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The Little Mermaid

By: Hans Christian Andersen, Dina Gregory
Narrated by: Leigh-Anne Pinnock
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<i>The Little Mermaid</i>
Her scales shimmered, her brown eyes blaze with intensity...
Do you hear that? That is the sound of her five sisters, linked arm in arm...
Among them was a young prince, the most captivating person there...
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Her scales shimmered, her brown eyes blaze with intensity...
  • Do you hear that? That is the sound of her five sisters, linked arm in arm...
  • Among them was a young prince, the most captivating person there...
Leigh-Anne Pinnock

About the narrator

Leigh-Anne Pinnock is a singer songwriter known for being in the band Little Mix. Little Mix is one of world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. Leigh-Anne also had a documentary released called Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power which was awarded Documentary of the Year at the Visionary Honours Awards 2022. She was in the film Boxing Day which became the first British festive rom-com to be led by an all-black cast.

Besides music, she is also known for her activism in fighting against racism and won the Equality Award in recognition for her work towards racial equality in the UK.

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Dina Gregory

About the author

Dina Gregory is a storyteller and lyricist who hails from Devon, England. She is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford University, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her musicals, plays, songs and choral anthems have been performed internationally at venues large and small, including Hoxton Hall and Her Majesty’s Theatre.
As lyricist/librettist, her works include an all-star recording of musical My Marcello, released by Broadway Records (2021) and Words Apart, published by Choristers Guild (2020). As author, Dina has penned over twenty stories for Audible, including the short stories Gingerella and The Chocolate Tree, and the full-length Audible Original adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, featuring an acclaimed cast of actors and with music by her twin sister, Rosabella Gregory.

Summary

Immerse yourself in an Audible Original production of The Little Mermaid.

A magical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, narrated by singer-songwriter Leigh-Anne Pinnock. Produced in Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, and featuring vocals from anaiis, Kersha Bailey, Sariah Rowe and Nadine Samuels, this is The Little Mermaid like you’ve never heard it before.

Deep beneath the ocean, there is a shimmering palace. Built of coral walls and windows of clearest amber, it is the kingdom of the merpeople. And one of these mermaids you might know well: she is the youngest, and is gifted with the most beautiful voice.

Unhappy with her life as a mermaid, she dreams of living on dry land. One day, on her birthday, she ascends to the surface to find a magnificent three-masted ship drifting in calm waters. There, amongst the passengers, she meets the brown-eyed prince.

To win his affection, the little mermaid sells a piece of herself—and is faced with a monumental choice.

So put on your headphones, close your eyes and join Leigh-Anne Pinnock on a journey to the depths of the ocean.

For younger listeners, parental guidance is advised.

Now available in Dolby Atmos on Audible.

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In the popular imagination, The Little Mermaid has morphed into a happy-ever-after fairytale… thanks, perhaps, to singing crustaceans and a certain redhead! But Hans Christian Andersen devised a more sinister ending for his sea-born heroine. Never destined to marry the prince, this voiceless outsider is forsaken by a world that deems her “other.” With Leigh-Anne Pinnock narrating this adaptation, I saw an opportunity to reclaim both Andersen’s vision and the little mermaid’s voice. As a biracial writer, I’m inspired by Leigh-Anne’s advocacy. Against the odds, she vaulted to pop stardom–only to discover an industry and fanbase often hostile to women of color. Undaunted, she has used her experience to speak out against racism. Who better, then, to give voice to a mermaid who, like Leigh-Anne, follows a dream, endures its trials, and grows stronger for it.

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Great story telling.

I love Dina’s writing!
My little one loves Leigh Anne!
Win win.
Car journey sorted.

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Enchanting

Just beautiful, absolutely enchanting, a must listen for all those who need whisking away for a little while x

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The original little mermaid

I was surprised they adapted the original version, I read it when I was very little and was shocked at the end. I like the smoothness used here to explain the end. The narrator has a very kind voice, beautiful singing voice and music is wonderful. I recommend listening to this story using headphones so you can fully appreciate the music. What a lovely adaptation.

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Excellent

This was an excellent story. The narration was outstanding. Leigh-Anne Pinnock made it come to life.

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Wonderful narration

The story that we all know and love with a little twist. Gorgeous singing performances and a wonderful narration by one of my favourite singers - It's a shame she didn't also sing but the way she narrated the story was so captivating and brilliant.

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Lovely retelling of the original tale

Always loved this original story, darker elements and all, lovely adaptation though very different from the Disney-fied version a lot may be expecting

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Bloody brilliant!

Listened to this. Loved it. Wished it was longer. Will defo listen to this again!

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Brilliant!

Fantastic retelling from beginning to end, beautiful soundscapes, singing and narration, I'm so glad this is a part of our....woooooorrrld 🎵

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Leigh Anne was amazing

Absolutely love Leigh-Anne’s narration! It was so soothing and relaxing. I do agree that the sound effects during the sea scene made it very difficult to hear Leigh at times, deffo could do with turning them down a tad, but it was an awesome adaption.

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Magical and very well performed

I've read The Little Mermaid before and also seen some movies but was happily surprised the unique way the audiobook told the story. I didn't expect to cry at the end but it showed how in a short time I was captivated by the story.

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