Under the Lilacs

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(4.8 stars; 147 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



(5 stars)

Excellent story! No drowning of kittens or harming animals in this story like some other old stories you read about. Only one about a cat and mice. That's completely natural though. Such a heartwarming story. Teaches kids important lesson too. This Author is one of my all time favorites she is so kind and teaches kids in such a sweet and kind way. She is even so kind to animals.

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.

Great story for any age

(5 stars)

A story similar to many of Ms Alcott works. A bit more of a boy's adventure, but great female characters as well. well read.

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.