Little Women by Louisa May Alcott {Audiobook Review} Narrated by Andrea Emmes

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I received this audiobook from Audio Book Worm for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

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.

Review:

Because I have already reviewed the book Little Women, this review is specifically for the audiobook version narrated by Andrea Emmes, if you are seeking a review of the book itself, please visit this review. Thanks 🙂

Andrea Emmes has the prefect tone of voice to narrate Little Women, with her tone being soft, gentle and captivating. She does very well at giving the girls a distinction between voices so the listener can guess accurately who is speaking before she says it.

I did find the flow of her words to be a bit choppy, especially when she read dialogue containing “he said” or “she said”, it just seemed that she would add these with too much delay in the sentence.

Overall, I enjoyed getting to listen to Little Women and I give this audiobook 4 stars out of 5 and do recommend it 🙂

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A featured classic novel.

The Synopsis:

THE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and s*x the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.

Review:

When groups of bookish fans and members of book clubs get together and the topic of “favorite classics” comes up, very, very rarely will The Great Gatsby not be mentioned as someone’s favorite, and if the groups are large, there will most certainly be multiple people claiming it as their favorite. And its no wonder, it’s captivating characters, extravagant writing style, and beautiful descriptions leave it well deserving of so many fans.

Though the story has a tendency to jump around between characters and their backstories, it follows the particular summer of our narrator, Nick, as he uncovers the mysteries of his extraordinary neighbor, Jay Gatsby. This novel can be classified easily as an emotional tale, and the writing in some places almost works as poetry in bringing to life the feelings that the author has felt as he writes.

The specific content that needs to be mentioned for younger audiences can be quoted from the synopsis; “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession”. Though there are no actual scenes of which “show” characters enjoying this “national obsession”, there are, however, plenty of illustrations that reveal the abuse of the “national drink”. In regards to the sexual content, there is in fact many things that show a lack of morals, such as the disrespect for marriage amongst characters and derogatory comments. There is also a lot of cursing ranging from the simpler curse words to some very “offensive” ones.

So even though The Great Gatsby is a beloved classic, and will remain one of my personal favorites, I can only recommend it to an older audience of juniors and seniors in Highschool or maybe even college aged students, and based on morals from a Christian standpoint, I can only give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

A featured classic novel.

The Synopsis:

In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the war to end all wars. He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded, and twice decorated. Out of his experiences came A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway’s description of war is unforgettable. He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteer, and the men and women he meets in Italy with total conviction. But A Farewell to Arms is not only a novel of war. In it, Hemingway has also created a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion.

Review:

A Farewell to Arms is a classic novel that many authors, readers, and literature-loving humans greatly enjoy, not only for the story contained in the pages, but also for Hemingway’s unique way of capturing the story. Most of Hemingway’s novels are well-known and again, most are quoted often.

In this particular novel, our focus is on the Lt. and his love as they go through a brutal war in Italy. The graphics and dialogue as we read this book bring the war to life in ways that only Hemingway could do and keep us compelled to read more.

As for the content, the language usage can be very vulgar at times and the romance is very sexual. There are no scenes in which the romance is shown clearly to the reader, however the conversations that the couple has can be decently descriptive.

Overall, this book is one that possibly can only be enjoyed by fans of Hemingway’s style and I recommend it to be kept at an audience of Seniors in high school or college students. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

 

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

A featured School Classic.

Synopsis:

From the episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, this novel is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which the author spent his own youth. Beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality – base emotions and superstitions, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery.

Review:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is probably the most popular work by Mark Twain because of one of the most lovable characters ever created, Tom Sawyer. This brilliant little trouble maker has captured the hearts of so many children and adults alike, with him innocently getting involved in troubling circumstances, to also intentionally pranking his friends and family, which is why there are other small novellas that were published just for his further adventures.

In this book, there are many things that young boys in this era did, such as trading and betting, lots of pranks, superstitious belief in ghosts, haunted grave yards, running away etc etc. The boys (speaking of Tom and his infamous sidekick Huckleberry Finn) get involved in many scary situations together and have to think of brilliant ways to get out of those situations so it is a very entertaining read.

Because of when this book was originally written (1876) there are many phrases in this book that can be offensive in today’s culture, however they were the “norm” during the author’s era so he did not write them in order to be offensive, he wrote them because that was the language in which they used during his time. I’m mainly speaking of the derogatory term referred to the African-American slaves, which is said in every mention of any of the slaves in this book (which is often since one of the main characters is a slave).

But other than that, the book is a relatively clean book, no cuss words and only small instances of young love that contain sweet gifts and one or two kisses. The murder that the boys witness is slightly descriptive however it is not overly graphic.

All in all, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an entertaining read and would be a great book for students 12 years old and older. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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Little Women by Lousia May Alcott

A featured School Classic review.

The Synopsis:

Little Women is the heartwarming story of the March family that has thrilled generations of readers. It is the story of four sisters–Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth– and of the courage, humor and ingenuity they display to survive poverty and the absence of their father during the Civil War.

Review:

Little Women is a captivating story that illustrates the power and strength within a family, even when poverty strikes.

There is joyous laughter, overwhelming heartache, tears, and encouragement that will follow the reader long after they finish the book. The characters are charming each in their own way and the readers (mainly female) will be able to relate to at least one of the girls (Meg, Jo, Beth or Amy) and sometimes even all of them at once.

Its a clean read, void of sexual scenes and cussing, and the only thing that could disturb the reader is the intensity of heartache in the midst of the trauma the March family must endure. There are lots of moral lessons that the readers can take away and its a very touching book to readers of all ages.

So, Little Women is an excellent title to read and I give it a full 5 out of 5 stars. Recommending it to readers, mainly girls but guys can certainly still enjoy it, of about 13+.

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