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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,449,707 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louisa May Alcott Narrator: Jamie Lee Curtis Publisher: Raffin Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Classics Read by Celebrities Series Release Date: July 2017 ISBN: 9781538481790
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The March family lives in a small New England community. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March are raised in genteel poverty by their loving mother, Marmee, while their father serves as chaplain during the American Civil War. Jo at fifteen is ungainly, unconventional, and enterprising, with an ambition to be an author. Meg, a year older, is pretty and wishes to be a lady. Beth is a delicate child of thirteen with a taste for music. Amy is a blonde beauty of twelve. The story explores their domestic adventures, their attempts to increase the family’s small income, their friendship with the neighboring Laurence family, and their later love affairs and destinies as women.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shari | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. You learn more about the characters than the movies show. I always thought it was an interesting contrast to Gone With the Wind. How different the Civil war affected those living in the North and those living in the South. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 2/19/2014

    " My dad read this to us during December for a number of years. Nostalgic and lovely for me to re-read and remember. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi Reese | 2/16/2014

    " This is one of the best books I have ever read and it's a timeless classic. I highly recommend this book to young women because you related to one or all the characters in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lanita | 2/15/2014

    " What a sweet, refreshing, and wholesome read. I couldn't help but think of my 3 sisters, of our different personalities and of the way our dear mother raised us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 2/15/2014

    " Beautiful imagery. Both of terrible loss and despair of that loss. But also great triumph of over coming great adversity and challenges. A must read for anyone who loves a novel full of true human emotion. One of the best coming of age novels and one of the most honest for girls. I first read it when I was 10 years old, and have read it 4 times since then. It is a true classic. "

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

    " Thought this would be a chick book, but turned into an insightful view into the female mind circa late 19th century US. Some sage wisdom tucked into these pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwendolyn Adams | 2/10/2014

    " One of my favorites of all time. Growing up with all sisters, I love comparing our lives. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Felicity | 2/4/2014

    " zzzzzzzzzz... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bertiesugar | 1/30/2014

    " Was recommended to read it, but it is not my cup of tea "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josilyn | 1/30/2014

    " It's easy to see why this is a timeless classic. Louisa May Alcott's tale of four sisters growing up while their father is away to war is a series of life lessons about love, wealth, friendship, and family. The tales of Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth amused me, and taught me to appreciate what I have in my own life. The only qualm I have is that, being written in the nineteenth century, the style is a bit pompous and archaic, but the story is so charming and heartwarming that I didn't really mind. For once, this is a classic that I didn't have to read for English class, but I wish I did, because this is actually enjoyable, and still relevant to everyone growing up today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Bailey | 1/28/2014

    " Don't be fooled by the cover - it doesn't begin to tell the story. This is a gorgeous oversized edition (measuring 9" x 10" x 2") with an elegant choice of typefaces, filled with color plates, letters written by Louisa and her publisher Thomas Niles and commentary on each page which enhances the reading experience. Shealy introduces the book with an interesting essay about the extensive revisions made to the text between its original publication in 1868 and the revised version in the 1880s. In many respects the revisions were a response to negative criticism about the slang Alcott used throughout the book being a poor example for children! Fortunately Shealy uses the original text which is more vibrant and real. A second essay includes photos of each of the main players from the Alcott family. Alcott drew from the deep well of her personal life to bring Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, Marmee and Laurie to life. Shealy includes analysis of the era, fascinating anecdotes and great trivia. If you love Little Women, you will want this edition as a keepsake to pass down to children and grandchildren. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiorella Cecilia | 1/26/2014

    " One of my favorite books, every girl had a special gift.... And shows that everyone is special and to embrace it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 1/19/2014

    " Total melodrama, but a glorious look into an older time with different traditions and values. This was my grandmother's book that I loved to death. I always wanted to be Jo. I must go back and remember why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anie | 1/15/2014

    " Another childhood re-read. There's no way to get around the fact that this is a very, very preachy book. Immensely preachy. I didn't notice it as a child, but certainly do now. (Of course, since it's a childhood re-read, I'm rather well-disposed to ignore said preachiness.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/15/2014

    " I read this as a girl and thought Jo was annoying and the littlest sister needed a good slap. And why shouldn't Meg have worn her best dress first? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/14/2014

    " OMG it was so long ago I can't remember! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Young | 1/2/2014

    " A lovely read that pulled me in more than I expected it would...long live Jo March... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rupertt Wind | 1/2/2014

    " Simple and amiable. Its a beauty to read and no doubt deserving to be a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Dvorak | 1/2/2014

    " This was surprisingly entertaining, given that it was the vaguely autobiographical tale of Louisa May Alcott and her three sisters during the early 19th Century, and was written as a morality story for girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 12/27/2013

    " An endearing story that never dies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Wardrup | 12/23/2013

    " my all time favorite book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Skea | 12/21/2013

    " Great story, except, probably like many other readers, I disagreed with LM Alcott's choice of husband for Jo... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mala Moragain | 12/8/2013

    " This is a story that my Mother read to me as a child, so it's a personal favorite! I am so blessed to have been raised in a home of literature!!! And this book is one of those tales you carry with you forever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey | 12/4/2013

    " Librivox edition (mostly) through Craftlit "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Smith | 12/3/2013

    " This book is so old-fashioned and out-dated(or just a study in a different time period.) but I'm reading it to my daughter and remember why it was one of my favorites in elementary school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Neal | 11/26/2013

    " Loved it. My mum read it to me when I was a child and I have now done the same with my daughter. What a beautiful, heartwarming, sad story. Jo is by far my favourite character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah Shelton | 11/12/2013

    " Beautiful new cover art - but I'm struggling with the internalized sexism and the way Alcott occasionally uses her characters as a vehicle for the Temperance movement in a way I didn't notice when I first read (and loved) this book as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia Flanagan | 11/5/2013

    " I read this book years ago, it is one of my favorites. I believe every young girl should experience Little Women! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Miller | 10/26/2013

    " Can't believe that Jo didn't want to marry Laurie and Amy did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookworm1976 | 10/24/2013

    " Another one that I can slip in to anytime, any place. A book that I am sure Jo would recommend reading whilst eating apples. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Dvorak | 9/2/2013

    " This was surprisingly entertaining, given that it was the vaguely autobiographical tale of Louisa May Alcott and her three sisters during the early 19th Century, and was written as a morality story for girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 7/5/2013

    " One of my favorite books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gwen Snavely | 6/19/2013

    " I'm sorry but this book is soooo slow, and in my opion, unrealistic. I don't think anyone would be that content with being poor, and I don't think it's possible to be that happy all the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Gaines Rodriguez | 6/6/2013

    " I still remember so much of this book! And Little Men! That's why I think it rates five stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Dunton | 5/23/2013

    " A classic that I used to read over and over again. I will never tire of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeammy Torres | 4/8/2013

    " A beautiful story about four sisters with very different personalities trying to develop their lives during wartime in USA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alli Mcelvany | 4/7/2013

    " This is one of my favorite classics!!!! I love this book so much! It is a great book for people who dont like to read and read. It's a story of 4 girls and them growing up with some trials and blessings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 N Perez | 1/16/2013

    " I read the book because I was intrigued. A classic but, I thought it was too long and slow at times but a good example of Christian principles and values as well as family unity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunandha | 12/5/2012

    " I am sure every girl out there who has read the book will be able to relate to one of the characters in the book. For me it was George.. What about you guys?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fatface Waitakere | 12/2/2012

    " Beautifully gentle book which, thugh about the loneliness of a family deprived of their father as he's fighting in the Civil War, is never dark or melancholic. Each daughter is painted so well you almost feel they could be your friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 11/30/2012

    " I'm named after Beth in this book. I know, she dies. Take it up with my mom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christena Rulli | 11/28/2012

    " Just like all of Dicken's books, Little Women is one that I have read several times over the years. It's one of those books that your thoughts on certain issues change as you reread it and as you get older. It's a classic that is parallel to Jane Eyre and Jane Austen's novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 11/25/2012

    " I have always really enjoyed this book - except that Amy will drive me crazy every time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina Messenger | 10/16/2012

    " Top notch. Anyone who doesn't like this story has no soul! A delightful story set in the mid 19th Century but which people living in the 21st century can still relate. I would've loved to have had the March family as my next door neighors with their warm, love and slight non-conformity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Nunberg | 10/2/2012

    " I've read this book about 5 million times, it's been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lanie | 9/22/2012

    " I didn't finish it, because I took a break one day, and never came back, but I liked all that I read, and recommend it as an easy classic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maluz Quiroz | 7/3/2012

    " This book just make a lot of feelings came out of my chest, it's one of those light books that make you laugh, cry and believe in good things happening, is the perfectly way to spend a few hours all relaxed with a cup of coffee "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanor | 5/31/2012

    " I liked this book when I first read it when I was 9 and I still like it now. Only problem is that I know the story so well i know what is going to happen next. I loved how I felt like I was so similar to Beth! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalia Taylor | 2/21/2012

    " I couldn't even read the first half. It's sooo SLOW!! Sorry, just my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 1/27/2012

    " It was okay. Think I enjoyed it more in high school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica De Lellis | 12/23/2011

    " I loved this book. It was seriously one of the best books I've ever read. My AP English teacher called it "elementary", but it really wasn't. This book changed my life. For an "elementary" book it's deep. This book is also very relatable. I think everyone, both boys and girls,should read this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jordan | 12/13/2011

    " This my favorite book..I have ever seen this before!!:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 11/8/2011

    " What an author Louisa May Alcott was. The story is timeless...what a beautiful story of family love.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 11/7/2011

    " by far, my favorite classic, just because of the simple stories about the lives of simple girls growing up.
    for a modern version, check out:
    The Year I Turned Sixteen
    by Diane Schwemm "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louisa | 11/5/2011

    " Few books are timeless, but I think this one qualifies. The messages of being true to oneself and the vale of friendship through a lifetime need to be told and retold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 11/4/2011

    " An abridged retelling of the classic story along with illustrations, photographs and historical facts that allow a young reader an insight into Louisa May Alcott's time and place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 10/30/2011

    " LOVE Little Women. Such a sisters book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eli | 10/30/2011

    " Love the movie ('94 version) love the book! Romantic, sweet, practical and empowering. Woman's Lin has rarely looked better or been more accessible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 10/30/2011

    " loved it
    pauls daughter sarah "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 10/29/2011

    " I've read this book every four or five years for forty years, and it's still my favorite book of all time. If you love it too, tell me other books you love almost as much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 10/27/2011

    " I love this classic about girls growing into women. Good lessons to be learned throughout the story. I think every girl should read this sometime in their life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 10/23/2011

    " Another classic read!! I didnt think it was the best book, I was a little bored through a huge part of it. I tried to read it once before but gave gave up but this time I WAS going to get through it. It wasnt my cup of tea!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania Tangalaki | 10/15/2011

    " Oh my god how much I cried! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 7/31/2011

    " Old favorite, nice to re-visit this old friend; wish my girls enjoyed it more, love Jo the best, doesn't everyone? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fathima | 5/25/2011

    " I've read this and its been ages want 2 read it once again.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 5/24/2011

    " One of my all time favorite books. This book made me want to be a better mom while reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justine | 5/24/2011

    " one of the best childhood reads "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnphotos84 | 5/22/2011

    " Very different from the movie. Can't wait to finish it :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sophia | 5/22/2011

    " I did not like it at all. I think Louisa May Alcott ruined the entire book at the end
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/21/2011

    " I read this a long time ago...but the book on my shelf is calling. I really want to read this again. Jo has to be my favourite character... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyndsay | 5/21/2011

    " Always a great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriany | 5/18/2011

    " I love this book!

    Classic story that I really like.
    I like Jo mostly!
    She's so smart and so enjoyable with her individual behavior who so brave and tomboy.

    ^__^ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 5/18/2011

    " What can I say? . . . one of my all-time faves! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 5/16/2011

    " I just finished this book and I really liked it. I wish I had some daughters to read it to. Very insightful and lots of life lessons learned in this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keely | 5/16/2011

    " I think it is really good to see how some families are coping without their father or other family members I would rate this book a must read!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/15/2011

    " I think I only finished this book because I would be up pumping in the middle of the night bored. But I finished it and while at times I was somewhat impatient and annoyed with the submissive "

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

    " Still a classic. But my husband won;t read it after you know who gets sick.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona | 5/14/2011

    " One of my all time fave kids books. Close contest with Anne of Green Gables! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/14/2011

    " Touching tale about strong young women. "

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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

Jamie Lee Curtis is an actress and author of children’s books. She has received an Emmy Award nomination and two Golden Globe Awards. Her 1998 book, Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day, made the New York Times bestseller list.