Work: A Story of Experience


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4 stars; 14 reviews)

It is one of "several nineteenth-century novels [which] uncovers the changes in women's work in the new industrial era, as well as the dilemmas, tensions, and the meaning of that work" The story depicts the struggles of a young woman trying to support herself. The main character, Christie Devon, works outside the home in a variety of different jobs, but the end of her story marks "the beginning of a new career as a voice and activist for other working women". (Summary by Bonnie Lee) (12 hr 47 min)

Chapters

Preface- Quote & Inscription 1:11 Read by Aaron Elliott
Chapter 1- Christie 24:46 Read by Andy Yu
Chapter 2- Servant 29:53 Read by Wendy Belcher
Chapter 3- Actress 37:20 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
Chapter 4- Governess 56:42 Read by Darla
Chapter 5- Companion 1:03:31 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
Chapter 6- Seamstress 36:46 Read by Daniele
Chapter 7- Through the Mist 43:44 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
Chapter 8- A Cure For Despair 42:00 Read by Darla
Chapter 9- Mrs. Wilkins's Minister 41:00 Read by daisy55
Chapter 10- Beginning Again 48:20 Read by daisy55
Chapter 11- In the Strawberry Bed 19:22 Read by bethanyjoy
Chapter 12- Christie's Gala 45:25 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
Chapter 13- Waking Up 47:26 Read by Violet
Chapter 14- Which? 38:56 Read by Wendy Belcher
Chapter 15- Midsummer 35:27 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
Chapter 16- Mustered In 43:05 Read by M. Bertke
Chapter 17- The Colonel 25:36 Read by Linda Lee Paquet
Chapter 18- Sunrise 15:35 Read by Darla
Chapter 19- Little Heart's-Ease 26:31 Read by Jennifer Stearns
Chapter 20- At Forty 45:16 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)

Reviews

Thought Provoking

(4 stars)

Having just read the fine biography of Louisa May Alcott by Harriet Reisen, I found this semi-autobiographical book very interesting and thought provoking. The sad scene towards the end of the book almost moved me to tears. Thank you to all volunteers who gave of your time to make this audio book. I enjoyed each of your different reading styles and voices.

(0.5 stars)

I couldn't stand to listen to more than 5 minutes of this reader! He was absolutely abysmal! I would love to listen to this book, as it seems to be most enjoyable, but only with a decent reader. O, my aching ears!!!

Love the book

(5 stars)

Love the story and the reading is easy to listen too. A really good find considering I enjoy Louisa May Alcott writing so much .