Little Women

by | Read by Kate Reading

Published by Listening Library

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 nineteenth- century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.

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AudioFile Review

Little Women

Perfectly inhabiting spoiled Amy, sensible Meg, noble Beth, and forthright Jo, narrator Kate Reading interprets Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel with a blend of seriousness and humor. The story of four Massachusetts sisters and their beloved mother awaiting their father’s return from the Civil War, Alcott’s book about the real and imagined dramas of childhood has been popular since its publication in 1868. The style is more formal and the sentences longer than in many modern children’s books, but Reading offers a clear and accessible narration that makes listening easy. And the voices chosen for the major male and female characters help us empathize with everyone, even silly Amy when she offers to cut off her golden curls. A.C.S. SYNC 2015 © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine

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