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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11,105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean Webster Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781452672557
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First published in 1912, Daddy-Long-Legs is an epistolary novel that follows orphan Jerusha “Judy” Abbott through her college years through a series of letters written to her anonymous benefactor, whom she nicknames “Daddy-Long-Legs.” As Judy learns to navigate the complex world of studies, social life, and romance, her letters convey her growth and address the increasingly complex questions that preoccupy her.

A classic coming-of-age story featuring a clever, engaging, and altogether realistic heroine, Daddy-Long-Legs has been a beloved tale since its publication and continues to delight its audiences.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne Valiukas | 2/18/2014

    " As a teenager, I thought this was terribly romantic; possibly because I wanted someone to come sweep me off my feet and out of my life. My impressions of this tale are probably coloured from having read it as an impressionable teenager but as a good somelier will tell you...if you like it...it is good. And I really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenine | 2/17/2014

    " I loved the very particular period school details in the book. The food and clothes and the steeplechase with a paper trail. It rushes forward into the neatly tied fairy tale ending. And yes it is profoundly unfeminist. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/14/2014

    " I couldn't put this book down, it was so fascinating. It was first published in 1912, so it could almost be considered historical fiction as it chronicles a girl's college experiences. What a delightful story though! A bit predictable, but I loved the sweet ending. I also quite enjoyed the unusual epistolary format. Although my particular copy has a hideous cover, the summary had me immediately. I'm so glad I read it! Never judge a book by the cover! Fun book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 2/11/2014

    " This book made up of letters from Judy, who is an orphan, to the anonymous man who is paying for her to get a college education was a delightful, funny, fast read. Because it was written in the early 1900's, it gives you a peek at what it must have been like for the women getting a college education during this time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merri | 2/10/2014

    " Daddy-Long-Legs is really a fascinating book with interesting, but sometimes overwhelming narrations. I really enjoyed it very much. "

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

    " I remember LOVING this book. I was probably around 12 when I read it. I have no idea if it's actually any good, because I was so young. I'd like to re-read it sometime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book. A very sweet story, a book to go back to again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vinni Issar | 1/20/2014

    " Some really fond memories attached to this book. The best epistolary novel ever read :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Stabenow | 1/16/2014

    " One of my favorite books as a kid, although I always thought Judy was awfully dumb not to figure it out sooner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rdittli | 12/25/2013

    " I also love this book. It is sweet but not cloying, probably because Judy is such a realistic character. The author's bio added considerably to my enjoyment. She was a pretty interesting person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 12/7/2013

    " Loved this 100 year old classic. Click here for my full review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Afnan | 11/30/2013

    " light-hearted and entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Violet | 9/3/2013

    " This was a really sweet story. I especially liked the copy from the library that I read; it was a vintage, and very pretty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Palsay | 7/16/2013

    " versi yg aku baca bukan yang ini sih, hasil bookswap dari IRF kemarin. Rasanya kok boring banget bacanya...tapi anakku sih suka banget..lucu katanya...(mungkin karena ada gambar2nya) *jahat* "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Navaneeta | 9/24/2012

    " Like. Like. Superlike! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DeAnn | 9/16/2012

    " Cute story, very easy read, read in one afternoon :). Definitely a book for younger readers, in fact it seemed as if the main character was younger than college age, but she definitely matures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Caswell | 11/1/2011

    " This book was so cute! I was reluctant to read it because it's in letter format, but I found I didn't mind so much once I got into it. The Fred Astaire movie is weird, but I have every intention of watching the old silent one for comparison. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kobita | 10/16/2011

    " For those who have the ready pen, the cursive hand, fresh sheets of paper, all the words, whims and wishes...even the envelope but not an address on it, this one's a wish-fulfillment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayde | 10/8/2011

    " This was a sweet, old fashioned book. Nothing objectionable. It was a fairly easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nana | 7/7/2011

    " walaupun udah d baca berulang2.. tapi tetap.. kereeeennn lah :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/29/2011

    " One of the few books I reread as a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owen | 6/26/2011

    " Love it! But skip the movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheyenne | 6/21/2011

    " A cute book, although a bit anti-climatic. I could see the end from a mile away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 6/11/2011

    " This is a book for kids, but it was pleasant reading to Mom and we both enjoyed it. Written in a cute manner as letters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 6/11/2011

    " "P.S. This is the first love letter I ever wrote. Isn't it funny that I know how?" - Judy Abbott "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saralyn | 6/8/2011

    " Reread this one for the book challenge. Loved, loved, loved it again! This edition, some of the drawings seemed a little off, but that didn't ruin the story, so whatever. :) Was hankering to reread this one after seeing the movie with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 5/12/2011

    " I read this as a teenager (It was on my parent's bookshelf) and I fell in love with it. I downloaded it onto my Kindle for free and reread it yesterday and today. It is such a sweet feel good book. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a sweet sentimental book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pegah | 5/12/2011

    " watched the cartoon when I was a kid, read the book when I was a teenager and still read it when I want something to cheer me up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veline | 5/4/2011

    " One of my favorites! I read it every 5 years or so because it's so fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 5/2/2011

    " I read this several times as a teen, but I don't remember anything except that I liked it. Iow, I need to re-read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/1/2011

    " A high-spirited orphan girl is given the chance to go to college and her letters to her unknown benefactor make up this book. There is so much under the lines of the letters and so much humor that is easy to relate to. Loved this book and would recommend this to maybe preteen and up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vinod | 4/19/2011

    " This is a fun, quick read. I love Judy's spirit. She's playful, down-to-earth, but fiercely independent. The 'letters to an unknown benefactor' format forces you to fill in the blanks between each letter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/15/2011

    " This was given to me by a middle schooler I know, and I wasn't thinking I'd like it that much, but it's actually really funny, and I love all the dorky pictures that go along with it. "

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About the Author
Author Jean Webster

Jean Webster is the pseudonym of American writer Alice Jane Chandler Webster (1876–1916). Best known for her epistolary novel Daddy-Long-Legs, her other works include Dear Enemy, When Patty Went to College, Jerry Junior, and Just Patty, several of which Webster adapted for the stage. Born in Fredonia, New York, she attended Vassar College, where she majored in English and economics. Her writing, characterized by lively and likable heroines, engaging dialogue, and clever humor, often addresses themes of women’s education and suffrage and social reform.