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An Old-Fashioned Girl

By: Louisa May Alcott
Narrated by: Anne Hancock
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Publisher's Summary

Immediately following the success of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott sat down to write An-Old Fashioned Girl, expanding on the subject of rich versus poor that she explored in her first novel. It’s a story of a country mouse and a city mouse: 14-year-old Polly Milton travels to Boston for a stay with her friend Fanny Shaw. The wealthy Shaws’ way of life is foreign to Polly who tries to adapt but is quickly labeled “old-fashioned”. Fanny and her friends dress and behave as their elders do, flirting with boys and gossiping. When Polly breaks free to go sledding, Fan’s rapscallion brother Tom is delighted, but the Shaws explain that it’s not done for young ladies to take this kind of exercise. It takes wise grandmother Shaw to help the girls understand each other.

In her preface, Alcott explains that “the demand for a sequel, in beseeching little letters that made refusal impossible”, made it necessary to advance the story six years when Polly returns to Boston to live independently and in genteel poverty as a piano teacher; Fan is bored with the social life that never changes; and Tom is a mischievous college student and a dandy. Alcott references the budding women’s rights movement, stressing the importance of both women and men finding work with a purpose in it, while steering her characters through the romances and crises of adulthood.

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Okay

I love this book, but the narration is only competent. I’m now accustomed to hearing trained actos bring a story to life — not just recite the text with feeling.

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An Old-Fashioned Story

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This novel for young readers by Louisa May Alcott is the product of her society and needs to be seen in that light. Polly is a good example of modesty, decency, and hard-work created by the author to inspire young and impressionable girls of the era. That "subliminal" technique would not work as well on this generation and I doubt many of them would find this well-written story very inspiring. I know I'm being a little cynical, but unfortunately I think that might be an indisputable truth.
My hope however is that the popularity of Ms. Alcott other novels, such as "Little Women", might entice some young readers to want to explore this classic author's other works. The story is clean, pleasant, and even though the ending was easy to imagine, we still rooted for that to happen. A good read even for a young pre-teen with advanced skills.
The "read" narration was good, and delivered with enough emotions behind it.

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Great book!

Very nice narrating. LOVED the story, even though I predicted the ending fairly early. Love the insights of the author.

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loved it!!!!

loved it! it was such an amazing book. i highly recommend it to all readers.

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Anything by L.M Alcott is good!

This book is so sweet. I was supposed to read it for school and have read it three times now. It’s a good book for any age

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SOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!!!

Omg I love this book so much!!!! I wish there was another book that would make even more interesting!

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hearty, appropriate, and good for the soul.

This has been a favorite book since I was a girl. I enjoyed the narration. I've often recommended this book to young women as ita cute with navy good moral lessons in it, not to mention appropriate love.

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Best book ever

Wish there was a second .
Louisa May Alcott is the best author
In the world.

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wonderful coming of age story!!

This story is so entertaining, and just as instructive...truly a delight and inspiring listen!!

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Love!

loved this charming book! definitely tops of anything I've read in a while! I love the old fashioned story and all the good morals it has.

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  • 11-10-22

Sweet, romantic story with good morals!

Sweet story highlighting morals such as modesty, integrity and hard work over looks, opinions of others and money (but not in a extremist or totally unrealistic way). Nice!

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  • 10-03-21

Really enjoyed

This book is so good.I don’t understand why it’s underrated.
I must say it’s so much better than little women.

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  • 10-17-19

very well read

A very well performed listen, the story can be a little tedious at times but overall a good old fashioned enjoyable tale!