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4.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 5 4.34 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781470823764
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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—a little princess or prince.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carsten Thomsen | 2/16/2014

    " I had watched the 1995-movieversion of A Little Princess a few times before reading this book so I knew the plot - but I was surprised how much I enjoyed the novel. The innocent, goodhearted and imaginative Mary have a great impact on her peers and fellow students - specially the horrible Mrs. Minchin who is out of her wits trying to brake Mary down. Instead she's bewildered when Mary just look at her with a thoughtful look and acts once again as a Little Princess. Wonderful children's story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wadha | 2/11/2014

    " One of my favorite books from my childhood "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natashen'ka Kovalenko | 2/8/2014

    " these were the books that once made me fall inlove with reading wen I was little :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Loveman | 1/31/2014

    " I read this 13 times as a kid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 1/28/2014

    " An endearing children's classic.Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serena | 1/22/2014

    " Read this with the kids! I think it made them realize that bad things can happen to good people too. And even that they area people out there that are mean for no reason sometimes. It all ended on a happy note, so they were happy with the story and so was I. We then went on to watch the movie that was made based on this story... TOTALLY Different! The movie seemed like it was made to have the happy ending. I liked the book WAY better and so did my kids =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 1/20/2014

    " Bought the pink Barnes and Noble edition because mine didn't have any pictures. I was hoping for more illustrations, but this is the best I could find. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viktória Anna Imre | 1/18/2014

    " A childhood favourite of mine, a tale of the power of imagination, kindness and friendship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 1/6/2014

    " Our copy came w/ a little necklace I believe fr. sam's club warehouse. So grateful for the happy memory of cuddling w/ my daughter while reading this favorite together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Stolz | 1/4/2014

    " I confess, this is one of my childhood favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brindi | 12/31/2013

    " This book is just too precious. Sarah Crew is so adorable, and the way she keeps her head up during difficult times is inspiring! A perfect gift for a little girl who dreams of being a princess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori | 12/17/2013

    " Lovely book. Not only was it a fantastic story, but I believe that Sara Crewe is someone to look up to even if she is a child, she reminds "just before things get to the very worst. It is as if the Magic did it. If I could only just remember that always. The worst thing never QUITE comes." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Callie | 12/11/2013

    " I sadly didn't really enjoy this book too much. I usually like classics, but it looks like this one just didn't strike me as interesting. I liked Sara, she was cute. But that's the only thing I liked about the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Zahava | 12/3/2013

    " Inspiring and enthralling tale that captures a child's imagination eloquently; I have, perhaps, never been so intrigued and inspired by one book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah Gray | 12/3/2013

    " One of my favorite books of all time. So beautiful. Sarah is courageous and inspiring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Hertz | 10/29/2013

    " A delightful children's story with a happy ending, one of my favorites. Written by a relative on my father's side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nilgun | 10/18/2013

    " My favorite is Becky, she is soo sweet... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 9/10/2013

    " One of my favorites from childhood, that I still have on my bookshelf! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 swag queen | 8/4/2013

    " thought it was a great story of courage bravery and humbleness and a pinch of pride in the mist of hate sadness hunger and loneliness "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare Davidson | 7/23/2013

    " Probably one of my favourite ever books. It makes me cry and smile every time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystal Friday | 5/6/2013

    " This has always been a fav of mine. It was much over due for a reread. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snufkin | 4/24/2013

    " I love this story as a child, it's about a poor girl with an incredible heart, and how she comes through the difficult situations with hope and love in her heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Layne | 4/11/2013

    " One of my favorite books when I was young, along with The Secret Garden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 3/17/2013

    " How am I just now adding this? A Little Princess was my FAVORITE when I was a kid. For most of the 3rd grade I just read it over and over. Then I read it some more, but more sporadically. I cry when Captain Crewe comes back and recognizes Sara the Scullery Maid as his daughter EVERY SINGLE TIME. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ainsley | 2/28/2013

    " Loved this book when I was a little girl. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cen | 2/18/2013

    " la peli es mil veces mejor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 12/17/2012

    " Very different from the film version I have seen but it is well written and I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Su Ann | 11/17/2012

    " Too touching, i was crying almost through out the book when Sara lost her father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 10/7/2012

    " I read this out loud to my girls. It was a really good book and the last chapter made me tear up. "

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About the Author
Author Frances Hodgson Burnett

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, A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden.

About the Narrator

Johanna Ward (a.k.a. Kate Reading) is an Audie® Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.