Under the Lilacs

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(4.8 stars; 111 reviews)

When two young girls decide to have a tea party with their dolls and a mysterious dog comes and eats their prized cake, they end up finding a circus run-away, Ben Brown. Ben is a horse master, and loves horses, so when the Moss' take the young boy in, they decide to give him work at the neighbors house driving cows (on a horse, of course). After that a series of events happens, and Ben finds out his beloved father is dead. Miss Celia, a neighbor, feels sorry and comforts him, and finally offers to let Ben stay with her and her fourteen-year-old brother, Thornton who is called Thorny. After that many adventures and summer-happenings go on in Celia's house. Sancho gets lost, Ben is accused of stealing, Miss Celia even gets hurt and Ben takes a wild ride on his horse, and… The rest you'll know from reading the book.
Summary by Wikipedia, revised by Stav Nisser.

Book Coordinators: Stav Nisser and Diana Majlinger (7 hr 21 min)


A Mysterious Dog 17:03 Read by MaryAnn
Where They Found His Master 11:38 Read by MaryAnn
Ben 12:52 Read by MaryAnn
His Story 10:48 Read by MaryAnn
Ben Gets A Place 13:50 Read by MaryAnn
A Circulating Library 8:41 Read by Chelsea Baker
New Friends Trot In 14:47 Read by Chelsea Baker
Miss Celia's Man 13:57 Read by Elizabeth Klett
A Happy Tea 17:46 Read by Elizabeth Klett
A Heavy Trouble 14:35 Read by Xenutia
Sunday 31:32 Read by Amy Benton
Good Times 21:36 Read by Amy Benton
Somebody Runs Away 25:04 Read by kiwafruit
Somebody Gets Lost 31:53 Read by Linda Ferguson
Ben's Ride 25:01 Read by MaryAnn
Detective Thornton 23:20 Read by MaryAnn
Betty's Bravery 21:26 Read by BookAngel7
Bows and Arrows 14:32 Read by BookAngel7
Speaking Pieces 17:08 Read by BookAngel7
Ben's Birthday 18:19 Read by MaryAnn
Cupid's Last Appearance 20:26 Read by MaryAnn
A Boy's Bargain 17:43 Read by MaryAnn
Somebody Comes 17:20 Read by MaryAnn
The Great Gate Is Opened 20:09 Read by MaryAnn


great story

(4 stars)

I enjoyed the story and so did my girls. I do prefer 1 reader for the whole book, otherwise I would have given 5 stars. thankfully all the readers read clearly enough to understand, although 1 was not as clear. I would definitely recommend this book though.

(5 stars)

What a lovely story! Well read by a number of Readers, it ranks up there as one of my favorites by Louisa May Alcott. I have never read this story before, and found myself wanting to listen more than I had time for. Lovely story.

One of my favrorites

(5 stars)

Amazing😀. A beautiful, light story. The readers are all pretty good and it is one of my favorite Louise May Alcott.😃

delightful read

(4.5 stars)

The book held true to Louisa May Alcott’s style and tune. The readers did a good job. All around it was very pleasant.

sweet light hearted story

(4 stars)

This is a very light happy little story with its own ups and downs in the life of Ben Brown

Under the Lilacs

(5 stars)

Great Srory of many major changes in a boys life done with love and tender respect.


(5 stars)

Heartwarming story with many endearing characters. Narration very good in spite of the various readers.

One of the best

(5 stars)

one of the best I've read. swept me away for hours.