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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (32 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: September 2009 ISBN: 9781455173426
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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.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Payam | 1/21/2014

    " One of the most brilliant horror fictions I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd Miles | 1/15/2014

    " This was a fun book to read to my young children. The book moved quickly and was at times a bit preachy, but that's OK. It created a lot of teachable moments where we could discuss the morality of Pinocchio as he made various decisions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 1/10/2014

    " Pinocchio always scared me as a child "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 12/28/2013

    " Wonderful story for children with clear presentation of evil characters, consequences of evil actions, and the encouragement to strive for virtue. I had no idea how much more rich the development of Pinocchio's character was compared with the Disney movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Stephens | 12/6/2013

    " This was quite a bit different from the Disney cartoon I saw as a kid. Basically, this book is an allegory for why children should behave and what happens if they act up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha | 12/5/2013

    " We read this at bedtimes and the girls continually begged me to keep reading. Pinocchio in a naughty boy and misfortune follows him every time. We had many talks on being good and listening at times when Pinocchio did not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 12/1/2013

    " Daddy is reading this book to the child I'm incubating in utero to get baby familiar with his voice...it was a happy coincedence that there are some good lessons in unconditional love in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Schiboni | 11/20/2013

    " Read the original Italian version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice Durante | 11/9/2013

    " Collodi's Pinocchio says a lot more than the Disney film would have you believe. See my review at Books of Wonder & Wisdom "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 10/19/2013

    " Funny and imaginative, but dark (Pinocchio's running from a murderous cat and dog) and rambling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 9/29/2013

    " My kids and I enjoyed reading this together. I liked it more than I thought I would. It teaches good morals for children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jene'e | 11/11/2012

    " (I have the copy illustrated by Gris Grimly which enhances the story a lot in my opinion). This is one of my favorite "dark" children's stories; filled with great life lessons both young and old can take away from it and also have nightmares from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Roberts | 11/10/2012

    " Another forgotten gem! The original is so little like the Disney movie. Collodi's book is hilarious, biting, and poignant. Annika read it aloud to me. Don't skip this one!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/12/2012

    " Maybe the randomest book ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mindy | 8/22/2012

    " We gave this book our best shot, but none of us loved it and when all was said and done, my overall impression of our first read was "weird." I may return to give this book another chance in the future, now that we know what to expect, but it will not be the near future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keane Li | 4/4/2012

    " Loved it! Took me awhile to read it in Italian. It is a beautiful story that's very different from the Disney reinterpretation. I feel honored to have experienced this Italian classic, especially after having just come back from Tuscany! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cora | 11/20/2011

    " I listened to the dramatized audio version of this book. It was kind of short.I like it all the same,all the cast did a great job to do the justice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrinka | 10/11/2011

    " I never really know how to rate children's books, unless they're mindblowing. Although I've never seen the Disneyfied version of this story, my guess is that the original outshines the American animated version; Pinocchio seems less cloying in the former. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/26/2011

    " Disney really edited this.... a cross between the gingerbread man (pinocchio) and the giving tree (geppetto)



    as near as I can tell, this version is not a retelling. compared with Rand McNally & Company 1939. skimmed the text and it appears the same :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/20/2011

    " Not the edition we had when I was a child(50's) but close enough. I don't know
    that I'd recognize the cover even if it was in the lookup list. Some of my first book/look/reading experience. Date read is just approximate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toya | 6/12/2011

    " Awwww what a classic story of a wooden boy who just wants to be accepted I love reading this story as a kid and it never gets old even now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deviant | 5/30/2011

    " full of lessons, humor and adventure "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 5/26/2011

    " Interesting to read the original Pinnochio story but I got bored after 50 pages. Perhaps it was because I already knew what was going to happen, but I lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/19/2011

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this classic piece of children's literature. It opens up a lot of dialogue with children about moral issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/16/2011

    " I had never read the real story and was surprised by how different it is than the Walt Disney version. In the book it takes Pinocchio much longer to become a good boy and he is also blatantly naughty in the book as opposed to being deceived into being naughty in the movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frank | 5/14/2011

    " My my. Such a naughty boy.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 5/10/2011

    " On the whole, this has to be the least satisfying classic I've read over the past couple of months. I genuinely disliked nearly every character in the book, with special emphasis on Pinocchio. I was rooting for the fireplace rather than the real boy angle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 5/8/2011

    " This is now one of my FAVORITE childrens books! This book teaches so much about life, has symbolism, and moves quickly. Everyone would run to hear this when it was time to read! "

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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.