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Heidi Audible – Unabridged

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 3 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks
  • Audible.com Release Date: December 12, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NXPJ9A
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beware, the beauty of literature is not in this edition! THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE PUFFIN IN BLOOM EDITION ONLY. Heidi is such an awesome story, the translation by Helen Dole reads so beautifully and engages the reader to follow closely along, to interact and enter into the adventure. This book has short sentences, as if to hand feed the reader so that they don't need to pay attention or engage. In other words- it's a dumbed-down translation!! Please don't deprive young readers of good literature! There is a place for simplified versions of books BUT that should be clear when purchasing that it isn't the original version and writing has been altered. This book changes the names of characters too. It is a travesty!! So, if all you want is a "pretty" cover - fine, but even the inside illustrations aren't good - it saddened me and I sent it back. Thank you, Amazon for ease of returns. Please be aware that Amazon sells different editions translated differently. Perhaps you'll find a new edition that is better than this one. I'm very happy with the used copy I found on Amazon with a copy write date of 1945. The illustrations are wonderful and the language is beautiful, and the names are not Americanized. The Puffin in Bloom edition has a character named Barbie.
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This review pertains to the Puffin in Bloom edition of Heidi, rather than to the literary merit of the book or translation (by Eileen Hall).

The cover illustration is done by Anna Bond who may be better known for her lovely stationery collection, Rifle Paper Co. The cover is a vibrant yellow-green with the title in gold embossing over a floral-framed mountain scene. The back cover features a pull-out quote – "Heidi looked around with growing delight at the mountain peaks she knew so well and which seemed to greet her like old friends."

The interior illustrations, taken from the 1956 edition of Heidi also published by Puffin, are charmingly vintage. There appears to be one illustration per chapter. The book is typeset in Minion and just the right size to be accessible to both children and adults.

This edition also includes end notes with a profile of Johanna Spyri, information about Switzerland, and brief character and reading guides.

This would make a special addition to any growing library.
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Format: Hardcover
A while back when I was in my 30's (never mind how long ago that was!) I was sick with the flu, and I found a copy of HEIDI, so I crawled into a nice warm bed and re-read the book -- as an adult.
What insight into human nature! And as an adult I appreciated the dry, understated humor. I also appreciated the spiritual insights -- that God will give us what we desire, but sometims uses circumstances we don't like to teach us truths that we couldn't learn otherwise.
When I was a girl I was often turned off by what was called "good reading," but for some reason, I enjoyed Heidi and it never seemed sappy or corny.
Very much worth reading!
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Modern adaptations tend to reduce HEIDI to the distastefully saccharine--and as such do a tremendous disservice to Swiss author Johanna Spyri, whose original 1880 novel is a surprisingly sophisticated work founded on a solid plot line and including exceptionally well-rounded characters and memorably rendered descriptions of both the Alpine peasantry and the German aristocracy.

When hardnosed Aunt Dete has the opportunity to secure better employment, she wastes little time in unloading five year old and orphaned Heidi on the child's grandfather, a Swiss peasant whose personal tragedies have led him to a life of isolation in the Alps. Heidi quickly penetrates her grandfather's superficial gruffness; he quickly grows to love the child and she in turn becomes a local favorite. Several years later, however, Dete is motivated by guilt to have second thoughts about the child's welfare, and snatches Heidi from the Alps to become the companion of the wealthy but invalid child Klara, who resides in Frankfurt.

Transported to this alien city so abruptly, Heidi pines for both the Alps and her grandfather even as she comes to love Klara. She also upsets the rigidly ordered household, personified by housekeeper by the unpleasant but comical Miss Rottenmeier. When Klara's sensible grandmother suggests Heidi take her problems to God, the child does precisely that, and after several disappointments discovers that her situation is part of a larger plan that will lead to a greater happiness for all concerned.

HEIDI was written at a time when children were expected to be able to read far beyond the scope of that which we expect of modern children. As a result, it is a children's novel written that is indeed a novel in every sense of the word, including length.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I picked this up at Goodwill, delighted to come across an old favorite that I could pass on to my niece and nephew. But first I thought I'd revisit an "old friend."

Surprise - this is NOT the "old friend" of my childhood. This is a plodding, poorly translated, dumbed-down version edited by someone who obviously feels that American children are incapable of even grasping that someone in another country might have a foreign-sounding name. I nearly threw the book across the room when I discovered that Grandfather's goats, originally named Schwanli and Barli ("little swan" and "little bear") were now to be known as "Dusky and Daisy." A village woman named Barbel mysteriously becomes "Barbie." The "Alm-Uncle" (the grandfather) suddenly becomes "Uncle Alp." Makes me half expect him to start barking and shedding (or maybe trying to eat cats).

If you loved Heidi as a child, then be warned - this is NOT the book you loved. The lyrical, magical language of the Helen Dole translation is completely lost here . This is dull and leaden, and every change is clearly designed to make it "easier to comprehend" with the clear assumption that children just can't comprehend anything remotely complex or interesting.

If you are hoping to pass along this wonderful book to your own children, find the original. Don't settle for "dumbing down" - your kids deserve better. Again, look for the Helen Dole translation - and relive the magic!
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