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The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost no food left, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way in this most exciting of all the Little House books.

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

©1940, 1968 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2005, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Amazing real life adventure

We (mum = read these books as a child, girl aged 9 and boy aged 7) LOVED this audible book. Lots of great questions and a realisation of different times for children. Well read and performed.

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  • C. M. H.
  • 14-11-17

Beautifully Done!

I first read The Long Winter as a child, about 45 years ago, and it became my favorite of all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I still read my Little House books (OK, go ahead and laugh) as an escape from the stress and crazy goings-on in our modern world. I am so glad I decided to try this audio version. Ms. Cherry Jones gives a marvelous performance, and any fans of the Little House series will be sure to enjoy listening. Truly wonderful!

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  • Jacob
  • 21-01-21

our favorite Little House boom

This is our favorite book in the series! (possibly because we've cone to love the characters through the other books though)

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  • Regina
  • 07-01-21

Love this Story

Great book and makes me appreciate the blessings God has given me. We used many Laura Ingalls Wilder books and this is my favorite. I've never had an audio book before and this was great. The narrator did a wonderful job of telling the story though at times I found her singing a little bothersome.

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  • ScoutandHuck
  • 01-12-20

Cherry Jones ... Need I say more?

The Long Winter is a book I reread about once a year, and when I signed up for Audible during the pandemic of 2020, mostly because my Zoom-fatigued eyes could not be bothered with printed text, and also because I needed some narrative relief from reality, I decided to test run Audible with this old favorite. Imagine my surprise to see that the one and only Cherry Jones was the narrator, and that, with her perfect inflections, the book became new to me. I will listen to this one again, I bet, and maybe more than once

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  • Lindsay P. Pavlick
  • 31-08-20

Yay!

I was so excited when I heard there were more Little House Books! And Cherry Jones is AMAZING!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-20

WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love the story but the narrator could use some improvement . Such a challenging life for the Ingalls .

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  • Lowry Family
  • 14-07-20

Convicting

It’s amazing how far we have come in technology, yet so backwards in our appreciating our many blessings. This book is a great reminder of how thankful and grateful we all should be.

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  • LC
  • 09-01-20

Great Story and Performance

Even though a story about the same thing happening over and over again (blizzards!) could be boring, this is well written so you feel the struggle the family goes through and enjoy their triumphs as well. Wilder always treads the line between sincerity and treacle, and it is comforting to revisit stories I read when I was younger, with a new perspective. I have lived in Florida my whole life but I have had a few "long winters" in other ways -- I love the simplicity of their perseverance. Cherry Jones's reading is excellent, and the fact that she sings the tunes in the book really adds to the story. Highly recommended!

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  • Deborah McDonald
  • 03-11-19

Loved how she sings the songs

I loved how she sang the songs and fiddle music played. I think she pronounces Almanzo’s name wrong but otherwise it could not have been better.

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  • Gillian
  • 10-02-17

Faith And Love In Hard Times--

The muskrats know; they've built their walls extra thick. The birds know; they're flying high in the sky, in a hurry to get south. And Pa has a bad feeling.
"The Long Winter" chronicles a once-in-twenty-one years winter where blizzards blow for seven months. Laura and her family move to the town for the winter and there they realize they've been living in times that are far too progressive: As time crunches on, how will they get heat? After all, there never used to be fancy coal stoves. How will they have light? There never used to be new-fangled kerosene. It's all running out and the family has to fight to survive. Each three day blizzard has Laura hearing the War Cries from Indian Territory in its terrible raging howl.
But the Ingalls family is nothing if not determined, imaginative, headstrong, and creative. Ma and Pa will find a way, and Laura will do anything to help her beloved Pa out. From trampling hay, to twisting it.
There is music, and when Pa's hands get too chapped and swollen to play the fiddle, there is always singing.
You'll be on the edge of your seat with this breathtaking installment of the "Little House" series, rooting for the underdog, hoping against hope.
And you'll never take food, shelter, love for granted again...!

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