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Anne of Green Gables

Written by: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
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With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century. In this story of "kindred spirits", McAdams' touching and heartfelt narration proves she is just that - bonded on a deep level to this shimmering classic.

When aging brother and sister Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan boy to help with chores around their farm, Green Gables on Prince Edward Island, neither is prepared for the feisty and imaginative redheaded girl who is mistakenly brought to them instead. Nor are they prepared for the way in which she will change their lives. Through a series of hilarious misadventures, Anne's uncompromising spirit makes her a striking presence in the close-knit village, bringing new friendships, first crushes, and, for her foster parents, a love and openness unimaginable before her arrival.

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What the critics say

"Listeners will relish this production of L.M. Montgomery's classic.... As Anne, McAdams's delivery is light and breathy and ever so speedy, but clear and eloquent." ( AudioFile)

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I finally know what all the fuss is about!

I was born and raised on Prince Edward Island. I vaguely remember flipping through this book at the age of nine. I had already seen the movies and the stage musical more than once. I have always enjoyed the story, but I never really grasped why it was considered such a classic. You see, Anne is kind of shoved down our throats here on PEI. There is Avonlea Village, a water park called Shining Waters, Anne food, Anne drink, Anne merchandise. People travel here from all over the world to experience it.
I bought this audiobook on a whim and I am so glad I did. I was completely charmed by it. The story is written so simply, yet so gloriously! Lucy Maud Montgomery had me laughing and crying. I feel foolish saying it, but several times my heart swelled. Rachel McAdams did a beautiful job. Her long dialogues as Anne were at times dizzying! She read with real passion and love.
I am so glad I got to experience Anne again. Now I can take in this tourist season and know what all the fuss is about.

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Rachel McAdams is incredible!!

Rachel McAdams is a brilliant performer!!! I hope she does more books. Sadly, this is the only book on audible she has done. Anne of Green Gables is fabulous but her performance made it even more captivating! Fingers crossed audible and Rachel McAdams team up to continue the series! I could listen to her for days! If I could I would give the performance a 6/5

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Classic!

Such a classic story, Rachel did a great job, easy to listen and exactly how I would read it in my head!

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RACHEL MCADAMS IS A SNORE

I've been reading this book and series since I was 7 years old. I've seen all the movies and shows and heard all the audio books. This is by far the worst narration I've ever heard. Lifeless and dull. McAdams doesn't even try to change the tone of her voice for different characters or even for variety of emotions. It's just blah.

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Terrible narration!

I couldn't listen to the entirety. Narrator's boredom quickly bored me to tears. Very disappointed that this gem of a story was not delivered with the flourish it truly deserves.

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One of my favorite childhood books...

Rachel McAdams did such a awesome job!!!
You must have her read the other books in the series as well...

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excellent!!

such a great listen! It's performed wonderfully and I love the story. I will definitely listen to this again!

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Amazing audiobook for a Canadian classic

I have to admit, I was skeptical of Rachel McAdams when I started this book. I found it a bit difficult to get past envisioning some of her characters she plays on screen when she was reading. But once I got past that, she was fantastic. This was my first experience of the book and I can proudly say it started me on the journey down the series.

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Not just nostalgia!

I had started listening to this story for the sole purpose of nostalgia, but it didn’t take long for me to be swept away just like I had been when I was a little girl! Rachel McAdams does a fabulous job of capturing the whimsical voice of Anne Shirley, and I am SO HAPPY I purchased this book!

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Loved it.

Never read it as a kid. So refreshing and delightful. Highly recommend this audible book

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  • Jennifer F.
  • 2016-12-01

Amazing. Listen to this book.

I am sitting on a bench outside my son's school, having just finished listening to Anne of Green Gables, and I am actually crying. The story was lovely, made even lovelier by Rachel McAdams' narration. If she doesn't do the next book in the series, I don't know what I will do with my life.

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  • MistressWit
  • 2017-01-13

Great Book! under impressed by the reader

Great Book! Ive read and listened to them all. This narrator however did NOT capture Anne.

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  • 2017-07-21

grade school teacher narration

I looked forward to revisiting Anne through this audiobook. Unfortunately, I failed to listen to a sample of the narration. I didn't last 30 minutes - the narrator sounded like a fifth grade teacher reading to her class.

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  • Deb
  • 2016-11-23

Salvation for the soul in these terrible times

When the country seems so dark and sad, it is a welcome relief to turn to this delightful book, which reminds one that no matter how terrible the times, there is always something to gladden the soul. Great narration.

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  • Liza
  • 2017-10-30

Unfortunate.

Rachel McAdams has a nice voice, but her narration here is too fast and awkward. In dialogue she uses too much inflection and in scene she is monotone. I loved the story but not the reader.

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  • Janna Wong Healy
  • 2017-12-20

YOU CAN'T HELP BUT LOVE ANNE

It took me a little while to warm up to the chattiness of Anne but once I got used to it, I became charmed by her incessant optimism and love for life.

The poor little orphan girl blossoms in this classic tale and warms everyone's heart in the process. You either go along for the ride or resign yourself to being a grumpy curmudgeon. I preferred to go along for the ride and I was very happy I did.

Rachel McAdams does a nice job reading this novel, even if sometimes her reading feels a little flat. She tones down the annoying parts of Anne's personality, which is good, but it's sometimes hard to distinguish the different characters. Overall, the narration is pleasant and easy to understand.

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  • C. Brown
  • 2017-06-17

Good story, poor reading

I really enjoyed the story, but had to struggle through the narration. The phrasing was almost incomprehensible at times, and I had to think through what meant. Also, more vocal animation and inflection would have made it better.

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  • J Harris
  • 2016-11-26

Match made in Heaven

If you like this classic you will love this rendition. McAdams does an outstanding job. Hopefully she will narrate more books in the future.

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  • 2016-12-28

Childhood Revisited

This is a book I loved the first time I read it. I have since then read the others in the series and have seen the movie with Megan Follows. I may be an old lady Marilla's age now, but it still has the ability to take me to Green Gables.

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  • Suzanne L. Vanderberg
  • 2017-05-21

AMAZING!!

This was an indescribably lovely book because of the beauty of the descriptiveness of all the beauties of nature and many deep emotions felt by the main character, Anne which allowed the listener to feel as though present among it all. It marvelously told of how the main character, Anne, thrived despite many of the difficult and unfortunate circumstances of her past and present that she dealt with almost daily at times but got through. Lastly, it is an example of the extreme sacrifice Anne made to care for her ailing adoptive mother despite an opportunity afforded her of a much coveted scholarship to continue her education and put aside her tremendous drive to go further and pursue a future in which she would likely have lead her to do great things given her superior intellectual gifts as well as a big heart. Rachel McAdam's narration was superb and her pleasant voice easy to listen to via audio books. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2023-05-01

Loved it!

It is my first time reading it and, well, I loved it! I will definitely read the rest of the books.

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