Anne, a young orphan from the fictional community of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia (based upon the real community of New London), is sent to Prince Edward Island after a childhood spent in strangers’ homes and orphanages. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their 50s and 60s, had decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew run their farm. They live at Green Gables, their Avonlea farmhouse on Prince Edward Island. Through a misunderstanding, the orphanage sends Anne Shirley. Anne is described as bright and quick, eager to please, talkative, and extremely imaginative. She has a pale face with freckles and usually braids her red hair. When asked her name, Anne tells Marilla to call her Cordelia, which Marilla refuses; Anne then insists that if she is to be called Anne, it must be spelled with an e, as that spelling is “so much more distinguished”. Marilla at first says the girl must return to the orphanage, but after a few days she decides to let her stay. Marilla feels that she could be a good influence on the girl and had also overheard that another disagreeable woman in town might take Anne in instead.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Published 2014 by Post Hypnotic Press (Originally Published 1908)
Format: e-audiobook; 10 hours, 7 minutes
Classics / Young Adult
Also By This Author: Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Emily of New Moon
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My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
If you’ve known me for any length of time, you are probably aware that Anne of Green Gables is my all-time favorite book. If you didn’t know that, you can just look up to my blog’s header and see a copy of Anne there, in-between Jane Eyre and Persuasion, two other favorites of mine. Despite the fact that I adore this novel, I have never actually written a book review for it! But recently I joined an audiobook tour for the first three Anne books, and now I can finally tell you why I love this series so much.
Anne Shirley is one of the most lovable literary heroines you will ever come across. Since I first discovered Anne when I was in 5th grade, I have only met one person who did not like Anne of Green Gables or its imaginative heroine. Anne Shirley is dramatic, unwavering, a tad bit naive, and full of soul and wonder, and every time I read the series I discover something new. I’ve looked up to Anne in each season of my life, from being a young, self-conscious red-headed girl myself, to going off to college and living my dreams, to getting married and being in a new, foreign town, I have always been able to relate to Anne and learn from her mistakes, misadventures, and life lessons.
If you have never read L.M. Montgomery’s most famous masterpiece, I urge you to pick it up now! Even if you are a middle-aged man, I am sure you will enjoy it, if only because you find Anne’s enthusiasm and melodrama entertaining.
Read This Book If…
…you enjoy classics and/or young adult fiction.
…you love novels with strong characters who possess deep hearts and realistic motives.
…you want a book that can make you laugh, cry, and fall in love.
…you’re looking for a new audiobook to listen to (keep reading below!).
I’ve read Anne of Green Gables at least five times (it is my favorite book, after all); but I have never listened to it on audiobook, and I was very pleased with Colleen Winton’s narration! She has a pleasant and non-distracting voice, and each of her voices for the different characters were appropriate and fitting. It’s always frustrating when you’re listening to an audiobook and the narrator’s voice, tone, and/or pronunciation distract you from the story. Fortunately, this is not the case with Colleen Winton’s reading of Anne of Green Gables.
Sometimes I have a difficult time reading classics. The old-fashioned syntax and depictions of every day life can make me zone out sometimes. L.M. Montgomery’s writing is so flowery, however, it’s like reading poetry, so I’ve always been hooked on her novels. But if you also have a hard time reading classics all the way through, I’d recommend trying to listen to audiobooks instead. Often times it’s easier to understand what’s going on in a classic novel when you’re listening to a dramatic reading of it. I found it enjoyable to listen to this audiobook of Anne of Green Gables during my work commute and while doing housework.
About the Narrator: Colleen is a Vancouver actor, singer, dancer, director and choreographer…and now a narrator. Her career has taken her all over the country and includes the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown Festivals, the original Canadian companies of CATS and Show Boat, extensive film/TV credits, and numerous directing/choreographing credits. Her stage work has been honored with numerous nominations and a Jessie and Ovation award and she received a cultural award given by her local Chamber of Commerce. She was especially pleased to have recorded the works of L.M. Montgomery for Post Hypnotic Press just before she embarked on a production of the musical Anne of Green Gables at Theatre Calgary in which she plays Marilla Cuthbert.
Anne of Green Gables Giveaway: Three Winners
If you are interested in this audiobook, enter into a giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Colleen Winton’s narrations for Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne of the Island! Good luck!
And stop by the tour page to check out other blogger’s reviews for Anne of Green Gables :)
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Hallo, Hallo Maggie!
First of all, I wanted to let you know I have your lovely badge restored to my blog’s sidebar! I only took it down whilst you were on hiatus and then, accidentally forgot to put it back! Although I was linked to you all the while. This is one story you and I have talked about on occasion since we first became friends – our love for Anne and Avonlea have remained as true as the friendship we share between us. Even though, I must admit, some of my impressions of the novel have changed from girlhood to adulthood (as you will see via my review) – my joy of being fully immersed inside Ms Montgomery’s world of Avonlea is steadfast & true!
I was talking a bit about what we were expressing via DMs on The Lit Bitch’s review as I was musing about our private convo whilst engaged with reading her takeaways. Overall, I think the three of us have matching reflections and each found a reason why this particular narrator resonated with us to give us back the feeling we once felt for Anne and Avonlea. In this, I find it incredibly blessed not only do we know each other mutually but we’re each experiencing this at the same time! :)
Yes! Precisely! I was charmed by Ms Winton’s spin on the characters – the breadth she drew out of each of them, and the presence of mind she took to enabling them to transform before our very ears as if they were about to step through our headphones and appear next to us is what moved me the most! I truly loved how this felt so very theatrical and the most awe inspiring bit of it for me is how it felt like a true ensemble cast – a credit to her narrating!
Ooh, I cannot wait to have you visit with me – and see how I felt as I listened to this, too! Which character felt the most animated to you aside from Anne? For me, it was Marilla and Mrs Rachel Lynde – two characters I was surprised I was feeling so close too as an adult. I do agree with you – about how you can see the dimensional depth of Marilla even as a young reader, but for me, I was so caught up in living alongside Anne as I had been the other girls of my youth (ooh I had forgotten to mention Caddie Woodlawn!) – I think I just saw the Green Gables series different as a child than as I do now as an adult.
I am so thankful we’re on the tour together – more visits coming up for all three of us! And, I cannot wait to share the interview I have for this tour, too!
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