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Generations of people - 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. Talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy remain 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 free-thinking 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.
Public Domain (P)2010 Tantor Media
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5 out of 5 stars
By Madelynn on 09-26-10

Great Narration

For a review of this classic book itself, I think most people would seek a review from a number of other sites. So instead of commenting on the novel Little Women, my comment is about the quality of the audiobook: very good!! There were around 10 different copies to chose from within the unabridged audiobooks of Little Women. I really like this one because the narrator's voice adds interest to the text, but is not overly expressive, like other versions. The pace is also great. Listening to this reader sounds more like you're listening to friend chat, and not like you are listening to someone carefully reading each distinct word. Great job!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Marcus on 09-29-13

A Wonderful Tale Ruined by an Actor

What would have made Little Women better?

A totally different narrator would have been a massive plus to this recording. I'm certain that someone must like her reading, but the simpering performance takes the strong women in the story and turn them into caricatures of themselves.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Women?

I cant think of very few highlights. From the very beginning, the actor's reading voice is so off putting that it takes away from the story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

As well-spoken as the narrator is, and she clearly goes into this with the best of intentions, both her general narration and the voices she assigns to the characters are so similar, it's difficult to discern when characters are actually speaking.

Additionally, the very purpose of Little Women is the growth the characters experience as they go through their trials; the narrator, however, maintains the same voices for the characters throughout the book. From the beginning, her characterization of these young women is so simpering and poorly "faux period," that it's difficult to even begin to enjoy listening to the book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Little Women?

The book is a classic; why should I play editor? It stands alone without my tampering.

Any additional comments?

Although I appreciate the amount of work that went into recording this version, I simply cannot recommend it. The narrator truly does ruin a book that has stood the test of time, for me.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dandylion on 01-25-14

Genius Burns

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

Hansom,sisterly ,poetry .

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

Maybe Pride and Prejudice ,given it's a book based on sisters with there trials and tribulations.

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

It's one of those voices you are either going to love or hate ,I must admit I had to get used to it ,but I did quite quickly and now I love it and couldn't imagine it being anybody else.
It suite the period very well.

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

I was quite happy to listen to a couple a of chapters before going to sleep,but that's just me .

Any additional comments?

I thought I knew this story because I watched the movies ,but I didn't have a clue how in dept and wonderful it truly was ,Jo will always be the tomboy queen and she will always have a place in my heart and in my library .

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