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  • Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates

  • By: Mary Mapes Dodge
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Can young Hans Brinker win the silver skates that are the only hope of saving his family from ruin? Hans and his little sister Gretel live in Holland, a colorful and exciting country of windmills and great canals. Unfortunately, the Brinkers are very poor and their father is ill, and Hans wonders whether they'll survive the long, harsh winter. Then he finds out about an ice skating race, and the prize - a pair of shiny silver skates - that might help his family survive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining except for the digressions

  • By Ellen Spertus on 03-13-03


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Reviewed: 10-28-17

This was a charming and engaging story and well woven together. The style of the narrator was like a wonderful Grandfather, captivating the imagination as he tells each lively detail.