Dear Enemy

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.7 stars; 122 reviews)

Dear Enemy is the sequel to Jean Webster's novel Daddy-Long-Legs. The story as presented in a series of letters written by Sallie McBride, Judy Abbott's college mate in Daddy-Long-Legs. Among the recipients of the letters are the president of the orphanage where Sallie is filling in until a new director can be installed, his wife (Judy Abbott of Daddy-Long-Legs), and the orphanage's doctor (to whom Sallie addresses her letters: "Dear Enemy"). (Summary from Wikipedia) (6 hr 31 min)


Section 01 14:41 Read by Kymm Zuckert
Section 02 17:57 Read by Kymm Zuckert
Section 03 16:02 Read by Gesine
Section 04 15:28 Read by Gesine
Section 05 15:11 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Section 06 14:11 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Section 07 18:28 Read by Betsie Bush
Section 08 15:29 Read by Betsie Bush
Section 09 24:20 Read by Betsie Bush
Section 10 15:29 Read by Betsie Bush
Section 11 15:39 Read by Marij Sak
Section 12 16:27 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Section 13 15:08 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Section 14 19:17 Read by Maria Elmvang
Section 15 20:07 Read by Maria Elmvang
Section 16 12:43 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Section 17 16:00 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Section 18 18:12 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Section 19 15:51 Read by Baranduin
Section 20 16:43 Read by Baranduin
Section 21 13:31 Read by Maddie
Section 22 13:35 Read by Kymm Zuckert
Section 23 17:51 Read by Kymm Zuckert
Section 24 13:36 Read by Kymm Zuckert



(4 stars)

Great voice narrations. I particularly liked Miss Ferreira's (her acting was on point) and Miss Zuckert (the gravitas imbued by her voice made sense for a Sally more mature and that has grown from all the vicissitudes that happen in the orphanage... Perfect ending voice). 5/5 for the whole team. Great job! As for the book itself, it is good, but not Daddy-Long-Legs good; hence the 4/5. It had a few very sad points, and overall it showed how the social fabric is needed for our growth. The story/letter that resonated the most was the one where little Harriet is abandoned for the second time (a child is NEVER "returned", but twice abandoned) because her adoptive parents found out she stole from the Church. Where was the compassion towards the girl when she needed her parents the most? Wasn't that mischief precisely the right moment to teach her right from wrong through love and care? It reminded me of the Stauffers, a real couple with a YouTube channel... How heartless of them.

Not on the same note as Daddy Long Legs

(2.5 stars)

This book has quite a different feel to it than that of Daddy Long Legs. It follows Judy’s friend Sally through her adventure of taking charge of the orphanage. As can be imagined, many hard things and sad situations are presented. Victorian orphanages were no joke. I was personally disturbed by the descriptions of the mentally handicap children in the orphanage. If you have a heart for people with disabilities, you might be disturbed by some of the ways Sally writes about them. On the whole this is not light hearted like Daddy Long Legs.

Witty, sweet story

(4.5 stars)

What a witty, sweet story! I enjoyed how the author laid it all out for us again in letters! The dry humor made me laugh out loud so many times. Although the readers varied, some were terrific at injecting such tones as if they were the writer herself. It was very interesting to see the social changes of the times, in regards to asylums for children, play out throughout the book.

Good story

(4 stars)

Stunning reading by Kymmz for first few chapters - I laughed so much and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, the enjoyment was short lived as Kymmz did not read the entire thing and not all the readers were as well suited to the story as she. It was a wonderful tongue in check tale conveyed by a series of letters written by the main character.

as entertaining as daddy long-leggs

(5 stars)

While there is a variety of readers they all did very well. A spunky story full of great characters. I again appreciated the style, as though you're reading someone's letters, that this authors previous book -daddy long legs- had.


(4 stars)

I dont know who my favorite reader was, they all did fine. story wise its outdated at the way that this book is over a 100 years old and things are different now but cute.

(5 stars)

This is something I have listened to many times, and will always re listen to. I love hearing the Scotch accent. very good recording. it's as if I'm really listening to Sally. thanks to the volunteers!


(5 stars)

Great readers, all! Such an uplifting, pleasant story about all kinds of love. I laughed out loud a couple times and almost cried too. A light listen.