We are all like Scheherazade's husband, in that we want to know what happens next. - E.M. Forster
|Tales from the Arabian Nights|
Toby Stephens, English stage, television and film actor, did a wonderful job of bringing these stories to life. his voice, accent and gift of mimicry made listening to the tales such a delightful diversion. i had no difficulty identifying the characters and i never got confused with who was speaking or what action was taking place.
a word of caution though, these stories are not your typical Disney versions. in fact, i was quite surprised with how Ali Baba's servant-girl Morgiana triumphed over the thieves. although she used her wit and cunning, the methods she employed were still violent and the results were horrific.
nevertheless, i enjoyed listening to all four but the one i like best is blind Baba-Abdalla's story and if you are interested, you can read the full text online here.
*Tales from the Arabian Nights: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Other Stories is available at Naxos AudioBooks.
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