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A Little Princess Audiobook

A Little Princess

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Sara Crewe had a privileged life until her father died, and she went from princess to pauper. Listeners will experience the drastic changes in Sara's life as narrator Virginia Leishman captures the treatment she receives from those around her before and after she becomes penniless. Particularly nasty is schoolmistress Miss Minchin, whose voice drips with contempt. Sara herself acts and sounds like a real princess particularly when she gives up her precious hot buns to a cold, homeless child. Leishman's delivery changes yet again as Sara's fortunes are altered for the better. Listeners will be enriched by this riches to rags, and then back to riches, story.

Publisher's Summary

10-year-old Sarah Crue lives life like a princess until tragedy strikes, taking away her fine clothes and privileges. Without her velvet and silk and French maids, she's no longer the envy of all the girls at Miss Minchin's London boarding school, and even has to live in the school's attic, working for the students who were once her friends. Will Sarah's spirit remain unbowed? Follow her through her trials and triumphs in this unforgettable tale beloved by children the world over.

(P)1996 by Recorded Books, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A blend of power, beauty, vivid interest and honest goodness. Yes, if this is magic, it is good magic." (The New York Times)

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    File Squirrel 08-29-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Credit Worthy Narration"

    Virginia's Leishman's narration is excellent, as is the audio quality. I already own another recording, but I purchased this one because it was available in a better quality. A wonderful story of a little girl's character tested in the face of adversity. Its one of the select few audiobooks that I always keep on my ipod, so that I may listen to random selections.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 02-05-13
    Amy 02-05-13
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    "Indulge yourself with this one, but bring Kleenex."

    The Little Princess is a fantastic novel, offered here with excellent narration. It is an often overlooked classic, but a story that touches the heart and spirit of the child within us all. Wow...that really sounded cheesy. Well, it is in a good way.

    It's a Cinderella story without the romance, with less magic and more imagination. A little girl, who appears to be a princess on the outside, has her outwardly riches stripped away. Yet, she is able to remain a "princess," despite dire circumstances, through the strength and beauty within her. It does have a happy ending and all of her efforts to stay true to herself are rewarded in the end. Granted, many of the rewards are back to the physical, but she finally gets the answer to an early question of whether she would stay a princess if luck had changed her fortune and she was met with adversity instead of everything she wanted.

    It may have been required reading in your school, but it is still definitely worth a credit!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 03-20-03
    Sandra 03-20-03

    Being a bookseller living outside of Chicago why would I buy audible books? Because I love to listen to them when I really want to relax!

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    "One of our Family Classics"

    When I was young, my mother gave me this book for Christmas. I still have it. She was given a copy from one of her older sisters when SHE was young. It was quite a treat in a time when treats were few; she could escape with Sara from their poverty that necessitated raising chickens behind the house, among other things. They weren't raised for eggs, but fattened in Chicago, not on a farm or in a rural area.
    After reading this wonderful story my mother, as a girl, thought all things were possible. I derived the same secret and exciting thought. She wasn't wearing clothing handed down and patched wool stockings; I wasn't wearing things my mom got at the informal neighborhood swap. No, we were wearing beautiful clothing underneath. We could always be kind when someone was mean because we knew who we really were, despite the evil child who socked me in the stomach, and the nasty boy who chased her with a snapping turtle. Many times I remember wishing the floor would open and swallow me. But then I would remember who I really was (or could be) and life would go on as it always did.
    Children seem to grow up so fast now, they don't get a chance to imagine and pretend; I gave a copy of this book to each of my nieces when they needed some extra joy and distraction. Psychologists may say the basic unlikeliness of the happy ending is a warped crutch. I thought it was a beautiful tale and if Sara could be happy while waiting for her fondest wish to be granted, couldn't I? So there!

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Gadget 09-28-15
    Gadget 09-28-15

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    "Definitely Not the Movie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Little Princess to be better than the print version?

    I could have read the book either way but I have decided that I prefer listening to classic books over reading them in print. Therefore, I would say yes.


    What about Virginia Leishman’s performance did you like?

    She had a great voice to listen to. It was easy to sit back and enjoy listening to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot is quite different from the two movie versions of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. James 11-16-15
    A. James 11-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Magical and enchanting!"

    A beautiful story well narrated. Character voices are spectacular and easy to listen to.
    The story leads the listener into the book, and is fun to share with the whole family.
    We highly recommend this classic from our family of four who were all spellbound. Mother, father, our young prince (12) and our little princess (9)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DickensRocks Shaker Heights, OH USA 04-18-12
    DickensRocks Shaker Heights, OH USA 04-18-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Lovely Reading of a Childhood Favorite"

    This story of a little girl, born in India but placed at a boarding school in London at age 7 for a traditional English education, is a classic. It is an easy read and I found it just as engrossing at age 50 as I did when I was 10 years old. The narration is beautifully done and Virginia Leishman, in accent and delivery, frequently reminds one of Audrey Hepburn's voice. It is a another little gem in audible's library.

    If you have seen the Shirley Temple version of this book, PLEASE read the book. As per usual for Hollywood, in the movie the ending is very different, the plot is somewhat changed and characters have been added and/or transformed. If you haven't seen the film, it is worthwhile as well, but very much a different form of entertainment. (The delightful Arthur Treacher co-stars).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    fifteencents United States 01-02-12
    fifteencents United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic story well read"

    This is the perfect gift for a little girl age 8 but our teenage daughter enjoyed it too! The story of Sara and her struggles to remain a princess at heart in the midst of tragedy and financial loss is heartwarming and full of suspense. Virginia Leishman's performance was the icing on the cake of a classic story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AEM In love. Reading. 12-19-16
    AEM In love. Reading. 12-19-16 Member Since 2015

    LOVE IT!

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    "Oh, this narrator...wow. Such a perfect read."
    Where does A Little Princess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best. Because this was favorite story I'd read as a child, and because I know it's made of of old fashioned language and vocabularies that are no longer used by the mainstream I hesitated to grab this one. Before I clicked 'buy' I actually had a fleeting thought that the chance of this book being narrated wrong, thus, putting the listener to sleep, might be very high, but I took the chance and I'm so happy that I did. It was so amazing, perfect, GREAT!! The narrator of this story blew me away. The story and the memories of how much I'd loved it as a child exceeded my expectations thanks to this truly talented narrator. She must have loved this book once too, and it is not a short book at all, so I would guess the job to narrate it was not easy. It seems she took to heart just how the undertaking of such a classic novel and what the narration of The Little Princess would mean to so many who'd read it long before the audiobook was even a thing.

    It is truly a perfect rendition of story, of voice, of characters, of the layers of emotion that are jam-packed into this book. It's a timeless tale that should still be read by every schoolgirl, and I hope that the audio version allows so many more to access this wonderful story.

    True care happened in the writing of this book, and now the same care happened within this wonderful version of the narration. I thank the narrator and Audible for creating it just this way. YAY LOVED LOVED IT!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Little Princess?

    My favorite part is the relationship/friendship between Sara and Becky. I also love how Sara's spirit stays the same as she crosses into her world of poverty and hardship. What a fierce pair these two are, and of course I love their loyalty for each other. Of course we all love the ending where patience, goodness and kindness wins after all.


    Have you listened to any of Virginia Leishman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Never. But I have to say again that narrator, Virginia Leishman is a true artist. She made this book a pleasure. Her voices, her characters and how she wasn't just reading the book, rather living the people truly came through. I'm very humbled by this narrator and I will look for more by her specifically because of how she handled this work. I bow and applaud her for bringing this story to life, chapter after chapter, exactly how she did.


    If you could rename A Little Princess, what would you call it?

    That's a hard question. Maybe...The Girl Who was Always Kind? But that's terrible, isn't it? A Little Princess is such a perfect title.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so hooked on Audible and audiobooks. This is the first book I'd already read 'back when' that I've gone back and now listened to. The experience was so positive that I can't wait for more within this 'read that long ago' category I've just made for myself. Again, thanks for all you do to bring these books and these narrators together for all of us. Applause, applause and much love to you, Audible. :)

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    Kindle Customer 11-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Little Princess"

    I loved this audio book. I have always loved the movie The Little Princess staring Shirley Temple, but now I feel I truly know little Sarah's story. This audio version was so wonderful I immediately listened to it a second time. It is a story that I definitely recommend to all. Well done!!

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    Catherine Lainys Simpson 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a special book authored in 1909. "

    Superb narration. A good read for any age. Lots of life messages to share with all.

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