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” recorded by the Brothers Grimm, abridged by TQ Townsend

“Aschenputtel” – as collected by the Brothers Grimm. Full, final version as published in 1857. First published in Berlin in 1812 in Children’s and Household Tales.

“Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault (Abridged) – The most commonly known Cinderella story, abridged by TQ Townsend

“Cendrillon, or the Little Glass Slipper” by Charles Perrault, as translated 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

“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 .