Miss Billy

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(4.6 stars; 396 reviews)

Mr. Neilson was determined to name his first child after his boyhood chum, William Henshaw. When the baby disappointed him by being a girl, he was consoled by naming her Billy. Miss Billy, now 18, orphaned and all alone in the world, takes her lawyer’s suggestion to ask her namesake to take her in. Only one little problem – Mr. Henshaw did not know of her existence, and then mistakenly thinks that Billy is a boy!

Eleanor H. Porter was an early 20th century author of children’s literature and novels. Her most well known book was “Pollyanna” and it’s sequel, “Pollyanna Grows Up”. (Summary by Maria Therese) (6 hr 17 min)


01 - Billy Writes a Letter 6:25 Read by ashleighjane
02 - "The Strata" 5:56 Read by ashleighjane
03 - The Strata - When the Letter Comes 11:05 Read by Phil Chenevert
04 - Billy Sends a Telegram 7:20 Read by Phil Chenevert
05 - Getting Ready for Billy 10:33 Read by ESFJ Girl
06 - The Coming of Billy 8:17 Read by Phil Chenevert
07 - Introducing Spunk 8:14 Read by Phil Chenevert
08 - The Room and Billy 10:52 Read by Kathy Sullivan
09 - A Family Conclave 7:04 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
10 - Aunt Hannah 14:01 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
11 - Bertram Has Visitors 8:46 Read by Phil Chenevert
12 - Cyril Takes His Turn 9:08 Read by Phil Chenevert
13 - A Surprise All Around 7:51 Read by Thelma Meyer
14 - Aunt Hannah Speaks Her Mind 9:41 Read by Phil Chenevert
15 - What Bertram Calls "The Limit" 8:37 Read by Phil Chenevert
16 - Kate Takes a Hand 8:01 Read by Phil Chenevert
17 - A Pink-Ribbon Trail 9:00 Read by Ted Nugent
18 - Billy Writes Another Letter 8:44 Read by Phil Chenevert
19 - Seeing Billy Off 8:42 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
20 - Billy, the Myth 10:14 Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
21 - Billy, the Reality 11:17 Read by Phil Chenevert
22 - Hugh Calderwell 14:26 Read by Phil Chenevert
23 - Bertram Does Some Questioning 9:15 Read by Phil Chenevert
24 - Cyril, the Enigma 5:31 Read by ESFJ Girl
25 - The Old Room - and Billy 9:10 Read by Phil Chenevert
26 - "Music Hath Charms" 7:34 Read by Phil Chenevert
27 - Marie, Who Longs to Make Puddings 9:48 Read by Phil Chenevert
28 - "I'm Going to Win" 8:31 Read by Phil Chenevert
29 - "I'm Not Going to Marry" 6:19 Read by Phil Chenevert
30 - Marie Finds a Friend 7:51 Read by Phil Chenevert
31 - The Engagement of One 8:03 Read by Phil Chenevert
32 - Cyril Has Something to Say 8:20 Read by Phil Chenevert
33 - Williams is Worried 8:10 Read by Phil Chenevert
34 - Class Day 13:11 Read by Phil Chenevert
35 - Sister Kate Again 12:45 Read by Phil Chenevert
36 - Williams Meets With a Surprise 12:25 Read by Phil Chenevert
37 - "William's Brother" 8:19 Read by Phil Chenevert
38 - The Engagement of Two 8:27 Read by Phil Chenevert
39 - A Little Piece of Paper 7:40 Read by Phil Chenevert
40 - William Pays a Visit 8:35 Read by Phil Chenevert
41 - The Crooked Made Straight 6:08 Read by Phil Chenevert
42 - The "End of the Story" 6:51 Read by Phil Chenevert


A lot of fun

(5 stars)

Really enjoyed this! While all the readers were good, I must applaud Phil Chenevert who read 75% of the chapters. I just loved his unhurried and so easy to understand reading. His voice was perfect for the comedy of this story. I look forward to the sequel!

miss billy

(4 stars)

I thoughrely enjoyed this book! cannot wait to listen to the next part of the series or should I say book 2! Thank you so much! blessing to all!

very nice story

(5 stars)

Fun story and nice little twists. Readers were alright . :-)

another good read by P Chenevert

(5 stars)

Thank to an excellent reader for the majority of the chapters, and to the other readers who were good. The plot was manipulated at times but the sweet story was worth the listen . Miss Billy is the same style as Pollyanna.

(5 stars)

An old fashioned charming story. Billy is a heroine hard to not fall love in with in. As in Pollyanna Grows Up, there is thrown in pitifully hilarious imaginary and real romances created by the characters but true love succeeds inspire if Aunt Kate's meddling ways.

Nice story

(4 stars)

This story reminds me of Abbot and Costello because you have one person on one side thinking one thing and others on the other side thinking a different thing and everyone in the middle saying, "I don't know, third base!" Bille is an orphan who is taken in by her father's boyhood friend. Okay, it's a shock, she's a girl, but they work with it. Billy makes herself comfortable, only to be driven away by a misunderstanding. The Henshaw brothers are saddened, and try to get Billy back to live with them, but it seems like one silly mixup after another gets in the way. It all ends well tho, and everyone finds happiness. Readers were good, no complaints.

Terrific story, mostly great readers

(5 stars)

That good people are the ones more likely to be complex, multi-dimensional characters is one of the best kept secrets. Eleanor H. Porter demonstrates this truth in a Shakespearean comedy plot that will have you grinning, shaking your head, and relieved that it all comes out right in the end. The reader "Ted Nugent" obviously is learning English as a second or later language, but only reads one chapter. Some listeners may not care for the northeast accent of one of the other readers, but I found it charming, considering the setting of the novel in Boston.

A lovely and just a tad frustrating book.

(5 stars)

This book is the most sweet and frustrating book i heard. If they communicated more it would helped a lot. But then the book would not be half as good. I really felt what each character felt. And a big thank you to the reader/s that did an amazing job. Such a wonderful voice with so much feelings he communicated to the listener. I really loved the book, and the amazing reading.