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.
My Thoughts :
I am not a classics person although I would, someday, like to read or listen to more of them. The Snow Queen was a free gift from Audible and wasn't a long story so I decided to give it a listen while the season fit with the story.
The Snow Queen was just like any other classic fantasy fairytale I remember hearing or reading. Strange, weird and magical. A lot of the story doesn't make complete sense to me now as an adult but I am sure as a child this tale would be wonderful and exciting. I also suppose that when this story was written it had more meaning and left the reader a little scared. Nowadays it is just an old fairytale that shows how stories have evolved and become much more intense.
Apparently this is the story that inspired the film Frozen but I didn't see much similarity at all. If anything it reminded me a little of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. However I have only read this book once and seen Frozen once. Maybe I need to revisit both again to see the way they mix with each other.
The narrator did a wonderful job of bringing the story to life and I am glad I took the time to listen to this one. It was a nice change to my reading habits and it was kind of Audible to give away such a classic and interesting story as a gift.