Item description for Tales From The Arabian Nights: Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves And Other Stories by Andrew Lang...
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE STORY OF THE SECOND OLD MAN, AND OF THE TWO BLACK DOGS Gbeat prince of the genii, you must know that we are three brothersthese two black dogs and myself. Our father died, leaving us each a thousand sequins. With this sum we all three took up the same profession, and became merchants. A short time after we had opened our shops, my eldest brother, one of these two dogs, resolved to travel in foreign countries for the sake of merchandise. With this intention he sold all he had and bought merchandise suitable to the voyages he was about to make. He set out, and was away a whole year. At the end of this time a beggar came to my shop. ' Good-day,' I said. ' Good-day,' he answered; ' is it possible that you do not recognise me?' Then I looked at him closely and saw he was my brother. I made him come into my house, and asked him how he had fared in his enterprise. ' Do not question me,' he replied, ' seeing me, you see all I have. It would but renew my trouble to tell of all the misfortunes that have befallen me in a year, and have brought me to this state.' I shut up my shop, paid him every attention, taking him to the bath, and giving him my most beautiful robes. I examined my accounts, and found that I had doubled my capitalthat is, that I now possessed tvo thousand sequins. I gave my brother half, saying : ' Now, brother, you can forget your losses.' He accepted them with joy, and we lived together as we had before. Some time afterwards my second brother wished alsoto sell his business, and travel. My eldest brother and I did all we could to dissuade him, but it was of no use. He joined a caravan and set out. He came back at the end of a year in the same state as his elder brother. I took care of him, and as I had a thousand sequins to spare I gave them to him, and ...
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.28" Width: 4.25" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.31 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Nov 30, 2004
Publisher Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN 9626348275 ISBN13 9789626348277
Reviews - What do customers think about Tales From The Arabian Nights: Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves And Other Stories?
Charmed Jun 5, 2008
I had the idea it would blissful to ride to work with Toby Stephens reading stories to me. I was right. These are charming and sometimes hair-raising tales told with all the variety he can bring to his voice to mesmerize and enthrall. I have heard other books on tape where the reader falters at the woman's lines or sounds too much the same to distinguish between characters. Toby can go from growl to light-as-air with the greatest of ease. These stories have far too much violence for the smallest of children but, otherwise, offer a delicious trip to fantasy land courtesy of a master storyteller.
Decent Children's Version Nov 15, 2007
This is not a bad compilation of the classic 'Arabian Nights' tales, but be aware that it has been greatly abridged for children's eyes. This has been accomplished several ways: Some of the most raunchy stories have been left out entirely, others have been heavily edited. Somewhat irritating and baffling, however, is that several of the stories haven't been edited so much as left with huge gaps and sometimes without any kind of ending. When I read these stories as I child, I was fascinated but deeply confused at the lack of resolution in several of the stories. Having read the "adult" Arabian Nights tales since then, that confusion has been cleared up.
This is not a bad adaptation for children, but I would have preferred a more carefully edited version, rather than one with somewhat sloppy cuts that left me, even as a child, aware that something was missing.
Terrific stories for road travel with young kids Jun 8, 2007
I bought this for my two sons, ages 7 & 9. We put it in at the beginning of a 2.5 hour trip and it kept our entire family very entertained. The trip flew by.
Reddragon Mar 29, 2007
The product came quickly. It was exactly as advetised and met expectations. Thank You.
Magnificent! Dec 7, 2003
This book is awesome! I read it 3 years ago and I borrowed it again from my aunt and I'm reading it now. If anyone knows where I can get a copy of the Reader's Digest version please post. Thanks!