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Little Women [Kindle Edition]

Louisa May Alcott
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)

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Following the lives of four sisters on a journey out of adolescence, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women explores the difficulties associated with gender roles in a Post-Civil War America.

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 7-12-Louisa May Alcott's story about the four March sisters who learn the hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

How would one describe this latest recording of the classic story from Alcott (Little Men, Audio Reviews, LJ 11/15/96)? The answer must be, clear, competent, and unexciting. Laura Grafton is a precise reader, but her voice lacks expressiveness, and she makes little attempt to vocally differentiate (and/or animate) the characters. The result is an inoffensive and slightly dull rendering. There's nothing wrong; the tapes just won't grab the attention of the casual listener. The producer has made a praiseworthy attempt to reduce costs by having each cassette side carry double text. At $22.95, this tape set is an excellent value. Unfortunately, this double-track format requires a stereo cassette player with a fully functioning balance control. Most portable cassette players and some car stereo systems do not have this feature. Since, at least anecdotally, a large percentage of recreational audiocassette library borrowers are commuters or exercisers, one should consider whether this format would be used by patrons. Libraries purchasing this format might also consider purchasing (and lending) the associated headphone adaptor plugs. Recommended for libraries with limited audiobook budgets and/or appropriate user populations.AI. Pour-El, Iowa State Univ., Ames
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 649 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466465328
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082Z1CVQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perennial favorite for the ages February 15, 2013
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A very early reader, I received a copy of "Little Women" at age 7. From the very first time I read this lovely book, I fancied myself as Jo, and so thoroughly identified with her that even through all the succeeding decades and thousands of other books read, this book will remain one of my top five favourite books because of her. I read and reread this book sitting in a big apple tree in my parent's back yard, laying on the grass on a summer's day, and under the sheets with a flashlight I now suspect my parents knew I had stashed under my bed.

In an age of easily digested and mass-produced books with weak characters and plot, "Little Women" is a stand-out that resists the passage of time for its exemplary characters, theme of family unity, and love on so many different levels (friendship, familial, true love, and romantic love).

Readers today might find the writing and occasional chirpiness of the March sisters when faced with their poverty a bit difficult to relate to, but knowing stories of how my own mother and sisters faced the Depression and then WWII in the UK made me realise from an early age that trying to find things to rejoice in is essential to surviving tragedy and loss on a personal level.

The March sisters encapsulate female society in most countries even now, and are well-written individual characters, each with a different goal they wish to fulfil in life. The girls do not become career women, and their parents do preach the importance of family life and sacrifice, however, each one does what was expected of young girls at that time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic October 22, 2012
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I have loved this story since I was a little girl. It is like comfort food on a stormy day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classics are sometimes best October 19, 2012
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I read "Little Women" when I was in junior high school and I loved the book. I decided to re-read it and I am glad I did. So much fiction today is lacking in plot, character development, and thought, in short, this is good literature. This is one of the best books around for people of all ages. I so appreciate that the March family experienced the joys and pains of everyday living and handled both with dignity, spirit, and a genuine love for each other. Even though poor, the March family rose above it. So many lessons are taught in this book that young people, particularly, could benefit from reading it. I will add this to my reading list of books that I read every couple of years!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A re-read for me October 19, 2012
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I managed somehow to never read this book as a youngster but corrected that when I was in my 20s. Since it had been so many years (about 30) and I was getting ready to read March by Geraldine Brooks, I wanted to go back and re-read this first novel.

As many other reviewers have said, this story starts off quite slowly and I was initially disappointed. It wasn't the book I remembered. Deciding to stick with it, I kept going and it picked up steam as it went along becoming the book I enjoyed previously.

I wonder how young girls react to this now when "The Hunger Games" and "Gossip Girl" seem to be the norm and are so vastly different from this. The early stages are sugary sweet and there is quite a bit of preaching on religion and morals throughout that might make the younger ones roll their eyes a bit. While it has largely aged well, it must be read for the time period in which it was written.

I am very glad I re-read it as an adult.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!! November 5, 2013
By Elite1
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Great read.Ordered for my daughter for a school project,and she really enjoyed it.Would gladly order again,there's something special still of reading a good book,it's a shame so many miss this experience!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it of course October 30, 2013
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great book of all times. I enjoyed this best in its audio book version, as it is very long, but the words are the same, so enjoy either way. A classic that all women should read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Old Classic April 5, 2014
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Incredibly moralistic tale. Classic that I had never read and was free to download, so though I would give it a shot. Worth the read just to know it as a piece of history. Not exactly a page turner for me, but a nice hint of nostalgia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My daughter said she would give Little Women 4-1/2 stars. We were having a difficult time finding a book that was a high enough lexile (1100-1300) for my daughter's reading level, appropriate for her age, and one she was interested in reading. This one fit the bill with all 3...1300 lexile, 7.9 reading level, and a classic appealing to teenage girls! I like that Amazon had it available for free to download to my daughter's Lenovo. This is the case for a lot of the classics, so she'll be reading Swiss Family Robinson next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I really enjoyed this book. It is an easy read, but you must be committed: it is extremely long! It has great values and can be thought provoking at times. Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Stephanie Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Little Women - An engaging classic.
Little Women is a rather quaint book for the twenty first century. Its old fashioned dialogue and writing style make for a refreshing retreat from the action-packed novels and... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by shantanu ananth
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
This was just as good As it was the first time I read it years ago. It was fun to reread the wonderful story.
Published 1 day ago by Sue Deuby
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Women
This is a classic and I got more out of it now than had I read it in high school.
Published 6 days ago by Charlotte Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story!!
Love this story and also the movie. I saw the movie (several times) before I read the book. It helped to visualize the characters. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Flutterbuy Kiss
5.0 out of 5 stars American style family life
After having seen the musical, I quite enjoy reading the novel. It is very American, very unlike other lifestyles all over the world, and that makes it interesting . Read more
Published 12 days ago by S. Vig-Yanagida
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad yet heartwarming
This book taught me happiness and love. This book has fascinated me with stories that made me cry and cheer!
Published 14 days ago by jinhee lee
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Senior Who Finally Got Around To Reading this...
I Loved It! I used the Free Kindle book and it is a bit long, but so easy to read and such a delight! A wonderful classic story that everyone should read and experience. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Christina Packard
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure.
Little Women is a treasure. It is full of gentle wisdom and truth without being preachy or dull. In fact, it is a compelling story and should be read by all families.
Published 17 days ago by dcowherd
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, warm and fun story
Story takes me back to my younger days when I first read it. I still find it a beautiful story, but you've got to take the time when it was written into account. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Ilona Drost-Otte
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