In this episode I talked about my experience with Grimms’ Fairy Tales. I wanted to showcase the range of free audiobooks available as podcasts more so than talk about Grimms’ in particular, although the tales are a nifty artifact.
PodApplaud- Grimms’ Fairy Tales
Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to get Grim with the podcast: Grimms’ Fairy Tales.
Grimms’ Fairy Tales is exactly what it sounds like, the classic Grimms’ fairy tales from nearly two centuries ago told in podcast format. I actually found two versions of this podcast, I’ll get to that in a second. Either way episodes are all different lengths for each of the stories some are less than 5 minutes long, and none are longer than 20 minutes. There are 63 episodes regardless of which of the two versions you check out.
Alright so about those two versions, both released all their episodes around the same time in 2017 and are associated with librivox, which is a free source of public domain audiobooks read by volunteers. One version has multiple readers donating their time to reading individual stories the second was read completely by Bob Neufeld. I prefer the version with Bob Neufeld which is distinguishable because the podcast art has a blue stripe that reads loyalbooks.com
Phew, that housekeeping took a minute. Bob Neufeld is a gentleman who has dedicated an enormous amount of time to reading for Librivox and has a decade of audiobook narrating experience, so you can expect a professional and enjoyable experience listening to his work on this feed. Grimms’ fairy tales are full of goblins, imps, witches, fairies, royalty, heroes, villains, and plenty of the damsels in distress trope. When it comes to the Grimms’ tales these translations are accredited to Marian Edwards who from what I can tell produced this work in 1912. So although some of the fabled violent and problematic writings have been cleaned up we are still in a bit of a early 20th century mindset at best with these tales. I’m sure there are more modern and woke retellings available online, but these tellings are quite adequate if you really want to listen to the stories with a little bit of grimy grimm remaining. The audio is great and as I said before the narration is excellent. I’m not sure what the relationship between loyalbooks and librivox is so that might be a little bit shady. Otherwise if you want to hear the origin or original stories of tales such as Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and many others this is a good place to look.
Here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I would give Grimms’ Fairy Tales a 3 out of 5, Applause. There are no ads or anything trying to capitalize on this public domain book recorded via donated time which Is something I can appreciate. You just simply get the stories no bells or whistles and nothing that might be an annoyance or barrier either. With this episode I mostly just wanted to share just how diverse podcasts can be. I find this method of listening to public domain audiobooks great since I don’t have to wait for a library queue, I can download with internet and then listen to them later when I don’t have wifi and my podcast player automatically deletes episodes when I’ve finished them. This is huge since I can listen to audiobooks such as free public domain books or independent authors through Pocketcast and not have to worry about the episodes filling up my phone. For my next listen I’ve been considering listening to Librivox’s recordings of Dante’s Inferno. If any of this sounds interesting try going to Listennotes.com and searching for Librivox, you will find all sorts of free audiobooks . So yeah The Grimms’ subject matter didn’t quite grip me, but I will be trying to find some more public domain audiobooks as podcasts in the future for sure. If you want some fairy tale inspiration then this is a very easy way to listen to Grimms’ Fairy Tales.
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