Little Women by Louisa May Alcott {Audiobook Review} Narrated by Andrea Emmes

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I received this audiobook from Audio Book Worm for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

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.

Review:

Because I have already reviewed the book Little Women, this review is specifically for the audiobook version narrated by Andrea Emmes, if you are seeking a review of the book itself, please visit this review. Thanks 🙂

Andrea Emmes has the prefect tone of voice to narrate Little Women, with her tone being soft, gentle and captivating. She does very well at giving the girls a distinction between voices so the listener can guess accurately who is speaking before she says it.

I did find the flow of her words to be a bit choppy, especially when she read dialogue containing “he said” or “she said”, it just seemed that she would add these with too much delay in the sentence.

Overall, I enjoyed getting to listen to Little Women and I give this audiobook 4 stars out of 5 and do recommend it 🙂

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A featured classic novel.

The Synopsis:

THE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and s*x the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.

Review:

When groups of bookish fans and members of book clubs get together and the topic of “favorite classics” comes up, very, very rarely will The Great Gatsby not be mentioned as someone’s favorite, and if the groups are large, there will most certainly be multiple people claiming it as their favorite. And its no wonder, it’s captivating characters, extravagant writing style, and beautiful descriptions leave it well deserving of so many fans.

Though the story has a tendency to jump around between characters and their backstories, it follows the particular summer of our narrator, Nick, as he uncovers the mysteries of his extraordinary neighbor, Jay Gatsby. This novel can be classified easily as an emotional tale, and the writing in some places almost works as poetry in bringing to life the feelings that the author has felt as he writes.

The specific content that needs to be mentioned for younger audiences can be quoted from the synopsis; “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession”. Though there are no actual scenes of which “show” characters enjoying this “national obsession”, there are, however, plenty of illustrations that reveal the abuse of the “national drink”. In regards to the sexual content, there is in fact many things that show a lack of morals, such as the disrespect for marriage amongst characters and derogatory comments. There is also a lot of cursing ranging from the simpler curse words to some very “offensive” ones.

So even though The Great Gatsby is a beloved classic, and will remain one of my personal favorites, I can only recommend it to an older audience of juniors and seniors in Highschool or maybe even college aged students, and based on morals from a Christian standpoint, I can only give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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