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Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates

Gelesen von Mark F. Smith

(4,728 Sterne; 79 Bewertungen)

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

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Hans and Gretel

9:15

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Holland

19:09

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The Silver Skates

10:44

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Hans and Gretel Find a Friend

13:46

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Shadows in the Home

14:36

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Sunbeams

9:07

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Hans Has His Way

8:07

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Introducing Jacob Poot and His Cousin

11:51

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The Festival of Saint Nicholas

18:14

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What the Boys Saw and Did in Amsterdam

19:24

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Big Manias and Little Oddities

16:31

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On the Way to Haarlem

7:29

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A Catastrophe

7:22

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Hans

11:08

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Homes

14:36

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Haarlem--The Boys Hear Voices

12:09

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The Man With Four Heads

10:15

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Friends in Need

14:39

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On the Canal

12:57

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Jacob Poot Changes the Plan

14:15

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Mynheer Kleef and His Bill of Fare

5:57

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The Red Lion Becomes Dangerous

23:27

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Before the Court

6:45

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The Beleaguered Cities

11:51

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Leyden

11:59

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The Palace in the Wood

6:10

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The Merchant Prince and the Sister-Princess

25:29

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Through the Hague

14:49

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A Day of Rest /Homeward Bound

13:02

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Boys and Girls

11:12

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The Crisis

13:15

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Gretel and Hilda

13:19

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The Awakening

6:43

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Bones and Tongues

6:51

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A New Alarm

9:12

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The Father's Return

9:17

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The Thousand Guilders

10:16

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Glimpses

7:34

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Looking for Work

10:09

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The Fairy Godmother

11:01

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The Mysterious Watch

16:37

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A Discovery

16:46

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The Race

33:17

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Joy in the Cottage

15:54

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Mysterious Disappearance of Thomas Higgs

5:38

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Broad Sunshine

10:37

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Conclusion

6:57

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Bewertungen

(5 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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

Charming!

(5 Sterne)

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

(4 Sterne)

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

(4 Sterne)

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

I loved it!

(5 Sterne)

Thank you for the fine reading of this sweet book.

Excellent narration

(4 Sterne)

The narration was excellent, but the story seemed simplistic