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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,419 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louisa May Alcott Narrator: Barbara Caruso Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Recently orphaned, young Rose Campbell is sent to the Aunt Hill, where Uncle Alex, her six aunts, and seven boy cousins live in noisy confusion. It is nothing like the quiet girls boarding school that has been Rose's home for the past year. Surrounded by a bewildering array of pets, relatives, and unfamiliar foods, the fragile girl wonders if she will ever get used to this new life. Fortunately, Uncle Alex is her guardian. He keeps the aunts from coddling her too much, and makes sure that she has plenty of time to play outside with her cousins.

Day by day, learning how to care for each of these people, Rose begins to bloom. Eight Cousins is a charming introduction to Louisa May Alcott's timeless classics, which include Little Women and Little Men. Barbara Caruso's colorful narration perfectly captures Rose and her extended family.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynda Newman | 2/14/2014

    " Very Good, exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julia Reed | 2/11/2014

    " Every so often I get the urge to travel down memory lane and read some of the books that I loved as a child. I went through a phase where I polished off all of the Anne of Green Gables series on my Kindle, and another where I did the Little House books, so I guess it was inevitable that when I next needed to scratch that "childhood period fiction" itch, I'd reach for one of my dearly beloved favorites, Louisa May Alcott. It's interesting to think that many of the authors of beloved children's fiction written in or about the 19th century lived themselves very depressing lives(Look up Lucy Maud Montgomery if you don't believe me)that were at odds with the general happiness of the characters they wrote about. LMA is no exception, except in that her characters often reflect some of the own poverty and hardship that she faced in her daily life. They always do so with goodwill and Christian courage, to the point where it gets a little tiresome, but the bits of good writing and humanity that peek through the preaching are delicious enough for me to keep coming back for more. Eight Cousins is one of the lesser read works of LMA, but a favorite of mine. It departs from the usual "poor children maintain good attitudes in the face of struggle" theme by dealing with wealthy children, who maintain good attitudes in the face of struggle. But I don't read it so much for the children as I do for the adults. I think one of the lesser appreciated things about LMA is that while her children might be a little too wholesome for modern audiences to stomach, there's very little wrong with the way she writes adult characters. Consider that the best parts of Little Women are the second half, when the girls are grown, and you'll see what I mean. Eight Cousins features some wonderful grown up characters, and plenty of squeaky clean kids to help me get my childhood fix. Even better I think is "Rose in Bloom" the Eight Cousins sequel where Rose and the boys finally grow up and are therefore permitted enough faults and foibles to make their more saccharine parts go down much easier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kat | 2/6/2014

    " Very nice book, easy to read and good characters. I enjoyed reading about Rose and her family and their journey to grow children into moral adults with proper manners. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bettielee | 1/22/2014

    " Another childhood favorite. Somehow, Alcott makes her characters more than just people in a book. I still think of her characters almost as friends. I know that sounds weird, but I think it's a testament to the author. "

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