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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Caruso's rendering is wonderful. She skillfully combines the voices of a fairly large cast. Just as splendidly, she presents the text in an old-fashioned style, tone and pronunciation befitting the setting of the story. The four sisters, though each unique, must be a challenge even for several voices, but Caruso's solo voice always enthralls. The performance is worthwhile no matter what previous experience with Little Women the listener has.
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Publisher's Summary

Most people know this book from the Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Winona Ryder. Now, introduce them to the sparkling American classic behind the movie: a charming portrait of the joys and hardships of the four sisters in Civil War New England. Separated by the war from their beloved parents, these "little women" struggle to find their place in the world.
Public Domain (P)2005 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Barbara Caruso gives a delightful reading of an old-fashioned, reassuring classic. For all ages." (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Nina on 08-22-07

definitely worth a listen

I agree w the first reviewer - the narrator is absolute perfection for this particular story. In listening, I realized that my beloved childhood book was most certainly abridged, for this one does go on a bit :-)

And it reflects some odd notions of the time. Of course, the puritan work ethic reigns supreme, but also the place of women, class distinctions (even tho the March's were poor; evidently the Irish were poorer). A LOT of sentimentality, so if you didn't like this as a child, you're not going to like it as an adult.

But if you keep the time frame and point of view of the author in mind, it's really a delightful listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on 07-21-06

Glad I waited for this release!

What a wonderful reading by Barbara Caruso! She brings this book to life. I almost bought the other unabridged version, but I held out for another one to be released--and I'm glad I did! This reading is so much better. If you love Little Women, don't hesitate to buy this.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ISAAC on 12-14-13

Heart-warming classic

Where does Little Women rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is definitely in my top 40 but that is only because I have listened to so many.

What did you like best about this story?

This is such a lovely, gentle story it just takes you by the hand and says 'I am going to tell you a story about four little women and by the end you will have laughed and cried but you will love it all the way.'

What does Barbara Caruso bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

For an English teenage boy to be transported so completely into the household of five American women, Miss Caruso must be very talented.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

You experience each of the girls' trials and tribulations alongside them. Be it Jo or Amy, Meg or Beth your heart cannot help but feel for these girls.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Mirium on 04-27-10


This was one of my mother?s favourite books. She used to quote from it: ?birds in their little nests agree?; ?don?t let the sun go down upon your anger?; ?into every life a little rain must fall?, etc. I think she saw the March family as an ideal, and wished that we were more like them. We weren?t (thank heaven).

I read it when I was about 12 and remember being singularly unimpressed. Then I saw it here on Audible and wondered if it might be one of those children?s classics, like Treasure Island, that I would appreciate more as an adult. Well, my mature thoughts are that it?s a sweet book, heartwarming and uplifting ? I just wish it had a little bit more edge. While the sisters encounter disappointment, disagreement and even tragedy, there seems to be nothing that can?t be resolved with a few wise words from Marmee. Even Jo, who is supposed to be the hot-tempered rebel, never does anything really Bad.

Now, as then, I can?t quite come to terms with the family?s ?poverty? when they live in what is obviously quite a substantial house with a nice garden, eat lots of delicious food, and employ a housekeeper!

It?s nicely read, and if you want something inoffensive and unchallenging, I would thoroughly recommend it.

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