From the goatherder Peter and his family to the sickly girl Clara and her desperate father, Heidi's special charm enriches everyone she meets. Unselfish to the core, Heidi's goodness overcomes all obstacles - even those seemingly insurmountable.
Remembered and loved as a child's story, Heidi remains a testimony of redemption and salvation for all ages. Uplifting and enjoyable, Heidi makes superior family listening.
©2006 Johanna Spyri; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is a book I thought I knew, having been as a child exposed to the story more than once. Rereading it as an adult, expecting only to indulge my nostalgia, I was surprised by the richness of the description, the complexity of the characters, and interest of a good story well told. The book is well narrated -- good pace, good voice characterization for each of the characters. Unfortunately, the quality of the recording is very poor. For this reason alone I would never recommend it. I hope Audible reexamines and finds a way to salvage this otherwise excellent recording of a fine classic.
I really wanted to not mind the narration because this is my favourite translation of the book (vastly better than the other), but wow, she really is unusual. The narrator not only has a strong Minnesotan accent, but she made all the characters really excited all the time, and--most offensively--does the voices like characters out of Scooby-Doo. Seriously, I kept picturing the ordinarily respectable characters sounding like caricatures.
It's an lovely book. Sweet, calm and happy.
There are two things I feel important to note to future listeners.
The narrator, while usually lovely and pleasant to listen to, has a couple character voices that are almost unbearable: Fraulein R and the Tutor. The Fraulein is rife with hysterics that sometimes render her words indiscernible. The tutor probably captures his personality well, but I want to strangle him to make him shut up. I am grateful whenever another character interrupts him. There are several other dramatically acted voices, but these two made me need to skip forward in the audiobook. Luckily, it appears that these two minor characters are the only ones over the top.
Additionally, this is an old time children’s story, which means that it is filled with quite a few mini sermons. Like a good christian girl, Heidi repeats them to her elders who are struggling. It is filled with a religious answer to suffering, death, anger with god, and what to do when you are in a situation that is not what you want or need. It's uber Christian. I remembered this story being more about the healing nature of the mountains and fresh air but those are minor in comparison to prayer and god having a better plan. If you like the religious themes, lock on. If they frustrate you, you might want to just watch one of the movies.
I love this story.
The reader has ruined this classic tale by over dramatizing all the characters. It's to the point of distraction. My 9 year old, who loves books on tape, doesnt want to listen to Heidi because of the reading treatment.
This is one of the few times where I liked the movie better than the book. Not that the book was bad. I just didn't catch the vision of it. Perhaps I should have read it as a young person. I would probably have appreciated it more than I do now. I did get to see the movie with the irrepressible Shirley Temple multiple times as a child (we didn't have the capability of seeing a movie any time we wanted back then - had to wait until it came on TV, perhaps once every other year). I had a hard time believing in the deep relationship between Heidi and the Grandfather in the book, whereas the movie made it easy to see through him and into his heart. Just my observations. But I definitely think it is worth reading, especially if you are a youngster.
As this book has been recorded by multiple narrators, i was careful to choose the one I thought was best. I thoroughly enjoyed Marnie MacAdam's narration. It was natural and engaging. Some of the others I listened to had annoying pronunciations that I could never have listened to over a long period of time. I'm glad I chose her.
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