Little Lord Fauntleroy (version 2)


Read by Susan Umpleby

(4.7 stars; 103 reviews)

In mid-1880s Brooklyn, New York, Cedric Errol lives with his Mother (never named, known only as Mrs Errol or "dearest") in genteel poverty after his Father Captain Errol dies. They receive a visit from Havisham, an English lawyer with a message from Cedric's grandfather, Lord Dorincourt. Cedric is now Lord Fauntleroy and heir to the Earldom and a vast estate. The Earl wants Cedric to live with him and learn to be an English aristocrat. He offers Mrs Errol a house and income but refuses to meet or have anything to do with her.

The crusty Earl is impressed by the appearance and intelligence of his young American grandson, and charmed by his innocent nature. He admits that Cedric, who has befriended and cared for the poor and needy on the Earl's estate, will be a better Earl than he was.

A pretender to Cedric's inheritance appears, but the claim is investigated and disproved with the assistance of Cedric's loyal American friends. The Earl is reconciled to his son's American widow.

The Earl had intended to teach his grandson how to be an aristocrat; however, Cedric inadvertently teaches his grand-father that an aristocrat should practice compassion and social justice towards persons who are dependent on him. The Earl becomes the kind and good man Cedric always innocently believed him to be. Cedric is reunited with his mother, who comes to live in the ancestral castle with them. "Little Lord Fauntleroy" is the first children's novel written by English–American playwright and author Frances Hodgson Burnett. (Summary by Wikipedia) (5 hr 59 min)

Chapters

01 - Chapter 01 21:15 Read by Susan Umpleby
02 - Chapter 02 50:00 Read by Susan Umpleby
03 - Chapter 03 12:32 Read by Susan Umpleby
04 - Chapter 04 25:01 Read by Susan Umpleby
05 - Chapter 05 40:10 Read by Susan Umpleby
06 - Chapter 06 45:24 Read by Susan Umpleby
07 - Chapter 07 15:18 Read by Susan Umpleby
08 - Chapter 08 19:27 Read by Susan Umpleby
09 - Chapter 09 13:25 Read by Susan Umpleby
10 - Chapter 10 38:40 Read by Susan Umpleby
11 - Chapter 11 23:08 Read by Susan Umpleby
12 - Chapter 12 19:05 Read by Susan Umpleby
13 - Chapter 13 11:50 Read by Susan Umpleby
14 - Chapter 14 9:31 Read by Susan Umpleby
15 - Chapter 15 15:10 Read by Susan Umpleby

Reviews

Enjoyable listening.

(4 stars)

Story content has been said to "be more for the younger audiences". Perhaps not necessarily. The concept that if one chooses to lead a crusty & cantankerous life, then the misery one inflicts on others will in time come to rest on the perpetrator. But, as it is written, "a young child shall lead them". Unfortunately, only those who sufficiently come to the end of themselves will yield to being lead. The reader seems to have selected a reading style generally associated with that used for the enthusiastic entertainment of children. Whether or not the author's full intention ran along those lines I don't feel adequate to judge. But in using that style, some potential listeners may find themselves not inclined to select this listening opportunity; thereby missing a heart-warming moral lesson.

LOVE THIS BOOK

(5 stars)

I LOVE this book! Honestly Frances Hodgson Burnett is such an amazing writer, and I really admire all her work. The style in which this book is written is extremely captivating and interesting and it has so many exciting twists and turns. It really makes you feel as if you were in that time and really watching the story! I recommend this book to anyone, I loved reading it when I was in second grade, and now I am a teenager and I still love it. I think I will love it for the rest of my life, it is really an amazing story.

nice story

(3.5 stars)

The story itself is very nice and charming. I'd say this particular recording isn't for headphones/earphones as some bits are quite quite so you turn the volume up then after a few minutes the reader get very loud and it's quite jarring. It caught me a fair few times and I literally threw my headphones off. It's such a shame because the actual reading is good and animated it's just the volume issues otherwise I'd have given 5 stars. Anyway not for the easily startled. Although I finished the whole reading and it is a lovely reader.

beautiful story and reading

(5 stars)

It’s a beautiful story. The reader is good but a bit of a shame that she doesn’t do an English accent for the earl and all the English characters. Other than that very very beautiful and great quality for headphones.

(4 stars)

A better read than I was expecting, given the lack of a nostalgia filter in my case and the book's reputation for being saccharin. The reader is not my favorite, but she does a commendable job and the audio is high quality.

(5 stars)

This is a delightful story that I enjoyed, even as an adult. It is well written and certainly worthy of being categorized as a classic. It was very well read too.

charming and inspiring

(5 stars)

The reader does an amazing job with all the characters, conveying perfectly the uplifting message of the story and the inspiring sweetness of the little lord.

Amazing😀

(4.5 stars)

The story was soooo warming and sweet . The reader spoke very clearly and she was a pleasure to listen to.