Generations of people - young and old, male and female - have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott's most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy remain united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.
It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life. While her father, the free-thinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with "woman’s work," including sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. But she soon discovered she could make more money writing. Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune, and far from being the "girl’s book" her publisher requested, it explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America.
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For a review of this classic book itself, I think most people would seek a review from a number of other sites. So instead of commenting on the novel Little Women, my comment is about the quality of the audiobook: very good!! There were around 10 different copies to chose from within the unabridged audiobooks of Little Women. I really like this one because the narrator's voice adds interest to the text, but is not overly expressive, like other versions. The pace is also great. Listening to this reader sounds more like you're listening to friend chat, and not like you are listening to someone carefully reading each distinct word. Great job!
I Love young adult fiction, mysteries, clean stories with little swearing. Regency Romances are my favorite. I love fantasy, fantasy adventures, biographies, & historical fiction
You'd think I wouldn't be surprised by enjoying this classic, but I was. I apparently read an abridged book, probably the one given to my daughter, and thought that the story ended at the end of part one in the audible format. When I saw the musical last year I thought they'd made up the second half of the play. I was wrong and things were wound up beautifully in the second part of the book. This book was my grandmother's favorite. When I asked her why she simply said, "I've read the book so often that the characters feel more like old friends." The characters do just come to life and feel so real. If you are in the mood for a gentle, moral tale and would like to make new "friends" you might to check this out. I will definitely listen to it again.
rambunctiously soft spoken.
I thought I knew this tale I was completely wrong it's more than I ever knew ,Genius dose in deed burn and very brightly ,I loved every minute of this story a great drama about love ,sister ,family and friendship. If you like me thought the movie's sufficed you are wrong do your self a favor and lose yourself in a truly brilliant novel . And for all you tom boys out there Jo is still the queen.
I do like reading and listening to classical literature, but this story is extremely uninteresting and boring. The narrator just made it worse. I stopped listening after the first 45 minutes because I was falling asleep and cared nothing for the characters.
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