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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,836 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Mapes Dodge Narrator: Flo Gibson Publisher: Audio Book Contractors Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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This children's classic provides a tender and touching tour of 19th-century Holland. Meet the poor but valiant Brinker family, learn from a young boy's skating excursion full of Dutch history and lore, and experience the exciting race for the silver skates.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/15/2014

    " Another true children's classic! Well-written, as instructive as it is charming! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 2/9/2014

    " Well, this book was pretty much what I expected so I shouldn't really complain. It is old and was written by someone in America who had only read a history book on the Netherlands (but she did visit after the book was published, to her credit). Basically it read like an old, cheesy Disney film like Pollyanna (in fact, not surprisingly,it was made into one), wherein the cheery, good people are rewarded and the nasty, mean people get their comeuppance. Plus a complete contrived plot. But again, I knew what I was getting into. Somehow, after the holidays ended and I was still reading this book, it ceased being charming. Not its fault. Mine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/7/2014

    " Read it a long time ago; don't really remember much,but it was pretty good, what I remember. "

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

    " read with 8 year old. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 1/26/2014

    " I liked it because it discussed a lot of Dutch history. The author wrote a story to tell about Holland. It was a slow read. But, I'm glad I read it and I enjoyed the story of the Brinker family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maris Dees | 1/14/2014

    " 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. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Bridges | 1/11/2014

    " Sorry i was 10 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/1/2014

    " This is just the kind of story I like. Hard times at the beginning, everyone happy at the end. Not too complicated. I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hirosasazaki Sasazaki | 12/7/2013

    " I read more simple version which omits some detail on Dutch culture and focuses on what Hans and her sister do. It was good read. Hayao Miyazaki recommended it and I know why. Hopefully I wanna read original version. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 lola Franco | 11/13/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Logan | 11/10/2013

    " In elementary school, I begged my mom to buy me this book at a book fair. She finally consented...and I had the hardest time getting into the book. I thought it was boring and only finished reading it to show my mom that it wasn't a waste of money. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 11/9/2013

    " Only three more chapters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Clarke | 10/25/2013

    " I'm planning to read this with my kids this year. Fun story with a lot of interesting historical and cultural references. Good illustration of kindness, family love, and forgiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 The Smiths | 10/18/2013

    " Cute story. I enjoyed reading it. It was originally published in 1865! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 8/30/2013

    " Felt very special at a book fair in elementary school (one free book per student) that they let me pick out and take a chapter book even though I was only in second grade. Ooh, so fancy. Don't remember the book though! Only the prestige of getting it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 6/22/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chocoholic | 1/2/2013

    " I chose an audio book for this title. It was a nice story, but pretty much about Dutch history. It was well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/1/2013

    " I remember I got this as a Christmas present from one of my childhood best friends years ago, and it's just full of wholesome goodness. Really nice, pure kids. Very cute story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Vegan | 11/1/2012

    " I loved this book as a kid and reread it several times. It was especially enjoyable while eating Dutch chocolate shoes. ;-) This book made me fascinated with all things Holland. I still have the edition I read when I was 8 or 9. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 6/5/2012

    " Great read of the country of Holland or The Netherlands, especially enjoyed reading it when it was 100 degrees in Texas!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 6/1/2012

    " I just re-read this 1865 classic tale of Dutch life. I was inspired by the Olympics and my current love of ice skating! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 3/18/2012

    " I can't believe how much I loved this book, it's probably because I didn't have to read it in school!!It was culturally rich inDutch history with an engaging sub story about a skating race. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 1/7/2012

    " Like Dickens, Mary Mapes Dodge tells a story about children trying to survive. Hans and Gretel's father is not in his right mind and cannot work. Although the chatty style and Dutch history lessons detract, the story is very moving when it gets back on track with Hans' quests. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elevetha Houre | 12/8/2011

    " Holland. Winter. A skating competition. Brother and sister. Mystery. 8+. Enough said. "

  • 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 1/8/2011

    " MCL. Junior Illustrated Library edition. "

  • 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.