Old Peter's Russian Tales

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(4.8 stars; 32 reviews)

Arthur Ransome is best known for his Swallows and Amazons series of children’s books. This is the only example of his fiction in the public domain. These stories are all from Russian folklore, some comparatively well-known, others less so. Ransome spent some years in Russia as a newspaper correspondent for the Daily News and the Manchester Guardian and was peripherally involved in the revolution. In the late twenties he married Evgenia Shvelpina, Trotsky's secretary, retired from newspapers and started writing his children’s books. (Summary by AJM) (7 hr 41 min)


Introduction and The Hut in the Forest 10:05 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
The Tale of the Silver Saucer and the Transparent Apple 32:13 Read by Jenny Lundak
Sadko 21:18 Read by Jenny Lundak
Frost 20:12 Read by Joan Freeman
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship 27:59 Read by Jenny Lundak
Baba Yaga 29:02 Read by Jenny Lundak
The Cat Who Became Head-Forester 25:48 Read by Ashwin Jain
Spring in the Forest 3:23 Read by Ashwin Jain
The Little Daughter of the Snow 22:35 Read by Ashwin Jain
Prince Ivan, The Witch Baby and The Little Sister of the Sun 24:48 Read by Joan Freeman
The Stolen Turnips, The Magic Tablecloth, The Sneezing Coat and The Wooden Whis… 34:49 Read by Joan Freeman
Little Master Misery 26:24 Read by Joan Freeman
A Chapter of Fish 9:29 Read by Jenny Lundak
The Golden Fish 24:13 Read by Jenny Lundak
Who Lived in the Skull 3:18 Read by Varra Unreal
Alenoushka and her Brother 17:08 Read by Ted Nugent
The Fire-Bird, The Horse of Power and The Princess Vasilissa 27:33 Read by Jenny Lundak
The Hunter and his Wife 12:05 Read by Jenny Lundak
The Three Men of Power - Evening, Midnight and Sunrise 30:57 Read by Darla
Salt 32:56 Read by Jenny Lundak
The Christening in the Village 25:41 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)


Highly recommended!

(5 stars)

I'm listening to these stories now, and Ms. Lundac (excuse if misspelled!) does a wonderful job of narrating :) I'd like to hear what other stories she has read for - it just makes listening to these old tales so much more enjoyable! Great job!

:) now listening to these beautiful stories as an adult,

(5 stars)

awesome interesting stories

(3.5 stars)

I just love it so much that I listen to it every night my favorite one is the magic tablecloth the sneezing goat and the whistle pipe