Little Women

  • by Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I.
Part II, chronicles Meg's joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo's struggle to become a writer, Beth's tragedy, and Amy's artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott's childhood, this lively portrait of 19th-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers and listeners.

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What the Critics Say

"The American female myth." (Madelon Bedell)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very Enjoyable

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

Classic... Heart... Life


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

Little Women is in a league by itself. Why try to compare others?


What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

Kate's voice is very pleasant and she does an excellent job with all the characters' voices. I never once wondered who was talking. The story really comes alive with a great narrator. Thank you, Kate.


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

Not really. I wanted to take my time with it. And did. It was great to listen to in the car on my work commute. Very calming but engaing.


Any additional comments?

I am so glad to have narrator choices with Audible, so that I can sample and pick the one I think will suit me best. Thank you, Audible, for the variety!

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- Karen

First read as a preteen; reread in my fifties.

This book was selected for my book club. At first I had little desire to read it but started it and then got too involved in it to stop. It's well written although a bit too sentimental and moralistic at times. But Ms. Alcott hits upon many real emotions and struggles throughout the book. I did not appreciate these attributes as a preteen. Once you have read Little Women, try the contemporary novel March by Geraldine Brooks. It's the story of the father while he was away at war. Definitely not a child's book.
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- N. Dandridge "books & coffee"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-08-2011
  • Publisher: Listening Library