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Publisher's Summary

Although generations of readers of the Little House books are familiar with Laura Ingalls Wilder's early life up through her first years of marriage to Almanzo Wilder, few know about her adult years. Going beyond previous studies, Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder focuses upon Wilder's years in Missouri from 1894 to 1957. Utilizing her unpublished autobiography, letters, newspaper stories, and other documentary evidence, John E. Miller fills the gaps in Wilder's autobiographical novels and describes her 63 years of living in Mansfield, Missouri. As a result, the process of personal development that culminated in Wilder's writing of the novels that secured her reputation as one of America's most popular children's authors becomes evident.

©1998 The Curators of the University of Missouri (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Miller draws on Wilder's unpublished autobiography, existing letters written to her daughter and to her husband on the few occasions she traveled without him, and her fiction and ‘newspaper stories, local histories, land records', which he mines to create an impressively detailed context for her life.... Miller does not try to make her any more - or less - than she was, and that is the virtue of his biography." ( Washington Post Book World)
"Miller's absorbing new biography...puts the author's early years in context before focusing on her adult life as a farmer's wife, mother, journalist, and budding author.... Miller uncovers facts about Laura's life that were not revealed in her own work, and he places her experience in a broader context. He makes her days on the frontier and the farm come alive with statistics on population and demographics as well as rich details about Indians and wildlife." ( In These Times)

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Rose!

I would agree with other reviewers, there is too much Rose at the end but Rose was the one who left behind a diary etc. so I suspect the author was using what he had.

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Tough Pioneer Women

Where does Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top of the list

What did you like best about this story?

The hard work and the way they travel and move all over the place like these places were just up the street.

Which scene was your favorite?

Listening to the relationship between Laura and Rose. It made them jump out of the book at you. Even back then there were differences of opinions between such an amazing Mom and her daughter.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Almanzo being so sick and Laura being by his side the whole time.

Any additional comments?

They were the true American pioneer's who helped build this great country.

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Way to much Rose

What did you like best about Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend? What did you like least?

This book starts out very interesting, alot of back ground on the Ingalls family but after the first few chapters it became about her daughter Rose Wilder Lane and to be honest by the end of the book I really didnt like Rose very much.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The last chapter was really beautiful, it went back to Laura and Almanzo's story.

What about Paula Faye Leinweber’s performance did you like?

She did a good job,

Was Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend worth the listening time?

No not really, way to much about Rose and most of that didn't show her in a good light.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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I listened to this one for the first time on my way to and from visiting De Smet, South Dakota, the Wilders' first home for those of you who don't know the history. So as I was driving around a touring, this was a great companion to what I was seeing. I've been a Little House fan since I was a little girl, so as an adult I got to geek-out on this road trip. But this book provides a lot of new details that aren't in other books about Wilder. And the narration is very good for a biographical work. For Wilder fans, I'd say this is a must-read!

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What did you like best about Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend? What did you like least?

But it's not told in a fun way and the narrator is WAY to airy and I have a high tolerance for that.

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  • KR Keogh
  • 04-22-15

Laura fans

A must listen to, if you love Laura Ingalls Wilder, you will,love listening to this audio book 4 stars

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  • Mrs. T. C. Bramwell
  • 12-01-13

A little too much Rose

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because I learnt so much about the history and what it would have been like, and I am American Studies Major!

What did you like best about this story?

That it was possible to hear otherwise dry facts in a way that made sense to me.

Which character – as performed by Paula Faye Leinweber – was your favourite?

Laura

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

hearing about Laura as an old woman and all the social and industrial change that had happened in one lifetime.

Any additional comments?

The only thing I didn't like was that for a book about Laura there was a lot of Rose in it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful