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  • Life at Plumfield with Jo
  • By: Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by: C.M. Hebert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Little Men

By: Louisa May Alcott
Narrated by: C.M. Hebert
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Summary

The lovable Jo March, introduced to us in Little Women, is now married with two sons of her own and an adopted family of 12 boys. And she couldn't be happier. Since starting an informal school at Plumfield, Jo and Professor Bhaer provide a haven for poor orphaned boys who thrive on warmth, goodness, and the affectionate interest of the March and Bhaer families. Sometimes it's difficult to tame the wild manners and spirits of wild boys who have had no nurturing. But the Bhaers have time for all and are rewarded with the trust of the boys who confide all their hopes, plans, ambitions, and misfortunes.
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I had not heard of this book until finishing Joes Boys where i was confused where had Mr Brook gone and who where all these strange boys.But after finding this book I have loved it all its twists and turn and hearing about the lives of all its people.

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  • Joseph R
  • 03-02-10

Jo's School

How to review this? The title cries out for it to be compared and contrasted with "Little Women" which would be unfair to this really fine book. Here are some authors with works in the same class as "Little Women": Lucy Maude Montgomery, "Anne of Green Gables"; Eleanor H. Porter, "Pollyanna"; Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin, "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm"; Johanna Spyri, "Heidi"; Frances Hodgson Burnett, "A Little Princess", "The Secret Garden". These works are sui generis. It is simply not fair to compare other works with them even those by the same author. These authors wrote many other really great works (see Project Gutenberg) which are not in the same class as the ones above but nevertheless are enjoyable and worthwhile in their own right. Not every book is "War and Peace" (which all acclaim and few read) or "Pride and Prejudice" (which almost everyone reads and makes an unsatisfactory (except Firth/Ehle) movie version.

The stars of this book are the boys, however keep an eye on Jo and her Professor Bhaer, who as adults, make the rules. In a good kid's book, it is always the adults who set the standards and provides the framework for growth and development of decent human beings. Bearing in mind, this is the 1880's, twenty years after the war, before antibiotics, modern medicine, air conditioning, phones, etc., the situations, problems and solutions seem quite modern and germane to 2010. Most of all, this book is fun. Boys are mischievous and will find a way into every kind of trouble. It is interesting how much power the two little girls have over the behavior of the boisterous boys. This is a power innate to women if they choose to exercise it, a forgotten influence in today's world. The narrator, C.M. Hebert did her usual fine job of keeping track of children, adults and multi-storylines.

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  • DeAnn
  • 02-01-21

Delightful and fun

My children loved this book. Thunder Turtles is their new tag line. It deals with hard subjects like death, abandonment and perseverance in an easy and respectful manner.

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  • Jacob
  • 14-11-22

Perfect 🥰

I loved this book. I liked it maybe even more then little women. This book is so playful and brights. I would recommend it to anyone if anyone can’t enjoy 😉 this story then I don’t know them. The story is so inconnect and perfect. Overall this is the best story almost ever created.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-22

Wonderful Classic

I loved hearing this old classic again. Perfectly read a delightful tail about how to raise boys.

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  • Susan R. McAvoy
  • 26-07-22

Little Men

Stopped in the middle of the book so could not finish very disappointed. Didn’t know how to get help from Audibles.

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  • Missi Winterwestmark
  • 07-07-22

Loved it!

I am just sorry to finish it! Wonderful book and great narration. I will be back to visit!

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  • Owen
  • 09-05-22

A delight!

A wonderful story which gently teaches the reader about parenting & the power of love. The narrator’s performance is superb.

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  • Jeff Mackey
  • 28-10-21

Amazing.

This book is possibly better than little women. So good and the narrorator was awesome.

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  • Constant Reader
  • 26-08-21

As pertinent now as the day it was first published

I first read Little Men 60 years ago, and maybe 3 times since. Alcott's writing never fails to enchant, and feels fresh and pertinent despite being written almost 150 years ago. Her timeless message that love, family and community are the basis of life worth living still needs to be heard, and possibly emphasized in our time. We live in an age when lies are promoted over truth, families are disengaged through distance and diluted through heavy outside demands on our time and energy, and the unashamed worship of wealth and fame over honesty and love. The few hours spent listening to Jo and Fritz teaching their family of needy children the true values that our society is built upon lifted my spirits, so depressed after 18 months of plague-driven isolation and the loss of 5 family members to Covid-19.

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  • Kate McMurry
  • 28-05-21

Beloved 19th century children's book

This is a sequel to the 19th century classic children's book, Little Women. The book is structured as a series of episodes, focusing on different children at a private residential school run by Jo, the main protagonist of Little Women, and her much older, German, professor husband. There is no main protagonist who has a story goal that arches throughout the book, unlike Little Women, in which Jo March is the clear main protagonist. However, as an extended epilogue of what became of Jo after the events of Little Women, she is definitely the glue that holds the book together as a mother figure to all of the children at the school.

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