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A Girl of the Limberlost | [Gene Stratton-Porter]

A Girl of the Limberlost

Elnora Comstock lives with her widowed mother at the edge of Limberlost Swamp. Her mother is harsh and critical of her daughter, but Elnora is a loving girl who befriends all creatures. She is especially drawn to the beautiful moths that flutter through the trees in Limberlost. Although Elnora longs to go to high school, she has no money to pay for tuition and books. When her cruel mother refuses to help, all seems lost, until Elnora learns she can sell the rare insects she collects. Still, her journey through high school and college will be full of challenges - and surprises.
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Publisher's Summary

Elnora Comstock lives with her widowed mother at the edge of Limberlost Swamp. Her mother is harsh and critical of her daughter, but Elnora is a loving girl who befriends all creatures. She is especially drawn to the beautiful moths that flutter through the trees in Limberlost. Although Elnora longs to go to high school, she has no money to pay for tuition and books. When her cruel mother refuses to help, all seems lost, until Elnora learns she can sell the rare insects she collects. Still, her journey through high school and college will be full of challenges - and surprises. First published in 1909, Gene Stratton-Porter’s classic tale is a marvelous lesson in the powers of compassion and determination. Whether you remember this book from your childhood, or are meeting it for the first time, Elnora’s shining personality will capture your heart. Her gentle spirit is conveyed in each sentence by narrator Christina Moore.

Public Domain ©1909 Gene Porter (P)2001 Recorded Books

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    Chelle NZ 02-26-14
    Chelle NZ 02-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A story of forgiveness, restoration and redemption"
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    This is one of my favourite Gene Stratton-Porter books from way back and I enjoyed listening to this audio version of it, alongside my then 13 & 11 yr old children as a summer time audio book.

    It pays to note the mother is awful at the beginning of this book (nasty, embittered, and abusive!! ) and then a series of events happen that change her life, her attitude, and the way she treats her daughter, Elnora.

    The Girl of the Limberlost, in my opinion, is one of those timeless stories of forgiveness, restoration, and redemption. If you appreciate the character development, and story line, in such books as: A Little Princess ~ Burnett, Understood Betsy ~ Canfield, Old Fashioned Girl ~ Alcott, then you'll appreciate this book... well, after you get past the awful mother portion!

    There is romance in the book, the wholesome kind that is not sensuality based.

    Christina Moore does a sterling job of bringing this book to "read aloud" life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Newnan, GA, United States 01-20-13
    Marianne Newnan, GA, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2006
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    "This should be labeled for very young readers."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The main character was so saccharin, I almost go artificial diabetes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gene Stratton-Porter again?

    No. And to be fair, I didn't finish this one.


    Did Christina Moore do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator was good.


    Any additional comments?

    Using the word "ejaculated" instead of "said" or "shouted" was aggravating.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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