Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888).
The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The first volume, Little Women, was an immediate commercial and critical success, prompting the composition of the book's second volume, entitled Good Wives, which was also successful. Both books were first published as a single volume entitled Little Women in 1880. Alcott followed Little Women with two sequels, also featuring the March sisters: Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886).
Little Women was a fiction novel for girls that veered from the normal writings for children, especially girls, at the time. Little Women has three major themes:” domesticity, work, and true love. All of them are interdependent and each is necessary to the achievement of a heroine's individual identity.
Little Women itself “has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth.” Little Women has been read “as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well.” Alcott “combines many conventions of the sentimental novel with crucial ingredients of Romantic children's fiction, creating a new form of which Little Women is a unique model.” Elbert argued that within Little Women can be found the first vision of the “American Girl” and that her multiple aspects are embodied in the differing March sisters.
Little Men, or Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, first published in 1871. The novel reprises characters from Little Women and is considered by some the second book of an unofficial Little Women trilogy, which is completed with Alcott's 1886 novel Jo's Boys, and How They Turned Out: A Sequel to "Little Men". Little Men tells the story of Jo Bhaer and the children at Plumfield Estate School. The book was inspired by the death of Alcott's brother-in-law, which reveals itself in one of the last chapters, when a beloved character from Little Women passes away.
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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.
"poorly edited recording"
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.
This was full of moral and practical instruction for life and parenting.
- 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.
"Very poor editing...."
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 =}
"My great-nieces LOVE listening to this"
This is truly a classic work for children and the fact that children love it today is a testament to Alcott.
My great-nieces prefer the 1st book over the other works whereas I enjoy "Little Men" and "Jo's Boys" better.
"Many recording mistakes"
It sounds as if no one actually finished this recording. Every time the narrator made a mistake, you hear her stop the recorder and re-read the section. It's actually embarrassing. The stories themselves are very good. Very dear. The narrators voice is lovely and I would have liked the finished product, if I didn't have to hear her making mistakes and re-recording!!
"A classic at a bargain..."
Little Women, is a classic story I grew up with and have always loved! The girls were all so grown up and matured (even the youngest). Now I have finally gotten the remainder of the series, Good Wives, Little Men and JO's Boys all in one collection. This is what I call a real bargain! This is a long loved comfort book for me with Little Women - It's like going home. I read this book over and over again when I was a girl! Now I got to continue on with the saga. I got to see the girls grow up and marry and have kids of their own. I got to learn about the men that chose them and I got to meet Jo's Boys in a sense - all thru reading. It is exciting, it is refreshing. The hard times the world had back then and the little things that meant so much to so many.
The author, Louisa May Alcott does a fantastic job in all four books! There was never a dull moment when it came to Amy, Jo, Meg and the other 2 girls! Later to see them make new lives for themselves and their children too is such a treat! The narrator, Catherine O'Brien does a great job delivering these stories to us and she does it with her British accents. It kind of reminds me of being a little girl, and the librarian is reading to us all in the library - I feel comfort from it.
*** I received this Classic Collection of Little Women Stories in audiobook format as a gift in exchange for a honest and unbiased review of my thoughts about it. ***
This needs to be re-edited. The narrator's throat-clearing and restarting of passages are still in there!!
There's also a very disconcerting clicking noise whenever she messes up and restarts, like a "hey, start here when you're cleaning it up" but nobody did!
I love the stories and so I persevered, but for what I pay for credits, I expect more quality listening than this.
This was a great way to listen to these classics, however the recording wasn't perfect, there were a few times when the narrator would repeat herself and reread the line. Overall, it was good.
"great book bad recording quality"
I love the series but the recording quality was horrible after the first book. There were a lot of repeated lines, background noise and at the end of the last book she even cleared her throat a few times....
did no body edit this book
??? it was HORRIBLE!! Stops, repeats, clicks, narrator clearing her throat. Holy cow, worst editing job ever!!!!
"You can't go wrong with this complete series!"
I really enjoyed the voice of narrator, she was easy to listen to. There were some recording mess ups, mostly in Jo's Boys, but it wasn't so bad that I wouldn't recommend this recording. Love that I got all four books in one. Even my 9 year old son loved listening to these stories. They are full of good clean adventure with many virtuous principles and morals being taught.
"You get what you pay for..."
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.
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.
There is nothing wrong with the books, they are classics for a reason, but the recording is very disappointing.
Narration poor! Would not recommend this version. Lots of blips make it uncomfortable listening. Am going to try another version. I should have read reviews first.
"A poor quality recording"
I'm quite surprised that this version is even available through Audible, whose audiobooks are typically of high clarity and sound quality. This reading seems not to have been edited as the narrator often repeats a line, coughs and uses a clicking device to mark sections where there are errors in her speech. Fantastic to get four books in one, but at the expense of quality which does not reflect well on the publisher.
"Classic story, poor edit"
Lots of book for your money but not a great recording.
Mis-reads, repeats, coughs and splutters - it sounds like it hasn't been edited at all after being recorded. Spoiled it for me I'm afraid.
Being able to use it on my Kindle app. Conned into buying something that isn't compatible with Samsung tablets
None in audio
Didn't hear it
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