(P)1999 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"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.
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.
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.
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