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The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one) | [Louisa May Alcott]

The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)

Little Women itself “has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth.” Little Women has been read “as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well.” Alcott “combines many conventions of the sentimental novel with crucial ingredients of Romantic children's fiction, creating a new form of which Little Women is a unique model.”
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Publisher's Summary

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888).

The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The first volume, Little Women, was an immediate commercial and critical success, prompting the composition of the book's second volume, entitled Good Wives, which was also successful. Both books were first published as a single volume entitled Little Women in 1880. Alcott followed Little Women with two sequels, also featuring the March sisters: Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886).

Little Women was a fiction novel for girls that veered from the normal writings for children, especially girls, at the time. Little Women has three major themes:” domesticity, work, and true love. All of them are interdependent and each is necessary to the achievement of a heroine's individual identity.

Little Women itself “has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth.” Little Women has been read “as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well.” Alcott “combines many conventions of the sentimental novel with crucial ingredients of Romantic children's fiction, creating a new form of which Little Women is a unique model.” Elbert argued that within Little Women can be found the first vision of the “American Girl” and that her multiple aspects are embodied in the differing March sisters.

Little Men, or Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, first published in 1871. The novel reprises characters from Little Women and is considered by some the second book of an unofficial Little Women trilogy, which is completed with Alcott's 1886 novel Jo's Boys, and How They Turned Out: A Sequel to "Little Men". Little Men tells the story of Jo Bhaer and the children at Plumfield Estate School. The book was inspired by the death of Alcott's brother-in-law, which reveals itself in one of the last chapters, when a beloved character from Little Women passes away.

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    Uncle Bud South Carolina USA 05-05-14
    Uncle Bud South Carolina USA 05-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "My great-nieces LOVE listening to this"
    Where does The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is truly a classic work for children and the fact that children love it today is a testament to Alcott.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)?

    My great-nieces prefer the 1st book over the other works whereas I enjoy "Little Men" and "Jo's Boys" better.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Morrow 05-11-15
    C. Morrow 05-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Many recording mistakes"

    It sounds as if no one actually finished this recording. Every time the narrator made a mistake, you hear her stop the recorder and re-read the section. It's actually embarrassing. The stories themselves are very good. Very dear. The narrators voice is lovely and I would have liked the finished product, if I didn't have to hear her making mistakes and re-recording!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Morris Plains, NJ 07-03-14
    Richard Morris Plains, NJ 07-03-14
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    "poorly edited recording"
    What did you love best about The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)?

    It was nice to have the whole series together. Each book independent would lose much. Indeed, the end of Little Women would frustrate much more isolated from the rest of the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was full of moral and practical instruction for life and parenting.


    What three words best describe Catherine O'Brien’s performance?

    unedited


    Any additional comments?

    Editing Problems:
    - averages 1 repeated sentence per chapter.
    - Several points where the editing was forgotten as you can here a clicking and restart of a sentence.
    - a few jumped sentences as a result of the editing

    It wasn't terrible, but it was not smooth.

    Also, O'Brien's character voices were difficult to differentiate quite often.

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    David A. Heckman 08-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "a great classic to read"
    Would you listen to The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one) again? Why?

    Yes, it was very entertaining and I love the narrators voice the whole time


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)?

    I just loved the journey of Jo it was very relateable to my own


    Which character – as performed by Catherine O'Brien – was your favorite?

    Laurie


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    a slice of Americana


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    3/24/14
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    "You get what you pay for..."

    I should have guessed that to get 4 audiobooks in one would mean a compromise in quality but I was surprised at the amount of blips and repeats in this. There is little characterisation and in all my many audiobooks I've never heard the narrator clear their throat before either...
    However, Catherine O'Brian's voice is pleasant and easy to listen to....plus it is 4 classic books in one after all.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "A poor quality recording"

    I'm quite surprised that this version is even available through Audible, whose audiobooks are typically of high clarity and sound quality. This reading seems not to have been edited as the narrator often repeats a line, coughs and uses a clicking device to mark sections where there are errors in her speech. Fantastic to get four books in one, but at the expense of quality which does not reflect well on the publisher.

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  • Kathleen
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    "Classic story, poor edit"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Lots of book for your money but not a great recording.


    What didn’t you like about Catherine O'Brien’s performance?

    Mis-reads, repeats, coughs and splutters - it sounds like it hasn't been edited at all after being recorded. Spoiled it for me I'm afraid.


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