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Summary

High in the Swiss Alps, Heidi, a five-year-old orphan, comes to live with her grandfather. His neighbors say he is a fierce old hermit, of whom they are all afraid. Heidi, however, proves to be a remarkable, unaffected child, who quickly charms her grandfather. In fact, for Heidi, nothing could be better than living with him. She enjoys a genuine enthusiasm for life: for the goats, which she helps Peter to tend; for the spring flowers on the Alm; for the thick slices of bread and cheese that her grandfather prepares for her; and for the simple hay bed that she occupies in the loft of his hut.

However, her Aunt Dete doesn't understand, and it is a sad day when she takes Heidi to live in a strange city with a strange family who wants a companion for their young invalid daughter named Klara. Heidi does her best to be a friend to Klara, but her longing for home becomes too much to bear.

(P)1994 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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Heidi

A lovely story showing even in our darkest days hope always wins through and dreams can come true.A great classic

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A beautiful and heart-stirring classic, written by an author who really cared about how adults treat and mistreat children. Probably written more for the adults than the kids.

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Lovely.

As a child, I loved this book and read it more than once. Now in my seventies, I find it just as satisfying.

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Lovely story well read

It’s a lovely sorry and Joanna ward reads it very clearly and with the right level of feeling.

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Favourite childhood story

What an utter delight to listen to this. Heidi is reason I have adored the mountains all my life and it was wonderful to listen to it again after over 50 years

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Excellent story about childhood and friendship

Great story about a little girl that changes the lives of everyone she meets. Set in picturesque Swiss mountains it will be appreciated by anyone who loves nature and likes to be moved by the innocence of childhood. Similar to "The Secret Garden" (by Frances Hodgson Bennett) in many respects, which for me was only a plus.

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  • Joseph R
  • 28-02-09

Belongs in every collection

Hollywood through its inventions and alterations has never done justice to Johanna Spyri's Heidi. It has always served up syrupy and unsatisfying movie versions. On the other hand, the narrator Johanna Ward pours forth mountain tops, fir trees, goat herds, flowers, slices of goat cheese, howling winds, bright stars, heartbreak, love and the magnificent wonder of life. This is the story of three men, an old woman and a young woman each broken and alienated in their own way as told through the optimistic and cheerful orphan Heidi. It is a story of their healing and reconciliation. Each had a heavy burden, the grandfather, bitter at the world, rich Herr Sesemann with a beloved but perhaps dying daughter, the doctor suffering from the lost of his own daughter, the lonely, poverty stricken grandmother and wheelchair bound Clara Sesemann.

Heidi is a very simple girl with simple dreams and faith, for this is a book of dreams and faith. Clara told her father that life was never dull with Heidi about. Heidi lighted up every room she entered from the grandmother's dark corner to the grand rooms of Frankfurt mansions. This is a story of five people who drew from Heidi new strength and made it their own becoming changed within then healed and whole again.

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  • Julie Tucker
  • 29-08-07

A MUST-HAVE!!

Johanna Ward is an EXCELLENT narrator! This is a perfect audiobook to listen to when you need a break from the lengthier heavy plotted novels (and I've listened to all sorts!).

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  • Debbie
  • 15-09-11

Delightful!

What made the experience of listening to Heidi the most enjoyable?

I loved the narrator's intonations and her use of various vocal effects.

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I read this book years ago. Needed something to listen to while exercising. The story was more enjoyable than I remembered. Johanna Ward made listening a thoroughly delightful experience.

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  • Waters
  • 09-01-15

Excellent!

I bought this version of Heidi for my first grade homeschooled daughter. She was glued to the story and never wanted to turn it off. She finished it in 4 days and wants to start it over again. The reader does an excellent job!

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  • Jennifer M. McNally
  • 30-01-19

not like the movie-in a good way.

Possibly my new favorite book. I loved it so much. It is all happy feel good for the most part. There are, of course, antagonists and conflict; however, there are no dark and twisty parts like the movie version. I am guessing everyone knows what Heidi is about. A sweet little orphan girl (from age 5) raised by her grandfather who's the town outcast. He's a hermit living in the mountain. Heidi has lots of adventures and makes many friends and new family over the 5 or so years this book spans through her life 💕

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  • Sarah Reeves
  • 27-10-21

Good performance

I had never read Heidi and knew it was a classic. The story was lacking so much. It is a very innocent book but is very boring. Don’t waste your time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-10-21

refreshing read

Such a simple yet beautiful story. Narration was soothing. I listened to this before falling asleep, and when I needed quite time.

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  • Jami
  • 01-10-21

Re-Read of Childhood Favorite

I remembered enjoying this as a child, and I was not disappointed when I read it again as an adult. Very heartwarming and enjoyable story.

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  • KV
  • 14-08-21

A Truly Beautiful Story

Surprisingly, this is the first time I have read this story, and I know believe it to be one of favorites! The narrator was wonderful, and my whole family enjoyed listening in the car and during lunch time. I highly recommend reading this story. It is filled with such beauty and hope.

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  • M. L. Gunderson
  • 29-06-21

Nice!

I have seen Heidi movies over the years, but the book is always better than what’s on the silver screen. Good reading by Johanna Ward!