Written By: L. Frank Baum

Narrated By: LibriVox Volunteers

Date: January 2017

Duration: 5 hours 12 minutes


The novel carries forward the continuing story of the three cousins Louise Merrick, Beth De Graf, and Patsy Doyle, and their circle. The title is somewhat misleading; it could more accurately have been called Aunt Jane's Nieces in Politics. (Uncle John Merrick tells his nieces that politics is "work," which yields the title.)

The story begins three days after the end of the previous book, Aunt Jane's Nieces at Millville; the freckled and red-haired Patsy still sports a sunburn from her summer in the Adirondacks. She and Louise have received letters from their "cousin" Kenneth Forbes, the young man who inherited Aunt Jane's estate in the first book of the series. Kenneth has become involved in politics: he is running as the Republican candidate for the local seat in the New York State legislature, but thinks he is going to lose to his opponent. The family decide to go all out to help Kenneth win the election... (Summary by Wikipedia)


  • Anonymous

    This was brilliant, one of the best of Aunt Jane’s nieces so far. The girls go to their friend Ken’s aid as he steps into politics. He has discovered that the farmers in his area have been tricked into allowing their barns and fences to be used for advertising. But the worst part is that beauty spots are being spoiled by rocks being painted in the same way. Unfortunately, the people don’t realise how cluttered their homes have become. They don’t worries about it. When Ken steps into the race to represent his area, he comes across the current incumbent, who is not prepared to let the younger man get anywhere with his efforts. Especially since it would mean giving up the privileges and the benefits to himself. So Ken becomes discouraged.. But he writes to two of the girls. The gathering that results, including Uncle John, soon resolves to go out to Ken’s home and to take on the management of his campaign. They use some very clever tactics. The first of which means Ken begins to know his neighbours and tenants needs and cares. They begin to realise he is not a sulky lad who has too much money. Uncle John steps in with his business acumen, resulting in paying the sign painters to repaint these fences and barns -refreshening the while- covering the signs. Those companies who ran the business from their distant cities somehow found themselves under new ownership. Each girl used her particular ability to befriend and convince and to publicise the issues Ken was concerned for on their behalf, not his own.. As you can imagine, it was a lively time with various issues to overcome in a place where traditional politics continued without much concern for what would be good for the people. The readers were great. The one gentleman was just right for this sort of story, especially as it involved a lot of farmers and village shop keepers discussing politics ( women not having been given the vote at that point).

  • Stephanie G.

    The narrators were mostly really good teasing this wonderful story. there was one gentlemen in particular that I truly enjoyed his reading!!

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