01 April 2017

Little Women: Audio Book Review

Title: Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Narrator: Andrea Emmes
Audiobook Release Date: Aug. 16, 2016
Find: Amazon
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, set in the 19th century follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they live, learn, love, and grow as young pilgrims and blossom into fine little women.
Based on the author’s childhood, Little Women is one of the most beloved stories in American literature. It continues to touch listeners both young and old. Alcott takes you on a prolific journey which will make your heart swell, your soul laugh, and your heart ache as we experience the lives of the March sisters as they endure their lessons, scrapes, castles in the air, their romances, and more.

Lousia May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she also grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.


Andrea Emmes started her career performing in musical theater while growing up on the East Coast. This lead to a successful career as a stage performer working for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Renaissance Cruises and eventually head lining on the Las Vegas Strip. Having worked in tv, film and video games, Andrea, a total bibliophile, now enjoys narrating audiobooks at her home studio in San Jose, California. Known as "The Girl with a Thousand Voices", her wide range of character voices and dynamic/emotionally invested performances has reviewers and listeners alike commenting on how she effortlessly pulls listeners in, and has versatility and charisma. Not only does she have a Bachelor of Science in Game Art and Design, but Andrea gets her inner gamer geek on playing games of all kinds with her husband and their cat, Lucy.

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This is the second time that I've ever read Little Women. And, actually, this is the first ever audio book that I've listened to. I chose to have my first be Little Women because I remembered loving this book, years ago, when I was probably eleven or twelve.

The story captivated me just as much this time as it did the first. Only now, I have much more life experience and can relate to some of the characters that I couldn't have before.
This alluring and timeless story about four sisters growing up in the 19th century is one that I can't wait to share with my daughters. It's about familial bonds, uncompromising love, and heartache.

Pair that with the very talented narration by Andrea Emmes and the seventeen-plus hours of this audio book just breezed by. Emmes did a remarkable job capturing the different voices throughout the story. I really hope all audio books are this amazing, because this one has started me on the path to more!

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you're first listening experience was this enjoyable!