Z-Baby’s Audiobooks: Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

We downloaded this classic story in audiobook form from Librivox, and Z-baby listened to it last night and today. The narrator was Lee Ann Howlett.

How was the narration on this story?
I hate when old men do the narration, and for girls they make the voices sound really high and annoying. The narrator for this book was good.

What was the story about?
Well, it was about a girl named Elizabeth Ann whose parents had died, and she lived with two of her aunts and another lady. One of her aunts was middle-aged, Aunt Frances, and the other one was old. Aunt Frances and ELizabeth Ann were best buddies, and Aunt Frances basically babied her. Then her old aunt got sick, so the doctor came and said that Elizabeth Ann needed to go somewhere else. They sent her to her one of her other aunts that didn’t really like her. So she went to another aunt and uncle and cousins, the Putneys.
At first, they didn’t baby her and they acted as if she was nine years old, which she was. She thought they didn’t even care about her. But then she got used to it, and . . . well, you just have to listen to or read the rest of the story to find out what happens.

How did the story end?
You have to listen to it. I can’t tell you how it ends!

What did Betsy learn in the story?
She learned to act her age. She also learned how to cook a little and how to make butter and other stuff, too.

In addition to the audio version, you can get this 1916 book in Kindle format for free, or in a paperback edition for about $10.00.

2 thoughts on “Z-Baby’s Audiobooks: Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

  1. My girls’ current audiobook picks are The Railway Children and The Borrowers. I read Understood Betsy for the first time myself last year and admit that I was a little disappointed. I found it a little too didactic for my taste. It sounds like Z baby enjoyed it!

  2. We really enjoyed Understood Betsy in our house. My daughter was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a sequel and because she wanted to know what happened to her.

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