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Little Women

Written by: Louisa May Alcott
Narrated by: Beth Kesler
Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott's most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War. It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life.

While her father, the freethinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with "woman's work," including sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. But she soon discovered she could make more money writing. Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune, and far from being the "girl's book" her publisher requested, it explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America.

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  • Darin Wilson
  • 13-01-20

Problem with sound quality

The volume is very inconsistent, varying from where it is set to too quiet to hear. The narration and of course the story are wonderful.

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  • Sylvia
  • 03-01-20

Sounds quality is terrible

I want to finish this book but the quality of this recording is terrible. it sounds like the reader recorded her voice on a laptop or home computer. The volume changes drastically within a few sentences. It's awful. I want a refund.

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  • Chelsea
  • 18-12-19

The Sound is done poorly, but all else is good!

There are bursts where the sound is much louder than others. It will get so quiet I have to turn the sound up but then get loud again suddenly and startle me. The story and performance is very good, though.

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  • Marianne
  • 14-01-20

Remove the book from inventory

The book's a sound disaster. No wonder it was less than a dollar! I gave up after 2 chapters. The volume goes up and down. Clarity is awful too.

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  • G.I. Raffe
  • 12-01-20

Faded in and out

The performance was fine; however, at times the volume faded a bit making for challenging listening.

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  • Cyndi McIntire
  • 26-03-20

Lovely

In times like these it is nice to go old school. This story was good for the heart and the brain. While I have seen the movies, I don't believe I ever read the book cover to cover. Fixed that.

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  • Rachel
  • 03-03-20

Hard to listen to

The volume for this recording is all over the place. It goes very soft so I turn up the volume and then a few minutes later its as if the narrator is yelling. I wish I could return this and try another recording instead.

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  • K Carr
  • 11-02-20

I always loved this story

I've always loved the story But the narrator really makes this one special And I especially like the voice of Hannah.

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  • Jaylynn Reid
  • 01-02-20

So sweet!

Such a good hearted story! You’ll laugh and cry and learn many lessons yourself when reading this book. It’s a long read, but well worth it in my opinion!

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  • D. A. Smith
  • 30-01-20

Narrator Not a Good Match for this Book

I have several copies of this book read by different readers. This is my least-favorite. The pace is too brisk. The reader's accent often tiptoes into an unwelcome Brit upper class nasality -- possibly excellent in other books, but not appropriate here, The reader may be unfamiliar with American idiom, at least, the idiom of yesteryear. Many phrases have a jarringly incorrect emphasis. The reader is at her best when Alcott is being witty. That comes across well.

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  • Kate O'Brien
  • 08-04-20

favourite story BUT

a favourite story of mine but almost unrecognisable when read in the wrong accent! Disappointed!

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  • ljg13
  • 21-02-20

Great story, ok narration

A classic for a reason - a beautiful story.

Only problem I’ve found with this recording is the audio volume jumps and drops rather dramatically in places which can be a pain if you’re listening on headphones. It’s also had a few editing slips where words or sentences have been repeated for different emphasis but not cut out again, which is quite annoying once you start noticing it! But a nice tone and pacing of voice otherwise.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-20

Why LITTLE WOMEN is a must read, or, must listen.

ThisBookWasAsJoWouldSay,Capital.ItIsEndering,Captivati gAndAtAllTimesOneOfTheFewBooksThatWiskTheirReaderOfIntoCrystalClearScenesThatAreADelightToBehold. Again, his is one of my favorite reads, only topped by Hp. ButThatIsALeugeUntoItself.

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  • Melissa Carter
  • 20-01-20

audio very patchy

The audio was so patchy it was very hard to listen to. One second you would have to turn it up because it was whisper quiet and the next it was screaming through the speakers where there was no change in dialog.
The story itself was very dull. I always here how this is a progressive book for females of that time period and sure for 2 of them it was. While Jo and Amy bounded ahead and forged their own path Meg was going backwards in time. I do like the more in depth look we had into the relationships and I have come around on Amy and Laurie but other parts such as Jo and Fritz (a bit creepy and forced) and Meg and John (bland and really a bit problematic in parts) i didn't like as much. I do think that Jo and her thoughts on love and relationships could have led to her being Ace and I think her story would have been better not being led into a relationship. She even says that she would say yes to marriage because she is lonely not for love. All in all I wouldn't be bothered reading it again.