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Eight Cousins

Narrated by: Erica Collins
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
Regular price: £0.89
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Summary

This is the story of Rose, a rich but lonely and sickly girl who has been recently orphaned and sent to live with her maiden aunts. When Rose's guardian, Uncle Alec, returns from abroad he takes over her care. Through his unorthodox theories about child-rearing and her exposure to the exploits of her seven male cousins and numerous aunts, Rose becomes happier and healthier, cured of many of her fears and prejudices. She also makes friends with Phebe, her aunts' maid of her own age, whose cheerful attitude in the face of poverty helps to illustrate to Rose her own good fortune.

©2018 Louisa May Alcott (P)2018 Oregan Publishing

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  • Honey-Gram
  • 22-01-19

Good old fashioned read!

I enjoyed this sweet little book very much. Travel back to another time and get an idea of was important for children to learn. Good literature for children to read aloud.

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  • Robert Johnson
  • 02-01-19

Always a classic

remains a classic transcendentalist children's story, the only bit that is weak in this one is the reader.

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  • Trista Hibberd
  • 05-12-18

sweet and uplifting

At first I had a hard time with the narrators performance. it seemed tired. after I got used to that I thought it fit Rose's character quite well. most of all I loved the story and the moral gifts it holds.

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  • ShirleyC
  • 15-02-19

A delight and an eye-opener to close family ties!

An absolute delight! Cousins who grow up together from infanthood to young adults, who never separate, fall out of touch, or only know their own relatives by name (if that) and not by firsthand experience, It's a richness unknown by many, and yet we are invited in to the family to experience their growing up as small children to young adulthood. Some is familiar, some utterly unheard of in today's world , but ALL of it is a welcome invitation to the deeper meaning of being part of a FAMILY. The whole is SIMPLY SCRUMPTIOUS to experience and is beautifuland to behold.

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  • M. K. Fehr
  • 10-02-19

Great!

This is the best book ever! But I didn’t like the voice of the speaker. It had no expression of the story.and the boys sounded like girls when they talked,because of that weird persons voice. This is my favorite book ever!😀

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  • Richard C
  • 17-01-19

The narrator’s voice made me feel sad..

Some words were mispronounced too. This narration, such a shame, for a very nice book.

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  • Anne M
  • 23-11-18

Worth it.

So, the book itself was really great. The reader, though wasn’t the right choice for this book. I think I would have liked it more, had I just read the physical book myself. Still worth it. It’s cheap.

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  • Lissa_Me
  • 21-11-18

Story good if a bit over the top, narration drab

This is my second read and first as an adult. It strikes me that the children all act well below their age (I certainly wasn't being held and carried when I was 13/14!) and it's not just a lack of sophistication that might be marked as a moral good, it just seems childish. Still it's an endearing story with some beautiful thoughts on thoughtfully raising children.

The narration is pretty bad, no emotion at all, completely monotone and slightly depressed sounding. It is clear though and you can understand clearly but I wanted inflection and to be able to hear the character's joy and exclamation and not anticipate their dialog leading to sorrow when it was meant to communicate exuberance. Very odd.