but there is still something compelling about the terse and to the point narratives of these stories. Moreover it is worth the time to get to know the 'real' story behind some of the most well known children's stories out there.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This took me way too damn long to read. A WHOLE MONTH! And this book is short ugh. I think it was the language at first. While it wasn't particularly hard to read, it was very different from the language I typically see in high fantasy/sci-fi books I read. I think I was disconnected from the stories in this because some of them were so short. By the time I'd decide yeah I do like this character, their story would be over! It's kind of hard to be invested in a book when that is constantly happeni This took me way too damn long to read. A WHOLE MONTH! And this book is short ugh. I think it was the language at first. While it wasn't particularly hard to read, it was very different from the language I typically see in high fantasy/sci-fi books I read. I think I was disconnected from the stories in this because some of them were so short. By the time I'd decide yeah I do like this character, their story would be over! It's kind of hard to be invested in a book when that is constantly happening. I did like seeing the original stories where we get our fairytales from. However, there is so much ingrained misogyny that I wanted to puke. It was so frustrating because there was basically only two options for girls. The good ones married princes or kings because they were beautiful and "good". While the evil ones (and probably ugly) died horrible deaths. I'm not saying that marriage is good or bad, but don't these girls have more aspirations than to just marry??? Idk after reading Snow White, I see that story very differently now and I am not really a fan of it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Muphyn

    The edition is beautiful! Purple cloth cover, beautiful illustrations, nice thick shiny paper, just gorgeous. First time I've read the Grimm's fairy tales in English, the translations certainly seem very true to the original. It's a great selection with classics such as 'Snow White' and 'Cinderella' and lesser known ones like 'Jorinde & Joringel', 'The Golden Goose' or 'Mother Holle'. I was thrilled to discovered that two of my all time favourites, 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses' and 'Snow Wh The edition is beautiful! Purple cloth cover, beautiful illustrations, nice thick shiny paper, just gorgeous. First time I've read the Grimm's fairy tales in English, the translations certainly seem very true to the original. It's a great selection with classics such as 'Snow White' and 'Cinderella' and lesser known ones like 'Jorinde & Joringel', 'The Golden Goose' or 'Mother Holle'. I was thrilled to discovered that two of my all time favourites, 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses' and 'Snow White and Rose Red', were included. Each fairy tale is prefaced by an introduction by the editor, explaining its origin and spread in other cultures and countries. The introductions are all printed on golden paper, hard to read at times because it's so very shiny but looks just gorgeous.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abbi

    Fun read! Lots of short fairy stories to enjoy. Some classics which I was brought up with. Moral of the stories: always be kind, always share your food, wealth and home with those in need and maybe a handsome Prince or King will whisk you away and you will live happily ever after!

  15. 4 out of 5

    carol

    Good book. Loved reading these stories to my son. I love reading old fairy tales. Good read and I would recommended it to everyone.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Huxtable

    Interesting There are a few in the that I didn't recognise but mostly O could work out which ones they were and see how they'd been changed

  17. 4 out of 5

    Abdullah

    In summary: kings and princes are awesome. "Maids" are envious and evil. If you put up with enough abuse, your troubles will solve themselves magically, and you will marry a king .

  18. 4 out of 5

    Clare Holman-Hobbs

    Not bad for a free audiobook!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Toi Thomas

    This is one of those cases where you’ve heard of something for so long that you think you’ve already experienced it, but then you realize that you haven’t so you give it a try and it’s not what you expected…Does that make sense? Everyone is familiar with some aspect of the Grim Fairly Tales, but how many of us have actually read any of the original stories. A fan a fairytales for as long as I can remember, I decided it was time for me to right a great wrong I had committed against myself. I had n This is one of those cases where you’ve heard of something for so long that you think you’ve already experienced it, but then you realize that you haven’t so you give it a try and it’s not what you expected…Does that make sense? Everyone is familiar with some aspect of the Grim Fairly Tales, but how many of us have actually read any of the original stories. A fan a fairytales for as long as I can remember, I decided it was time for me to right a great wrong I had committed against myself. I had never read any of the Grim stories until recently and I was shocked, amazed, weirded out, and a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I loved these stories, they were awesome, but they were not what I think of as fairytales. I have been so brainwashed by mainstream modern thinking that I almost wouldn’t allow myself to enjoy these stories for what they truly are, brilliant. I think the main two reasons I didn’t give this book a five is: 1. that I would never actually read these to any child under the age of 10. If a nine year happened to pick these up and love them, good for them, but I’m not planting crazy dreams into the minds of any kids anytime soon…oh and fables these are not; not many good lessons to be learned here. 2. Some of the stories seemed to overlap or repeat. I know that in this day and age, everyone borrows ideas from everyone else, but I figured back then, these guys should have been able to come up with a collection of stories that didn’t all sound the same…but of course I’m exaggerating. Most of the stores were quite original, but the little bit of repetition there was, drove me crazy. I must give the brothers Grim and whoever influenced them, some French guy I can think of, a clap of praise for inspiring and influencing storytellers for centuries beyond their time. I might, just for fun, one day write my own versions of these wonderful stories. I mean, they are now permanently stained onto my brain, I might as well do something with them…Truthfully, I’d recommend this to anyone ten or over, but a mature adult mind may appreciate them better.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Griffin

    Although Grimm Brothers’ ‘Fairy Tales’ often give one a moral lesson, such as “beware of strangers bearing gifts”, they too often portray that unless a woman is young and beautiful, she is doomed to a life of woe and drudgery. These particular stories are harmful to girls’ self-esteem. To think that you don’t deserve to be rich and/or powerful unless you’re good-looking in the beginning immediately cancels out any ambition to strive for a better life, for most girls. For example, in THE GOOSE GIR Although Grimm Brothers’ ‘Fairy Tales’ often give one a moral lesson, such as “beware of strangers bearing gifts”, they too often portray that unless a woman is young and beautiful, she is doomed to a life of woe and drudgery. These particular stories are harmful to girls’ self-esteem. To think that you don’t deserve to be rich and/or powerful unless you’re good-looking in the beginning immediately cancels out any ambition to strive for a better life, for most girls. For example, in THE GOOSE GIRL, “The Prince was glad at heart when he saw her beauty.” In THE TWELVE BROTHERS, “…the King…saw the beautiful Princess…and he was so charmed with her beauty that he prayed her to become his wife.” In THE BROTHER AND SISTER, “…the King went in, and there stood a maiden more beautiful than any he had seen before…”Will you go with me to my castle, and be my wife?” Over and over this stereotype is presented within the Grimm stories. If a woman isn’t beautiful, she is most often cast as an evil step-mother or step-sister. “our step-mother beats us every day” say THE BROTHER AND SISTER. “But the wicked mother-in-law was very unhappy, and died miserably” in THE TWELVE BROTHERS, and “she was jealous because her step-daughter was pleasant and pretty, and her own daughter was ugly and hateful” in THE THREE LITTLE MEN IN THE WOOD. I would love to see a collection of the stories that do NOT contain the above mentioned. Then I would gladly read them to the children I know. Face it, people in general are plain, or even ugly, through no fault of their own. They shouldn’t be merited on their looks but on their other strengths.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Derek Bailey

    Obviously these tales are classics and this collection is certainly a lovely one. At the same time it is also interesting to think of how much better (not to mention kid-friendly) more modern takes on these stories are. I think if you enjoyed the classic Disney movies as a kid, you should definitely give this one a read since it is very interesting to see what inspired those movies. I also listened to this on audiobook which worked out really great since these are kind of meant to be told out lou Obviously these tales are classics and this collection is certainly a lovely one. At the same time it is also interesting to think of how much better (not to mention kid-friendly) more modern takes on these stories are. I think if you enjoyed the classic Disney movies as a kid, you should definitely give this one a read since it is very interesting to see what inspired those movies. I also listened to this on audiobook which worked out really great since these are kind of meant to be told out loud anyway. The audio quality was pretty good. I don't listen to a lot of books, so I don't have much to compare it to, but the track does skip at certain points and the reading is a little mechanical. It's also only $0.99 for the audio, and the eBook itself is free so you really get what you pay for here. Since this is really just a collection of stories, I was able to listen to them a couple at a time while doing chores which worked out pretty well.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    I borrowed this from the library to see the illustrations from so many different artists. There’s a great section of artists’ biographies at the end.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Silas

    This was an abridged collection of Grimm's fairy tales, and some of the stories have been changed around from the originals, but a lot of the strangeness of those stories still remains. In collection, it is easy to see a lot of similarities between the stories, and that is part of the charm of a collection like this. That, combined with versions of familiar stories that are not-so-familiar. I found the stories entertaining to listen to, though when the patterns came up, there was always a "don't This was an abridged collection of Grimm's fairy tales, and some of the stories have been changed around from the originals, but a lot of the strangeness of those stories still remains. In collection, it is easy to see a lot of similarities between the stories, and that is part of the charm of a collection like this. That, combined with versions of familiar stories that are not-so-familiar. I found the stories entertaining to listen to, though when the patterns came up, there was always a "don't go in that door!" or "why are you trusting him?" moment in most stories. I suppose that was a sign of being engaged with the stories. Overall, this was a fun time.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gerry Vert

    I always wanted to read this and compare the stories to the modern and Disney versions. These originals were much more cutthroat than the sweet fanciful Disney versions. I was particularly amused at how a lot of stories ended - like they decided the story was over and wrapped it up in 2 sentences. Very interesting read into stories told to kids long ago. I do not recommend reading this straight thru. All the stories will blur together. Read it as short stories when you need a break from anoth boo I always wanted to read this and compare the stories to the modern and Disney versions. These originals were much more cutthroat than the sweet fanciful Disney versions. I was particularly amused at how a lot of stories ended - like they decided the story was over and wrapped it up in 2 sentences. Very interesting read into stories told to kids long ago. I do not recommend reading this straight thru. All the stories will blur together. Read it as short stories when you need a break from anoth book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Serena Powell

    I'm always a fan of a good (preferably dark and gruesome) fairytale and not many can do it better than the Grimm Brothers. I really enjoyed that this edition contained both very well known fairytales (such as Cinderella and Snow White), while also including something that are lesser known. While I generally could get the morale behind each story, I will say I was perplexed by a few of them. They didn't seem to make any sense at all, but that could be due to my lack of knowledge when it comes to I'm always a fan of a good (preferably dark and gruesome) fairytale and not many can do it better than the Grimm Brothers. I really enjoyed that this edition contained both very well known fairytales (such as Cinderella and Snow White), while also including something that are lesser known. While I generally could get the morale behind each story, I will say I was perplexed by a few of them. They didn't seem to make any sense at all, but that could be due to my lack of knowledge when it comes to "Old English". Overall, their stories hold up to the test of time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This version was an interesting selection of classic Grimm's Fairy Tales with a full cast of different people reading each story, and included narrators like Jim Dale, Kathryn Kellgren, Alfred Molina, etc. They definitely picked the unedited versions, as some were pretty gross/frightening for my nearly seven year old son (but he still enjoyed them). The only thing that made me really wonder out loud was the Snow White story because how old is she supposed to be when she marries the prince? It's This version was an interesting selection of classic Grimm's Fairy Tales with a full cast of different people reading each story, and included narrators like Jim Dale, Kathryn Kellgren, Alfred Molina, etc. They definitely picked the unedited versions, as some were pretty gross/frightening for my nearly seven year old son (but he still enjoyed them). The only thing that made me really wonder out loud was the Snow White story because how old is she supposed to be when she marries the prince? It's kinda vague and sorta pervy the way they did it. Recommended for ages 9+, 4 stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wrenaria

    Finished this awhile ago, but forgot to review. Fantastic stories, fantastic art. I read a story or two from this collection at night before bed. This is, of course, the best way to read fairy tales (never all at once). This particular edition is high quality and beautiful to look at. Each story is illustrated by a different vintage artist from varying countries. A brief description on fancy gold colored page at the start of each tale provides some context or interesting information relevant to Finished this awhile ago, but forgot to review. Fantastic stories, fantastic art. I read a story or two from this collection at night before bed. This is, of course, the best way to read fairy tales (never all at once). This particular edition is high quality and beautiful to look at. Each story is illustrated by a different vintage artist from varying countries. A brief description on fancy gold colored page at the start of each tale provides some context or interesting information relevant to the story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kyleigh M

    It was a great book. It was nice to see the difference between the original stories and the Disney ones. I didn't give it a full 5 stars because some of the stories I either thought were boring or just didn't make sense because of some of the words they used. I would still recommend it but only to people that don't get bored when reading short stories or are ok with reading something that doesn't have a lot of action.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Roni

    The translation from German to English is not that great. I tried to read 3 tales and had to ask my dear German friend what the heck the words or sentences meant. She noticed that few sentences were omitted and some words were not translated into English (ie: Miau! Miau! It is German's version for cat's call = Meow! Meow!). I gave up and tossed out this book. This book came from Amazon.com for Kindle edition, but it was free, therefore the quality was not great.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    This was a good book. It's good to finally know the originals of these stories, but I'm now confused as to why anyone would ever wish for a "fairy tale romance". That just seems utterly masochistic. Snow White and the miller's daughter from Rumpelstiltskin got the ridiculously short end of a stick that had evidently been found in the privy, but most were bad enough.

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