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Summary

Filled with the power of love and the beauty of nature, Heidi is a lyrical tale about a little girl sent to live in the mountains of the Swiss Alps with her grandfather. A grumpy recluse, her grandfather has isolated himself from his fellow townspeople and his church. In very little time, Heidi warms his heart; and she quickly charms the whole town and makes new friends, including young Peter, the goatherd. But when Heidi is sent away again to care for a young girl her own age, she must grow wise beyond her years, learning invaluable lessons that she will impart to others to better their lives.

In her best-known book, Johanna Spyri portrays how a child's radiant joy and simple faith can transform the world around her.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

Revised edition: Previously published as Heidi, this edition of Heidi (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Wonderful

This is such an enchanting story. It is timeless, I will never tire of listening to it.
Narrator was brilliant, nice voice to listen to and put the right expression into it.
Loved every minute.

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Rather spoiled by flat narration

This wonderfully inspiring story is rather spoiled by the narrator's flat monotone voice. I chose a woman narrator in the hope she could do the piping voice of Heidi, the calm, patient voice of Clara and the haughty voice of Rottonmeier. There are so many varied characters young and old, yet this lady narrator treats them all with the same, little varying, tone and a certain flatness of delivery. This rather put me off this version of the book.

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narration poor

classic story but the narrates very poor and detracted somewhat. cannot beat a classic story.

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  • 26-09-18

Delight

A wonderful classic and a delightful read. Surprised I waited to long. Loved the whole thing

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-07-20

High literary and moral content!

My daughter and I loved this classic. When I was young I haven't read this but I'm grateful that my daughter and I were able to read and enjoy this book. It promotes high character, trust in the goodness of God, comradery, friendship and love of nature. Every child must read this.

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  • Scholes
  • 29-08-18

My kids and I love this book!

My 7 year old and 3 younger kids have thoroughly enjoyed this book. So worth the read (listen :))

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  • IfOnlyICouldReadAllDay
  • 09-02-20

A childhood favorite, excellently narrated

The narration of this book was excellent. The narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the story -- a childhood favorite of mine -- back to life for me.

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  • no.one
  • 25-07-18

Good book for audio

Well read. I enjoy listening as I go to sleep. This is a great audio for that or for listening to it you've not read the book in younger years.

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  • Adam P
  • 27-05-21

A long, boring slog of a book

Maybe it’s the dry and technical translation and the book is better in German, I don’t know, but I constantly found myself checking the time and groaning while there were still 6, 4, or a few hours left to go. The reader does different voices for the characters, which helps break up the monotony, but the in between narration seems very cold and emotionless. I normally listen to books a bit faster than 1x speed, but this one I found myself cranking up the speed multiple times just to get through it, until at the end I was listening at nearly twice my normal speed.
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  • 18-10-21

What a Wonderful little classic

Heidi is an orphaned child of a tender age who is forced upon what society views as a grumpy, dangerous grandfather. With Heidi’s tender heart and free spirit she soon has everyone on the Swiss mountain, including her grandfather, falling in love with her and changing their lives. Suddenly, she is yanked from this home and the people she loves and sent away to a stranger’s home in Frankfurt. This change and journey will continue to change so many lives for the good and the bad but God has his own plans and journey for everyone involved. A wonderful, heart felt book.

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  • Lesley Sebastian
  • 26-09-21

Timeless Classic!

When I was a little girl, this was my favorite book. My daddy read it to me so often that I knew the first page-and-a-half by heart. Sixty years later, I still love it. Fine narration of a beautiful story of love, faith and friendship. A clean, hopeful, moral read for children in a time when most literature aimed at them is dystopian at best.

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  • 15-09-21

Happy,happy, happy!

Such a Great story. Very well read. Maybe the best happy ending ever! Loved it. Now I have to go watch a few different versions of the movie.

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  • Auzboy
  • 20-08-21

Nice story. Poor execution.

I can imagine this book being very nice in its original German language. However, this audio version is let down by two issues: poor and very formal English translation made worse by a robotic, mechanical, and emotionless narration.