The Arabian Nights : Their Best-Known Tales

Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora A. Smith

Johanna Ward (Narrator)

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11hrs 13min

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11hrs 13min

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Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Classics

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“One feels like getting lost in...[The Arabian Nights], one knows that entering that book one can forget one’s own poor human fate; one can enter a world, a world made up of of archetypal figures but also of individuals.” Jorge Luis Borges

This collection of some of the best-known and best-loved tales from The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, or The Thousand and One Nights, includes the stories of Sinbad and his voyages, Ali Baba and the cave of the forty thieves, Aladdin and his wonderful lamp, and seven more fantastic tales.

In this treasure house of the imagination, you will find golden palaces, gem-studded caves, and mythical beasts; you will unearth magic lamps, take long voyages to exotic shores, and encounter acts of deceit and revenge as well as kindness and generosity. These highly entertaining stories that have enchanted readers for centuries are narrated here in a clear and direct style that renders them fresh and exciting.

The stories included in this collection are:

“The Talking Bird, the Singing Tree, and the Golden Water” 
“The Story of the Fisherman and the Genie”
“The History of the Young King of the Black Isles”
“The Story of Gulnare of the Sea”
“The Story of Aladdin; or, The Wonderful Lamp”
“The Story of Prince Agib”
“The Story of the City of Brass”
“The Story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”
“The History of Codadad and His Brothers”
“The Story of Sinbad the Voyager”

Praise

“One feels like getting lost in...[The Arabian Nights], one knows that entering that book one can forget one’s own poor human fate; one can enter a world, a world made up of of archetypal figures but also of individuals.” Jorge Luis Borges

The Arabian Nights is more generally loved than Shakespeare…No human face or voice greets us among [this] crowd of kings and genies, sorcerers and beggarmen. Adventure, on the most naked terms, furnishes forth the entertainment and is found enough.” Robert Louis Stevenson

“The essential quality of these tales lies in their success in interweaving the unusual, the extraordinary, the marvelous, and the supernatural into the fabric of everyday life.” Husain Haddawy

“The tales themselves are masterpieces of the art of storytelling. In inventiveness and sheer entertainment value they stand supreme amoung the short stories of all time...despite the fabulous and fantastic world they portray, with its emphasis on the marvellous and the supernatural, they are a faithful mirror of the life and manners of the age which engendered them.” N. J. Dawood

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Language English
Release Day Jun 30, 2000
Release Date July 1, 2000
Release Date Machine 962409600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Classics, Literature & Fiction, Classics, Classics, Evergreen Classics, Evergreen Classics
Author Bio
Kate Douglas Wiggin

Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856–1923), an innovator in early childhood education, was the author of several well-known novels, including The Birds’ Christmas Carol and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

Nora A. Smith

Nora A. Smith (1859–1934) was an American children’s author. She and her sister, author Kate Douglas Wiggin, co-authored and co-edited a series of children’s books. She also published many serial stories and academic journal articles on early childhood education.

Narrator Bio
Johanna Ward

Johanna Ward (a.k.a. Kate Reading) is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.

Overview

This collection of some of the best-known and best-loved tales from The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, or The Thousand and One Nights, includes the stories of Sinbad and his voyages, Ali Baba and the cave of the forty thieves, Aladdin and his wonderful lamp, and seven more fantastic tales.

In this treasure house of the imagination, you will find golden palaces, gem-studded caves, and mythical beasts; you will unearth magic lamps, take long voyages to exotic shores, and encounter acts of deceit and revenge as well as kindness and generosity. These highly entertaining stories that have enchanted readers for centuries are narrated here in a clear and direct style that renders them fresh and exciting.

The stories included in this collection are:

“The Talking Bird, the Singing Tree, and the Golden Water” 
“The Story of the Fisherman and the Genie”
“The History of the Young King of the Black Isles”
“The Story of Gulnare of the Sea”
“The Story of Aladdin; or, The Wonderful Lamp”
“The Story of Prince Agib”
“The Story of the City of Brass”
“The Story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”
“The History of Codadad and His Brothers”
“The Story of Sinbad the Voyager”

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