The Book of A Thousand Nights and a Night (Arabian Nights), Volume 01


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(4.5 stars; 61 reviews)

This is a collection of stories collected over thousands of years by various authors, translators and scholars. The are an amalgam of mythology and folk tales from the Indian sub-continent, Persia, and Arabia. No original manuscript has ever been found for the collection, but several versions date the collection's genesis to somewhere between AD 800-900. The stories are wound together under the device of a long series of cliff-hangers told by Shahrazad to her husband Shahryar, to prevent him from executing her. Many tales that have become independently famous come from the Book, among them Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and the voyages of Sinbad the Sailor. This collection comes from the first of sixteen volumes translated by Burton.


(Based on Wikipedia article) (13 hr 39 min)

Chapters

Section One 33:54 Read by Peter Yearsley
Section Two 40:42 Read by Gesine
Section Three 38:00 Read by hefyd
Section Four 32:25 Read by hefyd
Section Five 39:35 Read by hefyd
Section Six 35:03 Read by hefyd
Section Seven 35:58 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
Section Eight 34:59 Read by Ransom
Section Nine 37:37 Read by Anna Simon
Section Ten 31:19 Read by Kalynda
Section Eleven 34:28 Read by Kalynda
Section Twelve 34:10 Read by hefyd
Section Thirteen 37:47 Read by hefyd
Section Fourteen 34:29 Read by Priya, India
Section Fifteen 37:09 Read by R. S. Steinberg
Section Sixteen 34:36 Read by hefyd
Section Seventeen 30:18 Read by hefyd
Section Eighteen 34:12 Read by hefyd
Section Nineteen 34:39 Read by hefyd
Section Twenty 36:12 Read by hefyd
Section Twenty-One 33:34 Read by Melissa
Section Twenty-Two 40:40 Read by CalmDragon
Section Twenty-Three 37:54 Read by Peter Yearsley

Reviews

A Thousand + nights

(5 stars)

These stories are a treasure. Some are a little goarey but humor is well used to help. All the readers get a big thankyou from me. The whole family will enjoy this audio book. Oops! No, no, no, I mean those over ... say ... 18. I just listened again and its still a wonderfull book.

Great Book but one reader spoils it.

(4 stars)

I loved the book but one reader, Preeya from India, had such a heavy Hindi accent that I was unable to understand nearly all of her narrations. I usually enjoy some diversity in the rich accents of the many readers on Librivox, but there is a limit. When I have to strain to understand every sentence it's not fun anymore. Of course I appreciate Preeya's time and effort, as that of all the other readers, but I feel that the truth must be told. I enjoyed this book with exceeding joy. This full version is much better than those abridged and/or children's versions of 1001 nights. Thank you to all the readers.

Good book and readers

(3.5 stars)

Overall I found this to be a good book with good readers, however a few readers were somewhat distracting in regards to their even tone. But the main reason I did not fully enjoy tbis book is my lack of understanding of Islamic culture and its traxitions. This was my first exposure to both and am grateful to this book and recording for that rare pleasure in my life. Thank-you all in this endeavor.

(5 stars)

A wonderful translation read well. I do miss Burton's introduction and commentary, but not enough to lower my rating. If you think the tales are adult, you should see some of the notes.

One Thousand Nights and A Nigjt

(4 stars)

Most of the readers are very good; however some were so difficult to follow I skipped their chapters.

Very Enjoyable

(5 stars)

Listened to these stories and later narrated them to my wife. We both enjoyed them. Thank you

(5 stars)

one of the best book created. thanks a lot for sir Richard

(5 stars)

Great book, great job from the readers.