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Susan G. Baird
AudioFile, April 2012

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 stupendous description, cunning adversaries, and wide-ranging emotion as he spins Scheherazade's stories. 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. © 2012 AudioFile Read complete review





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