Audiobook Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Author: Louisa May Alcott

Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Length: 17h 36m


Genre: Classics

Release date: Aug. 16, 2016




Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, set in the 19th century follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they live, learn, love, and grow as young pilgrims and blossom into fine little women.

Based on the author’s childhood, Little Women is one of the most beloved stories in American literature. It continues to touch listeners both young and old. Alcott takes you on a prolific journey which will make your heart swell, your soul laugh, and your heart ache as we experience the lives of the March sisters as they endure their lessons, scrapes, castles in the air, their romances, and more.





About the Author

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886). Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she also grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.



About the Narrator

Andrea Emmes started her career performing in musical theater while growing up on the East Coast. This lead to a successful career as a stage performer working for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Renaissance Cruises and eventually head lining on the Las Vegas Strip. Having worked in tv, film and video games, Andrea, a total bibliophile, now enjoys narrating audiobooks at her home studio in San Jose, California. Known as “The Girl with a Thousand Voices”, her wide range of character voices and dynamic/emotionally invested performances has reviewers and listeners alike commenting on how she effortlessly pulls listeners in, and has versatility and charisma. Not only does she have a Bachelor of Science in Game Art and Design, but Andrea gets her inner gamer geek on playing games of all kinds with her husband and their cat, Lucy.






My Review

I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read Little Woman many years ago when I was a teen and I remember not being real impressed with it but I didn’t remember a lot about it so I thought I’d give the audiobook a try.

Little Women is a good story. I’d say it should be since it’s a classic but there are classics that I didn’t like at all. I did find that it was a bit wordy. It’s about four sisters as they grow from teens into adults. It’s set in the 1800s, when it was written, so a lot of the beliefs and actions are interesting, sometimes funny, when compared to today’s world.

The characters are well developed and I enjoyed seeing how the sisters grew into responsible young women. I worried about their next door neighbor, Laurie, being rich and not having to work. The poor guy just seemed to be set up for having difficulties as he grew up.

The narrator’s voice was good for this book because she sounds like a young woman. There were occasions that Jo and Laurie’s voices weren’t distinguishable from one another but overall she did a very good job.

After reading/listening to Little Women for the second time, I like it better than I remembered although that may just be because it’s been 40 years and my reading tastes have changed. This story is timeless and I recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.



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Review and more: For the Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke


9-23-2013 10-15-13 AMTitle: For the Term of His Natural Life

Author: Marcus Clarke

Genre:  Classic/Historical Fiction

Publication Date:  1874

Description: **Warning** Contains Spoilers

The story starts with the tale of young British aristocrat, Richard Devine, who is the son of a shipbuilding magnate, Sir Richard Devine. In an incidence of domestic violence, Richard’s mother reveals to Sir Richard that his son was fathered by another man, Lord Bellasis. Sir Richard proceeds to threaten the mother’s reputation if Richard does not leave and never come back. When Richard leaves, he comes across a murder scene: his biological father, Lord Bellasis has been murdered, and Richard witnesses Sir Richard walking away from the scene of the crime. The police come and lock up Richard, who now gives his name as Rufus Dawes (which is used for the remainder of the book), for the murder of Lord Bellasis. Rufus is found not guilty of the murder but guilty of the robbery of the corpse and sentenced to transportation to the penal colony of Australia. Continue reading