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Little Women Audiobook

Little Women

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Audible Editor Reviews

Barbara Caruso's rendering is wonderful. She skillfully combines the voices of a fairly large cast. Just as splendidly, she presents the text in an old-fashioned style, tone and pronunciation befitting the setting of the story. The four sisters, though each unique, must be a challenge even for several voices, but Caruso's solo voice always enthralls. The performance is worthwhile no matter what previous experience with Little Women the listener has.

Publisher's Summary

Most people know this book from the Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Winona Ryder. Now, introduce them to the sparkling American classic behind the movie: a charming portrait of the joys and hardships of the four sisters in Civil War New England. Separated by the war from their beloved parents, these "little women" struggle to find their place in the world.

(P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"Barbara Caruso gives a delightful reading of an old-fashioned, reassuring classic. For all ages." (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)

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    Brenda 02-24-09
    Brenda 02-24-09

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "Little Women"

    Great book. I read it when I was a kid but had forgotten how good it is.

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    Crystal DeBondt 05-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Timeless classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Little Women to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The reading performance by Barbara Caruso was excellent. Her voice kept the characters distinct and interesting. It was much better than reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Women?

    Most memorable for me was when Mrs. March and her children gave their Christmas morning breakfast to the needy children. It was a good example of giving without expecting anything in return.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Jo. I could see her inside my head, just as I had when I read the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I found myself continuing to listen when I would have otherwise been doing something else. My dog got longer walks while I was listening to this book


    Any additional comments?

    Little Women was one of my favorite books as a young girl. I don't have any sisters and pretended as I read the book that the March girls were my sisters. I enjoyed going back to my childhood while I listened to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sadrael San Diego, CA, US 01-30-15
    Sadrael San Diego, CA, US 01-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely Story; Lovely Narration"
    What other book might you compare Little Women to and why?

    I've listened to ~70 audiobooks in the last 2-3 years, and I would compare the Little Women Series (narrated by Barbara Caruso) to Jane Austen's Collection (all of which are wonderfully narrated by Juliet Stevenson except for one I think), Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind (narrated by Linda Stephens), and maybe Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters and North and South (the former narrated by Prunella Scales, the latter by Juliet Stevenson). In part I would group these titles/performances together because the narration is so well done and so well suited to each of the stories. In each case I was able to become entirely lost in the story, and in each case I felt sad when it came to an end (especially in the case of Gone with the Wind, which is long enough to consume a good chunk of your life and doesn't have any 'sequels'... well, in a sense it does, but nothing adequate to fill the void the end of the story leaves in its wake). I haven't listened to alternative narrations of any of these titles, but I did do my homework before choosing which versions to listen to, and I am confident these are the best. I would also group these titles together just because they are all classic, charming period pieces. I imagine anyone who likes one of these stories/performances would like the others. Gone with the Wind might be the odd man out in this grouping... but it really sticks out in my memory in the same way as the other tiles mentioned.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favorite?

    Jo, of course. Isn't Jo everyone's favorite? All of the characters are lovely and interesting in their own ways, but Jo is clearly the best. Her character is well developed and who doesn't love a smart and headstrong yet loving and loyal tomboy?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried. (note: If you don't remember tearing up when you read Little Women as a kid, you might have read an abridged version. This is the whole, charming shebang.)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nichole 01-13-17
    nichole 01-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovely"

    This story was exquisite. Beautiful, colorful wordplay, and lovely characters have turned this into the classic it is. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

    Additionally, the narrator was brilliant. At first, I felt the voice changes were heavy and unnecessary, but I found very quickly that I admired the acting; it have depth to the characters and life to the story.

    Get this book. I adored it.

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    T Johnson 12-20-16
    T Johnson 12-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth your time."

    If you have never read this book, take the time to! Loved everything about this audiobook!

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    Kindle Customer 12-19-16
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    "One of my favorites"

    I love not only how well the main story is written but that she also writes such lovely stories and poems from the PC and Jo. Stories within the story.

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    Susan 11-02-16
    Susan 11-02-16 Member Since 2013

    A hopeless book lover

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    "Like Comfort Food & Amazing Barbara Caruso!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes! This is one of those treasures that I go to when I need comforting :)


    What other book might you compare Little Women to and why?

    I love period pieces, such as Austen, Trollope, Dickens, etc. This is in more tender though.


    What does Barbara Caruso bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Barbara Caruso is by far my favorite female narrator. I was so excited to see that she reads this and another favorite, Anne of Green Gables.

    A note to other readers: I've gotten the bargain copies of some of these classic books but as they say "you get what you pay for". Barbara is worth the extra cost!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When I was a child I cried and cried over Beth's death when I read the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a sweet book that I go to from time to time. It's right there with Anne of Green Gables series, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Such treasures from my childhood!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah South Carolina 09-30-16
    Sarah South Carolina 09-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration"

    The narrator did a good job making Jo sound a lot like Katharine Hepburn-that kept going through my head.
    Otherwise, a timeless and classic story that will always be a favorite.

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    Julianne 09-14-16
    Julianne 09-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The narrator isn't the best"

    I read books along with the audio. I don't think she has a different version than mine that has random words changed, like precocious becoming precious. She messes up quite a bit and her word stumbles throw me. I'm pretty sure she messes up her accents many times and I didn't like some of them. However she did do voices and dos Aunt March quite well. She at least HAD different voices. But it seemed that everyone became Marmee after awhile. The story itself is lovely. I'm not a crazy fan of Alcott's writing, but her story and considering the time period and language it's a great story.

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    diane 06-13-16
    diane 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Life lessons included."
    Would you listen to Little Women again? Why?

    No. I really enjoyed the story. But once was enough.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Women?

    I laughed, cried, and rejoiced in the triumphs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene at the end when the family was on a picnic and Mother was surrounded by all her children, grandchildren, and school children. Sweetness!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I listened while cleaning and driving.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a sweet story and the narrator did a fantastic job! Made all the difference in listening to this very long story. I was glad for the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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