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Little Women Audiobook

Little Women

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Barbara Caruso's rendering is wonderful. She skillfully combines the voices of a fairly large cast. Just as splendidly, she presents the text in an old-fashioned style, tone and pronunciation befitting the setting of the story. The four sisters, though each unique, must be a challenge even for several voices, but Caruso's solo voice always enthralls. The performance is worthwhile no matter what previous experience with Little Women the listener has.

Publisher's Summary

Most people know this book from the Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Winona Ryder. Now, introduce them to the sparkling American classic behind the movie: a charming portrait of the joys and hardships of the four sisters in Civil War New England. Separated by the war from their beloved parents, these "little women" struggle to find their place in the world.

(P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"Barbara Caruso gives a delightful reading of an old-fashioned, reassuring classic. For all ages." (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)

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    Brenda 02-24-09
    Brenda 02-24-09

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "Little Women"

    Great book. I read it when I was a kid but had forgotten how good it is.

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    Crystal Weaver 05-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Timeless classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Little Women to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The reading performance by Barbara Caruso was excellent. Her voice kept the characters distinct and interesting. It was much better than reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Women?

    Most memorable for me was when Mrs. March and her children gave their Christmas morning breakfast to the needy children. It was a good example of giving without expecting anything in return.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Jo. I could see her inside my head, just as I had when I read the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I found myself continuing to listen when I would have otherwise been doing something else. My dog got longer walks while I was listening to this book


    Any additional comments?

    Little Women was one of my favorite books as a young girl. I don't have any sisters and pretended as I read the book that the March girls were my sisters. I enjoyed going back to my childhood while I listened to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 03-24-15
    Jennifer 03-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic, enjoyable though preachy"

    I feel as if I had always meant to read this, but for ten years just never could get around to it. Had I read it some years ago though, I think I should not have enjoyed it. It was sweet, and a good-hearted story, though at times it did break my heart. But it does preach and moralize so very often. It's as if it is a little instruction book for girls like the sisters, to teach virtue and piety - and it does present them quite plainly most of the time. And I was never one for being preached at. I am sure I could take a lesson and enjoy a story that was not so blatantly doing so, but this really does revolve around them so plainly, I'd likely have dropped off reading it before finishing more than a few chapters. But I was determined to see the story through and try not to mind it when they reflected on their burdens and sins and their pilgrim's progress.

    It took me longer to finish than it should have. The story was not gripping, but I did hope to see happy ends for the girls. Though I was at times bored with tales of their poverty and homemaking, I did like Jo's poems and adventures with Laurie. I have heard many critics/reviewers say that those two should have fallen in love, but I think things turned out just as they ought. The concluding few chapters did brighten my mood after a mostly ambivalent (when not distressed by tragedy) feeling overall. It was a very pleasant scene to end on. Not at all the kind of life I live nor ever envisioned (for, even though it is set over 100 years ago, in many ways life is just the same, and some families do live as the Marches did).

    Narration was well done, she had a good narrative voice, and adopted good voices for the various characters. I loved some of Jo and Laurie's little emotional outbursts and enthusiasms.

    Sweet and mostly pleasing, but not my style. Good, but not good enough to return to. I'd give 3.5 stars if audible allowed fractions...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sadrael San Diego, CA, US 01-30-15
    Sadrael San Diego, CA, US 01-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely Story; Lovely Narration"
    What other book might you compare Little Women to and why?

    I've listened to ~70 audiobooks in the last 2-3 years, and I would compare the Little Women Series (narrated by Barbara Caruso) to Jane Austen's Collection (all of which are wonderfully narrated by Juliet Stevenson except for one I think), Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind (narrated by Linda Stephens), and maybe Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters and North and South (the former narrated by Prunella Scales, the latter by Juliet Stevenson). In part I would group these titles/performances together because the narration is so well done and so well suited to each of the stories. In each case I was able to become entirely lost in the story, and in each case I felt sad when it came to an end (especially in the case of Gone with the Wind, which is long enough to consume a good chunk of your life and doesn't have any 'sequels'... well, in a sense it does, but nothing adequate to fill the void the end of the story leaves in its wake). I haven't listened to alternative narrations of any of these titles, but I did do my homework before choosing which versions to listen to, and I am confident these are the best. I would also group these titles together just because they are all classic, charming period pieces. I imagine anyone who likes one of these stories/performances would like the others. Gone with the Wind might be the odd man out in this grouping... but it really sticks out in my memory in the same way as the other tiles mentioned.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favorite?

    Jo, of course. Isn't Jo everyone's favorite? All of the characters are lovely and interesting in their own ways, but Jo is clearly the best. Her character is well developed and who doesn't love a smart and headstrong yet loving and loyal tomboy?


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

    I laughed and cried. (note: If you don't remember tearing up when you read Little Women as a kid, you might have read an abridged version. This is the whole, charming shebang.)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Burdette 04-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "excellent narrator!"

    I so enjoyed this book and the narrator was absolutely excellent! I highly recommend this one!

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    Jeff & Kristi S. 03-27-17
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    "Aspiring Motherhood"

    As a mother to both one girl and one boy, this book rightly found its way into my heart. What more could a mother pray for than that her children walk in Truth, humbly serving their family and neighbors with contentment - whatever their social standing?

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    Grammie Springville, UT 02-13-17
    Grammie Springville, UT 02-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Delightful!"

    This was my mother's favorite story when she was a girl. I've read it a few times but this audible production was delightful. 💕

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    nichole 01-13-17
    nichole 01-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovely"

    This story was exquisite. Beautiful, colorful wordplay, and lovely characters have turned this into the classic it is. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

    Additionally, the narrator was brilliant. At first, I felt the voice changes were heavy and unnecessary, but I found very quickly that I admired the acting; it have depth to the characters and life to the story.

    Get this book. I adored it.

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    T Johnson 12-20-16
    T Johnson 12-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth your time."

    If you have never read this book, take the time to! Loved everything about this audiobook!

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    Kindle Customer 12-19-16
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    "One of my favorites"

    I love not only how well the main story is written but that she also writes such lovely stories and poems from the PC and Jo. Stories within the story.

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