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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1912, Daddy-Long-Legs is an epistolary novel that follows orphan Jerusha "Judy" Abbott through her college years through a series of letters written to her anonymous benefactor, whom she nicknames "Daddy-Long-Legs." As Judy learns to navigate the complex world of studies, social life, and romance, her letters convey her growth and address the increasingly complex questions that preoccupy her. A classic coming-of-age story featuring a clever, engaging, and altogether realistic heroine, Daddy-Long-Legs has been a beloved tale since its publication and continues to delight its audiences.

Public Domain (P)2011 Tantor

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My granddaughter loved it .. So I had to read

My granddaughter had told me about this great book she had just read. So knowing that the title had a familiar ring, I googled it. To my surprise it was the same book that one of my favorite Fred Astaire movies was based upon. I rewatched the movie on Netflix and then had Audible read me the book. It was great! Can't wait to have her watch the old movie!

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Entertaining and witty

If you could sum up Daddy-Long-Legs in three words, what would they be?

Witty, clean, and a bit predictable.

What other book might you compare Daddy-Long-Legs to and why?

"The guernsey literary and potato peel pie society" because it is also witty and in letter form.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked Judy's views on life especially when she says "Most people don't live; they race"

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Fantastic performance !!

A great book, critic in a funny way, and a fabulous performance !! Great work !!

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A story to keep always 😊

I've read the book a couple of times, seen the movie... And this is at least the second time I've listened to this recording. I get such a nice warm feeling from it that I choose it when I need to cheer myself up.

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  • DrG
  • North Ogden, UT United States
  • 07-14-16

Exquisite

Loved Judy and her words. She makes you feel like writing letters again. The narrator was fabulous ♡

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Sweet and romantic, old fashioned charm<br />

Great story. I did not enjoy the reader at first, but she grew on me.

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Very Sweet Story

This touching, coming of age story will appeal to everyone. The narrator does an excellent job conveying emotions - I could almost see the story play out in my mind!

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Sweet story

I enjoyed listening to this favorite from long ago. I enjoy Julia Whelan's narration as always.

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Sweet, if a bit dated

I love the independence and spunk of Judy! It does seem a bit dated but it was so different in the past, and it makes me appreciate how far we've gone in women's rights (yet still so far to go, sigh). All in all a charming story read excellently by Julia!

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Vibrant voice! Literary and performance both!

I've seen this movie so many times but the book is even better! The reader and the author are a perfect fit. Timeless and touching. Judy is a heroine to be admired, and putting her in the context of her time, amazingly brave, independent, and charming.

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  • Heather
  • 02-09-15

Great

Entertaining and well read, please can we have the sequel now, Dear Enemy, read by the same narrator if possible

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  • sarah
  • 06-28-13

Gorgeous book!

If you could sum up Daddy-Long-Legs in three words, what would they be?

Wonderful, bright, heart-warming

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh on pretty much every page (so to speak). I had so much admiration for the main character, Judy, I would highly recommend this book for both mother and daughter!

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  • Kirstie T Thompson
  • 06-20-13

RETURN TO MY YOUTH

Would you listen to Daddy-Long-Legs again? Why?

I would definitely listen again. I read this book when I was in my teens and it was a great experience to hear it again. The reader was clear and had lots of expression - helping to bring it to life. I would recommend this book HIGHLY.

What other book might you compare Daddy-Long-Legs to, and why?

Little Women

Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favourite?

The person writing the book.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The power of the written word

Any additional comments?

I LOVED IT

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  • Seagull
  • 08-22-15

Perfect feel-good book

This is perfect listening if you're in the mood for a book that both entertains and uplifts the spirits. And (unlike all too many of Audible's choices) the choice of narrator is perfect - enhancing, rather than detracting from the listening experience. Buy and enjoy!

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  • MeGaVoltZ
  • 03-26-16

Perfect narration

I read this book as a child about 20 years ago and it was a favourite for a long time. I still find it a really sweet and delightful story. I must say that the audible version is so beautifully enhanced by Julia Whelan's perfect narration. I'll most definitely check out other books narrated by her.