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Publisher's Summary

Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I.

Part II, chronicles Meg's joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo's struggle to become a writer, Beth's tragedy, and Amy's artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott's childhood, this lively portrait of 19th-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers and listeners.

Public Domain (P)2011 Listening Library

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"The American female myth." (Madelon Bedell)

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  • Celeste
  • Southern California
  • 08-22-16

Kate Reading does a wonderful job

The narrator does a wonderful job of bringing the little women's voices to life with unique voices.

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Classic story, classic reading

This is the story of my childhood read in a true and faithful way. Relatable to any woman at any age!

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First read as a preteen; reread in my fifties.

This book was selected for my book club. At first I had little desire to read it but started it and then got too involved in it to stop. It's well written although a bit too sentimental and moralistic at times. But Ms. Alcott hits upon many real emotions and struggles throughout the book. I did not appreciate these attributes as a preteen. Once you have read Little Women, try the contemporary novel March by Geraldine Brooks. It's the story of the father while he was away at war. Definitely not a child's book.

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Very Enjoyable

If you could sum up Little Women in three words, what would they be?

Classic... Heart... Life

What other book might you compare Little Women to and why?

Little Women is in a league by itself. Why try to compare others?

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

Kate's voice is very pleasant and she does an excellent job with all the characters' voices. I never once wondered who was talking. The story really comes alive with a great narrator. Thank you, Kate.

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

Not really. I wanted to take my time with it. And did. It was great to listen to in the car on my work commute. Very calming but engaing.

Any additional comments?

I am so glad to have narrator choices with Audible, so that I can sample and pick the one I think will suit me best. Thank you, Audible, for the variety!

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Delightful and Rich

So much wisdom, so beautifully shared! I am ever so grateful to have chosen this title!

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Little Women

Great book, old school language makes it even more surreal. Have some Kleenex ready as it has some real moments of true sadness. Great storyline of true family.

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  • Z
  • 07-22-16

Ausome Story

If you are a fan is classic audio books you are going to love this one. It's about four girls who grow up through their lives in this story.My opinion is that this is the greatest audio book ever. Play now if you are a classic movie lover.☺☺☺☺☺☺☺😁😁😁☺☺☺☺☺☺☺😁😁😁😄

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Always a good read

Love this story and Ms. Reading brings the characters to life. She provides all of the emotions the story calls for, so be sure you have a handkerchief handy.

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Loved it since childhood

I watched the cartoon of “Little women” when I was a kid and loved it until now. The story is touching and inspiring, the narration - perfect!

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A good performance

A good narration, if a tad overdramatic at times.

It's interesting how time alters perception. As a youth, I enjoyed this book thoroughly. As a seasoned adult, it is rife with preachiness.

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  • 05-25-12

Excellent

I love Little Women. I first watched the film with Winona Ryder before reading the book, but think they complement each other. I love the little moralising stories, with good overcoming evil, and hard work, patience and fortitude winning the day. It is a story I always feel uplifted having listened to (despite some tears at certain points). I found Kate Reading a very good narrator - one of the most important things when in audio format.

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  • Corina De La Vega
  • 02-12-16

Great classic...!

Great classic... very good reading. Kate reading makes it very fluent and dynamic. I would Definitely recommend it!

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  • verity humberstone
  • 07-02-18

Amazing<br />

Love this book. The best story I've herd in a long time. It was amazing.