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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Mapes Dodge Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2003 ISBN: 9781436181334
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Young Hans Brinker and his sister, Gretel, live in Holland, the colorful land of sparkling canals and great flapping windmills. But the Brinkers are very poor, and the father is ill. How can Hans help his family survive the long Dutch winter that lies ahead? When Hans learns about a race and the prize—a pair of shiny silver skates—he sees a chance to restore security to the Brinker household. But to help his family triumph over hardship, the determined boy and his sister must overcome some almost impossible challenges before the race even begins. Hans Brinker has been classic of children’s literature for over a century. Providing a fascinating look at daily life in Holland, it has inspired generations of American children to appreciate the people and culture of this industrious country. It is also the heartwarming story that made this Dutch boy a symbol for goodness and devotion. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/18/2014

    " One of my favorite books as a kid. I distinctly remember the first time I read the part about how the ropes from the wooden skates had rubbed into Hans and Gretel's ankles-- and how much they wanted to win that prize. So good, need to read it again... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissie | 2/13/2014

    " I read this as a kid. I still have the book, a hardcover from the 50s! Gray blue woth a rectangular picture of the twokids skating down the canals. This and A Dog of Flanders were how I pictured Holland. It was so strange to visit these places as an adult. In fact, A Dog of Flanders took place in Belgium's Antwerp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 2/13/2014

    " read with 8 year old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Bridges | 2/6/2014

    " Sorry i was 10 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 2/3/2014

    " This book is full of facts about Holland; its art, customs, history, geography and interesting tourist sites. The characters exhibit wonderful christian and moral qualities. I learned a lot about the country. There is also an interesting, mysterious, little side plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Smith | 1/27/2014

    " I love a sweet hearted children's book and the setting of Holland makes it very interesting to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 1/24/2014

    " Read it when I was a kid and enjoyed it. I liked the idea of skating along the river or canal from village to village. I ought to dig it out and read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary-Jane | 1/23/2014

    " I did read this book as a child after reading an excerpt in a school reader, but was only interested in one aspect of the story so just endured the other plots. I am glad I gave it another read as an adult. The story line is great, two mysteries and the anticipation of a skating race. Set in the 1840s, the book is laden with Dutch historical information. I would recommend the book for a grade 7 or 8 audience or above and for adults. I think an illustrated version (including pictures of the places and buildings described) would be fabulous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Petree | 1/20/2014

    " **This book is not the same edition that I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/15/2014

    " Cute, old fashioned classic. Great description of Holland "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina | 1/1/2014

    " I don't remember much of this book, but I do remember reading it at least once and enjoying it. I still have my copy, which I have not read as an adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 12/21/2013

    " This was intimidating as children's books go, but it was fun once you got into it. Probably not for every kid, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maris Dees | 11/9/2013

    " DO. NOT. READ. THIS. BOOK. DON'T READ IT! JUST, TURN YOUR HEAD AWAY FROM THIS BOOK AND CHOOSE SOMETHING ELSE THAT'S BETTER! LIKE, WHINNIE THE POOH! I DON'T CARE, JUST DON'T READ THIS BOOK!...Actually,others may enjoy this book but in my opinion it was quite bad. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 CC | 10/26/2013

    " Except for what I learned about dikes, I didn't find this an enjoyable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eryn | 7/8/2013

    " This book was quite interesting, and didn't take that long to read. Parts of the middle I needed to skim through- it seemed more like a history lesson on Holland than a novel. Still, the overall plot line was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al | 5/25/2013

    " An amazing, classic child's tale that is part of the foundation of fiction and novel writing for modern writers. My parents read this to me when I was a child and I read it to my children. It is a tale meant to be shared by a family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 lola Franco | 5/7/2013

    " dutch history interspersed with the story of hans brinker and his family. very victorian and melodramatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 6/8/2012

    " Love this book, always great to read it at Christmas time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 12/13/2011

    " one of my very favorite Christmas stories. I read it every December and love it each time anew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Lofgren | 10/1/2011

    " Listened to the audio book while on family road trip. The whole fam enjoyed it. The unabridged goes into so much detail about Holland. Quite fascinating. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emma | 6/14/2011

    " terrible... worst book that i have ever read- dont read unless you are bored and have nothing else to do if i could put no stars i would "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 3/16/2011

    " One of my favorite hildhood books, I read this classic many times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 2/10/2011

    " It made me want to read more about Holland. It was a cute children's book and now I know the story behind Hans Brinker. I've heard the name and it mentioned many times and now I understand it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 _elena_88 | 1/31/2011

    " The most beautiful book that I read when I was little! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 12/29/2010

    " one of my very favorite Christmas stories. I read it every December and love it each time anew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 12/22/2010

    " Just finished reading this one with Emma. It was cute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 12/7/2010

    " I enjoyed the book and rate it at 7 of 10. The story of Hans and Gretel their family overcoming poverty and Raffs head injury. A happy ending with Hans becoming a doctor. It was a pleasant surpise read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 12/6/2010

    " I love the descriptions of the Holland's history and geography. The story is really great. There is a part halfway through that lost my interest for a short period of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/17/2010

    " Hans Brinker is added to my list of literary heroes! I loved reading this old classic. It was so refreshing because the central characters embodied old-fashioned virtues and there was, of course, the happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shallowwater | 7/9/2010

    " wrong edition until I get back to check. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 6/29/2010

    " Occasionally this story drifts into melodrama or lapses into tedious descriptions. Nevertheless, it is a fine story, and my entire family enjoyed it. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Mapes Dodge

Mary Mapes Dodge (1831–1905) was the acknowledged leader in the field of juvenile fiction during her lifetime. From 1873 until her death, she edited and contributed to the children’s magazine St. Nicholas, to which she attracted such writers as Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Rudyard Kipling. She also authored the short-fiction collection Irvington Stories.

About the Narrator

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.