The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (Unabridged Audio Book)

Artist Group: 
Performed by Julius Lester
Publisher: 
Recorded Books
Length in minutes: 
230

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ISBN: 
0788798618
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List Price: 
39.00
Rating: 
5
Publication Date: 
2001

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Short Review: 
With humor and the ease of the natural storyteller, Julius Lester reads his own delightful, contemporary retellings of 48 African American folktales featuring that trickster hero Brer Rabbit and his animal friends, who often find themselves the hapless victims of his wily ways.
Long Review: 

With humor and the ease of the natural storyteller, Julius Lester reads his own delightful contemporary retellings of 48 tales featuring Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, Brer Possum, and all the other animals who often find themselves the hapless victims of Brer Rabbit’s wily ways. Oh, Brer Rabbit gets his comeuppance once in a while, too, but it never stops him for long. Lester writes (and reads) the tales in what he calls “a modified contemporary southern black English, a combination of standard English and black English…[where] sound is as important as meaning.” Lester did not change the story lines of the folktales, but he updated them with clever, contemporary details like shopping malls and washing machines. Tales featuring the trickster hero Brer (Brother) Rabbit have long been part of the African American oral tradition. The stories were first collected and recorded by Joel Chandler Harris, who compiled them in the now controversial book The Tales of Uncle Remus – controversial because it was written in “black dialect,” and his narrator character of Uncle Remus perpetuated the stereotype of the “happy slave.” But Uncle Remus aside, Lester felt that the tales themselves “are extraordinary and should be a part of people’s lives again. They are funny, touching, horrifying, and some partake of that quality of magic found in myth.” Look for this at your local public library, or order it online directly from the publisher at www.recordedbooks.com .

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer