Little Women


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.2 stars; 303 reviews)

Little Women is the classic story of The March family, which consists of Mr. and Mrs. March and their four girls--Practical, yet fashion conscious Meg, who longs for the nice things they used to have. Rambunctious, book worm, Jo, who wants to become a writer and wishes she were born a boy. Shy and quiet, home-loving Beth, who loves to play the piano and play with her kitties. Finally, the youngest, artistic Amy, who longs for an aristocratic nose!

The story takes place during the American Civil War, and begins with Mr. March away from home as a chaplain to the Union army, while his wife and daughters remain at home to work and wait for his safe return. This book follows their joys and sorrows and scrapes along the path to the girl's becoming grown up "little women". Many of the scrapes they get into include Laurie--their harum scarum next door neighbor, who becomes their adopted brother. The two families, The March's and the Laurence's strike up a lasting friendship, despite their differences in material belongings. (Summary by Mary Anderson) (18 hr 59 min)

Chapters

01 - Playing Pilgrims 20:25 Read by Elizabeth
02 - A Merry Christmas 21:22 Read by Elizabeth
03 - The Laurence Boy 19:33 Read by Elizabeth
04 - Burdens 32:11 Read by Mary Anderson
05 - Being Neighborly 23:34 Read by Elizabeth
06 - Beth Finds the Palace Beautiful 15:04 Read by Elizabeth
07 - Amy's Valley of Humiliation 14:24 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
08 - Jo Meets Apollyon 21:17 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
09 - Meg Goes to Vanity Fair 36:32 Read by Elizabeth Klett
10 - The P.C. and P.O. 24:05 Read by Mary Anderson
11 - Experiments 22:11 Read by David Jaquay
12 - Camp Laurence 47:04 Read by Mary Anderson
13 - Castles in the Air 21:49 Read by Wina Hathaway
14 - Secrets 21:12 Read by Wina Hathaway
15 - A Telegram 20:12 Read by Wina Hathaway
16 - Letters 20:17 Read by Mary Anderson
17 - Little Faithful 17:56 Read by Mary Anderson
18 - Dark Days 20:40 Read by Jennette Selig
19 - Amy's Will 18:51 Read by Claire Goget
20 - Confidential 15:10 Read by Claire Goget
21 - Laurie Makes Mischief, and Jo Makes Peace 25:05 Read by Graeme Jolliffe
22 - Pleasant Meadows 17:37 Read by Jennette Selig
23 - Aunt March Settles the Question 28:04 Read by Mary Anderson
24 - Gossip 25:18 Read by katyleah
25 - The First Wedding 16:46 Read by Mary Anderson
26 - Artistic Attempts 26:18 Read by Mary Anderson
27 - Literary Lessons 18:59 Read by Mary Anderson
28 - Domestic Experiments 31:06 Read by katyleah
29 - Calls 36:24 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
30 - Consequences 29:25 Read by Mary Anderson
31 - Our Foreign Correspondent 25:38 Read by Mary Anderson
32 - Tender Troubles 22:49 Read by Sarah Jennings
33 - Jo's Journal 25:22 Read by J. M. Smallheer
34 - A Friend 38:59 Read by Mary Anderson
35 - Heartache 26:38 Read by Mary Anderson
36 - Beth's Secret 12:55 Read by Holly
37 - New Impressions 25:56 Read by JemmaBlythe
38 - On the Shelf 32:03 Read by Mary Anderson
39 - Lazy Laurence 35:26 Read by Mary Anderson
40 - The Valley of the Shadow 14:41 Read by Mary Anderson
41 - Learning to Forget 24:46 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
42 - All Alone 20:19 Read by Riddleman
43 - Surprises 40:30 Read by Mary Anderson
44 - My Lord and Lady 11:08 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
45 - Daisy and Demi 16:01 Read by Mary Anderson
46 - Under the Umbrella 30:38 Read by JemmaBlythe
47 - Harvest Time 26:59 Read by Mary Anderson

Reviews

sweet little stort

(4 stars)

I love this sweet book. I hate that I'd never read it before. I enjoyed must of the readers' voices, but some were hard to understand. Thanks to all of the volunteers.

i enjoyed it

(5 stars)

i enjoyed this very much.I even was learning about Louisa May Alcott in history last year.It is way awesome.Although when i read almost five chapters it said'could not download book'.Can't you fix it?Next time you should just let one person read the whoole entire book.i'd like that.The changing voices enoy me cause different people with different voices

Good

(5 stars)

Can't understand some of the voices but good plot. Mary Anderson should hove done all of them.I could not understand chapter 46es reader and had to skip it :(

great pleasure of reading

(5 stars)

It is such a pleasant reading of a splendid book. This is first time I listen to someone read out a book. The extra long sentence are foreign to my ear at the beginning, but by and by, I learned to concentrate more to the voice and which in turn make me understand better, and then I started to feel the melody flow of the beautiful sentences, and get to appreciate the book more and more. I especially like Mary Anderson's reading, very soothing voice and just the right speed. I am very grateful for all the volunteers to make this wonderful book available for us for free.

good story

(3.5 stars)

very good story but sum of the pepl that read it is cinde iof mummbeling or thet vous is just not sound good and its hard to understand the words i like the readers Mary anderson and Elizobeth

what a wonderful story!

(5 stars)

This is by far my favorite book ever! Although some of the readers made a little hard to understand what was happening now and then, I couldn't help enjoying the story. There is excitement, mischiefs, a little romance and a ton of fun! If you are picking out a book to listen to with your family, you seriously should choose this five star book, little Women. (Sorry if this sounds like an advertisement. I am 12 years old and I promise it isn't.)

Accurate but Lackluster

(3 stars)

I could not get through more than one chapter. While the different voices may be entertaining, they lack variation. The reading in general is inconsistent and does not flow naturally as one would naturally speak. A valiant effort on a timeless classic- but I would not recommend this rendition. EDITED: upon further inspection. I now realize that there are many different readers for this story. After sampling the various readers, I may recommend this rendition provided you could replace all chapters read by Elizabeth.

I love this story but.....

(2 stars)

I'm going to have to stop listening to this version because you can't even enjoy the story with the volunteer unable to pronounce words nor follow punctuation.