The Brothers Grimm Lunch Break: The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
A few times a week, over my lunch break, I will record, edit, and publish one of the original 250 fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm and translated to English by Dr. Jack Zipes.
 

All stories read by Eric Wagoner from The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, translated by Jack Zipes (used with permission).

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A count's son has trouble learning anything of use, but he does learn how to talk to dogs, frogs, and birds. Those skills end up coming in handy for the fellow.

Direct download: Grimm-33-ThreeLanguages.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT
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A young man loses his bride by being not that bright.

Direct download: Grimm-32-CleverHans.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT
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A maiden loses her hands when her father bargained her away to the devil. The girl escapes the devil and evenually marries a king. The devil continues to cause her trouble, but she eventually lives happily ever after.

Direct download: Grimm-31-MaidenWithoutHands.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT
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A louse and a flea set up a happy home together, but things very quickly go terribly wrong one day while they are brewing beer.

Direct download: Grimm-30-LouseAndFlea.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT
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A boy is born as fortune's favorite, destined to marry the king's daughter. The king didn't care for the idea, and did what he could to prevent it. The boy ends up going to hell and back to fulfill his destiny.

Direct download: Grimm-29-DevilWithThreeGoldenHairs.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT
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A murdered man's bones sing the story of his betrayal.

Direct download: Grimm-28-SingingBone.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 11:57am EDT
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A donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster are no longer appreciated by their human owners, so they all run off to make a new life for themselves as musicians in the town of Bremen. Along the way, they encounter a band of theives.

Direct download: Grimm-27-BremenTownMusicians.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT
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A girl known for wearing her little red hat takes a basket of treats to her grandmother's house, though the woods. A big bad wolf has other plans.

Direct download: Grimm-26-LittleRedCap.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT
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In a fit of anger, a father curses his seven sons and they turn into ravens. Their younger sister travels to the end of the earth to lift the curse.

Direct download: Grimm-25-SevenRavens.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT
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A widow spoils her daughter, and makes her stepdaughter do all the work. The stepdaughter falls down a well and discovers the home of Mother Holle (who rules the weather). While their, her industriousness earns her a reward of gold. After returning home, the other daughter tries to follow in her step-sister's footsteps, but her idle nature earns her nothing but pitch.

Direct download: Grimm-24-MotherHolle.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT
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A mouse, a bird, and a sausage meet and set up house. Everything is happy until the bird gets convinced he's being taken advantage of. He tries for a different arrangement with disasterous results.

Direct download: Grimm-23-MouseBirdAndSausage.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 1:16pm EDT
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A prince travels the world, and along the way defeats a witch and a band of muderers. He uses the experience to win the hand of a princess via a riddle contest.

Direct download: Grimm-22-TheRiddle.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT
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The familiar story of a girl marrying a prince, despite her evil step-sisters doing their best to keep her down. This original version is a bit more bloody than the one you may know, however.

Direct download: Grimm-21-Cinderella.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 1:11pm EDT
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A little tailor kills seven flies with one blow, and milks the feat for all it's worth. And then some.

Direct download: Grimm-20-BraveLittleTailor.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT
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A fisherman catches a wish-granting flounder, and his wife wishes for more and more outlandish things.

Direct download: Grimm-19-FishermanAndWife.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT
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A peice of straw, a smoldering coal, and a bean escape from a poor old woman's house and head off for a foreign country. Along the way, we learn why beans to this day have a black seam.

Direct download: Grimm-18-StrawCoalAndBean.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT
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A servant secretly tastes the king's food, and is given the power to talk to animals.

Direct download: Grimm-17-WhiteSnake.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT
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A young man makes a name for himself, and is able to marry a king's beautiful daughter. An illness takes her, but a snake provides three miraculous leaves that he uses to bring her back to life. Unfortunately, she returns a changed woman, and conspires to kill her husband. His servant uses the same leaves to bring him back to life, and she meets justice.

Direct download: Grimm-16-ThreeSnakeLeaves.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT
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A poor woodcutter can afford to feed his children, so he abandons them in the forest. They find an edible house, but the witch who lives inside ensnares them and want to cook them. They escape, and live happily ever after.

Direct download: Grimm-15-HanselAndGretel.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT
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A lazy girl doesn't want to spin flax, but her mother's lie to the queen finds her in the middle of three rooms full of the stuff. Three women with odd features happen by and agree to spin the flax for her. They do, and the girl never has to spin again.

Direct download: Grimm-14-ThreeSpinners.mp3
Category:story -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT
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