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duglis
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(9/25/07 7:42 am)


Audio Folk/Fairy Tale Collection?
Hello,
We all know the importance of the oral aspect of telling and hearing folk/fairy tales. However, I don't think I've ever seen an audio book collection (not based on a written book) of great folk/fairy tales.

Does anyone know if there are any great audio books? audio cds, etc? that collect folk/fairy tales that are read by talented readers or dramatized by a cast? I prefer European tales, but any would be fine to recommend...if there are any.

Also, I should say I'm looking for ones not geared totally to children, but to all ages.

Be well, all!

-Doug (student in a wonderful Folk Lore course taught by Niels Ingwersen at the University of Wisconsin in 1986).




Erica Carlson
Registered User
(9/25/07 6:26 pm)


Re: Audio Folk/Fairy Tale Collection?
This may not help much, but while I don't know of an especially acclaimed audio production of fairy tales, you can find a few free audio books at Project Gutenberg . Once there, looking up 'fairy tales' as title words brings up quite a selection to look through, and some have audio.

Since such a big part of storytelling revolves around the interactions of teller and listener(s), it would be interesting to see how listening to a recording of tales compares to participating in a live telling.

Writerpatrick
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(9/26/07 3:09 pm)


Fairy Tale Audio Stories
A quick Google search brought up storynory.com/category/fairy-tales/
and www.candlelightstories.co...ryBlog.htm .

I seem to recall a project mentioned some while back but I can't recall anything about it.

Edited by: Writerpatrick at: 9/26/07 3:10 pm
Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(9/26/07 4:14 pm)


Re: Fairy Tale Audio Stories
Duglis,

Your post could actually be answered in a lot of ways, so I'm going to try to hit some highlights and hopefully answer some of your questions. Most of my answers apply to recordings in the U.S. since I'm not as familiar with the European market.

First of all, one of the best audio publishers of folklore and storytelling in the U.S. is August House. For example, here's a link to their World Folklore audio page. Many of their recordings focus on the art of the storyteller and started out as audio performances, not books, although some have been published in both formats.

Also, there are numerous self-published and smaller press publications that would be found for sale online or at storytelling festivals, especially at the National Storytelling Festival coming up soon in TN in October.

Folklorists, of course, collect recordings of storytellers and their tales. Some of these recordings have now been made available in digital format online such as at the Digital Library of Appalachia.

My knowledge is based more in the Southern U.S. since that's where I grew up and now live again, but these types of repositories are available all over the country.

Heidi

duglis
Registered User
(9/27/07 7:33 pm)


thanks
Thanks so much Heidi and everyone else, for the help!


Much appreciated!

-Doug

InkGypsy
Registered User
(9/27/07 9:59 pm)


Oral tellings recorded..
While I'm also not aware of a good collection, though I grew up listening to various 78s (records) with fairy tales on them, I have to mention the amazing Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

She holds the title of la cantadora (sp?) and uses stories and storytelling (especially folk and fairy tales) in her therapy. A published author, she also has a number of recordings that include her storytelling in the oral tradition. She is a joy to listen to and I also find her stories and observations both healing and inspiring. Her retellings of fairy tales really bring them to life and their relevance to us today is immediately apparent - as I imagine the case would be with any good storyteller upholding the oral tradition. I've heard a number of storytellers but she's by far the best. While some speakers will carry you away to far off imaginary lands, Ms Estes brings the stories right into your life and they stay with you.

I particularly enjoyed these recordings:

The Creative Fire
The Red Shoes
Women Who Run With The Wolves
Warming the Stone Child

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