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The lovable Jo March, introduced to us in Little Women, is now married with two sons of her own and an adopted family of 12 boys. And she couldn't be happier. Since starting an informal school at Plumfield, Jo and Professor Bhaer provide a haven for poor orphaned boys who thrive on warmth, goodness, and the affectionate interest of the March and Bhaer families. Sometimes it's difficult to tame the wild manners and spirits of wild boys who have had no nurturing. But the Bhaers have time for all and are rewarded with the trust of the boys who confide all their hopes, plans, ambitions, and misfortunes.
(P)1996 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Joseph R
  • 03-02-10

Jo's School

How to review this? The title cries out for it to be compared and contrasted with "Little Women" which would be unfair to this really fine book. Here are some authors with works in the same class as "Little Women": Lucy Maude Montgomery, "Anne of Green Gables"; Eleanor H. Porter, "Pollyanna"; Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin, "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm"; Johanna Spyri, "Heidi"; Frances Hodgson Burnett, "A Little Princess", "The Secret Garden". These works are sui generis. It is simply not fair to compare other works with them even those by the same author. These authors wrote many other really great works (see Project Gutenberg) which are not in the same class as the ones above but nevertheless are enjoyable and worthwhile in their own right. Not every book is "War and Peace" (which all acclaim and few read) or "Pride and Prejudice" (which almost everyone reads and makes an unsatisfactory (except Firth/Ehle) movie version.

The stars of this book are the boys, however keep an eye on Jo and her Professor Bhaer, who as adults, make the rules. In a good kid's book, it is always the adults who set the standards and provides the framework for growth and development of decent human beings. Bearing in mind, this is the 1880's, twenty years after the war, before antibiotics, modern medicine, air conditioning, phones, etc., the situations, problems and solutions seem quite modern and germane to 2010. Most of all, this book is fun. Boys are mischievous and will find a way into every kind of trouble. It is interesting how much power the two little girls have over the behavior of the boisterous boys. This is a power innate to women if they choose to exercise it, a forgotten influence in today's world. The narrator, C.M. Hebert did her usual fine job of keeping track of children, adults and multi-storylines.

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  • DeAnn
  • 02-01-21

Delightful and fun

My children loved this book. Thunder Turtles is their new tag line. It deals with hard subjects like death, abandonment and perseverance in an easy and respectful manner.

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  • Kate McMurry
  • 28-05-21

Beloved 19th century children's book

This is a sequel to the 19th century classic children's book, Little Women. The book is structured as a series of episodes, focusing on different children at a private residential school run by Jo, the main protagonist of Little Women, and her much older, German, professor husband. There is no main protagonist who has a story goal that arches throughout the book, unlike Little Women, in which Jo March is the clear main protagonist. However, as an extended epilogue of what became of Jo after the events of Little Women, she is definitely the glue that holds the book together as a mother figure to all of the children at the school.

The narration is well done.

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  • Arctic Ranger
  • 23-01-21

lovely and pure

such a hopeful story of how good can lead to good. great morals and good narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-18

A delightful and deep story with many lessons

I loved the narrator of this book! Her voices were perfect for the story. Little Men is such a beautiful story of how love, patience, and principled discipline can shape a family or school culture that will elevate all.

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  • Jake J2
  • 24-11-17

Great book

I️ enjoyed listen to this novel. It was a fun upbeat story with many things to learn and also to use to teach children about like. Great narration.

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  • Nicole
  • 24-09-12

Great listen for boys and families!

What made the experience of listening to Little Men the most enjoyable?

The narrator speaks in an easy and enjoyable manner.
The book is so well written. It has wonderful moral lessons weaved through the funny adventures of the boys.

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  • Sarah
  • 31-12-14

Great performance, but decent story

I know it is not fair to compare this novel to Little Women, but that's just how it goes sometimes.