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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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LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott CONTENTS PART 1 ONE PLAYING PILGRIMS TWO A MERRY CHRISTMAS THREE THE LAURENCE BOY FOUR BURDENS FIVE BEING NEIGHBORLY SIX BETH FINDS THE PALACE BEAUTIFUL SEVEN AMY'S VALLEY OF HUMILIATION EIGHT JO MEETS APOLLYON NINE MEG GOES TO VANITY FAIR TEN THE P.C. AND P.O. ELEVEN EXPERIMENTS TWELVE CAMP LAURENCE THIRTEEN CASTLES IN THE AIR FOURTEEN SECRETS FIFTEEN A TELEGRAM SIXTEEN LETTERS SEVENTEEN LITTLE FAITHFUL EIGHTEEN DARK DAYS NINETEEN AMY'S WILL TWENTY CONFIDENTIAL TWENTY ONE LAURIE MAKES MISCHIEF, AND JO MAKES PEACE TWENTY TWO PLEASANT MEADOWS TWENTY THREE AUNT MARCH SETTLES THE QUESTION PART 2 TWENTY FOUR GOSSIP TWENTY FIVE THE FIRST WEDDING TWENTY SIX ARTISTIC ATTEMPTS TWENTY SEVEN LITERARY LESSONS TWENTY EIGHT DOMESTIC EXPERIENCES TWENTY NINE CALLS THIRTY CONSEQUENCES THIRTY ONE OUR FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT ... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

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. :)


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