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Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
By: (1832-1888)

Set in nineteenth century New England, Little Women follows the lives of the four March sisters-Jo, Beth, Amy and Meg. The novel is a classic rites of passage story, that has often split literature critics but has been adored by many over the years. Intended as a book for young girls, the book is too sentimental for some but plenty of adults and young men have Little Women firmly featured in their best books of all time. The pace of the novel can be slow at times and the language almost too perfect but the overall sympathetic tone of Alcott wins over the reader.

The book is semi-autobiographical, with Jo Marsh mirroring the life of an ambitious Alcott. Just like Alcott, Jo is a strong, independent woman who is fighting through her domestic duties to do what she truly loves. Writing is Jo’s passion and in a world where women are expected to put personal growth aside in order to withhold traditional family values, she is met with many challenges.

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

The book speaks to every woman that has had to fight against convention. With their father away at war, the four sisters pull together to support each other but still have time to search for their own identity. These ‘little women’ are not children but young adults finding their way via love, religion and confidence. Whilst it may seem sad that the sisters do have to conform to some extent, if you read between the lines there is so much inspiration for young female readers.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 25 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 21, 2016
Subject: Good book bad readers
Some readers were really bad but the book was really good.
Reviewer: - March 19, 2016
Awesome book!! But some bad readers.
Reviewer: - February 22, 2016
the seacond reader was very bad
Reviewer: - December 2, 2015
Subject: ...
This is the most AWESOME book love it!!!
Reviewer: - September 30, 2015
Subject: umm
I didn't think it was that terrible it's not bad but it's not very good I didn't like all the different readers and some were to fast others didn't prounciate.
Reviewer: - August 6, 2015
Subject: love it!
This is such a romantic, sweet, tender, and sorrowful story! Even though I didn't listen to it, (I read it on my kindle,) I thought it was an awesome book!! After I read this book I tried to listen to this book, but I wasn't very fond of the reader!
Reviewer: - May 9, 2015
Subject: I love it
April 12, 2015
Subject: Not so great
I absolutely loved this book as a child and was excited to hear it read. I only got through the first couple of chapters. I found the reading expressionless and without even the normal inflections of the puntuation. I found it difficult to listen to the words I remembered so well read in that fashion. I do appreciate the effort, though!
Reviewer: - March 2, 2015
Yeah, I agree with PJ. She doesn't pause for punctuation and reads much too fast. I can't even get through the first few chapters.
Reviewer: - August 21, 2014
Subject: GREAT!
So awesome!
August 16, 2014
Love the book, but switching between readers made it difficult to follow, and some of the readers were hard to understand.
Reviewer: - August 12, 2014
I am typically very fond of listening to audiobooks, but this was terrible to get through. There were around ten different readers for different chapters, some of which were good and some just plain awful. The affect was very jarring and unpleasant. I understand that the readers are volunteers, but come on, surely they could get one person to read the whole book!
Reviewer: - April 24, 2014
I have read the book I love it!
Reviewer: - April 24, 2014
I love this book. I read it twice.
Reviewer: - February 16, 2014
I tried to listen to this but could not. No inflections in her voice for any punctuation. I read the other reviews and wondered if I was listening to the same reader? The reading is just run through. But it seems she did try.
Reviewer: - November 2, 2013
Subject: Loved it
That was a great book I loved the readers and the book.
October 31, 2013
Subject: Awsome
That was so Awsome, and the readers were great
Reviewer: - October 15, 2013
How can you complain about a free reading! It is not a professional recording and there are some chapters where the readers are more difficult to understand but all in all this is a great audiobook!
Reviewer: - October 10, 2013
Subject: speed reader
Sorry but could not get into the story. Reading way to fast. Not enjoyable.
Reviewer: - September 24, 2013
Subject: Too Fast
Reader read way too fast. Sounded like she was in a hurry. Made one mistake after another. Sounded like her voice was right on top of the microphone. Couldn't take listening to 4 chapters let alone 47. Will buy audio book somewhere else where it is professionally read. Too bad really. Good book, good movie, and this reader just spoiled it for me. Sorry.
September 2, 2013
I'm a Little Woman fan, and the reader is great!
Reviewer: - June 19, 2013
Subject: So good to read!
Fantastic voice for its reader and great story!! one of the best! hats off. :)
Reviewer: - May 14, 2013
Reviewer: - May 10, 2013
Subject: So Real
This book has taken me to a world which is so real and beautiful. I could really feel all those moments through which March family was going. I appreciate the reading skills of the readers. I truly thank this site and its volunteer readers.
Reviewer: - February 27, 2013
Excellent book to listen to. I enjoyed it so much. How times have changed since this book was written. I now know why it is a classic.

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