Thursday, July 20, 2006

Addendum to Summer Literary Listening post

The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen
narrated by Sigourney Weaver
New York, N.Y. : Lightyear 1999.
ISBN: 1879496275, 1568960549

Publisher's Summary:
A jealous and evil queen casts a dreadful spell over her 12 stepchildren - she exiles her beautiful stepdaughter, Elise, and turns her 11 stepsons in
to wild swans. Princess Elise sets out to find her brothers and release them from the spell, but finds that she must perform a nearly impossible task to carry out the rescue - create coats of mail out of sharp nettles for each of her brothers, and not speak a word the entire time. Even the love of a king - and the treachery of his adviser - must not deter her from her task. Sigourney Weaver narrates this beautiful version of one of Hans Christian Andersen's most compelling tales.

My mother, a superb storyteller, used to tell us this intricate fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. We loved the story of Elisa who, with love and determination, risked her own life and suffered greatly in order to save all of her eleven brothers. I was happy to find it in audio recording and to share it with the children. Sigourney Weaver does a fine dramatic job as narrator. (This same production seems to come also in video recording although we have not watched it.)

Six Adventures of Tintin (Unabridged)
by Herge', Full BBC Cast (Narrator)
Audio Cassette / Listening Library / March 1999
From the publisher:
Great snakes! It's young reporter-sleuth Tintin and a hilarious cast of characters, including his dog Snowy and look-alike detectives Thompson and Thomson. They romp from the Sahara to the high seas, in The Black Island, The Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham's Treasure, Destination Moon, Explorers on the Moon, and Tintin in Tibet. "Fast-changing scenes... wonderful."—AudioFile

If you are familiar with the delightful Tintin stories, you will be entertained by these BBC radio productions to no end. These are noisy, active, extremely fast paced renditions of six of Tintin's great adventures. A great way to pass those long interstate hours. Our whole family laughed heartily out loud while listening. (Note: these are not easy to find to purchase in the USA, look for them in used bookstores).

1 comment:

Nancy C. Brown said...

Our library actually has these, and we've checked them out many time, we LOVE them! The music is memorable, Captain Haddock's voice is perfect, we have taken these on many a car trip. Great suggestion.