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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 - 37 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 21, 2020
It breaks up too much and the readers are bad readers. Anne of green gables reader is really good
Reviewer: - September 10, 2020
Subject: Little Women
Mary Anderson is my favorite reader! All the reader were okay, but if you ever would have it recorded by only one person, then you should have done by Mary Anderson. If possible. Love the book.
Reviewer: - April 9, 2020
Subject: 4th time to read
I love this book and just listened to it for the 4rth time. Some of the readers are a little difficult to follow but over all it's not bad.
Reviewer: - March 28, 2020
Subject: The book was great but most of the readers where terrible.
I listened to the whole book I would have given it 0 stars but the first reader was very good all the other readers where not so good, and sense the readers where switching it was so hard to follow and some readers don't make sense. I understand that they are volunteers but cant they make one person read the whole book, they also read to fast sometimes.They don't even use punctuation. I looked at the other comments and for all the good comments I was confused if I was hearing the same readers and for all the bad comments I completely agree. That's why I wrote this review. You should use the same reader for all the chapters of books if you don't it will just be confusing. -Lea 14
Reviewer: - January 29, 2020
Subject: Little Women ,the book
LOVE the book ,but there are so many readers.
Reviewer: - December 1, 2019
Subject: I love this book!
This is the best book ever! And the readers were good.
Reviewer: - February 18, 2018
Subject: The book
I was reading this for School And It was the best book I have read In Quite A while It teaches virtues Without forcing them apon You
Reviewer: - December 14, 2017
Subject: Little Women
This book is awesome!!!!!
Reviewer: - September 5, 2017
Subject: Haters
Everyone has to have haters, so, i hate this book cause i can't even read.
Reviewer: - February 4, 2017
Subject: The Book
most of the readers are good but there are some that are had to listen to. but it is a wonderful book and has grate morals.
Reviewer: - October 20, 2016
Subject: the book
Its a great book!:):) but its kind of hard to follow with all the different readers.:/
Reviewer: - August 24, 2016
Subject: This book deserves better narrators.
I am glad I took the time to listen. Some of the readers were wonderful. Some were painful to listen to and I had to keep a copy of the book to read some chapters myself. Thankful this is available and free. it would be good to re do some of these chapters.
Reviewer: - August 24, 2016
Subject: Great book!
One of my favorite books of all time. For the most part the morals are 100% correct! Most readers are good but some are hard to listen to. Thank you for this book reading! Lovely!
Reviewer: - July 7, 2016
Subject: beautiful book
This is the most beautiful book ever!
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
Reviewer: - 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!
Reviewer: - 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: - November 2, 2013
Subject: Loved it
That was a great book I loved the readers and the book.
Reviewer: - 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 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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