Review of The Snow Queen

December 9, 2019 Reviews 0 ★★

Review of The Snow QueenThe Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, Julia Whelan
Published by Audible Studios on December 12, 2014
Genres: Fairytale
Format: Audiobook
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two-stars

Audible's 2014 Narrator of the Year Julia Whelan performs one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved fairy tales, The Snow Queen. This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

Supposed to be a classic, but I found the story to be rather disjointed and uninspired. The separate chapters have little connection to each other, there is little to no depth here, and as a fairytale, it doesn’t seem to really teach any moral or idea. There is some story here, but no more than a paragraph. It could simply be a product of the times, or perhaps the translation. The narration was fine though.

two-stars
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