Monday, March 27, 2017

Audiobook Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Narrated by Andrea Emmes | @aemmes @AnAudiobookworm

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Length: 17h 36m


Genre: Classics

Release date: Aug. 16, 2016

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.

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  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.
Little Women is one of my favorites! I grew up watching the movie and my sister own two copies of the book. I've been in the process of moving, and since pretty much every book I own is packed in boxes, having an audiobook to read/listen has really helped me pass the time. I never knew there was an audiobook for this story and I was very shocked to learn there was.
Little Women is classic. I know how difficult it is for anyone to work with something that is already a well-known story. However, this narrator has done a great job. Andrea Emmes certainly brought Jo to life for me. I personally find it a little funny when someone tries to change their voice for another character. Ms. Emmes does a wonderful job to tell a story we are all familiar with. If you don't know Little Women, something wrong with you and you should fix that right now.


I really liked listening to a favorite classic with audio. The sound quality was so clear. No static in the background. The narrator wasn't obnoxiously breathing into the mike. Not a fan when that happens. I can see why this is a #1 on Amazon. The narrator is fabulous! Very spunky and lively. A perfect fit to Little Women.
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