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Written by Johanna Spyri

Narrated by Susan Iannucci, Lee Ann Howlett, Ben Stevens and

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars



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By Johanna Spyri

Presented by Voices of Today

First published in 1881, the subtitle of the book reads "It was written as a book "for children and those who love children." Heidi as a 5 year old orphan has been handed off by her young aunt, Dete, to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. The story follows her life as she falls in love with grandfather and he with her and the life of goat-herding that they share. Grandfather refuses to allow her to attend school in the small village below and quarrels ensue. Her young aunt returns to remove her from grandfather to live as a hired lady's companion to wealthy Clara, a wheelchair bound child, in Frankfurt. She is loved by Clara, but not by the other's within Clara's home where she is considered ill-mannered. Heidi becomes severely homesick and the wealthy family's doctor recommends her return to the mountains. Clara misses Heidi and comes to visit.


Narrator: Susan Iannucci

Heidi: Trisha Rose

Grandfather: Ben Stevens

Brigitta: Jennifer Fournier

Clara: Sarah Bacaller

Also featuring the voices of Ron Altman, David Stifel, Al Gibson, Lee Ann Howlett, Joan Dukore and Susan Marlowe.

Production copyright 2021 Voices of Today
Release dateSep 3, 2021

Johanna Spyri

Johanna Spyri (1827–1901) was a children’s book author born in Switzerland. She is best known for creating the character of Heidi, who has appeared in countless stories, films, and stage adaptations.

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Rating: 3.0461149715729627 out of 5 stars

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    The familiar children's' story. I was surprise to see Heidi described as having dark hair and eyes. I always thought of her as blond (Shirley Temple's fault).The amount of religious references to prayer and God surprised me.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    What a charming book this is! Our titular character, Heidi, is an absolute delight! She has such a refreshing outlook on life, brings sunshine to the lives of everyone she knows, and has a way of thinking of others before herself.

    The story begins with Heidi being dropped off at her grandfather’s house at the top of a high Alpine hill, a man she’s scarcely met, when her aunt who has raised her thus far leaves to take a job with a wealthy family. Heidi immediately takes to the mountain air, the Alpine flowers, her grandfather and his little cottage, and even the local goatherd boy and all of the goats. After a time of reveling in the freedom the outdoors provides her, Heidi is then taken by the same aunt to live with a different wealthy family, as a companion to their daughter. But Heidi longs for her Alpine home, her grandfather, and the friends she’s made on the hill. Nevertheless, Heidi is a true delight to her new friend Clara, even though the family’s home in town is much different from Heidi’s mountain home.

    Full of joy, cheer, doing good for others, as well as delightful and awe-inspiring descriptions of the Swiss Alps and its flora and fauna, this story is a classic must for every family.

    This edition of the book, from Barnes and Noble, is also quite lovely with gilded-edged covers, a lovely ribbon bookmark, and 11 beautiful illustrations.

    While definitely highly recommended, I am rating this one as four stars rather than five, as, while thoroughly enjoyable, pleasant, and refreshing, it did pale a bit in complexity as compared to something like Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, which is from roughly the same era of the late 1800’s.

    Read this one with your little’s and perhaps they too, like Heidi, will charmingly “want to go about like the light-footed goats”.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars