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Little Women | [Louisa May Alcott]

Little Women

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.
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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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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 08-22-07
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 08-22-07
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    "definitely worth a listen"

    I agree w the first reviewer - the narrator is absolute perfection for this particular story. In listening, I realized that my beloved childhood book was most certainly abridged, for this one does go on a bit :-)

    And it reflects some odd notions of the time. Of course, the puritan work ethic reigns supreme, but also the place of women, class distinctions (even tho the March's were poor; evidently the Irish were poorer). A LOT of sentimentality, so if you didn't like this as a child, you're not going to like it as an adult.

    But if you keep the time frame and point of view of the author in mind, it's really a delightful listen.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Oconto, WI, USA 07-21-06
    Rachel Oconto, WI, USA 07-21-06
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    "Glad I waited for this release!"

    What a wonderful reading by Barbara Caruso! She brings this book to life. I almost bought the other unabridged version, but I held out for another one to be released--and I'm glad I did! This reading is so much better. If you love Little Women, don't hesitate to buy this.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Greensboro, NC, USA 12-05-09
    Nicole Greensboro, NC, USA 12-05-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Timeless Listen"

    I first listened to this book, read by this narrator, at age thirteen, and I was thrilled to find it again. The book itself can only be called comfortable, and Caruso's warm, gentle but expressive voice seems meant to read it. She speaks by turns as the motherly Mrs. March, the rough and wild tomboy Jo, gentle Meg, prim Amy, shy, quiet Beth, or even such characters as Laurie, pensive and mischievous by turns, and his gruff but kindly grandfather, and never fails to sound natural. I have been disappointed with other renderings of the story, such as the recent film, simply because they were not as well acted as this one. I always feel as if I'm listening to it being read by the author herself. Maybe it's classified as a book for children and teens; maybe it was written over a century ago. But the story of the four sisters can never be outdated or outgrown.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Evans 02-25-13
    Steve Evans 02-25-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Timeless nuggets of wisdom"
    What did you love best about Little Women?

    I have to admit that I read this at the request of my wife who was covering it with our home schooled children. I was not excited about it as I prefer more "sensational" writings as the character "Joe" puts it. However, I found that it was indeed splendid! I particularly enjoyed the characters, who were vivid and real, and grew through the experiences and trials of life that face us all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and especially the embedded pearls of wisdom and truth judiciously placed throughout. Even though the cultural norms are far different than our own, I found the stories easily understandable and very enjoyable.


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

    This was certainly a book that I did not want to "put down"!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had read it earlier!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    C. Arlington, MA, United States 04-14-11
    C. Arlington, MA, United States 04-14-11 Member Since 2008
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    "such a wonderful story!!!"

    I loved listening to this. It had been years since I first read the story and i was so pleasantly surprised to re-experience it. the narrator was fantastic.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Clifford 12-28-10
    Clifford 12-28-10 Member Since 2010
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    "CLASSIC well read"

    I thought this was great. Of course the book is good its the narration that I thought could be done a tad better but was the best i have heard so far.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Daniel Chapman U.S.A. 09-07-14
    Dr. Daniel Chapman U.S.A. 09-07-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Head's Up #3!"

    Why pay $5.95 for this "Audio Book Du Jour" when the kindle edition is $0.00 (Caution...there are multiple Kindle editions - make sure you select the right one) and after you "purchase" that book the Audible audiobook is $2.99. ***After purchasing the free Kindle book you actually have a choice of 4 different versions of the Audiobook at the $2.99 price. Narrated by Barbara Caruso, Flo Gibson, Lorelei King or Laural Merlington. Obviously this is not a review but I didn't know where else to post.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Betty 04-04-14
    Betty 04-04-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Louisa May Alcott's Classic"
    If you could sum up Little Women in three words, what would they be?

    I adored this book when I first read it over 40 years ago. It's timeless, funny and warm without being too saccharine or sentimental. The ending is drawn out a bit long, but doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the story. I'm a picky reader/listener and Barbara Caruso did a top drawer job narrating. She reads with enthusiasm and gives honor to Louisa May Alcott.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 09-05-14
    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 09-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The ultimate classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The version for this audiobook is unabridged, which is important for me as I like to hear the entire book. There must, however, be more than one edition of the book, because my print copy doesn't have some of the extensive conversations that occur in the 2nd half of the book. I found this quite interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    When I was a young girl, Jo was my favorite character and I believe that she still is. I can identify with her ambitions which were far above the average ones of her time and place.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Barbara Caruso?

    Maybe. I don't think she is very skillful at creating different voices for the various characters --with the exception of Marmee, Aunt March, and Hannah all the female characters sounded alike. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy were nearly indistinguishable from each other. The male characters were so-so. She did a better job of reading the straight narrative portions.


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

    Is there anyone who has not cried when Beth dies?


    Any additional comments?

    Change the horrible cover art!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • Brian
    Preston, United Kingdom
    4/22/10
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    "Brian United Kingdom"

    A thoroughly enjoyable book. Many characters are all bought to life by the excellent narrative of Barbara Caruso's who does a wicked interpretation of Aunt Marshe's Parrot.The book is full of the old world charm and graces of America in the 1860's. My favourite character in the book is the tom boy sister.
    Pleased that I bought the book and comes well recommended

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ISAAC
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Heart-warming classic"
    Where does Little Women rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is definitely in my top 40 but that is only because I have listened to so many.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is such a lovely, gentle story it just takes you by the hand and says 'I am going to tell you a story about four little women and by the end you will have laughed and cried but you will love it all the way.'


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

    For an English teenage boy to be transported so completely into the household of five American women, Miss Caruso must be very talented.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    You experience each of the girls' trials and tribulations alongside them. Be it Jo or Amy, Meg or Beth your heart cannot help but feel for these girls.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mirium
    SAFFRON WALDEN, Essex, United Kingdom
    4/27/10
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    "Sweet"

    This was one of my mother?s favourite books. She used to quote from it: ?birds in their little nests agree?; ?don?t let the sun go down upon your anger?; ?into every life a little rain must fall?, etc. I think she saw the March family as an ideal, and wished that we were more like them. We weren?t (thank heaven).

    I read it when I was about 12 and remember being singularly unimpressed. Then I saw it here on Audible and wondered if it might be one of those children?s classics, like Treasure Island, that I would appreciate more as an adult. Well, my mature thoughts are that it?s a sweet book, heartwarming and uplifting ? I just wish it had a little bit more edge. While the sisters encounter disappointment, disagreement and even tragedy, there seems to be nothing that can?t be resolved with a few wise words from Marmee. Even Jo, who is supposed to be the hot-tempered rebel, never does anything really Bad.

    Now, as then, I can?t quite come to terms with the family?s ?poverty? when they live in what is obviously quite a substantial house with a nice garden, eat lots of delicious food, and employ a housekeeper!

    It?s nicely read, and if you want something inoffensive and unchallenging, I would thoroughly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katya
    Bourne, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Amazing"

    I love this book and when I saw it I just had to get it on audible. It is very well read and is lovely to listen to over and over again. The whole book is so well presented and the characters are all very well developed. So I have rated this book five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elise
    Northallerton, United Kingdom
    9/23/11
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    "Lovely story, well read"

    I know a lot of people regard Little Women as sickly sweet, but I haven't read it since I was quite a young child and I now realise it was an abridged version that lacked a lot. I bought this when it was 25% off, thinking it would be an alright listen for the money and was really pleasantly surprised; it's an engaging story and it's very well read, yes it's sweet and very wholesome, but not so saccharine that it detracts from what is a classic story. The religious side can seem a little heavy handed, but it is a product of the time and, after all, they are the daughters of a clergy-man. I guess it was written for a teenage audience, originally, but girls (and some boys) of 10+ could enjoy it, in fact it's ideal for little women of all ages!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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