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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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a lovely reread, or we hear.<br />

what a delight to listen to this story again.

I remember reading it when I was younger and then seeing the movie. the book is much much better. of course if you like to see dancing, then the movie might be better.

The narrator was a delight to listen to.

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Simply refreshing!!!

Novel approach to story-telling; a introduction to a classical education thrown in for good measure.

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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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  • 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.