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Jack and Jill: A Village Story Audiobook

Jack and Jill: A Village Story

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Louise May Alcott wrote Jack and Jill: A Village Story in 1880, 12 years after the publication of Little Women. Like that most famous of her novels, Jack and Jill takes place in a small New England town, and examines the lives of its inhabitants.

The story opens on the first sledding day of the season, and all of the children in town are out in force. Our hero and heroine, 13-year-olds Jack Minot and Janey Pecq, go down a particularly treacherous run and are both seriously injured.

Over the next year, Jack and Jill (as she is called) are nurtured back to health by their widowed mothers. As the seasons pass, we become intimately acquainted with not only Jack and Jill, but their group of friends. As in Little Women, Alcott's fine character studies leave us with indelible impressions of these young people, touching upon humor, honor, patience, temperance, great sorrow and even greater delight in the world around them and the love they feel for one another.

Public Domain (P)2017 Becket Royce

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    LilMissMolly 07-11-17
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    "Excellent Louisa May Alcott classic!"
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    Because Little Women is one of my favorite American-authored classics, I greatly anticipated listening to Jack and Jill: A Village Story by Louisa May Alcott. Like Little Women, Jack and Jill includes well-defined characters and tight-knit family unity. Based on her own childhood experiences, Alcott captures what it was like to grow up in an a very loving family in a small New England town in the 19th century.

    The story follows the lives of two 13-year-old neighbors, Jack and Jill. Similar to the nursery rhyme where “Jack and Jill went up the hill,” the two main characters in this story are destined for a fall. They go sledding on the first day of the season whereupon their adventurous natures and competitiveness get the better of them. After sledding down a particularly treacherous slope, both are seriously injured.

    The rest of the story takes place over the next year when Jack and Jill are nurtured back to health by their widowed mothers, and their family and friends try to keep them entertained, despite not having TV, the internet, or cellphones. I particularly enjoyed the tone and reality of this story, from play acting with neighborhood friends, to infatuations and jealousy between a few of the girls, and heartache after the death of a beloved friend. 

    I listened to the Audible version of Jack and Jill narrated by Becket Royce. Becket did an excellent job narrating this book, providing distinct and consistent voices for all characters. Her narration really contributed to my satisfaction of the story.  I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys the old classics.

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    Sara Rutgers Michigan 06-27-17
    Sara Rutgers Michigan 06-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Old Fashioned Village Fun"

    I read this book previously and know I like everything Alcott writes. Listening to the book was no disappointment. The story takes place in a time when children amused themselves, lived with character and integrity and looked out for each other. The stories of their adventures were entertaining and brought to life wonderfully by the narrator.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.

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    Deedra 07-11-17
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    "Jack and Jill"

    This was a grand story of friendship from childhood to adulthood.We meet Jack and Jill sledding and end with a wedding.Becket Royce voices this wonderfully!I was provided this book by the author ,narrator or publisher.

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    Daman 05-30-17
    Daman 05-30-17
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    "A timeless Classic"
    What did you love best about Jack and Jill: A Village Story?

    The valuable lessons and adventures this story can teach us.


    Have you listened to any of Becket Royce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Powerful, captivating listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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    Ratman2455 Browning, IL 05-20-17
    Ratman2455 Browning, IL 05-20-17
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    "Wonderful Story!!!"

    I had read some of Louisa May Alcott's stories when I was younger, but had forgotten just how good they are. This one is no exception. Full of little life lessons and fun adventures that are not only entertaining for young people, but witty enough to still remain interesting to adults also. This narrator does the voices so well, it truly helps in the understanding and enjoyment of the tale. I especially liked that she has a lovely singing voice and I loved listening to the old songs in the story, most of which I hadn't heard before.

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    LaPazBC 05-17-17
    LaPazBC 05-17-17
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    "I love listening to great literature!"
    Would you listen to Jack and Jill: A Village Story again? Why?

    Yes, with my grand-kids (when I have them :)


    What about Becket Royce’s performance did you like?

    Becket Royce did an excellent job narrating this book, she has a clear, beautiful and pleasant voice that gives you a very enjoyable listening experience!


    Any additional comments?

    I believe that Louisa May Alcott’s books are classics that every family needs to read, or listen! I wasn’t acquainted with Jack & Jill, A Village Story, and I’m glad that I got it. It’s a book that the entire family will enjoy, and if listening together will provide opportunities for parents to talk about various issues with their kids.

    I received this audiobook free for an honest review by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!

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    Summer 05-16-17
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    "Good audiobook"
    What made the experience of listening to Jack and Jill: A Village Story the most enjoyable?

    Ot is a nice classic story for children read in wonderful ,funny and emotional way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had a happy ending.


    Which character – as performed by Becket Royce – was your favorite?

    I liked both the main characters.They are original written and read.


    Any additional comments?

    "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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    HeatherY 05-15-17
    HeatherY 05-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A Primrose Romance"

    Jack and Jill are two precocious pre-teens, sledding with a group of friends in their New England hometown. They are both terribly injured after a sledding accident, Jack with a broken leg and Jill with a more serious injured back. Both are bedridden and their friends and family do all they can over the next year to cheer them up.

    Patience and sweetness of temperament aren't Jack and Jill's strong suits, and both struggle at times to control their tempers. Things are especially hard for Jill as she faces a future as a permanent invalid. Luckily they have the influence of their sweet mothers and a group of steadfast friends to show them the virtues of patience.

    This family story is really heartwarming. Listening to this classic is like peeking into a time capsule. The slang and expressions the children use, the games they played, and the morals they upheld are all interesting. Each chapter is presented like a little vignette and most end with a moral. Jack and Jill isn't my favorite Alcott, but it's worth a listen if you love her work.

    The narration was well done, the narrator's pace and tone were perfect. It pulled me right into the story. I was provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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    5/29/17
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    "One of my favourite authors."

    I love Louisa May Alcott books and did enjoy this one but the British accent was horrendous, I'd rather she just read it in her own voice instead of trying to do that, it spoiled some of the story for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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