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Anne of Green Gables

Written by: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
5 out of 5 stars (401 ratings)

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, November 2016 - I was an Anne of Green Gables groupie in the late '80s, after the original CBC miniseries came out. A young, bookish orphan with a fierce love of drama and endless spirit, Anne was the poster child for nerdy, slightly precocious girls everywhere and I WAS IN. I read all the books in the series, memorized Noyes' poem "The Highwayman", and let my best friend know that she was my "bosom friend" (for the record, she thought I was weird). So it was with the very best kind of nostalgia that I revisited my favorite childhood book with the Canadian Rachel McAdams providing the perfect happy, nuanced, and lovely voice for the tale. I know what my family will be listening to on our six-hour drive south for Thanksgiving.

Publisher's Summary

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.

Public Domain (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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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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 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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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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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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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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Wonderful job done by Rachel McAdams

The story is a real cute feel good one and the job Rachel McAdams does on the performance is absolutely stunning. Best performance on Audible I’ve encountered!

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A great audiobook

Always a good story to listen, read, or watch. Rachel is a pretty good reader, it's just that sometimes she got a little too quiet, which is especially noticable when driving. I just wish she read the rest of the series too!

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anne

loved it great narrator and very descriptive such a classic would highly recommend great book

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Delightful!

Rachel McAdams infuses Anne's whimsical character with charm that is both sweet and very funny.

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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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  • Janna Wong Healy
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 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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  • Jennifer Ford
  • Petaluma, CA, United States
  • 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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  • E. Winer
  • 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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  • R. Evans
  • 2017-06-17

The story was great, McAdams not so much

I never actually read this book before but grew up on the movies and knew I would love it. The story is wonderful but I was very disappointed by Rachel McAdams' performance.

Firstly, I listen to audio books because I want to feel like I'm being told a story by a close friend, rather than simply being read to by a stranger. I didn't feel like she was very interested in the story she was telling.

Anne's was really the only voice that McAdams put any character into. Marilla didn't have enough bite in her character, McAdams barely changed her voice at all. Why choose a well known actor to play multiple characters of she's only capable of one or two voices?

I noticed multiple times when she would transition characters without changing the voice of the previous character and realize halfway through her sentence and change her tone. She often read parts like "she said" or "she replied" as if it were part of the speech of the character.

Her voice has a nice sound, if she had put more effort into it, it could've been great.

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  • nordvedt
  • Balto., MD
  • 2017-05-19

fun for the whole family

narrator easy and clear to listen to especially compelling classic. mom and children entertained and couldn't wait for next chance to listen. car rides made the best!

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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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  • 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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  • jey cee
  • 2017-11-24

classic

I got this when it was free on audible
Nice classic story and good narration.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Deb
  • Berkeley, California USA
  • 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.

51 of 63 people found this review helpful