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Pinocchio Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,553 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carlo Collodi Narrator: Susan O’Malley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When the old woodcarver Geppetto decides to make a puppet boy to dance and turn summersaults, he doesn’t know that he has chosen a magical piece of wood. To his amazement, his puppet can talk and play, just like the liveliest child. But a human soul must be earned; and thus begin the adventures of Pinocchio.

A tragicomic figure, Pinocchio is a poor, illiterate peasant boy with few choices in life who usually chooses to shirk his responsibilities and get into trouble. Pinocchio plays pranks on Geppetto, is duped by Fox and Cat, smashes the pedantic talking Cricket, and narrowly escapes death with the help of the blue-haired Fairy. But he is also brave, and as he stumbles from one predicament to the next, he makes his way unsteadily toward his heart’s desire.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio…is short on Disneyesque sentimentality (there is a talking cricket, but Pinocchio squashes him)…Satire and farce…bring to life this tale of gumption and greed.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Disney’s sentimental depiction of Pinocchio bears little resemblance to Collodi’s unscrupulous puppet…[and] the sardonic wit and black humor of the original.”

    Times (London)

  • “Collodi’s classic story of a naughty puppet come to life is a fine tale which deserves the attention of new audiences.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “[A] witty, satiric tale…grownups will appreciate it as much or more than children.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The Disney version of Pinocchio is so engrained in the American consciousness that it is easy to forget how quirky, surrealistic, ironic, funny, and, at times, very dark the original novel is.”


Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Anne Hawn Smith | 2/11/2014

    " We are all so used to the Disney version of Pinocchio that it is startling to read the original version. While there are differences, there is enough similarity to the original for everyone but the purist. Pinnochio has more adventures and meets more people in the original, but he is still the same little disobedient, gullible puppet. We read this as a homeschool book and really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Joshua Beachy | 2/2/2014

    " I don't know that I've seen the Disney film based on this book. I've seen bits and pieces at the very least, but if I've seen it all, I hardly remember it. I only read this because my wife and I were talking about it and I decided that it was a shame I hadn't read the book. I was more in the mood for an adult story though, so I rushed through it. Not that it takes a while to get through. It is certainly written for children, even if there are aspects of the story that become quite dark. Apparently, Collodi intended on the book ending when Pinocchio was hanged, but his publisher asked for more. Frankly, I found the moralization to be heavy-handed and any child worth his salt would agree I'm sure. But the disturbing aspects of the book were its redeeming quality: the blue fairy, when she first appears, is the ghost of a young girl, waiting for the bier to carry her off; the killing of the Talking Cricket with a hammer; the death of Candlewick; and the entire dog-fish story line. Of course, with any translation, judging the writing style is difficult. One isn't really judging the author so much as the translator, and since I don't speak or read Italian, I'll reserve my judgements of the writing for myself. Obviously, this book is a classic. It has lasted over an hundred years and has been beloved by children the entirety of that time. As an adult though, I found it tiring for the most part. I just wanted to get through it. I would read it to my children, but it wouldn't be my first choice. I'd reach for Alice, The Hobbit, or the Narnia stories long before I came to this work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Michelle | 2/1/2014

    " As I said in my review on "The Master Puppeteer," the boys and I found ourselves in the middle of an unplanned unit on puppets when we read these two books, which was great! We all enjoyed reading the original story of Pinocchio, and learning that his adventures were much more extensive (and at times darker) than Disney would have you know. Surprises included the revelation that Stromboli, who is called Mangiafuoco in the book, is actually kindhearted in the end, and Pinocchio is not as sweet as we all thought - before he has even left home, in annoyance, he throws a mallet at the talking cricket, killing him. We couldn't resist watching the Disney film when we finished the book, and comparing the two. To complete our "unit" on puppetry, we watched "Being Elmo," which is an inspiring documentary about the man who created the character on Sesame Street. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Alex DK | 1/23/2014

    " I read this one aloud to my children (7, 12, 14) and we knew it would be different than Disney's version. We were still surprised to see how different. It still has a wooden puppet, a whale, Gepetto and a few other similarities, but I wouldn't recommend it for young readers/listeners! "

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About the Author
Author Carlo Collodi

Carlo Collodi (1826–1890) was the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini, an Italian journalist born in Florence. Collodi’s life and writings were dedicated to the Italian liberation movement to free the country from Austrian domination and establish a national identity. In 1875, Collodi put aside his political struggles and turned to a new interest, writing for children.

About the Narrator

Susan O’Malley (a.k.a. Bernadette Dunne) is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.