The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The first volume, Little Women, was an immediate commercial and critical success, prompting the composition of the book's second volume, entitled Good Wives, which was also successful. Both books were first published as a single volume entitled Little Women in 1880. Alcott followed Little Women with two sequels, also featuring the March sisters: Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886).
Little Women was a fiction novel for girls that veered from the normal writings for children, especially girls, at the time. Little Women has three major themes:” domesticity, work, and true love. All of them are interdependent and each is necessary to the achievement of a heroine's individual identity.
Little Women itself “has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth.” Little Women has been read “as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well.” Alcott “combines many conventions of the sentimental novel with crucial ingredients of Romantic children's fiction, creating a new form of which Little Women is a unique model.” Elbert argued that within Little Women can be found the first vision of the “American Girl” and that her multiple aspects are embodied in the differing March sisters.
Little Men, or Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, first published in 1871. The novel reprises characters from Little Women and is considered by some the second book of an unofficial Little Women trilogy, which is completed with Alcott's 1886 novel Jo's Boys, and How They Turned Out: A Sequel to "Little Men". Little Men tells the story of Jo Bhaer and the children at Plumfield Estate School. The book was inspired by the death of Alcott's brother-in-law, which reveals itself in one of the last chapters, when a beloved character from Little Women passes away.
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By Ruthie on 24-03-14
You get what you pay for...
I should have guessed that to get 4 audiobooks in one would mean a compromise in quality but I was surprised at the amount of blips and repeats in this. There is little characterisation and in all my many audiobooks I've never heard the narrator clear their throat before either...
However, Catherine O'Brian's voice is pleasant and easy to listen to....plus it is 4 classic books in one after all.
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By sittinginacorner on 31-08-16
What would have made The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one) better?
Recording has not been edited. At various points there are pauses, coughing, drinking, mistakes and restarting sentences. Sounds as if it has not been proofed. Very, very poor quality.
What character would you cut from The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)?
There is nothing wrong with the books, they are classics for a reason, but the recording is very disappointing.
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By Richard on 03-07-14
poorly edited recording
What did you love best about The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)?
It was nice to have the whole series together. Each book independent would lose much. Indeed, the end of Little Women would frustrate much more isolated from the rest of the series.
What did you like best about this story?
This was full of moral and practical instruction for life and parenting.
What three words best describe Catherine O'Brien’s performance?
Any additional comments?
- averages 1 repeated sentence per chapter.
- Several points where the editing was forgotten as you can here a clicking and restart of a sentence.
- a few jumped sentences as a result of the editing
It wasn't terrible, but it was not smooth.
Also, O'Brien's character voices were difficult to differentiate quite often.
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By Michelle on 07-05-16
Very poor editing....
Unfortunately, there were quite a lot of technical errors and editing misses. Repeated sentences, hearing this annoying clicker when the narrator marked her mess up.
The narrator did a beautiful job of it! She's talented and her voice mellifluous. The only thing I wish I'd known before purchasing this was that she is British; I normally love an accented audible book! This, however, is a classic American story.... I don't want to sound negative about the narrator. She really has a splendid talent. It just made such a huge difference and I feel I can't overcome it. So next time I'll make sure to listen to the sample before buying.
Now, on to listen to it all again with an American accent =}
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