Grimms' Fairy Tales

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(4.5 stars; 450 reviews)

A classic collection of oral German folklore, brought together for posterity by the scholarly brothers Grimm in the 1800s, this epitome of fairy tales includes many of the world’s best known stories. In these dark foreboding woods, you will find: Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Lily and the Lion (better known as Beauty and the Beast), and Snow White and Rose Red, among other timeless works. These tales were later heavily revised and sanitised, but here are presented closer to their grim and beloved originals. (Summary by Marlo Dianne) (10 hr 32 min)


Golden Bird, The 15:50 Read by Chris Vee
Hans in Luck 16:29 Read by Steve Andersen
Jorinda and Jorindel 7:19 Read by Randy Phillips
Travelling Musicians, The 8:46 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Old Sultan 5:00 Read by billyuno
Straw, the Coal, and the Bean, The 2:51 Read by wedschild
Briar Rose 8:30 Read by R. Francis Smith
Dog and the Sparrow, The 7:56 Read by Betsie Bush
Twelve Dancing Princesses, The 9:51 Read by Barbara Harvey
Fisherman and his Wife, The 14:57 Read by Steve Andersen
Willow-Wren and the Bear, The 7:36 Read by vlooi
Frog Prince, The 7:24 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Cat and Mouse in Partnership, The 5:27 Read by Scott Splavec
Goose Girl, The 13:58 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet, The 12:13 Read by Chris Vee
Rapunzel 8:48 Read by Sherry Crowther
Fundevogel 5:13 Read by Scott Splavec
Valiant Little Tailor, The 18:00 Read by Mark Bradford
Hansel and Gretel 21:15 Read by Bill Stackpole
Mouse, The Bird, and The Sausage, The 4:31 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Mother Holle 9:09 Read by Gesine
Little Red-Cap 7:46 Read by R. Francis Smith
Robber Bridegroom, The 11:11 Read by Gesine
Tom Thumb 16:08 Read by Chris Vee
Rumpelstiltskin 7:45 Read by Paula Berinstein
Clever Gretel 5:52 Read by Betsie Bush
Old Man and His Grandson, The 1:40 Read by Dave
Little Peasant, The 10:50 Read by Scott Splavec
Frederick and Catherine 9:45 Read by Sam Lipten
Sweetheart Roland 11:01 Read by Gesine
Snowdrop 16:40 Read by Gesine
Pink, The 11:25 Read by Chip
Clever Elsie 7:58 Read by Chris Goringe
Miser in the Bush, The 7:49 Read by Philip Kolterman
Ashputtel 14:02 Read by Quentin
White Snake, The 8:54 Read by Quentin
Wolf and the Seven Little Kids, The 7:20 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Queen Bee, The 4:50 Read by jskinner
Elves and the Shoemaker, The 4:45 Read by Sean Randall
Juniper Tree, The 17:16 Read by Brad Bush
Turnip, The 7:34 Read by Philip Kolterman
Clever Hans 6:34 Read by Quentin
Three Languages, The 6:23 Read by Jon Ingram
Fox and The Cat, The 2:32 Read by Osmia
Four Clever Brothers, The 8:14 Read by Kristen McQuillin
Lily and The Lion 14:07 Read by Marlo Dianne
Fox and the Horse, The 3:27 Read by Philip Kolterman
Blue Light, The 10:59 Read by Peter Yearsley
Raven, The 20:14 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Golden Goose, The 10:11 Read by Sherry Crowther
Water of Life, The 18:09 Read by Jon Ingram
Twelve Huntsmen, The 7:12 Read by Peter Yearsley
King of The Golden Mountain, The 13:17 Read by Martin Clifton
Doctor Knowall 4:18 Read by Kristen McQuillin
Seven Ravens, The 7:14 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Wedding of Mrs Fox, The 4:56 Read by billyuno
Salad, The 14:39 Read by Chris Vee
Story of The Youth, The 19:40 Read by Kristen McQuillin
King Grisly-Beard 11:16 Read by Chris Vee
Iron Hans 16:27 Read by Chris Goringe
Cat-skin 12:08 Read by Betsie Bush
Snow White and Rose Red 16:22 Read by Steve Andersen
Appendix – About the Brothers Grimm 2:09 Read by Steve Andersen



(5 stars)

Nothing in this world is perfect. So definitely there are some problems. But if you are a story lover... GO FOR IT. All the stories are good for me. I would suggest if the admins would check the recordings for the sound level. A few of them are with low sound level even in full volume. Overall I LOVE LB.


(5 stars)

This book has already caused many answers in my head. I never knew that Hansel and Gretel originated from this book.

Grimm's Fairy Tales Review

(5 stars)

I grew up reading grimm's tales, so this is really nice. The readers, for the most part, are good, and the stories are some of my favorites and a lot of the classics. I enjoyed it thoroughly!


(3 stars)

The first one was cut off before the end... all and all it was a good reading but the strange creepy voice on Hans in Luck is.... creepy.

Love it

(5 stars)

Brilliant dramatic reading of traditional fairy tales. Loved the first reader, what a great voice actor and he genuinely sounded so annoyed when the fox was not listened too.

awesome !!!

(5 stars)

i love the stories and voices that read the stories . they are nice to listen to they are very interesting and the people that read them have relaxing voices that help you sleep

Reflective collection

(5 stars)

I was curious about the origins of Disney's stories and characters and that's how I came across this. The stories are a reflective read with their many moral lessons. I felt there were, perhaps, too many stories with royalty sprinkled about, but that's just the writers' style. The diversity of readers was also a refreshing course.

(1 stars)

none of the stories are complete! how odd. they just stop before the end. Don't bother, you'll just be disappointed