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Elnora Comstock lives with her widowed mother at the edge of Limberlost Swamp. Her mother is harsh and critical of her daughter, but Elnora is a loving girl who befriends all creatures. She is especially drawn to the beautiful moths that flutter through the trees in Limberlost. Although Elnora longs to go to high school, she has no money to pay for tuition and books. When her cruel mother refuses to help, all seems lost, until Elnora learns she can sell the rare insects she collects. Still, her journey through high school and college will be full of challenges - and surprises. First published in 1909, Gene Stratton-Porter’s classic tale is a marvelous lesson in the powers of compassion and determination. Whether you remember this book from your childhood, or are meeting it for the first time, Elnora’s shining personality will capture your heart. Her gentle spirit is conveyed in each sentence by narrator Christina Moore.

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A story of forgiveness, restoration and redemption

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This is one of my favourite Gene Stratton-Porter books from way back and I enjoyed listening to this audio version of it, alongside my then 13 & 11 yr old children as a summer time audio book.

It pays to note the mother is awful at the beginning of this book (nasty, embittered, and abusive!! ) and then a series of events happen that change her life, her attitude, and the way she treats her daughter, Elnora.

The Girl of the Limberlost, in my opinion, is one of those timeless stories of forgiveness, restoration, and redemption. If you appreciate the character development, and story line, in such books as: A Little Princess ~ Burnett, Understood Betsy ~ Canfield, Old Fashioned Girl ~ Alcott, then you'll appreciate this book... well, after you get past the awful mother portion!

There is romance in the book, the wholesome kind that is not sensuality based.

Christina Moore does a sterling job of bringing this book to "read aloud" life.

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No better than this

Narration, the book itself are beyond a five star rating. My 8 th grade granddaughter commented there were a few places of “too much conversation”. Honestly, it’s only fault.

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Always a favorite

This was a favorite at age 13 when borrowed from Willard Library in Evansville
And a favorite now at age 61 🤓

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A childhood treasure

I read this book as a young person and in my early teens. I loved it enough to keep it in my bookshelves, where it has survived numerous cullings of books. It is a very old-fashioned story that might seem terribly dated and predictable today, but life was very different when it was published. I enjoyed re-visiting this favourite from my youth, and as an older adult now, I picked up different messages than I had when I was younger. Christina Moore, as the narrator, did a truly superb job on voicing the characters. This book won't appeal to everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the story once again.

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great story

a wonderful book for young and older girls. tells of a young girl who is confident and finds happiness is what life has given her.

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A surprising gem of a book

For a family in the mode of a classical education, this book supports many of the activities encouraged by our curriculum like nature walks.

Also, the strong characters here make the story interesting as it develops and give us examples to admire and be inspired by.

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sweet wholesome lovely

This author is one of my favorites and has a great style mixed with love of nature. It has s sweet redemptive ending.

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charming

This production is nicely narrated and an engaging period story. curious about the authors other stories.

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Best book ever!!

The narrator was amazing!!! I loved this book Gene Stratton Porter is one of my new favorite authors!

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Great Narrator!

Loved this book and it was so fun to listen to with this narrator. Definitely recommend this version! And the story is awesome!

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Great listen!

The book is much better than the film. The character of Elnora Comstock is beautiful and inspiring. The plot is also very interesting. An enjoyable listen!