Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates


Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.7 stars; 79 reviews)

Mary Mapes Dodge created an instant bestseller with "Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates." She wanted the book to be partly a book of travels and partly a domestic story. It is a tale written for children that adults also find interesting and uplifting. Dodge writes as if she is sending a series of letters from Holland to children in America, and her you-are-there perspective is aided by a nice attention to detail and vivid imagery.
The Brinkers are a poor but stoic family under a dark cloud - Raff, the man of the house, fell from the dikes while reinforcing them during a bad storm, and for ten years he has been in a vegetative state. With no steady income, the family's lot is grinding poverty. Despite their unfortunate circumstances, Hans and Gretel are cheerful children, yet always attentive to the needs of their mother and their present-but-not-really-there father. Their social standing is very low, but they both attract firm friends, even among the gentry, for their honesty, industry, and good-heartedness.
Then a glorious skating race is proposed for the town of Broek, with the prize a pair of silver skates for both the winning boy and girl. In the weeks leading up to the race, we follow the adventures of five of the local boys who are showing a visiting relative from England the sights of the Netherlands. Hans improbably meets the one man who might be able to heal his father, and somehow Hans finds a way to afford some skates so that he and Gretel can enter the race.
This all leads up to a dramatic, moving, and entirely satisfactory conclusion. "Hans Brinker" hits a series of high notes and encourages children to cultivate and display their finer qualities. (9 hr 57 min)

Chapters

Preface/A Letter from Holland 7:38 Read by Mark F. Smith
Hans and Gretel 9:15 Read by Mark F. Smith
Holland 19:09 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Silver Skates 10:44 Read by Mark F. Smith
Hans and Gretel Find a Friend 13:46 Read by Mark F. Smith
Shadows in the Home 14:36 Read by Mark F. Smith
Sunbeams 9:07 Read by Mark F. Smith
Hans Has His Way 8:07 Read by Mark F. Smith
Introducing Jacob Poot and His Cousin 11:51 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Festival of Saint Nicholas 18:14 Read by Mark F. Smith
What the Boys Saw and Did in Amsterdam 19:24 Read by Mark F. Smith
Big Manias and Little Oddities 16:31 Read by Mark F. Smith
On the Way to Haarlem 7:29 Read by Mark F. Smith
A Catastrophe 7:22 Read by Mark F. Smith
Hans 11:08 Read by Mark F. Smith
Homes 14:36 Read by Mark F. Smith
Haarlem--The Boys Hear Voices 12:09 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Man With Four Heads 10:15 Read by Mark F. Smith
Friends in Need 14:39 Read by Mark F. Smith
On the Canal 12:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
Jacob Poot Changes the Plan 14:15 Read by Mark F. Smith
Mynheer Kleef and His Bill of Fare 5:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Red Lion Becomes Dangerous 23:27 Read by Mark F. Smith
Before the Court 6:45 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Beleaguered Cities 11:51 Read by Mark F. Smith
Leyden 11:59 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Palace in the Wood 6:10 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Merchant Prince and the Sister-Princess 25:29 Read by Mark F. Smith
Through the Hague 14:49 Read by Mark F. Smith
A Day of Rest /Homeward Bound 13:02 Read by Mark F. Smith
Boys and Girls 11:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Crisis 13:15 Read by Mark F. Smith
Gretel and Hilda 13:19 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Awakening 6:43 Read by Mark F. Smith
Bones and Tongues 6:51 Read by Mark F. Smith
A New Alarm 9:12 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Father's Return 9:17 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Thousand Guilders 10:16 Read by Mark F. Smith
Glimpses 7:34 Read by Mark F. Smith
Looking for Work 10:09 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Fairy Godmother 11:01 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Mysterious Watch 16:37 Read by Mark F. Smith
A Discovery 16:46 Read by Mark F. Smith
The Race 33:17 Read by Mark F. Smith
Joy in the Cottage 15:54 Read by Mark F. Smith
Mysterious Disappearance of Thomas Higgs 5:38 Read by Mark F. Smith
Broad Sunshine 10:37 Read by Mark F. Smith
Conclusion 6:57 Read by Mark F. Smith

Reviews


(5 stars)

FANTASTIC! I learned so much about Holland AND was enthralled by the sweet story of persevering love and faith. Great for young people to hear about character qualities. As always, I sure enjoy hearing the SKILLFUL reading of Mark Smith. I will choose my next story from the list of his narration. Thank you Mark and Librovox. Listening to these classic stories helps me get my paintings done :)

AMAZING


(5 stars)

Amazing book. Great reader. Pathetic yet happy. No words can describe the scenes better than Mary Mapes Dodge. Mark Smith is an awesome reader.


(5 stars)

Charming story that brings back wonderful memories of our trip to The Netherlands and it's kind hearted, resourceful and determined people.

Charming!


(5 stars)

A gentle story of virtue triumphant in 19th-century Holland very well read by Mark Smith. (TheBookworm, Manchester, UK)


(4 stars)

Book “drags” at times, hence the four stars. Worth listening too just because of the reader, Mark Smith!


(4 stars)

It started out slow but overall it was way better than I suspected.

I loved it!


(5 stars)

Thank you for the fine reading of this sweet book.

Excellent narration


(4 stars)

The narration was excellent, but the story seemed simplistic