Folk Tales

Here’s an archive of old tales from around the world, read by TQ Townsend. Recordings may be freely used for non-commercial purposes.


Aschenputtel (Abridged)
The Cinderella tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. Abridged by TQ Townsend.


Aschenputtel
Full, final version of the Cinderella tale recorded by the Bothers Grimm as published in 1857. First published in Berlin in 1812 in Children’s and Household Tales.


Cendrillon (Abridged)
The most commonly known Cinderella story written by Charles Perrault. Abridged by TQ Townsend.


Cendrillon, or the Little Glass Slipper
The full version of the most well-known Cinderella story by Charles Perrault. Translated from the original French by Andrew Lang in The Blue Fairy Book


Cenerentola
An early Cinderella story first published in 1636 in the Pentamerone by the Italian writer Giambattista Basile


The Crow and The Snake
A Ukrainian folk tale about a crow who defends her home against the Snake who lives near her which seeks to destroy her children.


Rhodopis
A Cinderella story written by Strabo telling of a woman who married Pharaoh after an eagle delivered one of her slippers to him


Ye Xian
An ancient Cinderella story from China, first written down in about the year 860 in Miscellaneous Morsels from Youyang  by Duan Chengshi.