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While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the Western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits or, best of all, when the fair comes to town.

This is Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of how her husband, Almanzo, grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

©1933, 1961 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2004, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Almost perfect...

This is one of my all-time favourite books. I love the story, the subject, the style of writing, and the narration here almost did it justice. Just a shame that a couple of times I was distracted by what I am sure were mis-pronunciations and which had me reaching for the (American) dictionary to check ! I realise that there can be huge regional variations in accents and I thought Ms Jones voice well suited the material but there still has to be a standard pronunciation or the meaning is lost. Primer and primmer are not the same word!

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 13-11-17

wonderful way to spend a childhood.

Enjoy this book as an adult with your children by your side. There are some great scenes in this book. I especially like the story of the pig and the candy, I also liked the story about the Colt STARLIGHT. the part where the parents go away for a week and the kids are left at home to cook and clean is hilarious, almost like the kids getting into the cookie jar with all the sugar they used. The narrator is perfect and has a wonderful voice for this book and makes it sound like you are really there as Almanzo. Laura Ingalls Wilder hit a homerun with me with this book and I'm 58 so I guess I'm just a kid at heart.

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  • knittymama
  • 20-02-17

7 year old boy's review

This is the best book ever. I like that it is set on a farm and it all the cool stuff they did. They get to do lots of grown up stuff but also have fyun. The ending made me sad that it ends! I really like Almanzo's dad. It feels good inside to hear about him.

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  • J. C. WOODS
  • 01-05-17

Fun, wholesome, outstanding!

We listened to this story as a family on a road trip, and I feel like it enriched all of our lives! Our young girls enjoyed, our teenage boys enjoyed it, and their parents enjoyed it too :)

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  • Diane
  • 13-04-18

A family favorite!

Where does Farmer Boy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This might be my kids' (ages 6 and 7) favorite audiobook - they've probably listened to it more than 10 times. We have listened to Farmer Boy on road trips, and my husband and I enjoy it too.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Farmer Boy?

Cherry Jones does a great job narrating, and the fiddle music adds a great touch.

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  • Uzma A.
  • 28-01-18

Best

Best ever in the world ever.And very very long.☺😇😊😀😁😂😃😄😅😉.And 29 chapters which are very intresting=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)=)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-17

wonderful story

My children enjoyed this book immensely. We recommend it to anyone, especially if you like farm life.

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  • J. Hasley
  • 05-05-17

childhood treasure

one of my favorite childhood books. Didn't care for the narrator's voice or pacing. Was she trying to sound like an enthusiastic little boy? Not sure but it wasn't written in first person.

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  • sdtrogdon
  • 15-03-17

Oh My...Part Two

This narrator has obviously never been in the country.

The chapter about Almanzo training his calves...

"Giddap" is pronounced as though one is saying "Git up", not "Gha DAP" with emphasis on DAP, as she says it. Worst yet, "Gee" is pronounced with a hard G sound, yet she pronounces it as "Ghee".

Could you folks at Audible please make sure that future narrators have full command over the English language before you turn them loose to read? Thanks.

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  • Claudy
  • 17-06-17

Another great classic

I enjoyed the stories about Almonzos childhood. And I want some of his mother cooking. And as always Cherry Jones dis a great job of bringing Ingalls books to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-17

descriptions!

what I liked best was the detailed descriptions the author used .....how to make the sled, how to train the oxen, how the food was made....all just like I was there watching it!

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