Grimm’s Fairy Tales
by Brothers Grimm
Narrated by: LibriVox Community
I wasn’t able to find anything on the audiobook on Goodreads, but I don’t think a summary is necessary.
We’re all familiar with the lovable stories of Disney such as Cinderella and Snow White, even the non-Disney remakes such as Hansel and Gretel. Grimm’s Fairy Tales are the root of all these stories.
While I greatly enjoyed hearing the originals of stories I’d heard when I was a child, sometimes going back to the roots is just… boring. I feel that I was supposed to enjoy these stories immensely, and it isn’t that I didn’t enjoy them, they just fell short of what I expected. First, I was under the impression that these stories would be more violent, the stories would have more of a punch. I thought they’d be more… grim.
Regardless, the stories were for the most part entertaining. I especially enjoyed listening to the stories as an audiobook. I could listen while cooking, on the bus, doing my nails, or doing the laundry. Audiobooks are really incredible. I think my favorite story was that of the bird who tricked the farmer into getting himself murdered. There were a few surprising moments, but otherwise the stories were mostly predictable.
Unfortunately there isn’t much else to say about the stories themselves. They were fairly standard bedtime tales, mostly happy endings. I will talk briefly about the voice recordings. The most obnoxious thing was the introduction all of the volunteers had to read, but other than that they were mostly good readers. One volunteer that told several stories was a bit monotone, but I remember one story that was read by a mother and son, which was by far the best storytelling. There was some diversity among the storytellers as well, which created a nice variety.
Overall, I give Grimm’s Fairy Tales a 2.5 out of 5 stars. I wish I could have given it more, but the stories didn’t quite leave me satisfied.