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The Long Winter

Little House, Book 6
Written by: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Narrated by: Cherry Jones
Series: Little House, Book 6
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
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The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost no food left, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way in this most exciting of all the Little House books.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

©1940, 1968 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2005, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Refreshingly Simple yet Gripping

Cherry Jones does a great read through and delivers a decent variety of impersonations for the varied characters.

Although the story can be quite tense at times, “The Long Winter” is really a hopeful story at heart. If you’re looking for a story that encourages thankfulness and changes your perspective on hardships this book will serve you well.

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  • C. M. H.
  • 2017-11-14

Beautifully Done!

I first read The Long Winter as a child, about 45 years ago, and it became my favorite of all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I still read my Little House books (OK, go ahead and laugh) as an escape from the stress and crazy goings-on in our modern world. I am so glad I decided to try this audio version. Ms. Cherry Jones gives a marvelous performance, and any fans of the Little House series will be sure to enjoy listening. Truly wonderful!

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  • Gillian
  • 2017-02-10

Faith And Love In Hard Times--

The muskrats know; they've built their walls extra thick. The birds know; they're flying high in the sky, in a hurry to get south. And Pa has a bad feeling.
"The Long Winter" chronicles a once-in-twenty-one years winter where blizzards blow for seven months. Laura and her family move to the town for the winter and there they realize they've been living in times that are far too progressive: As time crunches on, how will they get heat? After all, there never used to be fancy coal stoves. How will they have light? There never used to be new-fangled kerosene. It's all running out and the family has to fight to survive. Each three day blizzard has Laura hearing the War Cries from Indian Territory in its terrible raging howl.
But the Ingalls family is nothing if not determined, imaginative, headstrong, and creative. Ma and Pa will find a way, and Laura will do anything to help her beloved Pa out. From trampling hay, to twisting it.
There is music, and when Pa's hands get too chapped and swollen to play the fiddle, there is always singing.
You'll be on the edge of your seat with this breathtaking installment of the "Little House" series, rooting for the underdog, hoping against hope.
And you'll never take food, shelter, love for granted again...!

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  • LC
  • 2020-01-09

Great Story and Performance

Even though a story about the same thing happening over and over again (blizzards!) could be boring, this is well written so you feel the struggle the family goes through and enjoy their triumphs as well. Wilder always treads the line between sincerity and treacle, and it is comforting to revisit stories I read when I was younger, with a new perspective. I have lived in Florida my whole life but I have had a few "long winters" in other ways -- I love the simplicity of their perseverance.

Cherry Jones's reading is excellent, and the fact that she sings the tunes in the book really adds to the story.

Highly recommended!

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  • Deborah McDonald
  • 2019-11-03

Loved how she sings the songs

I loved how she sang the songs and fiddle music played. I think she pronounces Almanzo’s name wrong but otherwise it could not have been better.

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  • Todd W.
  • 2019-08-16

Ellie

I love this book it's wonderful I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone if you're looking at this review get the book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-07

A treasure!!

A treasure!! Great read for the entire family. Kids and adults will both enjoy this book.

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  • Stay home mom, Past teacher
  • 2019-02-05

Great Story!

I love this story and the reader does a fantastic job! A great read for teaching about our roots❤️

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  • E.F.B.
  • 2018-12-31

Another excellent read

I'm excited that Laura has finally met the Wilders. :D With all the blizzards and the family being stuck inside for the majority of the book, the story could have easily gotten boring or repetitive, but as always the author kept things interesting even if it isn't as lighthearted as it once was. I also once again appreciated seeing how they dealt with things like blizzards back then. Such a stark contrast to when we get blizzards today and get freaked out if the power even goes off. :P The Ingalls always impress me with how resourceful and strong they are. Three more books in this series to go. :) #historical #childrens #classics

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  • Christi Kidd
  • 2018-07-24

Amazing story

I love this story I love listening to it and reading the books it's a great story

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  • Kerry Fields Wolf
  • 2018-06-02

Wonderful for all ages!

A timeless, essentially true story of the near starvation of a snowbound new prairie town and the brave families that survived it, told from the viewpoint of 13 year old Laura Ingalls. One of the best of the series!