Reviews - What do customers think about Andersen's Fairy Tales 2CD?
Bad Recording Apr 5, 2008
The original stories are beautiful. But the performer tried to abridge them and the recording is terrible.
Great stories, nicely read, but volume way too low Nov 27, 2006
This 2CD set contains some of Andersen's best fairy tales, from Emperor's Clothes (how did the guy come up with such a fabulous satire?) to the sad Little Match Girl (it always drives me to tears). It's well read by an English voice actress. The longer stories are broken into separate tracks -- this is just very thoughtful and useful, unlike some fairy CDs that put all the stories on one single track. The producers should be lauded for this nice, common-sense feature.
Two issues: (1) Minor: the accent is British English which I love but which may annoy some American parents; (2) Major: the mastering volume was set to way too low. I turned the volume on my Cambridge Soundworks hi-fi to 85% or more and it barely sounds okay. I'm a classical music aficionado and usually I set the volume at about 40-45% even for the quietest piano or oboe solo works, so the fact I had to crank up the volume all the way to max speaks volumes about the poor mastering of the CD.
But at such a low price, this CD set is a bargain and I really love the stories. I guess I'll get a nice amplifier in the future anyway.