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Alison Larkin Presents: Little Women with Happy Women

Narrated by: Anne Undeland
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women; Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (the first of four books) gives us the March sisters in one evanescent year, from Christmas to Christmas, as they dance back and forth on the delicate, tender line between childhood and adulthood.

By turns as achingly beautiful as it is humorous and wise, fall head over heels for rough-and-tumble Jo, graceful Meg, gentle, gifted Beth, and willful Amy as they struggle, fight, sing, write, run, play, weep, laugh, and love their ways through life in Civil War New England.

This delightful recording is followed by a fascinating conversation between Anne Undeland and Alison Larkin about Louisa May Alcott’s feminist beginnings and why the famous story is still beloved today. And "Happy Women", an essay Louisa May Alcott wrote for Valentine’s Day 1868 challenging the popular belief that a woman needed to be married in order to be happy.

©2019 Alison Larkin Presents; Little Women is a Public Domain work (P)2019 Alison Larkin Presents

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Fantastic Narration of a Well Loved Classic

I have had Little Women on my tbr for 20 years. With classics there are usually many good narrations to choose from.

I love Alison Larkin productions, and while this is my first one read by someone other than Alison herself, her high standards are easily met. Anne Uneland did very clear and distinct voices, and I was easily able to follow which sister was talking along with the several other characters.

While I really enjoyed this classic story, and will relisten again in the future, it still does not stop my favourite classic. This story was such a sweet story of sisters and how they love each other, as well as fight and have their disagreements. I loved the little historical bits. I enjoyed how different and unique each sister was (I know they were based on her own family.) I enjoyed that while I could relate more to one character, I admired and looked up to the other, as if she were my own sister. I also enjoyed listening to it so close to Christmas, but you can enjoy this story over and over, for years to come, anytime.

I highly recomend this version by Alison Larkin productions. She was the first person I tried classics with on Audible, and I rarely listen to anything else. Enjoy this beautiful listen.

I received a copy of this book at my request, and I have voluntarily left this review.

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A new version to love

I grew up listening to Little Women. This wonderfully classic tale is well read by Alison Larkin. I was a little disappointed that they stopped at part one and did not include part two in the recording. The interview at the end provided interesting insight into the author and the novel that I hadn’t known before. All in all, a very enjoyable listen.

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performer, Anne Undeland, is so good!

This wonderful book is now read by someone who really gets it. Professional actor and playwright, Anne Undeland, is truly 5 stars. Great production all around.

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Great narration

I've been wanting to read this book for a while and not gotten the chance. Listening to this version on my commute, I've loved Undeland's reading which is both engrossing and entertaining.

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Anne Undeland Breathes New Life into Classic

Little Women is a classic that I loved growing up (particularly the early 90s film version); Ms. Undeland's narration does not disappoint! Her delivery is simultaneously enlivened and soothing. A great listen to wind down with at night, make a long car ride fly by, and keep you company while cleaning! If you are debating whether or not to download, go for it!

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A great narration of a classic tale...

As I'm not a native speaker of English, I haven't been acquainted with many of the classics beloved by British and American readers. I've seen the 1949 movie version of "Little Women" but somehow I've never put my hands on the book itself - until now:) And I finally understand why it is a beloved story of so many readers...

It is a classic - a tale that spans itself around seemingly simple everyday events in the life of a certain family, written in a language that is elegant, complex and yet extremelly touching and brilliantly shining with gentle humour. The four March girls go through the ups and downs of growing up and of learning what it means to be a responsible adult, retaining that sweet naivety and idealism of an innocent child without coming out as irritatingly childish or stupid. All of them would make great friends, and it's a true journey of discovery following them from one Christmas to the next, witnessing their moments of joy and of despair...

Narration by Ms Undeland is fantastic; the girls have distinctive voices, the male characters are equally well done and the emotional side of the story is conveyed impeccably. I also loved what she said about the book and what the recording of it meant to her in her talk with Ms Larkin. It's a great narration of this classic tale...:)

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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my favorite reading of little women

I very much enjoyed this reading of little women. my only disappointment was that I never realized the book originally came in two parts I'm used to them being together. I enjoyed the interview afterwards it was very informative

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A Forever Favorite

I've always loved this story and it's nice to listen to in audible. The narrator did a nice job. Its always a fun holiday story as it begins at Christmas time. it's a great story for girls to grow up with as I did.