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These Happy Golden Years

Little House, Book 8
Narrated by: Cherry Jones
Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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Fifteen-year-old Laura lives apart from her family for the first time, teaching school in a claim shanty 12 miles from home. She is very homesick but keeps at it so that she can help pay for her sister Mary's tuition at the college for the blind. During school vacations Laura has fun with her singing lessons, going on sleigh rides, and, best of all, helping Almanzo Wilder drive his new buggy. Friendship soon turns to love for Laura and Almanzo in the romantic conclusion of this Little House book.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

©1943, 1971 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2006, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • E.F.B.
  • 31-12-2018

Perfect ending

Such a sweet ending to sweet book and a sweet series. (Yes, I know there’s technically another one. I’ll list the reasons why I’m skipping it, momentarily. :p) It had all the things I’ve loved about this series: The Ingalls family, the setting, seeing how things were during that historical time period, Almanzo, and a very sweet, innocent romance. The familial love and support of the Ingalls family for each other was especially wonderful. I shed a tear of happiness at Laura and Almanzo’s wedding, especially when Pa played all the old songs on his fiddle, and everything else, and just… gah! <3 It made me so happy.

I am truly content with this being the end of the series, which is why I currently have no intention of reading the last book, “The First Four Years”. Having researched it and read a synopsis as well as the actual historical account of Laura and Almanzo’s married life, I guess I just feel like the fact that I already know what happens, plus the fact that it’s a bit of a downer (in spite of still having a hopeful note to it), plus the fact that it’s less polished and questionable as to whether Laura Ingalls Wilder actually intended it to be published at all (the thing I read said she abandoned it) all works together to make me not really that interested in it. Maybe someday I’ll take a look, but honestly, I feel like I already read it, figuratively speaking, and I’m just wanting to leave things on a happy note instead of being made kind of sad. So…yeah. I think I’m just going to call “These Happy Golden Years” the end.

This has been such a wonderful series. On one hand, I almost wish I had discovered it when I was younger so I could have enjoyed it sooner. On the other hand, I’m happy I discovered it as an adult so I could more fully appreciate the history and the deeper themes being presented. I’m sure that if I ever have kids, I’ll be reading these books to them and will revisit them myself many, many times.


Content advisory for those who want to know:

As the series progresses and as Laura matures, the stories mature a little with her. Parents may want to be aware of certain story elements before reading the later books to particularly young children.

In this book, while Laura is teaching at the school she stays with a married couple who are very unpleasant to be around. They argue constantly and seem to hate each other. The wife at one point slaps her toddler’s hands for throwing a plate. Later in the story, Laura wakes up one night to hear the married couple arguing and sees the wife threatening her husband with a butcher knife because the wife thought her husband kicked her in his sleep. It seems that something like this may have happened before because the husband doesn’t seem too afraid and simply talks his wife down until she puts the knife away. The incident scares Laura to the point she no longer wants to stay with the couple, but nothing like that incident happens again.

Near the end of the book, one of Laura’s sisters reminds Laura to keep her bonnet on in the sun or she’ll turn “brown as an Indian”. This is an inside joke and a reference to their Ma telling the girls the very same thing when they were younger.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2018

These happy golden years

This book is very entertaining and I enjoyed every word of it! It is romantic and funny, and I definitely think anyone who likes fun and romance should read this book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-09-2018

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I have listened to all of the "Little House" Books narrated by Cherry Jones and she has done a great job.

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  • Greenleaf
  • 27-09-2018

Excellent!

Cherry Jones does a marvelous job in narrating the book and along with the fiddle, the story comes alive. My family has enjoyed all the books in the series so far.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-2018

Great book not such a good narrator

I love this book I have been reading this series since I was 7. But miss cherry uses slightly odd voices. But other than that I completely recommended this book

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  • Christina Scott
  • 30-06-2018

Favorite!

This is my favorite of the Little House series. I love the story and Cherry Jones is the perfect narrator for Laura Ingalls Wilder's stories.
Can't go wrong with this one!

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  • EG-Man
  • 27-06-2018

classic

this series is one of my family's new favorites, even though by no means new.

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  • D. Witscher
  • 11-06-2018

This book is very good for young readers.😀

I learned a lot about living long ago. This book goes into detail about how it is back then. For schools learning about the olden days I recommend this book. I really got to know the characters and I loved some of them.❤️👍😍

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  • SC Customer
  • 01-03-2018

Enjoyed the story, the narrator not so much

This is the second Little House audio book I've listened to. Not sure if I really like the narrator or not. She has a rather husky sounding voice (like a smoker). Also has an unusual dialect. The one thing that I especially had a difficult time with is the way she pronounced Almanzo. Nothing like the tv show pronunciation, although I assume that's deliberate. I usually prefer reading but the audio version came in handy to listen during work hours at my desk and listening late at night when I couldn't sleep. Will probably get the next audio book in this series, but I wish it had a different narrator.

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  • Charlynn
  • 01-03-2018

Excellent

Such a great performance of such a wonderful story. Highly recommend this book to people of all ages.