Aesop's Fables is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with his name have descended to modern times through a number of sources and continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic media.
The fables originally belonged to the oral tradition and were not collected for some three centuries after Aesop's death. By that time a variety of other stories, jokes and proverbs were being ascribed to him, although some of that material was from sources earlier than him or came from beyond the Greek cultural sphere.
The process of inclusion has continued until the present, with some of the fables unrecorded before the later Middle Ages and others arriving from outside Europe. The process is continuous and new stories are still being added to the Aesop corpus, even when they are demonstrably more recent work and sometimes from known authors.
There are many collections of Aesop's fables available, but most of these have been censored for children. Heidi Gregory's reading though, is the real deal, with all the macabre and politically incorrect details often brushed under the rug for the sake of taste. These are very old tales though for those interested in the history of them, this audiobook provides the most representation of the originals as possible.
Yes, there are quite horrible fables like "the Ethiopian and his master who tried to scrub his slave's dark skin clean with every type of wash possible", but that is really the most obviously racist fable in this collection.
As far as Aesop fables go that are read by one person, Heidi Gregory is by far the best narrator...or at least the only British one, which is the main reason I purchased this audiobook.
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Heidi Gregory does a fine job with narration of these old fables.I did not know a lot of them.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
Aesop’s fables is a classic that the entire family needs to read or listen to, and better yet, put it into practice!
The narration by Heidi Gregory was simply excellent.
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Fantastic narration for this literary classic!
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This collection is a great listen. It shows that even with all the changes that have occurred in the 2+ millennia since these were written, fundamental human nature has not changed much. These lessons written as fables as just as relevant today as they were when they were written.
A great book for all ages, each fable is only about a minute long so this can be listened to in small sections, a fable at a time, or in larger sections.
The narration is done well, the pace and tone of the delivery is easy to listen to.
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i used to read this as a kid and was able to relate myself to the fables. My favorites were as a kid "the crow and the fox" and "the dog and his bone in the bridge". As a grown up, I was able to also find guidance in the fables. I was able to relate a fable " the fisherman and the small fish" to the stock market.
Great performance by the reader too. This fables are a must for everyone. Kids and adults alike.
This is the best collection of Aesop's Fables in audiobook form I have found. These are the non-corrupted politically corrected versions of the fables.Some of the fables have the life lessons explained and attached at the end of them for the listener. I highly recommend this audiobook. Heidi Gregory does an amazing job with the narration. Her accent is pleasing to me and very relaxing to listen to as she narrates these short fables. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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I forgot all the wonderful short and precise lessons a person can learn from Aesop’s Fables. Everywhere from the tortoise and the Hare to the dog and the bone on the bridge.
Some stories are without a one line lesson, some do. So practical and still many that apply to life today.
The cleverness and ability to provide a point and done so quickly it is just amazing...and so many stories!
The narrator was absolutely perfect..loved her slight accent..perfectly done and a joy to listen to.
Worth the time to be once again reminded of the lessons to be learned and applied to life in a wonderful and entertaining way.
I will listened to this time and again and share with others!
This is an enjoyable re-telling of a series of very short tales from fable-master Aesop. Some of the tales are merely recitations, while others come with a stated moral to the story. Almost all have an obvious lesson that can be learned. The individual tales are very short, making it easy to listen for whatever length of times you have, even a five minute break.
The narration is smooth, clear, and very easy to listen to.
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Since my early school days I have always liked fables. This audiobook is one of the most comprehensive collections of fables I have found so far.
I particularly liked Heidi Gregory's way of narrating the fables. She made listening fun without sounding the least bit educational or lecturing.
If you are looking for a good collection of fables, I can definitely recommend this audiobook.
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