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Daddy Long legs

Written by:
Jean Webster
Narrated by:

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2011
4 hours 32 minutes
Jerusha Abbott was brought up at the John Grier Home, an old-fashioned orphanage. The children were wholly dependent on charity and had to wear other people's cast-off clothes. Jerusha's unusual first name was selected by the matron off a grave stone, while her surname was selected out of the phone book. At the age of 18, she has finished her education and is at loose ends, still working in the dormitories at the institution where she was brought up.

One day, after the asylum's trustees have made their monthly visit, Jerusha is informed by the asylum's dour matron that one of the trustees has offered to pay her way through college. He has spoken to her former teachers and thinks she has potential to become an excellent writer. He will pay her tuition and also give her a generous monthly allowance. Jerusha must write him a monthly letter, because he believes that letter-writing is important to the development of a writer. However, she will never know his identity; she must address the letters to Mr. John Smith, and he will never reply.

Jerusha catches a glimpse of the shadow of her benefactor from the back, and knows he is a tall long-legged man. Because of this, she jokingly calls him "Daddy Long-Legs." She attends a women's college, but the name and location are never identified; however, men from Princeton University are frequently mentioned as dates, so it is certainly on the East Coast. The college is almost certainly based on the author's alma mater, Vassar College, judging from college traditions mentioned. She illustrates her letters with childlike line drawings, also created by Jean Webster.
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Cary D.

I loved this book! The writing was fresh and relevant, especially for a novel decades old. The reader was outstanding, one of the best readers I have ever heard. All in all, this was a lovely audio reading experience! Judy is a strong and passionate character. And just like Judy, and in spite of all the hints as to the identity of Daddy-Long-Legs, I did not guess it. That was part of the fun.

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Cute and entertaining book. I enjoyed it.

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This was rather a weak story and very sentimental. Not great literature but entertaining. Narrator moderately good.

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Brenda S.

One of my favorites

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A fun story , you knew how it was going to end .

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Fabulous narrator, classic story. Witty, spunky, smart, heroine. Rich charitable patron. Let the romance begin!

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Natasha N.

Loved, loved this wonderful story and reading. Jo’s voice is calm and soothing. Considering when this was written the character Judy is very self aware and somewhat of a feminist. I also enjoyed envisioning images from the Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron transfer movie “Daddy Long Legs” while listening to this read.

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Trisha B.

Delightful to listen to.

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Amanda F.

I loved it. Such a nice story I enjoyed every minute!

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