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Publisher's Summary

Sara Crewe is the brightest, richest, and most generous girl in Miss Minchin’s school for girls, and her father gives her everything she might desire. But when her beloved father dies, Sara’s friends and prized possessions are suddenly taken away, and she is banished to the attic and forced to work as a common drudge. Fed only crumbs, she still saves enough to feed her pet rat, and she tells wonderful stories to comfort Becky, the kitchen maid. Using her special ability to play make-believe, she transforms her hardships into an unforgettable adventure. And soon, even her wildest wishes begin to come true, as her real identity is revealed once and for all.

This touching classic has been a favorite with generations of children and adults who have delighted in Sara’s happiness, wept over her sorrows, and perhaps shared her need: to be recognized as someone unique and special.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849 -1924) was an English-born author of romances and books for children. After moving to America in 1865, she established a popular reputation with the publication of That Lass o’ Lowrie’s in 1877. She is best known for such novels as Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Little Princess, and The Secret Garden.

Public Domain (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“A beautiful tale of courage against adversity.” (Guardian, London)

“Johanna Ward...gives a smooth, thoughtful reading and interprets the characters with ease. This is a delightful audio production of Burnett’s classic.” (AudioFile)

“What little girl would not be delighted to discover that a beloved adult believes she shares Sara Crewe’s wonderful imagination, wit, and courage when she receives... A Little Princess?” (Booklinks)

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great story

I loved listening to this story. I was totally immersed into the life of Sara.

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  • Victoria Scully
  • 28-09-2016

Delightful!!!!

I could not put it down and it made me so happy!! This book is a wonderful antidote for sadness.

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  • Carol Smithson
  • 15-01-2021

Called a classic for good reason.

This well written story has a cross generational appeal. I recommend it for ages six and up. Great book for grandparents to share.

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  • G. Clapp
  • 09-01-2021

Lovely book with good values

It is rare to find a book full of courage, strength, grace, and love in the face of adversity today. We should all be sharing classic books like this with our children.

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  • CKel
  • 29-10-2020

Delightful and Warming

This story will warm your heart. Frances Hodgson Burnett had a colorful imagination that will take you to far away places with her stories. I can’t get enough.

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  • Maui Surfer
  • 10-06-2021

We loved this book!

My daughter and I listen to books in the car, and this was such a treasure. It teaches so many valuable lessons to children, and the overall goodness of just being kind. After reading this book, we made a list of ways we can help others and animals, and we plan to do what we can. A really valuable and enjoyable listen!

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  • Elizabeth
  • 19-05-2021

Great narration of a great story

This book is a classic, and Johanna Ward does a great job of bringing it to life.

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  • Amazoner
  • 31-03-2021

A lovely audio book

This is my first time listening to a book by Frances Hodgson Burnett and I totally loved it! It may seem a simple story yet the author's descriptions of the little girl's emotions are so vivid and lively, and I could experience it in the moment through Johanna Ward's narration. The way Sara Crew deals with the tough situations is extra-ordinary. A very well written book and an excellent narration by Johanna. This is now one of my favorites and I will surely listen to it again. Cheers!

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  • James H. Nelson
  • 17-03-2021

Extremely Well Done

A Little Princess is and forever will be my favorite childhood story. I was kind of scared at first to listen to the audiobook, because I was afraid I would be disappointed and it would taint my memory of A Little Princess, but instead I was extremely satisfied with it. At first the narrators voice sounded weird to me, but after a while I got used to it and it fit the story so well. Overall, this was done almost perfectly and I highly recommend this to everyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-2021

Beautiful Story

I loved listening to this story. It's very well written a d narrated. A true treasure.

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  • Melinda
  • 11-02-2021

Delightful!

We have not enjoyed a book as much as this in a very long time. Such a well written story that pulls you in as if you there! My son and I were captivated throughout the book and highly recommend it to people of all ages! There are many lessons of virtues! Excellent book and narration!

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  • Tomasz
  • 24-01-2019

A touching story

I am a 36-year old scientist, yet on many occassions, while listening to this book, my eyes filled with tears. Let that testimony serve as a review of this wonderful and touching story.

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  • Jec
  • 31-10-2017

Fantastic!

We listened to this as a family on a long trip from London to Scotland. We are two boys (12 and 10), a girl (7), plus Mum and Dad. Comments from the family: “A brilliant story to listen with the family” (7year old); “A great, exciting story, full of surprises. I really liked it.” (10 year old): “I really enjoyed it and am glad I listened to it, even though I found it a little slow on n the middle. It’s also really really well read.” (12 yr old); “Beautifully written with lovely rich language and wonderful positive messages.” (Dad); “Wonderfully old fashioned, wholesome family read. A little predictable but who cares! It’s got all the ingredients of a great story - a loveable heroine, an evil adversary, joys and great losses restored by a happy endingWe all loved it and it provided much food for conversation - especially around the rich vocabulary.” ( Mum). We highly recommend it.

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  • Mr
  • 14-02-2014

Awful narration!

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The narrator's voice needs to be deleted and re-recorded with someone else at the helm.
This sounds like it's being read out by a computer! I can't stand it! My children won't entrain listening to it but I've had it too long to ask for a refund now. It's awful!

Would you ever listen to anything by Frances Hodgson Burnett again?

Yes, so long as the narrator is different

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It could be 100% better!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-2020

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Good story I like it because the little princess is so like my Daughter

I also like it because Sarah crew is a kind little girl

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  • Ian V
  • 09-05-2018

lovely story 😃😭😖😍💜

I loved the story line and the voice is clear all the way through.👍 I highly recommend it for a child around the age of 12.

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  • Angom Ocan
  • 07-04-2017

captivating

A satisfyingly good storyline and unable to stop listening until absolutely unavoidable. Definitely worth the purchase

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