Book Review: Wonder Tales selected and narrated by Elizabeth Klett

Posted November 14, 2020 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Fantasy, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Wonder Tales selected and narrated by Elizabeth KlettWonder Tales by Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, Elizabeth Klett, Hans Christian Andersen, Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, Joseph Jacobs, Oscar Wilde
Narrator: Elizabeth Klett
Published by Spoken Realms on 10-13-20
Genres: Fantasy
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-half-stars

This collection of 40 fairy tales contains well-known favorites from authors like the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Oscar Wilde, Charles Perrault, Madame de Beaumont, and Joseph Jacobs. It also collects rare gems from folk-tale traditions around the world, from Germany to China, from Scandinavia to Arabia, from Russia to Japan, and from Italy to Canada. These beautiful, frightening, funny, romantic, and whimsical stories will introduce you to princesses in peril, beastly brides and grooms, adults and children behaving badly, daring and adventurous girls, and clever and devious tricksters. These wondrous tales will be enjoyed by listeners both young and old.

Wonder Tales is one of the most complete collections of fairy tales around the world that I have seen in ages. Selected by the talented narrator Elizabeth Klett, this audiobook is a unique opportunity to listen to many popular tales and get to know not so famous ones.

They are a total of forty tales, from diverse countries like Germany, Denmark, Ireland, England, Norway, France, Italy, Japan, China, Canada, Arabia, Russia, and the Philippines.

The tales, forty in total, are organized by topic, including between six and ten tales in each category:

– Princesses in Peril
– Beastly Brides and Grooms
– Adults and Children Behaving Badly
– Daring and Adventurous girls
– Clever and Devious Tricksters

Some of the most well-known tales are by the German Brothers Grimm, and Danish Hans Christian Andersen, about subjects we have often seen in this kind of literature, like princesses, love, wealth, or beauty; but other cultures have different main topics that are even more interesting and less well known. I especially enjoyed the Japanese tales, where the main characters are usually poor but their main aspirations are not marrying rich. Regarding the most famous tales, I am glad Elizabeth Klett included the original stories, nothing like the downplayed Disney versions. I wanted to read a compilation like this one for ages, tales with cruelty and revenge in them, like they were conceived by their authors.

Elizabeth Klett does a wonderful job narrating these tales, trapping you with her sweet voice, steady rhythm, and excellent character interpretations. Each character has a distinctive voice, a unique style, and her male character’s voices sound natural. She delivers her usual smooth narration to lose oneself in. I have been an admirer of her work for years. Elizabeth Klett can make a story shine.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: four-half-stars