ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING F. MURRAY ABRAHAM NARRATES NEW RECORDING OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES ALONG WITH ENSEMBLE CAST
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES is the newest installment in Listening Library’s Classics series that will be available as an audiobook download on March 27, 2018, in time to celebrate International Children’s Book Day, which has been celebrated on Andersen’s birthday (April 2) every day since 1967. Brought to life by Academy Award®-winning actor F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Homeland) and a full cast of narrators, and featuring original music by Michael Bacon and original cover art by LeUyen Pham, this collection contains Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved fairy tales, in addition to a selection of lesser-known favorites.
In addition to F. Murray Abraham, a stellar cast contributes to this special new recording of timeless favorites:
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES
Read for you by F. MURRAY ABRAHAM with
and MARC THOMPSON
Music by MICHAEL BACONStories include: The Princess and the Pea; Thumbelina; The Little Mermaid; The Emperor’s New Clothes; The Steadfast Tin Soldier; The Wild Swans; The Nightingale; The Ugly Duckling; The Snow Queen; The Little Match Girl; “The Will-o’-the-Wisps are in Town,” said the Bog Witch; The Rags; The Adventures of a Thistle; Luck Can Be Found in a Stick; The Days of the Week
The audio collection features cover art by LeUyen Pham, who has illustrated more than 50 books, including Julianne Moore’s Freckleface Strawberry and Shannon and Dean Hale’s Princess in Black series. The music on the recording is by Emmy-winning composer for film and television, Michael Bacon.michaelbaconmusic.com
Unlike the Brothers Grimm, who collected and retold folklore and fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen adopted the most ancient literary forms and distilled them into a genre that was uniquely his own. His fairy tales are remarkable for their sense of fantasy, power of description, and vivid imagination. F. Murray Abraham lends his distinct voice as the narrator ofeach story, while the other 11 voices appear throughout as various characters, including Marc Thompson, beloved narrator of many bestselling Star Wars audiobooks, Euan Morton, who currently stars as King George in Hamilton, January LaVoy, known for her award-winning audiobooks from Libba Bray’s The Diviners series, and Dion Graham, 4-time Odyssey Award honoree.
As a part of our Listening Library Classics program, this new recording of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales will join our previous recordings of Grimm’s Fairy Tales read by a full cast, The Call of the Wild read by Jeff Daniels, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz read by Brooke Shields and Paul Rudd, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea read by James Frain, among others—all with original cover art by illustrators including Jerry Pinckney, Carson Ellis, Brian Floca and Noelle Stevenson.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: LeUyen Pham is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Princess in Black series with Shannon and Dean Hale andFreckleface Strawberry with Julianne Moore. She wrote and illustrated Big Sister, Little Sister, The Bear Who Wasn’t There, and is the illustrator of numerous other picture books, including The Boy Who Loved Math. She lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband and her two adorable sons.