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Editorial Reviews

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.

Critic Reviews

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

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Wonderful reading of a wonderful story

Wonderful work by the narrator in reading such a lovely story and really capturing the spirit of all the characters.

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  • Sadrael
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  • 01-30-15

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.)

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Love!

I hated for it to end! This is a sweet story to repeatedly listen to every few years. If only the world now would focus on "being good."

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KEPT MY ATTENTION

What made the experience of listening to Little Women the most enjoyable?

The story itself is very well written. The descriptions were so detailed I often felt I could see the characters. The narrator nailed it perfectly.

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The ultimate classic

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

The version for this audiobook is unabridged, which is important for me as I like to hear the entire book. There must, however, be more than one edition of the book, because my print copy doesn't have some of the extensive conversations that occur in the 2nd half of the book. I found this quite interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

When I was a young girl, Jo was my favorite character and I believe that she still is. I can identify with her ambitions which were far above the average ones of her time and place.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Barbara Caruso?

Maybe. I don't think she is very skillful at creating different voices for the various characters --with the exception of Marmee, Aunt March, and Hannah all the female characters sounded alike. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy were nearly indistinguishable from each other. The male characters were so-so. She did a better job of reading the straight narrative portions.

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

Is there anyone who has not cried when Beth dies?

Any additional comments?

Change the horrible cover art!

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Little women

Enjoyed this book greatly. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys a good and inspiring story.

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still a favorite

Still is and will always be a favorite of mine. Caruso did an amazing job capturing the characters and only adding to this classic. All in all a great and entertaining listen!

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Loved it!

Excellent narration. What a great classic! Love this story. Love this little family and those around them.

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An absolute treasure

This classic is a must read treasure for all ages. The well developed characters and story were heartwarming. A truly wonderful book. The reader of this audio made the story even more captivating!

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classic

It's just such a classic moral story. A feel good read for those longing for the good ole days.