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Summary

Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott's most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War. It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life.

While her father, the freethinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with "woman's work," including sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. But she soon discovered she could make more money writing. Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune, and far from being the "girl's book" her publisher requested, it explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America.

©2019 Louisa May Alcott (P)2019 Page2Page

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favourite story BUT

a favourite story of mine but almost unrecognisable when read in the wrong accent! Disappointed!

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Great story, ok narration

A classic for a reason - a beautiful story.

Only problem I’ve found with this recording is the audio volume jumps and drops rather dramatically in places which can be a pain if you’re listening on headphones. It’s also had a few editing slips where words or sentences have been repeated for different emphasis but not cut out again, which is quite annoying once you start noticing it! But a nice tone and pacing of voice otherwise.

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Great story but poor sound quality

This is a classic story I know and love, but the volume on this recording is so inconsistent that I can't continue to listen. It's a shame I've had it more than 12 months before starting it otherwise I would have returned it. I'm very disappointed and have never had this problem with an audible book before.

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Awful. Read too fast. Couldnt listen to more than 10 minutes at a time.

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of its time

this is a set text I'm obliged to read for a children's literature module.In order to be able to multitask I got the audible version so I could listen to it while doing other things and I do love Audible for that reason. However, the narrator really should've been American in keeping with the setting of the story and I suspect that their housekeeper Hannah wasn't Scottish so it might have been better not to have read her in that really poor attempt at a Scottish accent.

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Beautifully read beautiful story.

As previously stated in a past review, there is only one instance of a repeated line. The rest of the reading is wonderful and such a good price!

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definitely classic

Chapter 46 under the umbrella
In the Grarret is my favorite part of this audiobook
great story
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A total classic

Fell in love with the book from a tiny age and would 100% recommend!!

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  • 13-01-20

Problem with sound quality

The volume is very inconsistent, varying from where it is set to too quiet to hear. The narration and of course the story are wonderful.

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  • 14-01-20

Remove the book from inventory

The book's a sound disaster. No wonder it was less than a dollar! I gave up after 2 chapters. The volume goes up and down. Clarity is awful too.

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  • Sylvia
  • 03-01-20

Sounds quality is terrible

I want to finish this book but the quality of this recording is terrible. it sounds like the reader recorded her voice on a laptop or home computer. The volume changes drastically within a few sentences. It's awful. I want a refund.

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  • Chelsea
  • 18-12-19

The Sound is done poorly, but all else is good!

There are bursts where the sound is much louder than others. It will get so quiet I have to turn the sound up but then get loud again suddenly and startle me. The story and performance is very good, though.

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  • Rachel
  • 03-03-20

Hard to listen to

The volume for this recording is all over the place. It goes very soft so I turn up the volume and then a few minutes later its as if the narrator is yelling. I wish I could return this and try another recording instead.

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  • Bette
  • 12-01-20

Faded in and out

The performance was fine; however, at times the volume faded a bit making for challenging listening.

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  • S. Szolomayer
  • 16-01-22

Sound quality issues

The volume inconsistency makes this recording very, very difficult to listen to. Choose an alternate production of this classic novel.

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  • Miss D Nicholas
  • 13-09-21

Highly recommend!

This was a real treasure to listen to and revisit the story from childhood. The narrator is as enchanting as the characters, wonderfully comforting voice and kept me enthralled throughout

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  • CHRISTY RICH
  • 27-07-21

Horrible Sound Editing

I love this book. And I love the Narrator. Unfortunately, the sound editing is awful! It goes super loud to very soft in the same sentence. I was sad because It was by far the best narration of all the Little Women. Hopefully they can fix the sound editing soon!

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  • Hannah C.
  • 03-02-21

Just like Lousia’s Book

The narrator did quite a splendid job of bringing out the beautiful language and daily toils of life that this precious little book presents.