Rabbit Ears Treasury of Tall Tales: Volume One
In the mid-eighties, Rabbit Ears pioneered audiobooks read by
celebrities for children. They produced and packaged high-quality
stories on cassettes, enhanced with original music and accompanied by
colorful picture books, allowing young readers to follow along as they
listened to master readers. This collection takes four American tall
tales and repackages them as a CD set, without picture book
accompaniment. Narrators are well matched to the stories; Keillor and
Winters are especially well practiced in the art of telling tall tales.
The musical background adds atmosphere but often overwhelms the
narration. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine– Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
The Rabbit Ears Treasury of American Tall Tales features the larger-than-life characters of America’s favorite folk
stories–read by your favorite stars and featuring original music by
some of today’s greatest artists.
Read by Nicolas Cage
Original Music by David Bromberg
Follow the escapades of America’s ultimate backwoods hero as he travels
the frontier in his trademark coonskin cap in search of adventure and
brags his way into history at the Battle of the Alamo.
Rip Van Winkle
Read by Anjelica Huston
Original Music by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
This Washington Irving classic tells the story of likeable but lazy Rip
Van Winkle, who shared a strange brew with some mysterious strangers
and fell into a deep sleep for 20 years. He discovers when he finally
wakes that things are considerably different than he remembers,
providing a cautionary tale about making the most of life.
Read by Garrison Keillor
Original Music by Mark O’Connor
Here is the touching tale of the good-natured naturalist who traveled
through the Ohio Valley in the early 1800s planting apple orchards,
making friends, and spreading goodwill. Walk the miles with this
barefoot explorer who never met an apple pie he didn’t like.
Read by Jonathan Winters
Original Music by Leo Kottke with Duck Baker
The larger-than-life lumberjack swaggers through the forests of North
America with his faithful companion, Babe the Blue Ox, by his side.
Hear about the pancake griddle that’s over an acre wide and the truly
tall tale of how the Great Lakes and Grand Canyon were created.