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What did you love best about The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)?
It was nice to have the whole series together. Each book independent would lose much. Indeed, the end of Little Women would frustrate much more isolated from the rest of the series.
What did you like best about this story?
This was full of moral and practical instruction for life and parenting.
What three words best describe Catherine O'Brien’s performance?
Any additional comments?
- averages 1 repeated sentence per chapter.
- Several points where the editing was forgotten as you can here a clicking and restart of a sentence.
- a few jumped sentences as a result of the editing
It wasn't terrible, but it was not smooth.
Also, O'Brien's character voices were difficult to differentiate quite often.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
Unfortunately, there were quite a lot of technical errors and editing misses. Repeated sentences, hearing this annoying clicker when the narrator marked her mess up.
The narrator did a beautiful job of it! She's talented and her voice mellifluous. The only thing I wish I'd known before purchasing this was that she is British; I normally love an accented audible book! This, however, is a classic American story.... I don't want to sound negative about the narrator. She really has a splendid talent. It just made such a huge difference and I feel I can't overcome it. So next time I'll make sure to listen to the sample before buying.
Now, on to listen to it all again with an American accent =}
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I should have guessed that to get 4 audiobooks in one would mean a compromise in quality but I was surprised at the amount of blips and repeats in this. There is little characterisation and in all my many audiobooks I've never heard the narrator clear their throat before either...
However, Catherine O'Brian's voice is pleasant and easy to listen to....plus it is 4 classic books in one after all.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
What would have made The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one) better?
Recording has not been edited. At various points there are pauses, coughing, drinking, mistakes and restarting sentences. Sounds as if it has not been proofed. Very, very poor quality.
What character would you cut from The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)?
There is nothing wrong with the books, they are classics for a reason, but the recording is very disappointing.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I don't think there is any need to speak of the storyline of these books as I am sure, like me, anyone who is interested in listening to these stories has probably read them a number of times. Instead I must review the editing .... or lack of it. I did not listen to Little Women or Good Wives as I already have an outstanding recording of these two books in another compilation "The Enchanted Collection" so I can only speak of the latter two books, Little Men and Jo's Boys.
My first impression was how strange it was to hear a delightful British voice narrating this story of an American family. No other accents were attempted whatever the nationality of the character. Then I began hearing phrases in the story repeated. At first, I thought I was hearing things but no .... phrases were repeated. This happened more and more especially in Jo's Boys where you can hear her clear her throat on a number of occasions, a clicking sound and then the phrase repeated. In one instance when the character speaking changes but the narrator reads on then realises her mistake, you can even hear her murmur "Hmmm" before beginning again in a deeper tone to signify a different character speaking. In the end, I found it amusing to listen to as the job of narrating books and making them interesting to the listener cannot be an easy one.
Having said all this, nothing can spoil the beauty of these wonderful books by Louisa May Alcott. They were childhood favourites of mine and listening to them some 40 years later, I find they have lost none of their magic in the retelling.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
All too innocent and much to preachy. The performance while lively is marred by poor editing with repeated errors, sentences, pops, and hisses which seemed to get so frequent towards the end I think the producers may have stopped caring.