Louisa May Alcott’s portrait of life against the backdrop of the American Civil War is vivid and dramatic. With their beloved father fighting in the battles, the four March girls are left at home with their mother. Times are hard and the family struggles to survive. But despite the problems they face, the four girls – the ‘little women’ of the title – never lose faith that their father will return, and that their lives will be as they were before the specter of war cast a shadow over their family home.
Lorelei King, an experienced and gifted actress does a fantastic job of narrating Alcott’s classic book. Her skills are particularly in evidence in the voicing of the March sisters. Each character is defined by their individual personalities and, thanks to Miss King’s abilities, they are easy to tell apart. Her energy as a narrator draws the listener in to even the most domestic of situations.
The strength behind May’s story lies in the exploration of the relationships between the sisters. With the exception of Beth, the girls are kind and generous with what little they have – but even Beth learns the importance of doing as you would be done by. Both uplifting and heartbreaking in places, this story is one that should be read by anyone with women in their lives, no matter how young.