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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: January 2013 ISBN:
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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 Lynda Newman | 2/14/2014

    " Very Good, exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 1/17/2014

    " Not quite as good as I remembered, and a notch or two below the great Little Women, but those who think of Louisa May Alcott as a stodgy 19th century moralist will be astonished at some of the shockingly modern opinions she expresses. Rose, a rather droopy, recently orphaned 13 year old is handed over to the care of a clutch of fussy aunts. Not until dynamic Uncle Alec takes over does Rose recover her health and spirits, as he promptly banishes corsets, coffee, and "ladylike" pursuits in favor of housework, hearty food, and the companionship of her 7 rambunctious male cousins. Dr Alec is a bit of a Renaissance man (he can sew, cook, speak several languages, and practice medicine) and a clear devotee of Rousseau: Rose's "geography" lesson consists of learning to sail a boat and visit merchant ships from China. There's the usual Alcott paean to self-reliance and anti-snobbery, (Rose and Dr Alec both admire the quietly independent housemaid Phebe for her skillful common sense and work ethic), but also some delightful ridicule of then current fashion trends that kept women from being able to move or even breathe healthily. Best of all is Alcott's critique of "the gospel of getting on"; Rose's Aunt Jessie, the most sensible of the aunts declares, "This love of money is the curse of America, and for it men will sell honor and honesty". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ngaire | 1/16/2014

    " Some of Eight Cousins is lovely, particularly the descriptions of Rose forsaking corsets, growing strong and healthy, running about with her cousins, and going on holiday in the mountains. And some of the cousins are pretty adorable and hilarious, particularly the younger ones. But if I'd read this as a child, I would have had problems with parts of this. The bit where Rose tells her uncle that she's figured out what girls are for, and it's to "take care of boys" would probably have made me throw this book across the room. And gawd, Louisa May Alcott could be preachy. Some of this reads like one of Nanny Gringe's 1001 Improving Stories for Children (which is a reference to the great kid's book Raging Robots and Unruly Uncles by Margaret Mahy, if you haven't had the good fortune to read her in all her hilarious, clever goodness). I don't remember that so much from Little Women. I guess because she framed her preaching as Marmee's little lectures?? Reading it as an adult, it helped me to remember that this book was written for Victorians, and was published right in the middle of the Angel in the House obsession of the late nineteenth century. So, overall, if I had to give one book to a niece or nephew, I'd probably go with Raging Robots over this. But probably, I'd just give both. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 12/2/2013

    " I like anything by Louisa May Alcott, it's always wholesome and delightful. That said, I think this is one of her weaker works, story-wise. It's a character piece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/1/2013

    " my mom's favorite "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 11/12/2013

    " Love Louisa May Alcott. I feel so moral and wholesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elissa | 11/9/2013

    " I haven't read this book in a long time, but it's one of the most delightful and charming books, among my top 20 favorites of all time!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 11/5/2013

    " Loved this! Full of the type of people I'd love to surround myself with. Everyone needs an Uncle Alec. Originally written as a serial for a magazine. Why have I never heard of this book before? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lulu | 10/27/2013

    " Too preachy, even for Louisa May Alcott standards! I also felt that there were too many characters and I didn't really "get to know" any of them. I'm usually a Louisa May Alcott fan, but this one was disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arwen | 9/29/2013

    " Louisa May Alcott is one of my favorite authors. This was a fun book, especially for me because I come from a large family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Medsker-Nedderman | 9/27/2013

    " I have read this book at least 15 times. I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 9/16/2013

    " What a sweet book. I haven't read anything by Alcott in decades. It had a really old fashioned kind of vibe with a really strong feminist ovetones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niamh | 9/11/2013

    " Thid is a really thrilling book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith Fishcrazy | 9/1/2013

    " Just re-read this for about the 10th time. LOVE IT!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serenity Kosorok | 8/26/2013

    " This book was a little hard for me to understand, or maybe I should say comprehend. But then a gain, I was 9 when I read it. Otherwise, though, it was pretty good, if I do say so myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgiana 1792 | 7/8/2013

    " Un po' deludente, troppo didattico e Rose troppo perfetta per essere vera. Vedremo se le cose cambieranno con Rose in Bloom, il seguito. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesli Smith | 6/14/2013

    " I read this when I was young and loved it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 4/9/2013

    " I loved this book when I was young - I can't wait for my kids to read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 2/12/2013

    " I really liked this book. I love how the emphasis was on getting outside, eating wholesome food, and learning domestic arts. I will definitely be reading this one to my girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/4/2013

    " I love this book! It is a classic and I recommend it to all young boys and girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy-ann | 1/22/2013

    " It was a sweet and expressive book that caught my fancy with its pure child-like approach. Louisa May Alcott is most definately a gifted writer. The language wasn't too hard to understand, and I will forever be in love with Uncle Alec and the seven boy-cousins. I can't wait to read Rose In Bloom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gnmsmom | 1/21/2013

    " This is one I missed during my own childhood. I was looking for something light and cheerful to listen to on a road trip, and this absolutely fit that need. Just a really sweet book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 1/17/2013

    " A lovely read for the young. "

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About the Author
Author Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Educated by her father until she was sixteen, she also studied under Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Theodore Parker. A prolific writer, her most famous work was Little Women, a timeless American classic.

About the Narrator

Barbara Caruso, winner of twenty-two Earphones Awards for narration, is an accomplished actress and critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit. She has won twenty-two AudioFile Earphones Awards.