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Publisher's Summary

Immediately following the success of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott sat down to write An-Old Fashioned Girl, expanding on the subject of rich versus poor that she explored in her first novel. It’s a story of a country mouse and a city mouse: 14-year-old Polly Milton travels to Boston for a stay with her friend Fanny Shaw. The wealthy Shaws’ way of life is foreign to Polly who tries to adapt but is quickly labeled “old-fashioned”. Fanny and her friends dress and behave as their elders do, flirting with boys and gossiping. When Polly breaks free to go sledding, Fan’s rapscallion brother Tom is delighted, but the Shaws explain that it’s not done for young ladies to take this kind of exercise. It takes wise grandmother Shaw to help the girls understand each other.

In her preface, Alcott explains that “the demand for a sequel, in beseeching little letters that made refusal impossible”, made it necessary to advance the story six years when Polly returns to Boston to live independently and in genteel poverty as a piano teacher; Fan is bored with the social life that never changes; and Tom is a mischievous college student and a dandy. Alcott references the budding women’s rights movement, stressing the importance of both women and men finding work with a purpose in it, while steering her characters through the romances and crises of adulthood.

Public Domain (P)2018 Anne Hancock

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  • selene
  • Los Angele, CA USA
  • 07-15-18

Okay

I love this book, but the narration is only competent. I’m now accustomed to hearing trained actos bring a story to life — not just recite the text with feeling.

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Sweet story, nice narration.

All around great audiobook. No audio issues and a tasteful, if old fashioned (haha) story. Definitely worth the credit for any Louisa May Alcott fan.

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An Old Fashined Girl

This is a good book.I like the old fashioned stories. Anne Hancock was a fine narrator. was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Great book!

Very nice narrating. LOVED the story, even though I predicted the ending fairly early. Love the insights of the author.

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For every girl and woman

This is one of the best of best stories. It is so delightful. However, the narrator made Tom sound like a little boy even when he was in his twenties. I know that, in many ways, Tom is a little boy even after growing into an adult; but these are all in matters of the heart and mind.... NOT the voice. It was so difficult to see him as a grown man when the voice of Tom at 13 and the voice of Tom at 21 were the same.

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Classic Louis May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott's trademark style is very much in evidence in this charming tale.

Young Polly goes to the big city, lives with rich friends, and shows them how to live a purer, more noble life. All the usual Alcott themes are present: the importance of family; poverty vs wealth; women as agents of improving men; attention to charity; marrying for money vs marrying for love. At times the moralizing gets a little heavy but the charm of the story is enough to make a reader to forgive and keep reading (or listening).

The narrator did a fine job with her reading and it was obvious that she enjoyed the story. A pleasure to listen to.

I was given this audio book at my request and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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On old-fashioned grand time

A classic to be sure.

I loved everything about this story. If only the younger generation could grasp more of these old-fashion values that Polly displays.

Ms Hancock is a marvelous storyteller. She captures the innocence of Polly, the petulance of Fanny and still has fun playing off Tom’s naughtiness.

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Lovely Story!

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This is a great book and very nicely narrated. It describes the coming of age of a family and their friend around the 1860s. The main character, Polly is a little bit perfect but loveable nonetheless. She is poor while her friends are rich but she is able to influence and enrich their lives, The story reveals behavior, customs, and values of the times in a very charming way, I will be relistening to this!

I was gifted a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.