Dear Enemy

Narrated by: Anne Hancock
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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This delightful sequel to Webster's Daddy Long-Legs centers on socialite Sallie McBride, who reluctantly agrees to become director of an orphan asylum. The asylum's benefactors, her friends Judy and Jervis Pendleton, insist she is just the person to institute the sweeping reforms the institution needs. The exuberant Sallie soon begins ruffling feathers of the staff, filling the children's lives with hope and love, and locking horns with the new Scotch doctor, the Dear Enemy of the title.

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Another Great Classic

Dear enemy is the sequel to The Wonderful" Daddy Long Legs." In my opinion not as good as
the first book but definitely a winner. The narration was good too. Its the kind of book that
is like comfort food, something to savor when you need to escape.

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Good old fashioned tale

I loved Daddy Long Legs and appreciated a follow up story with Judy and this time Sally doing the writing. I love taking information from the story and seeing the history from the piece.

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Uplifting

Well Jean Webster did it again! I just loved this book. I thought nothing can top Daddy long legs, that this one would be a let down but it’s right up there along side of it. It’s a must read!

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A Charming and Historically Poignant Sequel

This sequel to Daddy Long legs stands on its own. The story comes out through a series of letters written by a wealthy young woman who has been coerced into taking charge of an orphanage. Her fresh view of how things should be run cause her to clash with people accustomed to thinking of orphans as life's refuse, but her struggle teaches both them and her that there are no limits to the human heart. Her acidic relationship with the Scots doctor who works with the orphans develops into an alliance that allows their charges to flourish. A delightful read.

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  • 06-08-15

Only For Eugenics Fans.......

What could have been a really charming sequel to Daddy Long Legs becomes something quite ugly, due to the frequent comments on how 'defective' children (deaf, epileptic, and mentally disabled) should be treated - ie. forced sterilisation, segregation from normal children, and even arsenic in the food!!! I know this was the period of time when eugenics were widely believed in, but to a 21st century listener, it is really disturbing and left a nasty taste in the mouth. Excellently narrated though.

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  • Francesca Tripiedi
  • 01-20-20

Not Unabridged

This is not unabridged and I just noticed because I had read the novel before. When I finished listening to the audiobook I had to go and find on my paperback the parts of the novel that I remembered and were missing in the audiobook, just in case I was going crazy.
I was disappointed. Just don't say it's unabridged if it is not.

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  • A. B.
  • 11-25-18

an oldie but a goodie

liked the reader. nice use of vocal expression as the book is a series of letters If could be tedious if not read well. As others have mentioned has out dated content re: attitude to hereditary but hey the world has moved on since this book was written and it has to be listened to in that aspect. Enjoyed the characters and story.

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  • 12-04-19

Pleasantly surprised

Simultaneously frivolously AND philosophical. I read this as a sequel to Daddy Long Legs, and had low expectations. But was pleasantly surprised. Does raise thoughts over nature over nuture, and the meaning of a meaningful life, (and sometimes in a manner more consistent with thoughts of that era, and smetimes in a progressive manner) but not in a manner which dominates the story.

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  • Keralyn Samuel
  • 11-05-19

cute!

I found this very enjoyable..it is a cleverly written story, and cute humour sprinkled throughout.