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HANS IN LUCK

By PCarson66 - Jun 18 2014
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I was very disappointed with this particular iTunes U selection. The narrarator was difficult to understand, she spoke hesitatingly, and her speech had absolutely no inflection. I quit listening after 5 minutes. I'm hoping that the other Grimm's Fairy Tales will have better narrarators. Thank you.

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4 Ratings
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HANS IN LUCK

By PCarson66 - Jun 18 2014
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I was very disappointed with this particular iTunes U selection. The narrarator was difficult to understand, she spoke hesitatingly, and her speech had absolutely no inflection. I quit listening after 5 minutes. I'm hoping that the other Grimm's Fairy Tales will have better narrarators. Thank you.
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Grimms' Fairy Tales from the Project Gutenberg EBook

Latest release on Dec 12, 2013

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Rumpelstiltskin - read by Rob Hadaway

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In order to make himself appear more important, a miller lied to a king, telling him that his daughter could spin straw into gold. The king called for the girl, shut her in a tower room with straw and a spinning wheel, and demanded that she spin the straw into gold by morning, for three nights, or be executed (other versions have the king threatening to lock her up in a dungeon forever). She had given up all hope, when an impish creature appeared in the room and spun straw into gold for her in return for her necklace, then again the following night for her ring. On the third night, when she had nothing with which to reward him, the strange creature spun straw into gold for a promise that the girl's first-born child would become his.

The king was so impressed that he married the miller's daughter, but when their first child was born, the imp returned to claim his payment: "Now give me what you promised". The queen was frightened and offered him all the wealth she had if she could keep the child. The imp refused but finally agreed to give up his claim to the child if the queen could guess his name in three days. At first she failed, but before the final night, her messenger discovered the imp's remote mountain cottage and, unseen, overheard the imp hopping about his fire and singing the name of the child.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumplestiltskin

Jan 09 2012

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Rank #2: The Elves and the Shoemaker - read by Rob Hadaway

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A poor shoemaker and his wife need money to pay the rent. He gives away the last pair of shoes he has to a needy lady. He has leather to make one more pair of shoes. Elves come in the night and make a pair of shoes which he sells for more than his asking price the next day. He uses that money to pay the rent, buy food and more shoe leather. He feeds a poor traveller. The elves come the next night and make 2 pairs of shoes with the additional leather. He gives away one pair to a needy person and sells the other pair to a referral from the first customer who is immensely satisfied. He buys leather for 3 shoes, and stays up to find the elves making the shoes. The shoemaker and wife make clothes for the elves the next day, and the elves are pleased to find clothes, and continue making shoes. They all live happily ever after.

Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elves_and_the_Shoemaker

Jan 09 2012

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Rank #3: The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet- read by Haden Smith

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Chanticleer and Partlet begin their adventure with a trip to the mountains in search of nuts. They either grew too lazy or too full to travel home on foot so they built a carriage of nutshells. While deciding how to get home a duck accused them of trespassing on her grounds. Chanticleer and the duck began to fight until the duck could no longer handle the pain and agreed to draw their carriage home for them. The adventure continues from there as they encounter different obstacles on their journey back home. Their next adventures consists of a trip to visit Mr. Korbes and the death of Partlet.

May 03 2012

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Rank #4: Jorinda and Jorindel - read by Shannon Hawks

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A shape-shifting witch (or "fairy," depending on the translation) lived alone in a dark castle in the woods. She could lure wild animals and birds to her before killing them; she transfixed anyone who would came near to where she stood, and turn innocent maidens into birds and cage them. Jorinde and Joringel, who had promised to marry each other, went for a walk in the forest. They came too near the witch's lair; she turned Jorinde into a nightingale and fixed Joringel to the ground. Once she had carried away the bird, she freed Joringel.

One night Joringel dreamed of a flower, and that it would break all the witch's spells. He sought it for nine days, found it, and carried it back to the castle. He was not frozen to the ground when he approached the castle, and it opened all the doors. He found the witch feeding the birds. She was unable to curse him, and when she tried to take one cage away, he realized it was Jorinde. He touched the witch with the flower, and her evil magic left her forever. He touched Jorinde with the flower and she became a woman again; then he transformed all the other women back.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorinde_and_Joringel

Jan 09 2012

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Rank #5: The Fox and The Horse- Read by Akosua Wiafe

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A farmer had a horse that had been an excellent faithful servant to him: but he was now grown too old to work; so the farmer would give him nothing more to eat. The farmer decided that the horse was of no use to him any longer so he told the horse to leave and only to return if he grows as strong as a lion. The horse wandered around until he met a fox with a wonderful idea to help him win over his owner. The fox tied a lion to the horse and signaled the horse to head back home. The master was in awe of the sight and allowed the horse to return home.

May 03 2012

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Rank #6: The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet Part 2- read by Haden Smith

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Chanticleer and Partlet begin their adventure with a trip to the mountains in search of nuts. They either grew too lazy or too full to travel home on foot so they built a carriage of nutshells. While deciding how to get home a duck accused them of trespassing on her grounds. Chanticleer and the duck began to fight until the duck could no longer handle the pain and agreed to draw their carriage home for them. The adventure continues from there as they encounter different obstacles on their journey back home. Their next adventures consists of a trip to visit Mr. Korbes and the death of Partlet.

May 03 2012

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Rank #7: Little Red-Cap - read by Stuart Lyle

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Little Red Cap (1812) - The famous tale of a girl who meets a wolf while bringing a basket of food to her grandmother. Included in the original story is an encounter with a second wolf not found in most modern versions.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story089.pdf

Dec 12 2013

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Rank #8: Old Sultan - read by Stuart Lyle

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Old Sultan (1812) - A peasant plans to kill his faithful old dog, Sultan, because he is no longer of any use to him. A wolf schemes to help Sultan preserve his life then expects something in return.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story108.pdf

Dec 12 2013

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Rank #9: Clever Elsie - read by Stuart Lyle

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Dec 12 2013

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Rank #10: The Pink - read by Akosua Wiafe

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The queen’s son, who has the power of wishing, is stolen by a cook; the queen, accused of letting animals kill the boy, is locked in a tower. The prince later uses his power to punish the cook and return home.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story118.pdf

Dec 05 2013

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Rank #11: The Frog Prince - read by Akosua Wiafe

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The well-known tale of a princess who promises companionship to a frog who retrieves her golden ball from a well. The princess, at her father’s command, begrudgingly fulfills her promise.

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story046.pdf

Dec 04 2013

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Rank #12: The Goose-Girl - read by Akosua Wiafe

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On her way to marry a distant Prince, a Princess is bullied by her waiting-maid and forced to change identities with her. The waiting-maid marries the prince and the princess becomes a “goose-girl.”

http://pinkmonkey.com/dl/library1/story060.pdf

Dec 04 2013

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Rank #13: Hans in luck- read by Akosua Wiafe

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Hans worked hard for seven years but wishes to return to see his poor mother. His master pays him his wages which amounts to a lump of gold the size of his head. Hans puts the gold in handkerchief and starts out on his journey jogging but soon becomes tired. He spots a rider on horse back and seeing the ease at which the horse travels he offers to exchange his lump of gold for the horse. Happy with the exchange the man gives him the horse and Hans rides off.
The horse bolts and Hans is thrown from the animal. Whereupon he meets a shepherd who convinces Hans to swap his horse for a cow. Telling Hans that a cow can provide milk, cheese and butter and is of more leisurely company. Hans takes up the offer and takes the cow and continues on with his journey only to find that the cow is dry and not producing milk as he had been told.
Disgruntled with the cow, Hans meets a butcher who he exchanges his cow for pig. Thanking the butcher for the pig Hans setting off jogging again, hopeful he has now found an ideal travel companion. Alas, Hans meets a countryman who informs him that the pig is owned by the squire and he is in danger of being caught for taking the squire's pig. Hans takes the countryman's goose in exchange for his pig, happy that it will provide a good roast and a supply of goose fat.
At the next village Hans sees a scissor-grinder and explains his story to him. The scissor-grinder offers him a grindstone for his goose arguing that a grindstone will provide a source of income. Hans happily exchanges the goose for the grindstone. He continues on his way, but is tired by the grindstone and is short of money for food.
Hans stops for a drink on the banks of a river, the grindstone falls into the deep water and is lost. Hans is happy to be rid of the heavy grindstone and being free of all troubles. He walks on to his mother's house and recounts his lucky tale.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_in_Luck

Oct 18 2012

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Rank #14: The Three Languages- read by Dwight Williams

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A count's son could learn nothing. The count sent him to find a master who could teach him something. One year, he came back saying he knew what dogs said when they barked; the next, what birds said; the third, what frogs said. Infuriated by his uselessness, his father drove him out. He was offered a night's shelter in a tower, but warned that wild dogs barked and howled there, and every night ate a man. He went and came back, saying that the dogs were there to guard a treasure until it was taken, and they had told him how to take it. The lord of the castle asked him to do it, and he came out with a chest of gold, and the lord adopted him as a son. He went to Rome. On the way, listening to frogs made him thoughtful. In Rome, the Pope had died, and they could not choose his successor, and were looking for some marvelous sign. Two doves descended on him, and they chose him as Pope — as the frogs had foretold. The doves persuaded him, and he had to sing Mass, but the doves whispered how to do it in his ear.

May 22 2012

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Rank #15: The Old Man and His Grandson- read by Josh Brook

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An old man could not eat neatly, so his son and daughter-in-law made him eat by the stove and, when he broke his bowl, bought him a cheap one. His four-year-old grandson played with wood and said that he was making a trough for his parents to eat from when they were old. After that, they let him eat at the table and did not complain about the spill.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Old_Man_and_his_Grandson

May 03 2012

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