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Publisher's Summary

In this treasured story, the orphan child, Heidi, is sent to live with her embittered grandfather high in the Swiss Alps. Heidi's innocent joy of life and genuine concern and love for all living things become the old man's salvation.

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.

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Auditory quality not acceptable

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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.

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Overly dramatic reading

What disappointed you about Heidi?

I love this story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

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Minnesota accent for Swedish story.

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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.

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It's an lovely book. Sweet, calm and happy.

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Great story, needs better recording!

I enjoyed the story however the recording seemed poor, whereas the reader being difficult to understand.

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I Waited Too Long to Read This

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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Pretty nice

I thought this book was narrated by a odd voice, but the book is good. So, most of it is chill. Some is exciting, or happy. 🐐🐏👧🏼

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Wonderful classic from childhood

One of my favorites growing up. The story of a little girl who goes to live with her ornery grandfather and her adventures in the Alps. Highly recommend.

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Very entertaining!

Another most excellent rendition of a favorite tale. Have always loved the story, and this audio version is awesome ... a great choice of reader in Marnie MacAdam. I've had to return a few books because the narrator's voice just wasn't 'right', which totally ruined the listening, but Marnie was terrific!

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Great Classic Story

This is a well done presetation of classic children's literature. the story brings out the impotants of doing the right thing for others, even when it is hard for yourself. And to be generous with what we have no mater how little or how much.

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Heidi is always sweet

Of course this story will be appealing. I’ll always love the poignant and refreshing story. I had to steal a star because the little girls’ voices were often annoying. Their dialect was stilted and varied wildly. Sometimes almost palatable, others tooth-grindingly annoying, piping like piccolos and spoken as though through pursed lips. I actually hope to find another version eventually. This one will do until then.