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FAIRY TALES
by Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, et al. | Read by Clive Owen, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Conti, Simon Pegg

Well-regarded musicians and movie stars collaborate to benefit the Lenny Trusler Children's Foundation. Authors and composers, living and dead, such as Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, and Camille Saint-Saëns, are brought together in this collection of beautiful music and poetry. Standouts include Roald Dahl's modern Cinderella, who goes to a disco rather than a ball. Narrator Tom Conti's mature and commanding voice adds to the fun. Simon Pegg's witty rendering of “Silly Old Baboon,” by Spike Milligan, will have listeners chuckling to its appealing humor. Finally, the perfect bedtime story is “In the Dark,” by A.A. Milne, accompanied by Chopin's Nocturne Opus 9/2. Clive Owen's gorgeous voice slows and eventually fades out as sleep overtakes. Listeners of all ages will be entranced by this treasure. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine