Louisa May Alcott by Susan Cheever (Tantor)

This audiobook clearly has two minds: one is focused on a biography of the author of LITTLE WOMEN and other American classics, and the other connects Cheever’s feelings and reactions to Alcott’s writing. The effect is a distinctly personal book full of digressions and literary analysis. These might distract listeners who are looking for a straightforward biography but will gratify those who want a point of view to argue with. Narrator Tavia Gilbert has a bright, cheery voice that is full of expression and enthusiasm. She seems intent on keeping listener interest by varying her pitch, tone, and pacing, and the result is refreshing. Gilbert does not employ any character voices but successfully interprets Cheever’s theories and personal asides. AudioFile