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Myths, Legends and Fairytale Listens

Myths, Legends and Fairytale Listens

Gather 'round to hear tales of daring adventurers, fabulous fables, and tragic love. Experience folk tales, epic stories, and divine myths in the media they were meant for: by listening to them being performed.

Playlist Tags: Book Beat genre: Fantasy topic: fairy tales topic: legends topic: mythology topic: heroes topic: heroines topic: folklore topic: adventure

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Grimm's Fairy Tales

By Brothers Grimm
Narrated by: Jim Dale, Janis Ian, Alfred Molina & Katherine Kellgren
Length: 3 hours 38 minutes

Read by a cast of award-winning narrators, this collection contains some of the most timeless and enchanting folk and fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm.

The Brothers Grimm collected the original fairy tales that Americans are most familiar with today. Lyrically translated and beautifully narrated by an all-star cast, these 21 tales are... Read more »

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The Soul of the Indian and Seven Native American Tales

By Charles Alexander Eastman
Narrated by: Scott Peterson
Length: 2 hours 18 minutes

CharlesAlexander Eastman, an educated and well-known Sioux, saw both sides of thegreat divide between Indians and whites, and he wrote eleven books attemptingto reconcile the two cultures. Although he was a convert to Christianity,Eastman never lost his sense of the wholeness and beauty of the Indian’srelation to his existence and to the natural...

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Polynesian Mythology

A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Polynesian Myths

By Bernard Hayes
Narrated by: Gareth Johnson
Length: 1 hours 11 minutes

This book is dedicated to exploring the gods and goddesses that the Polynesian people worshiped, and within the pages you will find more information about:

Background facts about the Polynesian culture, such as family, social stratification, education, fishing, gardening, religion, art, and traditionsThe intriguing legend and background story of... Read more »

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Gilgamesh Retold

By Jenny Lewis
Narrated by: Jenny Lewis & Colin Still
Length: 1 hours 46 minutes

Jenny Lewis relocates Gilgamesh to its earlier, oral roots in a Sumerian society where men and women were more equal, the reigning deity of Gilgamesh’s city, Uruk, was female (Inanna), only women were allowed to brew beer and keep taverns and women had their own language – emesal. With this shift of emphasis, Lewis captures the powerful allure...

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Anansi The Spider

By Gerald McDermott
Length: 5 minutes

Anansi, one of the great folk heroes of the world, is saved from a terrible fate by his six sons in this traditional tale from West Africa.

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The Iliad

The Fitzgerald Translation

By Homer
Narrated by: Dan Stevens
Length: 13 hours 59 minutes

Since it was first published more than forty years ago, Robert Fitzgerald's prizewinning translation of Homer's battle epic has become a classic in its own right: a standard against which all other versions of The Iliad are compared. This definitive translation of Homer's epic is timeless in its authority and always fresh in its vivid rendering...

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By Edith Hamilton
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 14 hours 34 minutes

The world-renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes.

Edith Hamilton's mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture-the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired... Read more »

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Norse Mythology

By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

Norse Mythology

“With a voice like warm milk and honey, Neil Gaiman breathes life into his stories Norse Mythology honors the tale’s past, but still has Neil’s distinctive style. Which is then enhanced by Gaiman reading the story aloud. Gaiman is able to create distinct voices for each of his characters, from the sly and cunning Loki, to the short-tempered, impatient warrior Thor. Gaiman took mythology that I already loved, created something even more enchanting. It is a collection of stories I could hear time after time and never grow tired of revisiting.”

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Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 15 hours 24 minutes


“Stephen Fry has dusted off the Greek myths. Starting with the creation and going through all the infights, back-stabbings, and just plain stupid mistakes of the Greek pantheon, he breaths new life into these tales with his characteristic wry humor and witty asides. A great added feature of the video book is that Fry himself reads it, so sit back, turn on your LibroFM-playing device, close your eyes and be prepared to be entertained while learning or relearning the ins and outs of Greek mythology.”

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Aesop’s Fables

By Aesop
Narrated by: Mary Woods
Length: 3 hours 36 minutes

Much of the richness of our language and moral education is owed to a Greek slave who was executed over two thousand years ago. Literally hundreds of metaphors, axioms, and ideas that are woven into the very fabric of Western culture—from “sour grapes” and “crying wolf” to “actions speak louder than words” and “honesty is the best policy”—all...

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The Tale of Tales

Penguin Audio Classics

By Giambattista Basile
Narrated by: Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Paul Boehmer, Mark Bramhall, Cassandra Campbell, Will Damron, Susan Denaker, Kirby Heyborne, Hillary Huber, Ann Marie Lee, John Lee & Various
Length: 18 hours 6 minutes

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, and Vincent Cassel: a rollicking, bawdy, fantastical cycle of 50 fairy tales told by 10 storytellers over 5 days
Before the Brothers Grimm, before Charles Perrault, before Hans Christian Andersen, there was Giambattista Basile, a seventeenth-century poet from... Read more »

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The Hobbit

Lord of the Rings

By J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrated by: Rob Inglis
Length: 11 hours 4 minutes

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard's band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage... Read more »

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The Princess and The Goblin and The Goblin and the Grocer

By George MacDonald and Hans Christian Andersen
Narrated by: Alison Larkin
Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

The first great fantasy novel, The Princess and the Goblin, published in 1872, had a strong influence on C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien - who have inspired many of our greatest writers of modern-day fantasy, from J K Rowling to Sarah J Maas.. It is loved by fans of fantasy fiction to this day.
Eight-year-old Princess Irene lives in a remote... Read more »

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