About the “ten commandments”: what a pity that you have to include bible stories for kids. So much damage in the world is due to religion. Please let kids wait until they’re older before giving them bible talk. Then they can decide for themselves. Kids are too impressionable. Let them make up their own minds when they’re older. Otherwise religion will always have the same value as superstition.
August 7, 2006
Thanks for your comment. Although I take your point, there’s nothing on Storynory.com to try and persuade anybody to take up religeon. We do believe that knowing about Moses and the Ten Commandments is an important part of any child’s education. It’s part of our cultural heritage. They also happen to be very good stories, well read by John Le Mesurier.
Our plans include doing some Greek myths. Perhaps they will be more to your taste.
All the stories on our site are free, including the Bible Stories.
You can burn our Stories onto a CD using a free program such as iTunes or Microsoft Media Player.
The paid-for Bible stories at OnceUponaWorld.net are not our product, and we have no financial interest in their sales, and we don’t even have copies of them. Our arrangment is that Once Upon a World let us put out a few free stories in return for us linking to them.
There really should be enough free stuff here for everybody on Storynory. Have a look under the Stories tab. You will find a huge collection. I hope that Anna will enjoy most of them. There is a new free stories every week.
Bertie Aka Hugh —
August 23, 2006
what a great idea – – thanks — you’ve helped bedtime enormously
– we’re becoming very fond of bertie
Do do like this story? You can leave a comment which will
August 27, 2006
Dear Ms. and Mr. Storynory:
We just discovered your site thanks to the BBC interview. It’ll be interesting to see if your ‘hits’ skyrocket as a result. It looks like you are doing well with sponsors.
Our grandkids live 500 miles away so we don’t get to read to them enough. We’ve recorded a handful of stories for them, mostly Geisel/Seuss stories (which are copyright still). We read them into GarageBand and added soundtracks … music, squealing pigs, fire engine sirens, etc. Great fun, but no substitute for the million voices of an accomplished actress.
I’m sending the grandchildren a handful of your most recent readings … they’re great, although I found The Spider and the Fly to be pretty scary!
Speaking of which … two stories I remember most vividly from my childhood were The Snow Queen (HC Anderson originally) but in a very vividly illustrated book and “Strewwel Peter” a sadistic, nasty little story, originally in German, with chilling illustrations of an evil boy with long fingernails. He was chased by someone with scissors who wanted to cut them off. I’ve often wondered if it might not have contributed to Hitler’s psychopathology and even to WWII. It is credited with the birth of a more recent popular movie. See:
I think Natasha could scare the crap out of little kids with a dramatic reading of Strewwel Peter (Google it and look at the illustrations in the original). I’m really not suggesting you do it … just being playful with the idea.
Unless of course you want to start WWIII. Oooops! Wait a minute! Bush and Blair have done that one already. You *could* try for WWIV.
We enjoy your humor across The Pond and out here in the Wild West where Men are Republicans and the sheep are deeply troubled!
Have fun … You’ve got a great thing going. Let’s hope though that your readings supplement, not replace, the hallowed ritual of children being read to by their parents and grandparents at bedtime.
Dana and Carolyn Wilson / Salt Lake City, Utah
Dr. Dana —
September 8, 2006
Hi, just wanted to say a big thank you for your free stories!
My children listen to them before going to sleep – I prefer to stimulate their imagination with your stories than TV (which we didn’t even have until my ex pressured me into it as I wasn’t giving them a ‘normal’ life!!)
So we are off to listen right now….
Many thanks and keep up the great work 🙂
September 11, 2006
Perhaps the sound on your computer is turned off? If you are using Windows, you should find a little icon representing a speaker in the bottom right of your screen. Right-click it and open the master volume control. Check that none of the the “mute” boxes are ticked.
You also need to have either speakers or headphones plugged into the audio out of your computer.
You are a blessing to children. My child loves your stories and she would listen to the same stories many times over without feeling bored especially “A Christmas Carol” by Dickens. I am indebted to you for your generosity in publishing the stories free. I have told many of my friends about your website. Once again, many many thanks!
September 14, 2006
Thank you for this great web site. It’s good to listen to stories told by someone who knows how to read in such a thoughtful way. The site is easy to navigate, and looks very good. Congratulations!
EOL (from Paris, France)
September 22, 2006
This is a great site. Myself and my kids love these stories. Great site once again. And the story teller…..I love you.
Tim from North Carolina, U.S.
September 27, 2006
I LOVE this site! THANK YOU THANK YOU AND THANK YOU! I’ve been looking for such site for a long time. Finally found you, Bertie! I grew up listening to radios, we didn’t have a TV back then. I am still a little bit anti-TV to these days. In fact, my kids are not allowed to watch a lot of TV. This site is a great site for my kids. I think listening to stories will help their speech.
I understand your stories are free today. I wonder how long they will remain for free? Do you need donation to keep the site running?
And Natasha, you are wonderful! Thank you!
October 2, 2006
Thank you for you kind words. We do plan to keep the stories free. Of course we don’t turn away donations! These can be sent to our PayPal account, Bertie@storynory.com. We are planning a Christmas competition, and thinking of asking for a small donation from entrants – but it will be free to anyone from a country where credit cards and paypal is not generally accepted.
October 2, 2006
October 4, 2006
There ate lots of useful information. I like it very much. It is so great. I`ll try to visit it more often.
October 5, 2006
Dear Colette, Greg, Andrew, Kenneth and others – many thanks for you kind words which are much appreciated.
Thank you so much for providing this public service! My kids love Storynory. My 6 year old loves the Greek myths and my 2 year old says “Storynory!” and wants to listen every day. I have recommended this site to all my friends!
December 19, 2006
Faithful Listener – thank you for the suggestion of It’s a Wonderful Life – could be one for next Christmas – but we will have to look into the copyright. It looks like the plot dates from the time of the film in the 1940s, and we might not be able to do it.
Thank for such great site. We currently live in Europe, in non-speaking English environment. Your stories give our children a chance to grow like their friends living homeland.
Thank you again.
January 20, 2007
January 25, 2007
Your website was mentioned in an article in the Miami Herald (1/27/07). Our daughter loves stories, therefore we immediately went to your site as it struck us as such a great idea. Good luck and thanks
January 28, 2007
Thanks for letting us know about the Miami Herald – we’re really pleased your daughter like our stories!
Thank you very much, storynory, I teach English to young children and you are a great help for me. I am catalan and this is a good way to practice your lovely language. Congratulations
February 17, 2007
I live in India and have a nine year old daughter. We recently discovered storynory. Now Nisha ( our daughter ) refuses to go to bed unless she has a storynory from Natasha. We all love your stories and the wonderful way you narrate them. The only complaint I have is that often your stories are so exciting that Nisha cannot sleep and wants another, and another and another story.
Keep up the great work that you are doing for children around the world.
P.S. We looked up your picture on the net and we were pleased to see that you are as beautiful as your voice!
February 17, 2007
Just to say that we are thrilled to receive the lovely comments that have been coming from all over the world recently, including India, Morocco, and Sudan. We are actively looking for some Indian stories at the moment and are currently looking at Birbal. Suggestions for stories from all parts of the world are always welcome.
Thanks for letting us know. We can only ban a Google Adsense ad if we know more exactly which site it clicks through to. I don’t think “gay books” are the end of the world for us – but they aren’t really what Google’s contextual advertising is supposed to send to a children’s story site.
We thought people were more likley to complain about the new banner ads at the top of the pages.
Always useful to know what people think about these things.
I just want to congratulate you on this wonderful site. I am an EFL teacher in Argentina who will certainly profit from you mp3 files. I will surely visit you very often for updates. Thank you!!
March 6, 2007
I just want to say a big thank you to Carmen H, Tina H, Michelle (who wrote that lovely story about the ice doll), Melenie, Sally, Alice, Rachel, Sham, Jeny (who is a very regular commenter), Winly, (I will find those texts for your soon, promise), Rita and others for all your lovely comments.
It seems like a group of you have been listening to all the Bertie stories today, and we are so pleased that you like them, and know all the characters so well, including their many faults. If they were perfect and good, it would be hard to make the stories funny, of course.
Thank you for your sympathy. Life isn’t always easy being a frog, especially when you are in love with a beautiful princess. It’s a good thing that Sadie sees the romance in my situation or I might despair. As for that Colin, you are quite right, he can’t make any wishes come true, and all he ever does is grumble.
Having trouble seeing your archives – trying to find the Littlest Tree?
April 6, 2007
Kathy, I think the archives are working ok now. Thanks for letting us know.
April 8, 2007
hi nice site.
April 12, 2007
April 21, 2007
can i request that the “special effects” be minimal? The great thing about StoryNory is the quality of the *story* and the expressive delivery. We don’t need echos, reverbs and such. Simpler is better, as far as my kids and i are concerned.
Thanks for listening.
April 27, 2007
Thanks for your comments about the special effects. They are on the whole fairly minimal, but we take your point. Natasha’s delivery is what people love most. We think the fx nice on the 12 Dancing Princesses – perhaps they weren’t strictly necessary on the Billy Goats Gruff.
I am a 28 years old teacher in Taiwan. I found your podcast by accident and LOVE to listen to your stories. To be honest, I use this to practice my English listening. I want to say: Natasha, you’re a great storyteller, keep up the good work!!Thanks for your stories~~
May 7, 2007
My daughter is 6 years old and has always loved being told stories; especially at bedtime. Since we discovered Storynory we have been able to listen to the wonderful stories until she (or both of us) falls asleep. The spoken word is much more powerful that television as it fires the imagination. Keeping it simple is the key and you have just the right balance.
Wonderful stuff Natasha, a hint of Welsh accent?
May 12, 2007
Steve and others – thank you for your lovely comments.
You are the first to mention the accent – it’s Cardiff.
Your stories are wonderful – you have by far the best children’s content that I have found on the web and your podcasted stories have my six year old twins (and I) mesmerised whenever we are travelling in the car. I love the variety of stories you tell, classic and modern, happy and sad, short and long. You are an accomplished storyteller and you bring such life to all these tales. keep up the great work!
May 13, 2007
oops above comment correction. Thank you people for stories read wonderfully.
May 15, 2007
Duncan, Monica – all other comment leavers – you are most welcome and so glad you like the stories. Thank you for your encouragement.
Hi, I happen to find this interesting website ,what you have done really impress me. I am looking for the short English stories which suit 6 month English learner, do you have any?
The stories here are great,but somehow to long and difficult, do you have more simple one?
Nguyen Huy Tung —
June 6, 2007
Nguyen Huy Tung
I hope these will suit your needs for learning English. These two are simple stories with contemporary English
Harry and Rosie Take the Train
Big Sister’s Clothes
Nathasia and fellas of storynory.com,
This is the greatest site I’ve found that allow my entire family to share precious moment in common which low income family, especially single father could afford. Thank You again.
June 7, 2007
Jong, Thank you. We are really pleased that you and your family enjoy Storynory.
I liked the cyclops cave story. It was very scary.
June 16, 2007
Not the stories, but the web site: The links change text size when you hover over them. A truly terrible idea! It makes the text around it jump around, which is very disconcerting. There are lots of other ways to make a link stand out when you hover over it.
June 18, 2007
My parents read about this in the Wall Street Journal.
What a great website. We love the stories!
June 19, 2007
On the home page, there appears to be a margin issue. Can’t read all the print. Looking forward to introducing this to my daughter.
June 21, 2007
Natalie Thank you for pointing out the sloping margin, which is fixed now. Hope your daughter enjoys Storynory.
We have really loved your stories. My daughter (6)askes for them every time she gets in the car. Thank you for making these available to us.
July 9, 2007
what can i say – absolutely fantastic, keep up the great work guys
July 13, 2007
I babysit for a number of families, and all of them love Storynory! They have come to know and love the characters and ask for their favorite stories by name. It is so nice for me to be able to put on a story in the car, and have them settle in to hear about Tick Tock Turkey’s latest adventure. Thank you so much for giving them (and ME!) something to look forward to in the car. Storynory.com is wonderful!
July 18, 2007
Austin That great. We really like to hear how the word gets round about Storynory, and we hadn’t realised before that baby sitting is one way our stories spread from family to family. Thanks !
July 19, 2007
I heard about your fabulous site through one of my RSS feeds on literature. I downloaded three of the stories and they ran without a hitch. I love listening to the Frog Prince story told in Natasha’s delightful accent. Have you considered adding a story for kids about preparing for a hospital visit?
It would be a wonderful resource for young children who are facing chemotherapy or other treatments and love stories, but are too young or ill to read. Keep up the great work and I look forward to hearing more great stories.
July 28, 2007
Lisa – thank you for the nice comments and the suggestion about the hospital visit story.
Lewis has just been given an iTeddy as a gift, and it is brilliant for downloading storynory stories on to! He can now listen to his storynory stories coming from his very own iTeddy! So thank you very much indeed Storynory! I will recommend your website to all Lewis’ friends!
Samantha and Lewis —
August 8, 2007
Thank You Thank You Thank You for these wonderful stories! We took our 3 children (6, 3 & 1) on a car trip and listened to Storynory most of the 12 hour ride. Mom and Dad enjoyed them too!
August 13, 2007
Lisa and other recent commenters
Thanks ever so much. It’s lovely to know that we kept you company on your car trip !
And Samantha and Lewis it was really interesting to learn about the iTeddy. Thanks for letting us know !
The stories, and… the site is more far good than I expected. Now I can take my little kid to bed and give him some wonderful stories.
Hung Tran —
August 24, 2007
Love your site and my children love your stuff even more
One slight jarring note – in the Tim the Tadpole vidcast you spelt starring as “staring”, which required a little explaining to do to my pedantic child!
But please keep up the great work
Alan L —
August 28, 2007
Thank you. Apologies that one of my spelling mistakes has crept in to such a prominent place on the video. I try to keep them at bay, but they have a way of creeping in. I’m suprised nobody pointed this out before ! I’ll have to remix the titles, so I can’t fix it till a little later.
My daughter Ella (aged 3 and a half!) and I adore Natasha, Prince Bertie, Tim et al. I upload the stories on my ipod and we listen to the stories in the car in the morning when I drop Ella off to the childminder on the way to work. We talk about the stories then at bed time and they really fire her imagination.
What a wonderful site this is. Keep up the great work 🙂
August 29, 2007
Sonia – thanks for your lovely comment. It’s great to hear that Ella enjoys Storynory. It’s always useful to know who’s listening, when and how. Thanks too to the other recent commentators. I’ll make sure Natasha sees them.
Love your stories! My 6 year old son asks me to turn on your stories every morning at breakfast. We enjoy your lovely voice and great story telling abilities!
September 13, 2007
Thank´s a lot for this site! I need improve my English and this is great chance! I´ll say my friends about this site, because it´s looks very nice!
September 14, 2007
we’re sitting here in the english lesson and we listened to the story cinderella. it was very interesting and nice. natasha’s voice was very great!
greeting from bavaria in germany
caro and franzi —
September 17, 2007
I love all the stories on story nory. Every week I count down the days until I get to hear a new story I think about it all week. But becaus I finish school at five I put them on at night so I dream of a story every night.
I think my favourite story is Kissa the cat I love the bit where she takes the princess to her hut and uses all sorts of different things to cure the princess. I think its funny how she uses her tail for her crop I can see it but I think it would be very uncoftable!
I would like to say a really big thank you to Natsha and bertie they must get tierd reading all these storys but I think prince berties pond and palace would be a really nice place to live. It would be good to find more infomation about prince’s turning into frogs and how to turn them back.
Someday it might happen bertie and then colin the carp would understand it is good to be royal and then stop making grumpy coments to you! I hope it does happen one day bertie!
October 4, 2007
It is lovely of you to say such nice things about Storynory, and it makes it all worth while for us to know how much you enjoy the stories.
This website is great . It bring me my memory back .Not only kid enjoy them .You really contribute a lot!
October 9, 2007
My daughter, Kate, is 4, and completely loves these stories. She listened to them a couple times during her “quiet time” in the afternoon, and finally insisted on listening to storynory every day. She quotes them often, like after a dinner at Grandma’s, when she was saying how stuffed she was, then suddenly turned to me with a grin and said, “It’s a little rude to say ‘stuffed,’ it’s more polite to say, ‘replete.'” This she learned from Tick Tock Turkey.
October 17, 2007
Dear Prince Bertie,
Natasha tells me about you. So, that makes me curious of what you look like. And she tells me the stories you command her to tell us. I like the story of the frightened wich and also Agent Bertie and also Tick Tock Turekey and the Mysterious Egg, and I also like all the other stories. Thank you for all the stories.
Kate (4 yrs.)
October 17, 2007
Dear Kate, So glad you enjoy the stories.
You are quite right : “replete” is a more polite word than “stuffed” !
hello!! well i’m not a native speaker so i loooove the stories they really help me! thank you vey much it’s a wonderful site.
November 3, 2007
This is a wonderful site and a parent’s and child’s delight alike! I do wish though that your index listed the length of the audio or suggested the intended age group so that parents could skip right to the appropriate stories, rather than skip in the middle of a story.
Thank you for all the effort that goes into the site!
November 11, 2007
It’s a great suggestion about how to improve the index, but it’s a big task to implement right away. We might start with listing a few stories for certain age groups. At the moment there’s quite a bit to do for Christmas, but we’ll definately keep your suggestion in mind.
THANK YOU the Storynory staffs soooo muchhh !!! I love this site, I just started my teaching career for 2 months at an English Center in Viet Nam, I teach English listening lesson and I couldn’t find a good American accent story-teller audio anywhere in Ha Noi audio shop for my students. I was sooo glad when I found this site, Natasha’s voice is sweet, amazing and so attractive. My students love her voice and we’re looking forward for a new story soon.
My Best Regards,
Ngoc Anh —
November 12, 2007
I love StoryNory!!! Oh, yeah, so do my kids, ages 5, 3 and 2. I have them jammed across the back seat of the car and usually endure much bickering, pinching, poking, etc. With StoryNory on, there was complete silence for an HOUR!!! Punctuated by cries of ‘next one! next one! make it play them all!!!’.
Which brings me a to a quick ipod question.
Does anyone know where they’ve hidden the setting to make an ipod play all episodes of a podcast, one after another, like it will all tracks on an album or playlist? It’s kind of dangerous trying to navigate the ipod menu to get the next episode started doing 110kph down the motorway!
If you know the secret, please email me – mychudsonATgmailDOTcom
November 15, 2007
So glad that Storynory brings peace and quiet to the back of your car.
To answer your question about getting an iPod to play tracks one by one, I think you might have to set up a play list from within iTunes, and then re-sync.
When I’ve had a moment to experiment with my iPod I’ll email you.
the first christmas read by John Le Mesurier is excellent, all classes in our school love it. are there ary other stories read by him? i use an interactive whiteboard in the class and have made up a powerpoint presentation to accompany this story………the result is magical!
thanks to the team for all the hard work which they put into this site…..u make a lot of children.. and adults very happy…..well done!
November 18, 2007
We love to hear that our stories are being used in schools – so thank you. There are 6 John Le Mesurier Bible stories in all on the site, and they can all be found on this page:
My two daughters have enjoyed the two stories the have listened to from your website.
My elder wanted me to check if you the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Well done, we have just started using your website and it is a great resource for kids.
November 19, 2007
I’ve heard better stories but these were ok if you ask me.
November 23, 2007
When I came across this site and showed my boyfriend the picture of Peter, chills went down his spine! He remembered that exact poem from his childhood and it still gives him the creeps! Well done with the reading. I am a teacher and I will be sharing this site as a great resource!
November 24, 2007
Is there anyway that we can group the stories by age as some are more suitable for younger children and some are suitable for older children
November 24, 2007
I, along with my 3 and 5 year old children, just discovered Storynory on iTunes. It has instantly joined my select pantheon of favorite gifts — gifts like Google, This American Life, Pandora, and now Storynory — that make me happy to be alive here and now. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
November 25, 2007
thanx to storynory excellent site.
November 30, 2007
thanq so much
pLEASE ADD SOME VERY SHORT STORY.
December 20, 2007
THANQ SO MUCH
pLEASE ADD SOME VERY SHORT STORIES
December 20, 2007
Thanks so much for this service. As an educator and a mom, its so fantastic to see my kids enjoying these stories so much. I subscribe through itunes but wanted to stop by and let you know how much we love the audiobooks….keep up the good work! Youre the best audiobook podcast for children we’ve found!
December 30, 2007
i am a preschool teacher and i am sure my children are going to enjoy the short stories. these will be great for their audiotory skills and the stories are great too. keep up the great work and let more keep coming. the short ones especially.
January 8, 2008
Why do all audio stories for kids that I find on the internet have to be narrated by some English person with an accent so thick that it is difficult for an adult to understand let alone a primary student???
January 8, 2008
Sorry you don’t like Natasha’s English accent. Lots of people do. If you would like to hear an American Accent, then pop over to Light Up Your Brain and Chuck Brown:
I like these stories and it’s a really great idea but I think maybe the vocabulary is sometimes too complex for younger listeners. I think you should try to use everyday words instead of clever comparisons.My children are 4 and 7 and they like to listen together 7 year old can just about get it but 4 year old is totally unclear and needs me to explain words, I listen and explain but that means I can’t let them listen alone. Otherwise a nice twist on original stories. Natasha has a lovely voice calming and interesting the perfect mix.
January 17, 2008
My daughter loves the stories. She got a Sansa Shaker for Christmas and can’t wait for the new podcast each week.
Thanks so much for doing this.
January 18, 2008
My brother wanted to know who Circe was. so I tried to tell the story but this was much more fun for him to listen to it! Thanks for the free stories!
January 19, 2008
THANK YOU!!!!! My daughter got the Fisher Price fp3 player for Christmas and is tired of all the stories it came with. FP offers stories, but they are not free and I can’t afford them right now as a single mom. Thank you for making these available! We love them!
January 21, 2008
Thanks, that’s really interesting.
I think a lot of kids got mp3 players for Christmas. We really take love and care over stories, so I hope they are better than the paid for ones !
thank you… this is a great gift for parent like me.
January 30, 2008
Finally a site which bring me back to my chilhood days. Am loving all the stories and am looking forward to more exciting ones…….
Its a packaged beautifully wrapped.
February 1, 2008
I love`d all you`r story`s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
February 2, 2008
I love`d all you`r story`s, can you Natasha and Bertie send me a letter .I love you guy`s !!!!!!
February 2, 2008
Please record Pinnoccio.
February 21, 2008
I found storynory recently and my 6 year old loves it! I’ve also started printing the stories too so she can read along! She also has a printed photo of Natasha (taken off the site – sorry!) – she’s becoming a member of the family! :o)
Absolutely great site and I’m giving site details to her primary school to pass it on! Well done and keep up the good work!
February 22, 2008
Thank you so much. This was perfect when my son was sick and my voice gave out.
February 25, 2008
Fantastic website the stories are read wonderfully, and there are so many stories to choose from. My 2 year old loves to listen to them whist drifting off to sleep highly recommended Thankyou so much JJJ&J Wirral Merseyside
March 7, 2008
I love this site and will recommend it to all my friends with children.
March 13, 2008
My son LOVES Tick-Tock Turkey. Please tell me there are more Turkey stories to come soon! He knows the 4 already by heart! Love your site!!!
March 15, 2008
My son LOVES Tick-Tock Turkey. Please tell me there are more Turkey stories to come soon! He knows the 4 already by heart! Love your site!!!
March 15, 2008
We are not quite sure about the next Tick Tock – he’s a bit in limbo, but hopefully he will make a return every now and then.
Thank you so much for this labor of love. My son and I have a 45 minute commute together, and listening to stories helps him survive it! (I was running out of stories to answer the request, “Tell me about when you were little and you did bad things and got in trouble.”
April 9, 2008
This is an amazing site.So glad i discovered it.We are spoilt for choice.Will be telling my home educating families about it. Many thanks.
Best of luck.
We were just listening to Hansel and Gretel. We love you, and your stories! You’re the best reader- even better than our mom.
Love, Toby (6yrs old) and Max (3 yrs old).
Toby and Max —
April 28, 2008
My sons and I love your site. But I don’t see a “search” feature. For example, my son wanted a story about “Knights.” I wanted to search by key word, but could not find it. Do you have such a feature? Thanks.
April 28, 2008
Really glad you like the site. We do have a search form in the right hand side bar. The only story we have about knights at the moment is St. George. Hope this helps.
It’s hard to overstate how nice a gift these stories for our family. They are exceptionally well read, well chosen (or written). My kids love them and so do I. I’m downloading another batch for our train ride today from Aberdeen to Edinburgh.
wild praise and thanks for your work
May 10, 2008
I love stor ynory.com.Itis a fantastic website for children.My friend gave me this website and now I have grown to love this website.
May 11, 2008
This site is great
May 11, 2008
Thank you so much for these stories, I can’t wait for the next ones!
May 21, 2008
my daughter LOVES your stories. I have two suggestions of improvements that could be made.
1) i wish i could get more than 30 on the itunes site so I could download some of the older ones.
2) more importantly, the audio production is inconsistent. sometimes the stories are extremely loud and others very soft. My daughter listens to them as she falls asleep and she will be comfortably listening to something and then when the story changes it will suddenly be blasting.
May 22, 2008
Many thanks for your comments and suggestions.
It is possible to get our older stories into iTunes using the individual category feeds which are in the archive pages. This is a new feature since the redesign a month or so ago.
There’s more help on doing this on this page under “get individual category feeds”
It is a wonderful audio site. We love Natasha
story telling. I wish you have more stories for my 11 year-old boy, who prefer listen to stories more than reading it. He loves “the book without words–a fable of medieval magic ”
Many thanks to make your site available to all of us to share
June 3, 2008
I like the stories its nice for a four year old well pls keep adding new stories always that would add more and more children to ur website and try to give video as well
that would be great ………………….
would keep visiting ur site to check that out
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July 29, 2008
WOW,WOW,WOW!!!! What an amazing site this is that I’m just discovered. We are taking a ten hour car trip with young children and I’m sure these stories will help us then, as well as make for great times in the future as they grow older. THANK YOU!!!! Natasha is a brilliant story reader.
August 5, 2008
How wonderful! I have a 7th grade student who is blind and trying to find something he is able to do on the computer is challenging. I am so excited that I found your site. Thank you!
August 30, 2008
This sit is really very good, this is the which I was looking since three months but my searching has finished now
Many Thanks for designing this website
September 4, 2008
Thank you for developing this website! It’s wonderful! I look forward to listening to the stories with my son. It reminds me of my childhood and being able to listen to stories for hours on records.
September 5, 2008
We just discovered storynory and love it!
September 9, 2008
Thank You for the wonderful site 🙂
September 15, 2008
it’s so cool!
I love yout website very much!
September 18, 2008
WOW! I cannot believe that I haven’t heard of you sooner! You guys are a WONDERFUL resource and I am so glad that I’ve found you! Thank you so much!
September 20, 2008
I think it is really good how you can easily subscribe to the feeds. I have subscribed to robin hood and greek legends. I think you have a fantastic kids audio site and I am always waiting for another story!
I have just discovered your fabulous site, and I have to say THANK YOU!
I am a primary-school Reading Intervention teacher in Australia, so I am always looking for good material to inspire reluctant readers.
I am still downloading a story to listen to (it takes over an hour on dial-up internet), but I have read some of the transcripts, and I can’t wait to share the stories with my reading students. I really like the way you have the story written out to read as well as listen to. Is it OK to copy the text as well as the audio (for educational use)?
Thanks again, I’ll be back!
I have my own small website with free, educational jigsaw puzzles, memory games etc (with a reading focus) for children, plus links to recommended sites with good free material…so I had to add your stories! I’ve started a stories page, and I love the way I can feature your stories right on my page!
i have been searching for sth like this for a while. this page will do A GREAT job giving my unborn child an understanding of the english language. for i am not a native speaker, this is a great help for me…
RSS subscribed… 😉
November 20, 2008
hello i love your stories and i love that its english!!!!! because i live in australia!
thx for all the stories!!!!!
November 21, 2008
I absolutely love your website. Thank you so much for providing such a great choice of stories. And Natasha is excellent at telling the stories.
thank you for making them free.
my kids love them too, especially tick tock turkey, my son can’t wait for another story.
well done and thank you
November 25, 2008
The stories in this website are very intersting, my daughter like them very much.but the stories download very slowly,I hope it can be faster.Best wishes.
November 26, 2008
I love Cinderella because it has a happy ending. It shows that even though people can be mean to you, there is always hope.
December 4, 2008
How can you be a member
December 7, 2008
We don’t have membership. You can just download any stories you like for free
…. and if you like, join our facebook group… see sidebar.
Using youtube to provide the video, my children can do a search on youtube to access adult content. Anyway to prevent the search bar from appearing?
December 7, 2008
Hi Sam, it’s a good point – I think all our own video is on our own server, but we have one or two nice third party videos from YouTube. I’ll take a look and see if I can make it not show up any related content or searches… give me a day or so.
Thank you, the storynory story get us to and from school in Houston. We love listening.
David & Ruben & Gabrielle
December 14, 2008
Excellent resource for my class of boys. I am hoping it will imspire them to get involved in storys.
December 14, 2008
I am a 40’s man from Hungary.Your website the huge help to learn english language.This is the good way for everyone who want to learn an another language-and be a child again…
December 22, 2008
cannot play on iphone since you changed to flash player, why? come on your going backwards not forward.
December 27, 2008
Dear Nigel, I’m not at all sure what you mean. Could you please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org with more details. What were you doing before that you can’t do now? We really do want you to be able to play on an iphone.
We have used storynory for many years, we have a almost 9 year old daughter who cant get to sleep at night without her storynory story and I am sure our newborn son will also be a storynory baby.. All of the story’s are very kid-friendly and family oriented, I would recommend them to anyone with a child who likes to hear good story’s told with excitement and joy. Thank you all for making our life much easier and bedtime a welcome time for my daughter instead of the dread I know some kids have at bedtime. Keep up the great work and we will stay loyal Storynory Parents..
December 28, 2008
Dear Kapone It’s wonderful to hear that your family are such Storynory fans ! Thanks for letting us know. Sweet Dreams to you all !
I am a teacher and have only just discovered your wonderful website. Natasha reads with brilliant clarity and expression, and I look forward to letting my class listen to this treasure trove of stories. Thank you!
January 11, 2009
I love the Robin Hood stories. It’s a great story to listen to at night. You should make more Robin Hood stories!
I am an early years teacher and love this site…it’s goldust!
January 18, 2009
This is such a great site! My 3 year old loves the Astro-pup stories and has now started on the Pirate School ones. What a peaceful way to spend car journeys. Thank you!!
January 27, 2009
We are homeschoolers and recently discovered your website. It is a wonderful addition to our literature program! Thanks so much!
January 28, 2009
I am a BIG fan and I love your stories. My favorite one is The Three Sillies. I Love you Natasha. Teddy Age 6
February 10, 2009
I love your stories, and I think you have a great time writing stories because um I hope you have a good time telling stories. I love you Natasha from Eli (age 5) Teddy’s brother. Thanks!
February 10, 2009
February 11, 2009
Thank you for the wonderful site! Although I’m all grown up now, I love fairy-tales more than anything else. And this is an easy and fun way how to improve my active English vocabulary and develop imagination. I’m thankful that you’ve provided the spoken text right underneath the audio files 🙂 Also, can’t wait to listen to ‘Alice in Wonderland’, it’s amazing you have all the chapters up. Thank you so much!
Isn’t the fourth commandment a Saturday not a Sunday. It doesn’t seem to mention anywhere in the Bible that the Sabbath day is Sunday. Didn’t Jesus die on Friday. rest on Saturday(Sabbath) and rise on Sunday.
February 25, 2009
Thanks for this site, my kids love the stories and we download the podcasts every week for them to listen to. We’re huge fans.
February 25, 2009
What a great website!! I can’t wait to start using it with my ELL kids 🙂
March 2, 2009
I’m a teacher. I’m Italian and I teach English. Your site is just a treasure for my children. Thanks for your work.
March 3, 2009
My name is Jane and I like the Blind Man’s Daughter. I love Storynory! I listen to it on the way to New Hampshire, and on the way back.
March 5, 2009
I like the Boy Who Cried Wolf and the Blind Man’s Daughter. I love Storynory!
March 5, 2009
Thank you so much for this wonderful website. I teach 7th grade LA Pre-AP in Coppell, Texas and I use these free audio read-alouds to bring excitement to some of the short stories and poetry we cover in class. Although we assume that students their age do not enjoy being read aloud to by a vibrant storyteller, we are wrong! They love it 🙂 You can never be too old to be read aloud too. Thanks for the free audio–teachers love the word free!!
March 5, 2009
it is useful for my baby learning english .thanks
March 7, 2009
It is not only useful for baby to learn english,but also useful for people that use english as second language.
I come from Thailand.I know about this website from my friend and now many friends use your mp3 to improve their skills.
Thank you very much.
We’d love to hear some stories about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Keep up the great work!
Owen and Murray —
March 17, 2009
Dear Owen and Murray. Many thanks for your suggestion. King Arthur and his knights are something that are going to do. As it happens, I’ve just been reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – which is fantastic story about a Knight of the Round Table. I’m just wondering if it can be adapted for children, as it has some grown-up undertones. If do that one, it might be at Christmas because that’s the setting. We’ll be looking at other King Arthur stories and doing some adaptations soon though.
My Mummy found these stories for me on our computer. I love them very much. Thank you for doing them for me. My favourite is Billy Goat Gruff.
ANNIE aged 4 —
May 16, 2009
We have found these stories great for developing listening and attention skills. We listen together and talk about the stories afterward. We have always tried to source traditional versions of fairy tales rather than modern “P.C.” versions. So your site is great for us. Annie did ask “Where’s the Woodcutter?” in Little Red Riding Hood. Keep up the good work. We’re real fans.
ANNIE'S MUM —
May 16, 2009
I really enjoyed the story about the Owl and the Pussycat–it was cute. I read it to my baby while in the womb.
June 2, 2009
I am five, i live in vancouver canada. My mom plays me storynory every morning. I love it.
June 22, 2009
Dear Lucas and Mom. Many thanks for letting us know ! We are really pleased that you listen to Storynory every morning.
As a Spanish speaking father trying hard to educate two children (one and three now) bilingually in Spanish and English, your work is just a blessing.
I’m eager to see how we manage when they start learning to read.
Thanks once more.
José Antonio —
July 12, 2009
Hello Jose – we are very happy that you and your family find Storynory useful. When they do learn to read, perhaps our translate tool -http://storynory.com/2009/04/08/languages-learn-english-with-stories/ will also help. All the best
We LOVE storynory!! Anytime we are in the car, all my kids ask for is “Natasha”. I think we have listened to every story at least 4 times! It’s very helpful for my kids while they develop better and better listening skills! Keep up the super work! We really like the new ‘digs’ on the website!
July 14, 2009
Thank you so much, it’s so wonderful, our students they really enjoy my Library Orientation. God bless you all.
July 24, 2009
My Niece and Nephews, they really enjoy my story telling.
God bless you all.
July 24, 2009
Thank you¡¡¡ my daugther and me listen each saturday this stories, We love it¡¡¡
August 2, 2009
My 4 year old daughter loves listening to your stories on our drive to school and back.
We can’t thank you enough Natasha and keep the wonderful podcast coming.
August 2, 2009
Dear Hemant, many thanks for the encouragement which I will pass on to Natasha.
Thanks for stories and it’s voises.
Place storie voises with a format which have lower size, please.
I have an slow internet connection (Dial up connection) and it’s very important for me.
August 11, 2009
Great website – thanks. We’ve tried other online stories but our daughter asks for Natasha! Would love some more of the short Junior stories though.
August 13, 2009
I am a homeschooling mother. your stories have saved us many many troubles on our driving trips across the great U.S. of A. We love Natasha. My son said he wants to find a lady who talks like her when he grows up.
I am begging you, we can not get enough of the stories with Aladdin. 1001 Nights Please. More. More.
My children also love the Japanese stories (My Lord Bag of Rice). More please.
What a superb resource.
August 14, 2009
I hope you are having a nice summer. I hope you enjoyed your weekend. We are moving. The new house has a purple carpet downstairs. We are staying at our old house right now. Our beds are on the floor which is kind of fun! We still have some books here; most of my books are at my new house though.
I love your stories Natasha; but I mostly love the Bertie ones.
from Ginger (age 4.5)
August 17, 2009
we love story nory…to help with summer reading time we are making cd’s and printing out the story text…thanks
sunnis mom —
August 19, 2009
Any idea when the Hansel and Gretel story will be available for mp3 download??
My favorite stories are Tick Tock Turkey and the Bertie stories. I listen to them everyday.
From Rex, age 4 1/2
October 20, 2009
Hi, I am from Coimbatore, India.
The stories are very useful to improve my pronunciation and usage of words.
Thanks for your stories.
October 28, 2009
Great website. Thanks
November 7, 2009
Thank you very much for the material.
I have spent much time trying to find some tales for my kids on other sites and found only rubbish or one has got to pay for sound.
I like the way you’ve organized the presentation of the tales – easy and quick.
Please, write me where I can get some kids’ songsaudio with Lirycs for free, I mean like you make it available for the people. I heard
Jazz Chants are good but costs a lot.
Vyacheslav , 35 years old, fan of English
Absolutely fantastic stories! My kids love them at bed-time and always remind me to let them hear Natasha’s stories when I tuck them in at night. Thank you so much for making these available online.
November 22, 2009
wonderful stories!!!.my kids lovely them.
November 25, 2009
I wish you had a “Send to a friend” link on all of the stories as I would find that very useful when sending them the stories.
November 29, 2009
Louis, I’l look in to doing a send to a friend or a share link i the redesign that’s coming out shortly.
“The Christmas Cherry Tree” has an editing fault. A portion is repeated from two different takes, beginning with the section where the Knight meets the Steward as he is about to enter the King’s hall. It’s kind of funny since he now agrees to give away FOUR thirds of his reward!
December 16, 2009
Hi William, Thank you. I wondered why people were saying it was long. I’ll listen back.
Your downloads appear to have many software viruses attached to them. Thankfully, my antivirus has blocked most of them and prevented the download.
January 6, 2010
Dear Tom, that is total and utter rubbish…. Okay, sorry, my more temperate answer. I am responsible for this site and I can tell you that our downloads are straight forward, ordinary, mp3 files. We do not have any malicious software or any spyware, or any sneaky advertising such us pop-ups or pop-behinds on this site. If you have any of these things on your computer, they did not come from Storynory. I hope that puts to rest any concerns you may have.
Just found your website we had a camp night at home with my 4 little girls …. Thank you this was awesome to pick and listen to the stories, we have not had TV in several years (by choice ) and this is a wonderful alternative , saves my voice! LOVE IT thank you
January 17, 2010
PLEASE we want more Tick Tock Turkey stories. Because he is really silly.
January 21, 2010
This is only for Natasha
you know what i am listening your stories just because of Natasha’s lovely voice specialy some time as she flabbergast i love it ……………..i realy love that,,,
January 29, 2010
I just wanted to say THANK YOU. What a great website you have. My 7 year old daughter has just got an mp3 player for her birthday and it’s great to know it’s not only going to be used to listen to music now. My daughter has just started a project on St George and the dragon, so I am over the moon that you have the story. Thank you so much for making it free too. As a single working parent I’m always watching the penny’s and coming across your website was great.
January 30, 2010
Dear Nicole Many thanks for your lovely comment and good luck to your daughter with her project on St. George and the dragon.
THANK YOU!!!! I love putting my children to bed with Storynory. They can’t wait to see what the next story will be! Instead of falling to sleep to a tv or a movie, they hear the same wonderful tales that I grew up on. Now my 9 year old and my 5 year old turn off the tv to read or listen and always to learn. Thank you, again….
February 12, 2010
We live in Thailand and a trip out exploring isn’t complete without a few Storynories! One of our favourite podcasts!
February 20, 2010
My three children enjoy your stories very much! When my 3 year old pretends to ‘read’ a book, she’ll often begin with “Hello, This is Natasha” and end with “Bye, Bye”. I would love to see some biographies of important people in history like Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, etc. Thanks!
February 22, 2010
I absolutely love them, reminds me of my childhood, I’ve got everyone listening to them
February 27, 2010
so like rry the storys were lame and kidish so
did not lm ike listerning to the.maybe put teenay storys on there.
March 3, 2010
sorry did not like the storys they were lame put teenage storys next time
March 3, 2010
Thanks for all these lovely stories,that I really
adore.It’s a good thing to have such free
sites for learning English.
March 6, 2010
Thankyou for a fantastic resource.
March 9, 2010
I just discovered your site. It is WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for doing this. I have 4 children and homeschool and I know Storynory will become a regular part of our day. Thank you!
I love your stories, i fall asleep to them every night, thankyou so much.
March 26, 2010
I LIKE UR SITE THIS IS GREAT .ACTUALLY THIS IS GREAT FOR THE LEARNERS WHO ARE ACTUALLY LIKES TO READ BOOKS I LIKE TO READ BOOKS I KNOW SOME STORIES IF U WANT ME TO SEND U..MY EMIAL IS email@example.com
April 6, 2010
What an absolutely fantastic site, its like finding the holy grail John Proctor
I can´t wait to share Richard Scott’s wonderful version of How the Whale got it´s throat´ with my kids…and to hear it again myself…
May 8, 2010
Thank you so much for your wonderful website. My children have listened to dozens of these mp3’s, it’s a nighttime treat that often gets asked for at other times too. I read often, and appreciate resting my voice and listening with the children. My girls argue over pronunciation of Natasha’s name, we are Kiwi’s and have a large array of awful accents around us to be influenced by. I love hearing my girls imitate you, Natasha.
Happy New Year!
Health, luck and love!
January 24, 2012
hi,i am Aqsa i wanna ask that please write whatever Natasha is saying in the story.because i was listening and reading your story from Storynory,Natasha was reading something different and which was not written.My whole attention was divert just finding the line which she was reading………this thing is very bad…if you will do like this nobody will listen to your stories……..otherwise stories were good.but please Natasha to speak fastly ,she take an hour to read a story which i can read in 15 to 20 minutes.