Ramona (version 2)

Read by Jacquerie

(4.9 stars; 29 reviews)

Set in Old California in the wake of the Mexican-American War, Ramona is two stories at once. It is the story of the love between a part-Native American orphan girl, Ramona, and Alessandro, a young Indian sheepherder. It is also the story of racial prejudice and the clash between cultures as California changes from a Spanish colony to an American territory. Ramona is the ward of Señora Gonzaga Moreno, who despises the girl for her race but honors the dying wish of the Señora's sister, Ramona's foster-mother, to raise her as her own. Señora Moreno embodies the aloof arrogance of Spanish nobility, hating both the Americans who dispute her claim to her vast rancho, and the Indians, whom she places in the same social class with slaves. Her only semblance of love is reserved for her son Felipe.

Despite the Señora's machinations, Ramona and Alessandro fall in love, and eventually elope. But their life together is not an easy one, as they roam the Southern California searching for a home. Their many hardships cannot dull their love for one another, but they soon take a toll that changes their lives forever. (Introduction by Christine Dufour) (16 hr 41 min)


01 - Chapter I 29:08 Read by Jacquerie
02 - Chapter II 33:34 Read by Jacquerie
03 - Chapter III 31:47 Read by Jacquerie
04 - Chapter IV 36:06 Read by Jacquerie
05 - Chapter V 31:53 Read by Jacquerie
06 - Chapter VI 36:16 Read by Jacquerie
07 - Chapter VII 35:23 Read by Jacquerie
08 - Chapter VIII 39:55 Read by Jacquerie
09 - Chapter IX 32:06 Read by Jacquerie
10 - Chapter X 35:10 Read by Jacquerie
11 - Chapter XI 30:33 Read by Jacquerie
12 - Chapter XII 45:18 Read by Jacquerie
13 - Chapter XIII 28:15 Read by Jacquerie
14 - Chapter XIV Part 1 29:18 Read by Jacquerie
15 - Chapter XIV Part 2 25:59 Read by Jacquerie
16 - Chapter XV 40:10 Read by Jacquerie
17 - Chapter XVI 31:08 Read by Jacquerie
18 - Chapter XVII 41:03 Read by Jacquerie
19 - Chapter XVIII 40:01 Read by Jacquerie
20 - Chapter XIX 33:35 Read by Jacquerie
21 - Chapter XX 47:44 Read by Jacquerie
22 - Chapter XXI 33:44 Read by Jacquerie
23 - Chapter XXII 49:41 Read by Jacquerie
24 - Chapter XXIII 42:50 Read by Jacquerie
25 - Chapter XXIV 29:27 Read by Jacquerie
26 - Chapter XXV 49:55 Read by Jacquerie
27 - Chapter XXVI - Part 1 32:49 Read by Jacquerie
28 - Chapter XXVI - Part 2 28:42 Read by Jacquerie


Another Excelent Librivox Work

(5 stars)

Ms Jackson's tale about Ramona and her life after the Mexican war is very well written. Her command of the English language is extraordinary. She paints vivid pictures with her words. Given that, the work might have been a boring tone for modern audiences, had it not been for the fine reading of Christine Duford. As a Librivox reader, I have an idea of the struggle she had recording such a massive work. Kudos to Ms Duford. If you wish a better understanding of some of the wrongs done in the name of Fanifest Destiny, I would also recommend this book.


(5 stars)

Es una hermosa historia, llena de sentido en la historia de Estados Unidos. A pesar de la profusión romántica y el sentimentalismo de algunas páginas, es una novela de gran interés. La lectura es excelente, inmejorable. Gracias

A wonderful book

(5 stars)

Beautifully written, inspiring & full of forgotten knowledge. The reader made it all come alive by doing an excellent job. Thank you. This will be one to remember.


(5 stars)

This book was an eye-opener. I really had no idea of this part of California’s history. It is powerfully written. And the reader was absolutely excellent.

excellently read classic

(5 stars)

A historical novel that every U.S. citizen - certainly those in California - should read.