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A Canadian classic, wonderfully narrated

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Reviewed: 2019-12-20

Anne of Green Gables is, without a doubt, a beloved and much-read Canadian classic. Anne (with an E) is an iconic character who is known and loved for her spunkiness, penchant for getting herself into scrapes and ability to throw together some fanciful phrases with as many words as possible.

It's not surprising that Anne has become a treasured household name throughout the world. As a child, I watched Megan Follows play Anne in the TV version and she was (and remains) the only Anne for me on screen. So, when I bought the digital audiobook of AoGG here on Audible.ca, I was a little nervous to see who would be narrating Anne's story.

In this version, actress and St Thomas, Ontario native, Rachel McAdams (another Canadian sweetheart) has taken on the considerable task of narrating Anne's story. I admit that, in the very beginning, I questioned whether McAdams could give voice to Anne's unique and well-known personality, but my reservations were quickly put to rest. With great intonation, wonderful energy and emotion, McAdams brings readers into the heart of Anne's new life on PEI - her relationships, ups and downs and her fascination and appreciation for the simple things.

Anne and I are clearly kindred spirits and I greatly hope that she continues to charm new generations of readers. Montgomery's way with words and descriptions make it clear why this series of books (as well as L.M. Montgomery's other series, Emily) have been favourites of audiences for over a century. But now I find myself in 'the depths of despair' knowing that currently, it doesn't appear that Audible.ca has McAdams narrate the other books in the series. I hope Audible rectifies this soon.

Just as wonderful the 3rd time as it was the 1st

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Reviewed: 2019-12-05

I read this book once and have now listened to this e-audiobook twice. It is a wonderful story from Canadian author, Susin Nielsen that gets to the heart of a family who has undergone a lot of changes, loss and growing pains. This is a story about family, in all its wonderful forms that showcases the POVs of two very different teens with heart and humour. This is one of my favourite Teen fiction reads. With its wonderful narration by Jesse Bernstein and Jorjeana Marie, this is a definite must-listen.

Jim Dale + HP = bliss

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Reviewed: 2019-11-26

With JK Rowling's writing and Jim Dale's perfect narration, this is a must-own kind of audiobook.

One of my favourite sagas!

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Reviewed: 2019-06-13

The Into the Wilderness series is one of my all-time favourite sagas. Filled with adventure, romance and family drama, Donati has written an engaging story that pulls readers into the lives of the Bonner family as they experience the tumultuous issues influencing 18th century North America.

While I liked that this book takes Elizabeth and Nathaniel on a wee bit of an adventure, this wasn't my favourite book in the series. Still a great read but I think I prefer it when more of the secondary characters, namely those at Lake in the Clouds and small-town Paradise, are included in the story lines. When you start to miss characters, you know you've got a good read.

Kate Reading narrates this audiobook and does a phenomenal job. A narrator can make or break an audiobook and Reading is one of the best. She easily bounces back and forth between the characters and includes several different well-done accents, making the story and its characters quite vivid for the listener.

Fans of Outlander will particularly enjoy this series. It has a similarly addictive story and main couple and you'll find yourself immersed in the Bonner clan. What it doesn't have is the frustrating wordiness that Outlander is known for. If you can get your hands on this saga, I highly suggest diving into this memorable series.

A wonderful read and listen

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Reviewed: 2019-01-29

Wonder has been a book that has stuck with me for years and one that I recommend regularly to my library patrons. It’s an uplifting story that introduces you to Auggie Pullman - a character that will wiggle his way into your heart and make you see the world, and possibly your own actions, differently.

One of my favourite book series

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Reviewed: 2019-01-14

You can’t go wrong with Jim Dale and Harry Potter. Another wonderful story and performance as I reread a fav for the fifth time.

A moving, powerful and reflective book.

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Reviewed: 2018-12-21

This was a joy to listen to. For years I've been a fan of Michelle Obama - I've always liked her strength, her passion to help others, her positivity and her strong devotion to her family. This book just made me appreciate her even more.

Michelle Obama is an engaging narrator and throughout the book her warmth, humour, compassion and honesty shine through. She is the Michelle Obama you've seen in interviews and with Becoming, she brings readers into her personal triumphs, losses, insecurities and struggles from her early days as a young Black girl growing up in the southside area of Chicago, to her love of education and her years at Princeton, to meeting a fellow lawyer with a 'weird name' and her eventual role as First Lady of the United States. Readers are privy to the Obama's early years as a couple, Barack's increasing involvement in politics, parenting two daughters together, his run for the presidency of the US and their eight years living in the fish bowl that is the White House.

Michelle Obama has always seemed like a regular kinda gal to me. She's a mom, wife and daughter who just happens to be living an extraordinary life. As FLOTUS, she has lived under public scrutiny trying to balance family life with the daunting workload that she bore as First Lady. She wanted to give their children a reasonably normal childhood and use her role as First Lady to make positive changes in the country she so clearly loves. She gives readers a bird's eye look at her life in the White House - the unique experiences made available to her as well as the limitations to her freedom and I appreciate that she doesn't hold back on her opinions on some of the issues that have plagued and still plague the US.

Throughout the book Michelle Obama is well-spoken, genuine and she comes off as relatable and even inspirational as she shares personal anecdotes that showcase her fears, loves, struggles and accomplishments. Some of her anecdotes had me grinning, relating to her thoughts as a wife and mother, while several caused me to tear up as I listened to her speak about the devastation and loss her country has faced.

This is a moving, powerful and reflective book that readers, especially women and those who have ever felt unseen and ignored, will appreciate. You don't have to be a Democrat (or even an American - says this proud Canadian) to enjoy this book. If you weren't a fan of Michelle Obama's before, you will be after reading this book.