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Summary

Featured title on PBS's The Great American Read in 2018

As a New England mother struggles to support her family in the wake of her husband's service in the Civil War, her four daughters struggle, too - caught between childhood dreams and the realities of burgeoning adulthood. For Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, raised in integrity and virtue, negotiating the right path in life means making choices that will either narrow or expand their destinies.

Based on the author’s life, Little Women transcends genre, gender, and class with its examination of personal quests, societal restrictions, family ties, and the end of innocence.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to listen to a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

Revised edition: Previously published as Little Women, this edition of Little Women (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • WMassman
  • 28-02-19

Little Women, narrated by Sandra Burr

Ms. Burr makes the prose come alive. It is like listening to a radio play. As a listener, you trust in her strong narrative voice and miss it when you put the book down for awhile. The text is a great moral prescription for men and women young and old, but I believe the audio book helped me perceive the moral nuance more clearly. Reading alone, I would sometimes grow distracted by some of the longer philosophical passages, so if that's the case for you, the audio by Sandra Burr is recommended.

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  • Leslie
  • 11-05-19

pleasant read

This is the type of book that encourages me to be a better human being. I appreciate good wholesome entertainment.

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  • Lisa M. Seuferer
  • 07-01-20

fantastic performance of a classic!

I love classic books, and when I can find them in a well-performed audiobook so much the better. This is extremely well done, the narrator has a lovely pleasing voiced and a very nice Pace. I enjoyed this book tremendously!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-18

Little women

Great book! Totally recommend for girls to read. Loved book. Read it you won't wantonly it down.

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  • Alb
  • 16-08-20

Gentlemen, give it some time.

I had to get through the first half of the novel to appreciate the second half where I found the circumstances to become more interesting and the characters more relatable. I don't believe the family should have been described as poor. They had a servant and the historic Orchard House would have been considered an upper middle class home of the time. All of the familes associations are with upper middle - wealthy individuals with upper class sensibilities and expectations. The exception being the "poor" family the March sisters bring their Christmas meals to. Perhaps the March family was struggling with father away but if they had fallen from the upper class they didn't fall any further than middle class. Also, with all the early gossipy talk of personality traits and societal propriety there's almost no discussion of the most monumental event, the civil war, despite their beloved father fighting in it.

However, once the story jumped ahead a few years I was able to put these early annoyances aside and appreciate the girls individual character development through their experiences and the loves that entered their lives.

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  • Sandy
  • 22-02-20

Classic book.

Classic...a must hear!
Clearly understandable voice with great diction. Truly enjoyed this. Would listen to it again.

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  • 4thFrog
  • 13-02-20

Long overdue

I'm not sure how I escaped middle school, high school, and college without reading this one. I've been wanting to see the Little Women movie, but wouldn't allow myself to until I'd read/listen to the book. I loved the play of the language and found myself noting so many instances where common phrases we use today were used in the book and I wonder if they are common because Alcott coined them or if they were already part of the vernacular then. I did think the story dragged a bit toward the end and could have done without the chapter on Demi and Daisy. The resolution of Jo's story was fitting.

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  • J. v. Kirchbach
  • 02-02-20

A classic nicely rendered!

Such a classic and well worth a listen for its vivid glimpse into the lives of a respectable but impoverished family in Civil War era America. The book has been loved for its warm descriptions of young people growing up, and sustained through their problems by their love for each other and their strong faith. These days, the faith aspect can seem a little overdone, and in the second part of the book the author almost mocks herself gently when one of the "Little Women", Jo, is trying to find her voice as a writer and veers wildly between overblown moral tales and tacky sensationalism. But it's the sense of gentle humour and clever observation which saves the book from being just another 19th century religious tract. These are real people, with real people's flaws, and we can love them as we'd love our real neighbours.
It was fun listening to this edition with my kids (tweens and teenagers) and comparing our observations!

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  • T. Burton
  • 30-01-18

I loved this book!

it has its sad and happy moments. Just like life!! It's a well writen book, I love how she tells the story.

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  • MamaBear
  • 17-12-20

love this version

I really love this retelling of one of my favorite stories! such a gift to myself