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It’s not really fair to compare "Little Men" unfavorably to "Little Women," just because they're both by the same author, but I can’t help it. "Little Men" is hardly a novel – it’s really just a series of vignettes from the lives of Jo, the professor, and the boys (and a couple of girls) at Plumfield, their school; it really has no plot to speak of. "Little Women" didn’t have much of a plot, but it certainly had more than this sequel.
That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy "Little Men." I really did. It’s quaint, and the stories are very nice, if a little twee. I had never read it before, and I'm glad I listened to it. Mostly, though, I found it disappointing that the rowdy tomboy, the adventuresome Jo whom I liked so much in "Little Women" would grow up to be as she is depicted in "Little Men," having sublimated her own ambitions and become so completely domesticated. Essentially, Jo turned into her sister Meg, and I wasn’t very happy about that.
The narration is good overall, although the youngest children’s voices seemed too babyish. I enjoyed the other characterizations.
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My daughter and I both really enjoy this follow up to Little Women. It is different, yes, but a delightful story just the same. My daughter was so excited to get the Audible version of it to listen to, but she just could not even make it through because the reader is so off-putting. I'm really surprised at the good reviews for this reader, honestly. I would highly suggest listening to a sample before you buy this version. The voices of the children are just so bad. We will be deleting this version and seeking out another. I think we could find better on Librivox for free.