Little Women

  • by Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by C. M. Hébert
  • 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This favorite book for children, based on the author's own youthful experiences, describes the family life of the Marches in a small New England community. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March are raised in genteel poverty by their loving mother, Marmee, while their father serves as a chaplain during the American Civil War. Jo, at 15, is ungainly, unconventional, and enterprising, with an ambition to be an author. Meg, a year older, is pretty and wishes to be a lady. Beth is a delicate child of 13 with a taste for music. Amy is a blonde beauty of 12. The story explores their domestic adventures, their attempts to increase the family's small income, their friendship with the neighboring Laurence family, and their later love affairs and destinies as women.

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What the Critics Say

"C. M. Herbert reads the story with the gentle affection and conviction one imagines in Jo March as she reads to her elderly aunt." (AudioFile)

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A very good reading of a classic

I was surprised at the negative comments of another reviewer about the reader, C.M. Hebert, of this version of Little Women. I found the reader to be warm and lively and to have conveyed well the old-fashioned moralism combined with a genuine love for her characters that rescues Alcott's classic from merely being larded with bromides or unbearably treacly. Because let's face it, this is a very sentimental book, but the characters are so loveable and so sympathetic that the reader overlooks this quality and just goes along for the ride. And C.M. Hebert, with her amused tone, well conveys this spirit.
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- Kenneth

A few technical issues

I would give a five-star review but there are chapters out of order and part of one chapter missing entirely. Narrator does a good job except for a few overdone accents (Esther the French maid of Aunt March is nearly impossible to understand). When the narrator relaxes, she has a very pleasant voice reminiscent of Susan Sarandon. This is one of my favorite books, so I hope the glitches are fixed so many more people can enjoy the story.
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- Karla Huntsman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-18-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.