Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2012
CD ISBN 9789626343272 $17.98 Two CDs
DD ISBN $12.00
This is a gorgeous introduction for young listeners to fine literature, a vastly different time and culture, and enchanting music. Narrator Toby Stephens is dazzling as he presents three of the best-known tales: “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” and “The Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.” He skillfully renders the text—be it stupendous description, cunning adversaries, or wide-ranging emotion—as he spins Scheherazade's stories. At times, Stephens's accent has a modern sound that should appeal to a contemporary audience. Both male and female voices are distinct and appropriate to characters’ ages and situations. Rimsky-Korsakov's stirring music adds vastly to the rich emotion generated by the exotic tales. Listeners of all ages will be enthralled. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2012]
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