The Crimson Fairy Book

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(4.5 stars; 87 reviews)

The Crimson Fairy Book contains thirty-six stories collected from around the world and edited by Andrew Lang. Many tales in this book are translated, or adapted, from those told by mothers and nurses in Hungary; others are familiar to Russian nurseries; the Servians are responsible for some; a rather peculiarly fanciful set of stories are adapted from the Roumanians; others are from the Baltic shores; others from sunny Sicily; a few are from Finland, and Iceland, and Japan, and Tunis, and Portugal. No doubt many children will like to look out these places on the map, and study their mountains, rivers, soil, products, and fiscal policies, in the geography books. The peoples who tell the stories differ in colour; language, religion, and almost everything else; but they all love a nursery tale. The stories have mainly been adapted or translated by Mrs. Lang, a few by Miss Lang and Miss Blackley. (Summary from the preface) (10 hr 4 min)


00 - Preface 5:14 Read by Jenny Lundak
01 - Lovely Ilonka 10:48 Read by Jenny Lundak
02 - Lucky Luck 20:06 Read by Jenny Lundak
03 - The Hairy Man 10:52 Read by Jenny Lundak
04 - To your Good Health! 13:04 Read by Jenny Lundak
05 - The Story of the Seven Simons 33:17 Read by Jenny Lundak
06 - The Language of Beasts 7:56 Read by Tim Ferreira
07 - The Boy who could keep a Secret 18:19 Read by Tim Ferreira
08 - The Prince and the Dragon 21:40 Read by Jenny Lundak
09 - Little Wildrose 22:58 Read by Jenny Lundak
10 - Tiidu the Piper 30:21 Read by Patrick Reinhart
11 - Paperarello 16:58 Read by Patrick Reinhart
12 - The Gifts of the Magician 16:51 Read by Jenny Lundak
13 - The Strong Prince 12:44 Read by Patrick Reinhart
14 - The Treasure Seeker 34:54 Read by kelleywyskiel
15 - The Cottager and his Cat 9:33 Read by Jenny Lundak
16 - The Prince who would seek Immortality 23:03 Read by Patrick Reinhart
17 - The Stone-cutter 8:41 Read by Jenny Lundak
18 - The Gold-bearded Man 20:43 Read by Terra Mendoza
19 - Tritill, Litill, and the Birds 15:10 Read by Terra Mendoza
20 - The Three Robes 17:27 Read by sherlock85
21 - The Six Hungry Beasts 15:27 Read by Mary-Beth Blackburn
22 - How the Beggar Boy turned into Count Piro 15:31 Read by Patrick Reinhart
23 - The Rogue and the Herdsman 13:17 Read by Tim Ferreira
24 - Eisenkopf 16:07 Read by Mary-Beth Blackburn
25 - The Death of Abu Nowas and of his Wife 11:15 Read by Imagine
26 - Motikatika 6:51 Read by Tim Ferreira
27 - Niels and the Giants 22:43 Read by Patrick Reinhart
28 - Shepherd Paul 15:11 Read by Patrick Reinhart
29 - How the wicked Tanuki was punished 5:47 Read by Elli
30 - The Crab and the Monkey 6:20 Read by breezyweezy
31 - The Horse Gullfaxi and the Sword Gunnfoder 19:15 Read by Jefferson Montoya
32 - The Story of the Sham Prince, or the Ambitious Tailor 34:09 Read by Patrick Reinhart
33 - The Colony of Cats 20:25 Read by Jenny Lundak
34 - How to find out a True Friend 14:02 Read by Tim Ferreira
35 - Clever Maria 8:35 Read by Maria Therese
36 - The Magic Kettle 9:05 Read by Jenny Lundak


great stories

(5 stars)

wish there were more books


(4 stars)

I am most interested in the variety of stories. I found these to be as interesting and enjoyable as many of Lang’s Fairy collection. I recommend the entire series if you like fairytales. I found some of the readers voices pleasing and only one who over inflected and had a tone and pitch that was difficult to listen to. I thank them all for volunteering.

good and lively readers

(4 stars)

in the prince who was looking for immortality he might as well use the picture to go to the land the book is good :D good readers and stories

Not the best Fairy Book...

(3 stars)

Good narration. The stories aren't as good as the blue, red and pink collections. Roughly as good as the green one.

(4 stars)

Good book. Most of the readers were good but some not so good 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂😊😊😊✔️📖✔️👩‍🦳🧔🏻❌👩‍🦳🧔🏻

love it !!!!!!!

(5 stars)

It was great the narrator’s were good overall

I love these books

(5 stars)

Brings back childhood memories.

It's ok

(4.5 stars)

It's ok. If you have already read The Pink Fairy book than you should read this.