Spinning-Wheel Stories

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(4.3 stars; 23 reviews)

A group of stories-within-a-story, told in the classic Louisa May Alcott style.

"I've a little cold," said the old lady, "and am too hoarse for talking, my dears; but Aunt Elinor has looked up a parcel of old tales that I've told her at different times and which she has written down. You will like to hear her reading better than my dull way of telling them, and I can help Minnie and Lotty with their work, for I see they are bent on learning to spin."

The young folk were well pleased with grandma's proposal; for Aunt Nell was a favorite with all, being lively and kind and fond of children, and the only maiden aunt in the family. Now, she smilingly produced a faded old portfolio, and, turning over a little pile of manuscripts, said in her pleasant way:

"Here are all sorts, picked up in my travels at home and abroad; and in order to suit all of you, I have put the names on slips of paper into this basket, and each can draw one in turn. Does that please my distinguished audience?"

(Summary by TriciaG and from the book) (6 hr 59 min)


01 - Grandma's Story 33:45 Read by Alex Lau
02 - Tabby's Table-Cloth 31:51 Read by Lauren Jane
03 - Eli's Education 37:22 Read by Katalina Watt
04 - Onawandah 29:33 Read by Lauren Jane
05 - Little Things 34:14 Read by Katalina Watt
06 - The Banner of Beaumanoir 38:26 Read by Bart in 't Veld
07 - Jerseys; or, the Girl's Ghost 40:04 Read by Jeanni Hall
08 - The Little House in the Garden 39:49 Read by Tara Dow
09 - Daisy's Jewel-Box, and How She Filled It 32:07 Read by kandice stehlik
10 - Corny's Catamount 35:03 Read by Jeanni Hall
11 - The Cooking-Class 30:42 Read by Michele Eaton
12 - The Hare and the Tortoise 36:55 Read by Lyn Silva



(4.5 stars)

All of these were absolutely stunning! The truth and clarity with which Alcott writes really brings home the time-old truths. All the readers did a very good job, 'Jersys' and 'Owanada' especially! This book is geared a little more toward girls, but everyone(and all ages) will enjoy. Thanks everyone for your heard work!

Beautiful Stories

(5 stars)

A collection of free-standing, enjoyable tales which each contain an excellent lesson about character. Very well read. Treatment of animals in a couple stories might be upsetting for young or sensitive children.

very good

(5 stars)

Excellent, unfortunately the final chapter was ruined by poor quality recording and difficult to understand accent

(5 stars)

very well read,this story I have listened to again and again