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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  6,582 ratings  ·  547 reviews
This charming retelling of the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen is exquisitely complemented by Alan Marks' magical illustrations. Wrap up warmly to join Gerda on her quest to rescue Kay from the icy clutches of the wicked Snow Queen.
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Published September 10th 1979 by Viking Press (first published 1844)
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Christy
3 stars

I picked up The Snow Queen because I'm trying to fit in a few more Christmas reads and I got it free from audible. The narration was good, but the story was just okay for me. I know a lot of people love this story and read it as children... this was my first read through. It was only about an hour to listen. I liked it, but compared to my last holiday audible listen it just missed the mark for me.
Dem
3.5 Stars

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen was a beautiful story.
I listened to this one on audio while wrapping Christmas presents in front of the fire.
What great company this little book was.
Mara
Dec 14, 2014 Mara marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Well, I'm not gonna turn down an audible freebie now am I?

Their take:
The Snow Queen will be free until January 31, 2015.
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
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Shruti
Magic was magic when I was a child. Not italicised or imprisoned by quotation marks.The ‘i’ was never dotted with a heart or a star. It really was just magic. And fey were fey. Their tales were welcome but it was the same welcome that the stories of Aesop with his very ordinary and un-magical donkeys got. So, when I say this was my most beloved story when little, it is not because of the faeries . It is because in a land of damsels in distress and their distress-alleviating princes , I’d found a ...more
Adam
Disney's Frozen said it was based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. That's what piqued my interest in this classic. So, after reading this, I can say fairly that Frozen is VERY loosely based. I found elements that contribute to the world and lore in which Elsa becomes the Snow Queen, but Hans's Snow Queen is less endearing. In short, I'll place the Snow Queen / Frozen comparison in the category of good book, great movie, but each in their own right.

Regarding edition, the Kindle ebook
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David
Dec 19, 2014 David rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Clever boys and girls, icy queens, crows thinking about retirement
This Audible freebie is a nice way to hear the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. It's not a particularly thrilling fable - boys meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back - though really, it's the girl who does the getting.

The story starts with an evil hobgoblin (also referred to as a demon) who goes to magic school (why did Rowling not find a way to hook this into her mythology?) and creates a magic mirror which shows "reality" in the harshest, ugliest way possible. It is shatter
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Lyn
First published in 1844, The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson is a delightfully charming, if somewhat dated, fantasy – back when fantasies were called faerie tales.

Told in seven parts, Anderson borrows liberally from Christian themes and pre-Christian myth to create a richly complex, but simply entertaining story that children will enjoy and adults will find amusing, especially the classical, Biblical and mythic references that may be lost, unapologetically so, on a younger reader.

C.S. Lew
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Chrissie
An excellent fairy tale. Fairy tales should first scare you and then resolve happily. This fits that bill. It must be entertaining to both the adult reading the tale and the child. I admit it; I was tense, annoyed and worried ....and then happy. If the parent is bored, it is not a good fairy tale. The child will feel your own emotional response.

Hans Christian Andersen knew how to write stories for both adults and kids. I chuckled. I marveled at the author's ability to create an exciting story, e
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Jarom
I. LOVE. THIS. STORY.
Yes, this is a fairy tale that I plan to tell my children before I tuck them into bed at night. Holy cow.
This is the tale of a boy and a girl. Simple enough, right? The story hasn't even begun and you know it will be good.
It all begins with a mirror. Made by demons in the pits of Hades, this mirror takes everything good that looks into it and makes it the exact opposite. The better of a person you are, the worse it makes you look.
This mirror shatters. Shards fall to the ear
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Anna Matsuyama
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen is *again* somehow edited version just like The Snow Queen. Hans Christian Andersen by Naomi Lewis. :(
The illustrations are very beautiful and colourful. However I would recommend The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen as it's, as far I can tell, more faithful to the original tale.

Colleen Houck
It seems that Frozen was inspired by this story but I can't see much of a similarity. Really liked the determined little girl who sought after her lost playfellow. The phrase birds of a feather flock together stuck out to me and I looked it up to see if this was the first time it had appeared in literature. It wasn't. Apparently the origin of the phrase was William Turner's 1545 version of it in The Rescuing of Romish Fox: "Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together." Though th ...more
Allan
A quick listen having downloaded this free from Audible. Another example of my having no imagination for the fantastical, the fact that even as a kid, I wouldn't have been attracted to the story says a lot for what I thought of this one. But hey-it was just under an hour to listen to and was free!
Susan
Thank you Audible for a great free classic. It shows how Hans C.A. Could be a very dark at times, fairy tail writer. Great mystical short for the holiday.
Carole's Random Life
12/14/17-Free at Audible until January 31, 2015! http://www.audible.com/pd/Classics/Th...
Tim Hatfield
Wonderful story. Evil trolls make a mirror that exasorbates the hideous and evil and diminishes the good in people. They want to take it up to God and show his flaws, the mirror starts laughing out loud at this prospect and they drop it shattering it to pieces. These pieces land in the hearts and eyes of people back on earth turning them into little troll mirrors. Our boy in the story, Kai, gets a shard in his eye and in his heart and begins to be cynical and condescending where once he was char ...more
Laura V.
No pude resistirme a leer este cuento cuando vi el reto. Casi me olvidaba que lo había escrito Andersen.
Me encanta. Amo los escenarios con nieve, y este lo tiene a raudales.
Me gusta que la chica salve al chico. Que el bien venza al mal. Que la amistad sea un hilo poderoso. Que existe alguien que cree en ti con la suficiente fuerza como para recorrer medio mundo en tu busqueda.
Al final, no lo entendí. Pero lo pensé y lo repensé y creo que quiere decir que conservaron en su corazón la pureza de
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John Martindale
I wonder if the Snow Queen was a response to the Age of Reason, maybe it was even written from a Christian Fideist position. If so, though extreme, it offers a good counter-balance.

Anderson's idea of the mirror that shrunk the good to nothing and magnified the bad and how this mirror shattering into billions of pieces that got into people's eyes and heart, was genius. I liked how Gerta continued to love Kai, even when he grew cantankerous, "grown up", "rational" and rude once the glass from the
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Sophie Riggsby
I have to admit to loving Mary Engelbreit's illustrations, so imagine my joy when I discovered this volume of Hans Christian Andersen stories illustrated by Mary? You knew I would pick this up in a hearbeat.

The story follows Gerda's journey as she attempts to rescue her friend, Kay, from the clutches of the Snow Queen. One twist I enjoyed in this classic fairy tale is that every character in here is a girl except the one being rescued. Kay is a boy. I remember loving that twist when my grandmoth
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Deborah
The Snow Queen is a free download on audible.com until January 31, 2015 and it's only a couple hours long. Audible's 2014 Narrator of the Year Julia Whelan reads it lovely. I was unfamiliar with this fairy tale but I knew Frozen was loosely based on it. I never saw Frozen either! To be honest, I wanted to know the story because my favorite TV show series Once Upon A Time is currently doing a take on it. The Snow Queen was a sweet and surprising little tale.
Gitte


The Beginning: Now then, let us begin. When we are at the end of the story, we shall know more than we know now: but to begin.

I got this one for free from Audible. It’s a tradition that they give their subscribers a free story during the holidays. I love that. And I was so excited that they’d chosen a fairy tale this Christmas. I’d decided to save this one until I my vacation had started and I had no plans at all. That day was December 25.

Her breath became thicker and thicker, and took the form
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Kristi Richardson
Thanks Audible for a great Christmas present!

Hans Christian Andersen was one of my favorite authors growing up. I loved his Ugly Duckling and Little Mermaid stories. The story of the Snow Queen is another top notch tale.

We all know "Frozen" was based on this story, but only in the fact that there was a Snow Queen in it. This story is more like the old animated tale with Sandra Dee's voice as Gerda searching for her best boy friend Kai who after getting a shard of magic glass in his eye and heart
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Ambs ♥♥
I received this as a free gift from Audible.com. I accepted it because of the blurb about it being the inspiration to Disney's Frozen. I read it around the holidays because it seemed to fit with the theme - COLD.

I was somewhat disappointed because I didn't see much of a correlation between this story and the cartoon. But, I was only somewhat disappointed because this was actually a decent read (ok, listen).

I liked the darkness of the story, as I do with most original "fairy-tales". I liked the
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Sarah
I really enjoyed this story. It is nothing like the movie Frozen, it is ten times better. There is some magic, but is the power of prayer that ends up winning the day. I am so writing a story based off this tale someday.
Michelle Llewellyn
Like many other reviewers I read this in order to compare with the latest Disney movie adaptation, Frozen. I wish Disney had used more of the original "girl power" plot elements instead of just glorifying the villain and justifying the new age of non-traditional families.
Hans Christian Andersen's story is about a boy and girl and the adventures they have after accidently encountering an enchanted object that sends the girl on a quest to rescue the boy from the evil Snow Queen. She meets many in
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Another favorite of mine. Imagine your love looking at you with cold eyes, and wanting to do whatever you had to do to get him/her back. This is Gerda's journey. What a courageous girl she is.
Carol
I love fairy tales because I grew up with my dad or mom reading to me and my brother fairy tales every night before we went to bed. We were so blessed because my parents didn't have much money and my dad worked 2 jobs and my mom one part time job. But all my dad's coworkers were older with older kids and were very, very generous to give us their children's old books -- especially their fairy tales. I loved listening to our parents reading them us, but I also loved drawing them on whatever paper ...more
Petra B
After reading that the new Disney movie "Frozen" was inspired by Anderson's "The Snow Queen", I thought I would read it. It was a very different story than the movie... Matter of fact, it's not even a story about two sisters. It's a story of two friends, a boy and girl. The boy becomes "Infected" with the ice, and the girl goes off to find him when he has forgotten and left her. At the end they find themselves...well, I won't spoil the ending. You have to read it yourself. :) I would recommend r ...more
Marco
After reading this fairy tale, I understand why Disney had such an hard time to adapt it into a movie (the project was started under Walt Disney and it was placed on hold for decades before finally turning into Frozen in 2013). They pretty much had to throw away 99% of the story and keep only few salvageable bits. I really can't believe this is considered one of Andersen's most famous tales. The plot is all over the places, it contains some objectionable racist content, and quite inappropriate f ...more
Valeria
I think I was wrongly influenced by Frozen and Once Upon A Time, but this story was not what I expected. It was still good. It felt like and ole' classic fairytale, which I guess it is. It didn't blow me away though.

I liked that it was told in seven stories, but in reality it was all one big story. I'm a bit confused as to why it is called The Snow Queen, since she barely makes an appearance, and I was really hoping for some great sisterly action between The Snow Queen and her alleged sisters, b
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“I can give her no greater power than she has already, said the woman; don't you see how strong that is? How men and animals are obliged to serve her, and how well she has got through the world, barefooted as she is. She cannot receive any power from me greater than she now has, which consists in her own purity and innocence of heart. If she cannot herself obtain access to the Snow Queen, and remove the glass fragments from little Kay, we can do nothing to help her.” 138 likes
“Wiśnie były wyborne, a Gerda głodna, więc jadła, uśmiechając się z zadowoleniem, gdy staruszka złotym grzebieniem czesała jej złote włosy. Czesała je długo, w dziwnym blasku czerwonych i niebieskich szybek, a Gerda zapomniała o Kaju, babce i rodzicach, bo grzebień był zaczarowany, staruszka zaś była wróżką.” 3 likes
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