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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Coolidge Narrator: Laurel Lefkow Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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Meet Katy Carr. She's Impulsive, gangly, adventurous, awkward, and brave; she loves clambering over fences, sitting on roofs, making up games, or going for picnics with her five brothers and sisters (much to the horror of her Aunt Izzie). But when she falls from a swing, she suddenly has to cope with being stuck indoors - maybe forever.

What Katy Did is fresh, lively, funny, and moving; and Katy herself is a warm and loving character that listeners have taken to their hearts for over a 130 years. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 2/8/2014

    " I read this when I was 9 and I loved it, reading and re-reading for years! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 1/31/2014

    " This book was good. When I found it on my bookshelf I thought to myself "This book is going to be boring but I'll give it a try!" It was worth it. I loved this book. Even though it is old-fashioned it was really good. It was really touching and I could picture everything that was happening to the main characters in my head. The decriptions were vivid and the details were in depth. It was the perfect read. It made me laugh and cry throughout the book. I would recommend it to anyone of any age. The only thing that I didn't like about it was the way that in some parts it dragged on and on endlessly about certain aspects of the main characters'lives which weren't needed. Overall it was good :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/25/2014

    " I loved this book as a kid. Haven't re-read it as an adult but it's interesting seeing the reviews all the stuff that went over my head as a child. I was adventurous and related to Katy in that way. The message to be polite and lady-like didn't really hit me. The book stuck with me though. I was shocked when she got hurt and couldn't imagine being stuck inside all day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiya | 1/25/2014

    " I read this book when I was in junior high school.My friend Gyna gave it for my birthday.I like the way it tell about the steps of the maturity process of Katy,her sisters and brothers.Escpecially when their aunt,Izzie,passed away.The moment is the point for them to grow up and to be more care to each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CLM | 1/9/2014

    " This series is much more popular in England than in the US, despite being set in what seems to be a small New England town. Perhaps because reading about a girl who is bedridden is not the most exciting thing; however, I always enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally Siawidjaja | 12/28/2013

    " I read this book in junior high. The beginning of this book is really hard to read because the characters of Katy is a little bit unpleasant, but after her fall and her cousin came to her house, the book became one of my childhood favorite book and my inspiration. I think the moral of this book is about accepting the situation that you can't change, and about being a better and useful person despite the disability you may have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raafia | 12/8/2013

    " follies of youth. best book i;ve ever read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erie | 12/3/2013

    " ini juga buku waktu gue masih smp... "

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

    " It's mean/sad that poor Elsie gets teased by Katy and Clover. It was a good read for a classic. The bit when Katy falls of the swing is kind of expected actually. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Bird | 11/7/2013

    " Great book teaches children about patience "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica Pratt | 11/3/2013

    " I loved this book when I was young, and still love it - will introduce it to my grandaughters when they are a little older. It is possible to become deeply emersed in the Carr family, although the book may be considered 'old fashioned' you could find the charecters in any modern family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Dewey | 11/2/2013

    " The struggles and challenges in this book are interesting to read about. Katy is an interesting character all throughout. It was a good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hamda | 10/19/2013

    " Well This story is inspiring, but to be frank nothing happens in the first half of the story. The story only gets slightly interesting in the final chapters. Half of this book is just description of the characters and setting, A bit too long if I do say so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 asdewi | 3/10/2013

    " Waktu kecil, karakter Katy di buku ini tuh jadi inspirasi saya "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 9/3/2012

    " I remember this story well, but not at all whether I loved it or hated it. Indifferent I think. I seem to remember that Katy was rather annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherice | 7/24/2012

    " Haley and I both enjoyed this together. A classic that has endured many, many years. Thanks Kristen, for the recommendation (and the book). :0 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 6/15/2012

    " Really sweet book, fans of the Anne of Green Gables series would most likely also enjoy these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Robertson | 1/9/2012

    " Made me a) want to get scarlet fever and have my hair grow back curly and b) wish I had daughters instead of sons (although son #2 did read and love Anne of Green Gables!). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 8/21/2011

    " Another book chosen to read to Mum from the books I read under her guidance as a child. It has taken a few visits to get through and some of the tales are a bit on the moralistic side but it worked well enough as a story to read together. It has dated somewhat! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dita | 5/3/2011

    " This ia one of children classic I always love. Until now. Inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ros | 2/6/2011

    " I will be interested to see how I feel about this book. When I first read it as a child, most of the romance went over my head. Now I am older (a so-called grown-up at 51), I wonder what I will think?

    So far, so good... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devika | 11/10/2010

    " It doesn't disappoint at all though it has the most amazing prequels! My favorite from the series.. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ameena | 3/16/2010

    " It was ok...
    kind of boring...
    in my perspective i saw it as not interesting at all.
    i dont recommend this book to anyone to be honest.
    i felt like it wasn't exciting but i did like the way the book ended and the reason the name of the book was chosen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margali | 3/5/2010

    " Not as enjoyable as the first two -- Katy becomes less interesting as she becomes more "perfect." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shoshana | 11/30/2008

    " Meh. First nothing happened, and then predictable things happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 10/16/2008

    " Typical Victorian Story Books about classic romance. Simple and quite boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zippy | 8/12/2008

    " I read this when I was at school and loved the whole series. I am tempted to revisit them but am scared that they will not be as good as I remember! "

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About the Author
Author Susan Coolidge

Susan Coolidge was the pen name of Sarah Chauncy Woolsey (1835–1905), an American writer from Ohio.  She was born into an eminent family, which had long and close connections with Yale University, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States.  After the American Civil War, during which she served as a nurse, she turned to writing.

Her first book, A New Year’s Bargain, was published in 1871.  It happened that Susan Coolidge’s editor was also the editor for Louisa M. Alcott, who had then recently become famous for her books Little Women and Little Men.  The editor suggested that Susan Coolidge try her hand at the same kind of story.  Five books about the irrepressible Katy Carr followed, tracing the fortunes and misfortunes of the Carr family from childhood, through school and travels in Europe, to marriage.  The books are:  What Katy Did, What Katy Did at School, What Katy Did Next, Clover, and In the High Valley.  The titles of the first three books are a pun on the North American grasshopper-like insect, the katydid, whose noise was not only responsible for its name but also for inspiring Susan Coolidge.

Like Louisa M. Alcott’s books, the characters in Susan Coolidge’s books are especially lifelike because there is no doubt that they are based on members of her own family.  Susan herself was tall, quick-witted and impatient, like Katy; Katy’s three sisters are Susan’s three sisters, and Katy’s two brothers are Susan Coolidge’s brother and cousin.

Susan Coolidge never married but devoted her life to her literary and social activities.  Apart from her children’s books, she wrote verse and edited the correspondence of Jane Austen and Fanny Burney.

About the Narrator

Laurel Lefkow is an accomplished radio actress and winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards for audiobook narration. Her many theater credits include Look Back in Anger, Little Foxes, The Heiress, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Boy Next Door. On television she can be seen in A Class Act, Small Metal Jacket, and The Perfect Family.