Author: Louisa May Alcott
Narrator: Andrea Emmes
Length: 17h 36m
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.
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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.
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.
This was such a nostalgic experience for me. Little Women is one of the first classics I read, and it was the very first time I read a book in anticipation of seeing a movie. Afterwards, my mom took me to Barnes and Noble to buy my own collectible edition since I’d borrowed one from the library.
This particular version is a great full length production, rather than an abridged version as with many audiobook classics. The narrator’s strengths were the older girls, as I did have a hard time when she was doing younger voices. It was almost grating, but it didn’t last and things smoothed out later on in the book too. She was also able to impart much of the emotions which are the core of this novel, of sisterhood, heartbreak and lost dreams. Of first loves, difficult choices, and hoping for things to turn out okay.
If you’re wanting to reread a favorite book, or pick up Little Women for the first time, an audiobook is the perfect solution for an experience you won’t forget!
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