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.
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"Barbara Caruso gives a delightful reading of an old-fashioned, reassuring classic. For all ages." (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
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.
Great book. I read it when I was a kid but had forgotten how good it is.
Yes. The reading performance by Barbara Caruso was excellent. Her voice kept the characters distinct and interesting. It was much better than reading.
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.
My favorite character was Jo. I could see her inside my head, just as I had when I read the book.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.)
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.
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.
A hopeless book lover
Oh yes! This is one of those treasures that I go to when I need comforting :)
I love period pieces, such as Austen, Trollope, Dickens, etc. This is in more tender though.
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!
When I was a child I cried and cried over Beth's death when I read the print version.
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!
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.
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.
No. I really enjoyed the story. But once was enough.
I laughed, cried, and rejoiced in the triumphs.
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!
No. I listened while cleaning and driving.
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.
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