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When wealthy widower Captain Ralph Crewe first enrolls his little daughter Sara in Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, she is set to become the school's show pupil. But tragedy soon strikes: Captain Crewe passes away after losing his fortune, and young Sara is quickly forced into servitude by the cruel Miss Minchin. 

To make it through her long days as a drudge, Sara imagines herself secretly a princess, and along the way learns to treasure true friends and the kindness of mysterious benefactors.

Public Domain (P)2018 Shiromi Arserio

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an enduring story

We listened to this on a long journey with grandkids. Half on the way and the other half on the way back. Engrossing and delightful. The reader is perfect. it's overwritten but so engaging it can be forgiven. Such an old story- a classic for a good reason highly recommended.

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  • Mark Twain "Eddie"
  • 02-04-2019

Beautifully told children's story

This is a classic story for kids, and one that I intend to let my kids fall asleep to on many nights. Sara, the main character, is a great role model and hero for kids, and the story is part of the canon of children's literature.

The narrator speaks clearly and well -- all stories, but especially children's stories, need a talented voice actor to bring the story to life and encapsulate, in this case, the delicate timbres of a plucky heroine and the challenges that beset her. Definitely recommended.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rebecca
  • 01-04-2019

Classic story told with a classic voice

This has always been one of my favorite books, but this is my first time listening to it... I was definitely not disappointed... The narration was excellent and made a great book even better..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-2019

Classic Orphaned Girl at the Turn of the Century England

A classic turn of the century little girl born in India , mother died, father sends her to England for her education.
She is a mature and is kind and the focus of jealousy.almost like a cross of little orphan Annie and Oliver Twist.
A sad tale that resolves happily, with the exception of losing her father. This is heart felt and you want to be in a good place and not let the usual sadness that can fill a lot of the story, until the end.
The narrator is fantastic and perfect for this story..keeping you engaged .

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review'

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  • Shannon G
  • 08-01-2019

A Sweet Story

This is a sweet and heartwarming story of a young girl overcoming hardships. I enjoyed listening to this tale, it's truly a classic. The narration was done very well. Shiromi Arserio did an excellent job with character voices and read at a nice pace. She helped to make the listening experience quite enjoyable.

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  • Suzan
  • 03-01-2019

Took me back to childhood

I was transported back to childhood with this audiobook. I had never read this story but had seen the movie many times growing up and always loved it. Shiromi Arserio is simply wonderful as the narrator of this lovely story. I was gifted this audio book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

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  • HeatherY
  • 30-12-2018

Wonderful Narration of this Classic

When young Sara Crewe is left at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, it's only her temperament and strong self that keep her from becoming a very spoiled little girl. After her wealthy and loving father passes away, Sara is no longer the star pupil at the school. Instead she's forced to work as a drudge and to slave away in the very school where she once lived.

A Little Princess is one of the classics I read and reread when I was younger, the story is timeless and the characters had such a grip on me. I loved young Sara, sentimental and strong, dreamy and determined. I admired her then and even now I think she's a wonderful role model for young readers. The rest of the cast shines as well, with one of the best villains Burnett ever wrote. The plot is simple, the imagery beautiful, and I always loved those moments when Sara shows up Miss Minchin, or when she reveals the human side of herself with a bit of temper. I'd recommend it for young teens on up.

The narration by Shiromi Arserio was wonderfully done, the perfect pace and accents for each character. I especially loved her voice for Sara, it seemed to fit perfectly. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • KLW
  • 07-06-2020

Beautiful

I remember this story as a girl. I listened again as an adult and it still has a lovely charming and memorable impact. A teaching story also, about treating others. Reminiscent of Cinderella but with reality in mind.

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  • Shilpab
  • 11-01-2021

Exquisite!

I bought this book after reading The Secret Garden by the same author. This story was an absolute delight to listen to. The narrator is just perfect for the story. Love it so much. Listened to it on my walks. Will recommend it to my 10 year old daughter. Absolutely wonderful!!!

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  • David Ferguson
  • 19-05-2021

Some accent slippage

A magical book brought to life wonderfully in this recording. However, some of the accents used were a little incongruous; for example, a slightly gutter accent for one of the posh young boys and the occasional slippage into a possibly South African accent for some of the narrative and the young ladies’ voices. Overall an excellent reading though and very enjoyable.

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