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"C. M. Herbert reads the story with the gentle affection and conviction one imagines in Jo March as she reads to her elderly aunt." (AudioFile)
I was surprised at the negative comments of another reviewer about the reader, C.M. Hebert, of this version of Little Women. I found the reader to be warm and lively and to have conveyed well the old-fashioned moralism combined with a genuine love for her characters that rescues Alcott's classic from merely being larded with bromides or unbearably treacly. Because let's face it, this is a very sentimental book, but the characters are so loveable and so sympathetic that the reader overlooks this quality and just goes along for the ride. And C.M. Hebert, with her amused tone, well conveys this spirit.
I would give a five-star review but there are chapters out of order and part of one chapter missing entirely. Narrator does a good job except for a few overdone accents (Esther the French maid of Aunt March is nearly impossible to understand). When the narrator relaxes, she has a very pleasant voice reminiscent of Susan Sarandon. This is one of my favorite books, so I hope the glitches are fixed so many more people can enjoy the story.
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Charming and fun. If I read, it was as an adolescent, but as an adult, this was thoroughly enjoyable.
Don't consider this as an old-fashined, classic for girls - I think anybody would enjoy the story of these four girls, their family and friends around the period of the American Civil War.
I'd consider listening to this again with one of my children or nieces. It was a wholesome story that was incredibly moving.
I felt so bad for Laurie at his low point, but chuckled because I knew that Jo was right.
I enjoyed the girls playing at Pilgrim's Progress, but I was moved the most by Beth's final days.
Four diamonds in the rough: cut, polished and sparkle in love's light.
Read this book at your own peril. I listened to it as an audio book and can attest that you will laugh, cry, celebrate and mourn along with the characters in this book. That might sound wonderful, but when you're walking along in public with earphones in and start cracking up laughing, you'll get the strangest looks from people.
I fell in love with the March daughters in this book and find it a wonderful tale with a strong morality. While I don't have daughters, I'm picking up a copy of this book for my nieces who I hope enjoy the story as much as I did.
As I understand it, the book was broken into two parts - Little Women and Good Wives. Together, they were excellent. In the unabridged version I listened to, the narration by C. M. Hébert was outstanding. By her tone of voice, I could easily distinguish between the dozen or so characters she was portraying.
Overall, I thought this book was really good and I highly recommend it. It's a wholesome tale that will move you and very much might stir you to become a better person.
I read this as a child and enjoyed it then, but now find I have a new appreciation for it as an adult and enjoyed it even more. The reader did an excellent job and I found myself laughing and crying throughout.
Little Women is such a sweet story with a wonderful message, and many meaningful lessons. Each girl has her own challenge to overcome, and each does her best to conquer it. It is a loving family story, and a classic.
I love the scene where Jo feels deep remorse about her hot temper and the disastrous consequences they almost faced because if it. Her mother confides her own story of conquering her temper. It was quite poignant.
I truly like this narrator best of all that I investigated for the Little Women. She did a wonderful job, and doesn't sound as squeaky and annoying portraying the younger girls as some seemed to.
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This is a Young Adult book written way back in 1886, which at the time had radical feminist ideas in it. Although by modern standards it may seem anti-feminist, it was pushing the envelope at the time.
It is about the lives of several sisters and what they go through in their mid to late teens and about how they grow up, during the civil war era. Somewhat similar to the Wonder Years.
There is some moralizing in the book, but what really strikes me is the comparison of this book to modern young adult books. I'm sure most modern young adults would find this book boring. But I'm sure the young adults of the 1800s would find modern books in that genre bloody minded, violent and in many cases poorly written.
There where parts that where quite good and parts that a found to be very slow, but overall it was an education read.
I really enjoyed this edition, which features WhisperSync; I read part of it, and listened to most of it during my commute. It's a classic story, of course, which has spawned several movie versions, but I had never read it before. It’s a very old fashioned novel, with a wonderful cast of characters. Some readers will find it overly moralistic, but Miss Alcott is an excellent storyteller, and she very clearly presents the lack of opportunities women faced at that time, during and after the Civil War. Ms. Hebert's narration is excellent.
The narrator speaks clearly but her intonation belongs in a funeral parlor. She could announce that she won the Mega-million Dollar Lottery and make in sound like a tragedy. Please listen to a long segment before buying this one, especailly for children.
"A classic tale, told well"
I really quite enjoyed this story and the narrator was perfect I thought. However, this audiobook had a chapter missing and one was repeated instead - if you don't have a paper copy of it hanging around to see what you missed, or don't have the faculty of vision to do so, I would suggest buying a different version.
This book is very well read and the characterisations are good. However what it fails to say is that although the Little Women part of the recording may be unabridged there then follows a mixture from the sequels Good Wives, Little Men and possibly part of Jo's Boys (it's a long time since I read them). You might not mind this but at least you have been warned about what to expect.
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