Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I.
Part II, chronicles Meg's joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo's struggle to become a writer, Beth's tragedy, and Amy's artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott's childhood, this lively portrait of 19th-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers and listeners.
Public Domain (P)2011 Listening Library
"The American female myth." (Madelon Bedell)
I love Little Women. I first watched the film with Winona Ryder before reading the book, but think they complement each other. I love the little moralising stories, with good overcoming evil, and hard work, patience and fortitude winning the day. It is a story I always feel uplifted having listened to (despite some tears at certain points). I found Kate Reading a very good narrator - one of the most important things when in audio format.
If you are a fan is classic audio books you are going to love this one. It's about four girls who grow up through their lives in this story.My opinion is that this is the greatest audio book ever. Play now if you are a classic movie lover.☺☺☺☺☺☺☺😁😁😁☺☺☺☺☺☺☺😁😁😁😄
"Classic story, classic reading"
This is the story of my childhood read in a true and faithful way. Relatable to any woman at any age!
"Delightful and Rich "
So much wisdom, so beautifully shared! I am ever so grateful to have chosen this title!
"Kate Reading does a wonderful job"
The narrator does a wonderful job of bringing the little women's voices to life with unique voices.
Great book, old school language makes it even more surreal. Have some Kleenex ready as it has some real moments of true sadness. Great storyline of true family.
"First read as a preteen; reread in my fifties."
This book was selected for my book club. At first I had little desire to read it but started it and then got too involved in it to stop. It's well written although a bit too sentimental and moralistic at times. But Ms. Alcott hits upon many real emotions and struggles throughout the book. I did not appreciate these attributes as a preteen. Once you have read Little Women, try the contemporary novel March by Geraldine Brooks. It's the story of the father while he was away at war. Definitely not a child's book.
Classic... Heart... Life
Little Women is in a league by itself. Why try to compare others?
Kate's voice is very pleasant and she does an excellent job with all the characters' voices. I never once wondered who was talking. The story really comes alive with a great narrator. Thank you, Kate.
Not really. I wanted to take my time with it. And did. It was great to listen to in the car on my work commute. Very calming but engaing.
I am so glad to have narrator choices with Audible, so that I can sample and pick the one I think will suit me best. Thank you, Audible, for the variety!
"Fantastic audio edition of a beloved classic"
I'm sure I will. The story is a timeless delight. I loved it as a girl and still do as an adult. Reading does a flawless job of bringing the characters and the story to life.
The final proposal for Jo because it's funny and heartwarming.
I've not, but I definitely would. She's talented and has a fantastic voice.
This long story does both. Some parts are hysterical and others touching. There's a reason we still love it.
"A classic story of family, of childhood, of love."
Everyone knows the story of Little Women, and another review will mean nothing. However, there is one thing that surprised me which I want to mention. I had always thought of this book as a story of the Civil War and its effects for families. While part of the story does discuss the hardship of these four girls and their mother I would not say the book spends much time there and the plot says little about the war. I expected a little of Gone With the Wind -- a book that talks much about the difficulties for women and children living in the South at the time. I hoped for some of that same discussion here. Because of that, I can only give it four stars.
While this is not my usual cup of tea, but after the first part was finished, I actually did enjoy part two. Still not my usual fare, but it was a lot more entertaining.
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