Recently orphaned, young Rose Campbell is sent to the "Aunt Hill," where Uncle Alex, her six aunts and seven boy cousins live in noisy confusion. It is nothing like the quiet girls' boarding school that has been Rose's home for the past year. Surrounded by a bewildering array of pets, relatives, and unfamiliar foods, the fragile girl wonders if she will ever get used to this new life. Fortunately, Uncle Alex is her guardian. He keeps the aunts from coddling her too much, and makes sure that she has plenty of time to play outside with her cousins. Day by day, learning how to care for each of these people, Rose begins to bloom. Eight Cousins is a charming introduction to Louisa May Alcott's timeless classics, which include Little Women and Little Men. Barbara Caruso's colorful narration perfectly captures Rose and her extended family.
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by Louisa May Alcott
by L.M. Montgomery
by Kate Douglas Wiggin
"Orphaned Rose goes to live with her aunts and fares poorly. She is sad, weak, and frightened of the seven male cousins who live nearby. This all changes when Uncle Alex, her new guardian, returns from his sea voyages to take over his duties. He encourages Rose to laugh and play and leave mourning behind, and Rose finds real happiness in her new situation. Barbara Caruso narrates in a formal tone appropriate for a story first published in 1875. Still, the exuberant and eccentric cast of characters begs for lively vocal characterizations, so some of the playful group scenes fall flat. In spite of this missed opportunity, this is a serviceable production of a classic work. A.F. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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