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Anne of Green Gables

Written by: Lucy Maude Montgomery
Narrated by: Mary Sarah
Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, send for a boy orphan to help them out at the farm, they are in no way prepared for the error that will change their lives. The mistake takes the shape of Anne Shirley, a redheaded 11-year-old girl who can talk anyone under the table. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination quickly win over her reluctant foster parents. Anne's feisty spirit soon draws many friends - and much trouble - her way.

Montgomery wrote the novel in the twilight of the day, sitting at her window and overlooking the fields of Cavendish. Since publication, Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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Excellent rendition of good story.

I loved the story as I had never read the actual book. And the narrator was perfect. She captured the various voices, especially Anne's, without overdoing it.

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Always Splendid

I read or listen to AGG every year. Never disappointed. This narration was lovely. Love this story so much.

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one of my favorites

loved it! Mary Sarah did a great just telling the story. I cant wait to hear the next book in the series.

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Helped me in my studies

Anne of Greengables is hard to read sometimes, but this audio book really helped me to finish the book for my literature class. The speaker perfectly portrays emotion and keeps it very interesting.

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  • Karen
  • 2015-07-20

Even this old man love Anne

I see that virtually all of the reviews of this book are (understandably) from women. I, on the other hand, am a 68 year old, male, retired academic & scientist who typically reads sci fi & fantasy these days. I bought this audiobook because a) we'll soon be going on a cruise to Prince Edward Island (the setting of the story) and b) Audiobooks was offering it for 95 cents. I expected to hate it. The language, particularly of the heroine, is flowery & archaic and the character of Anne is loquacious to the point being manic. I fully expected to want to strangle her by chapter 3. Much to my surprise, I loved this book. The author & narrator are equally responsible for my enjoyment. I can't imagine anyone doing Anne better than Mary Sarah. I'm still not certain why I loved it so much but I did. Maybe it's the fact that the writing is so much better & more interesting than in most of the sci fi & fantasy I've been reading. Maybe it's the use of words with which I was unfamiliar (or which I hear only infrequently) because I love words & pride myself on my vocabulary. Maybe it's the simple coming of age story set in a quaint past in a culture that may or may not have ever really existed. Whatever the reason, I loved it and have already bought volume 2. For another 95 cents, how could I not?

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  • Sara
  • 2016-07-07

A Pleasure No Matter Your Age

This has to be one of the best bargains I've ever found on Audible. I was searching around for a low stress summer listen and came upon this beauty for just 95 cents! I usually shy away from reading books written for children--but in this case I am really glad I overlooked the genre. The narration was excellent and the story was sweetly engaging. Somehow I missed out on reading this series as a child. Better late than never. It was great.

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  • Julia
  • 2014-02-02

Fabulous narration of a classic

If you could sum up Anne of Green Gables in three words, what would they be?

Charming, seductive, classic

What did you like best about this story?

I loved hearing the old fashioned sayings the characters use. I also love that each character has their own little catchphrases that the narrator highlights perfectly. But of course, I love Anne! She captivates the characters if the book, as well as the reader. She gets into great micpschief but always has the best additude. I have listened to this more than once!

Have you listened to any of Mary Sarah’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first Mary Sarah narration. I am hooked, she was great. I am sorry that she does not narrate the whole series. I sampled other narrators for the Anne of Green Gables series, and Mary is the best! Perfect cadence and emphasis on the right words. I can't imangine enjoying the story as much with out her. She brings Anne's rants to life!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I did laugh! You never know what will come out of Anne's mouth! And Mrs. Lynd says equally ridiculous things although they are not so kind.

Any additional comments?

This story and narration by Mary Sarah has become like Linus' blanket for me and I love to listen to it anytime I want to relax and escape to Avonlea.

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  • wander_woman_76
  • 2015-11-04

Wonderful narration!

I love this series...and this narrator gives the perfect performance! I have listened several times now :-)

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  • Wayne
  • 2017-12-22

Not just for 8 - 10 year old kids!

I'm a 74 year old male who loves this beautiful book. Author L. M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery released Anne of Green Gables in 1908 but it is as fresh and relevant today as it was 109 years ago. Twelve year old Anne Shirley is an scrawny red haired orphan on Prince Edward Island (Canada) when she is sent to Green Gables when the owners requested a boy to help with the farm work. After much consternation the owners decided to keep the trouble prone and very talkative girl. This novel covers a bit over 4 years of Anne's life. There are several other novels in the series. Do not be misled by Audible's "kids" designation; this is a novel that will be enjoyed by all people regardless of age or gender. The narration is superb.

Audible charges members $0.95 for this novel which provides 9.5 hours of great entertainment.

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  • Evil Brian
  • 2015-12-25

Superb!

The story is excellent, as is the narration. It's most rewarding to follow Anne's development, from awkward and unwanted orphan to fine young lady and scholar. Though certainly distinct stories, there are parallels between this book and another fine favorite, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.

Highly recommended if you like to observe the positive growth and development of endearing characters.

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  • Ashlee Harris
  • 2015-04-07

Classic!

Well worth the listen... Every time. I'm always amazed at the goodness and the self reflection that I get out of this book.

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  • Tammy Bushell
  • 2017-06-11

Terrible performance

Of course Anne of Green Gables is a fantastic classic, but the delivery of this audio version is such a disappointment. Reader is way too cute and glib and all wrong for such passionate, fiery personalities such as Anne and Marilla.

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  • Roadrunner
  • 2015-10-31

A Treasure

Reading this book would not have been as enjoyable as listening to the narrator capture the spirit of Anne. Loved it and the narration too.

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  • Debb Cozzi
  • 2015-07-30

Revisiting a childhood favorite

I can't think why it has taken me so long to revisit this wonderful story. I must have read it at least 4 or 5 times in my early teen years. Listening to it now after so many years was like being reunited with old, dear friends.

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  • ML GAELLE
  • 2020-02-24

Un bijou

J'ai adoré ce livre très bien lu et dont l'histoire m'était restée grâce aux téléfilms de mon enfance en 1985 et à la nouvelle série ("Anne with an E") depuis 2017. L'histoire ne vieillit pas et nous fait voyager dans toute les palettes d'émotions en passant du rire aux larmes, du sourire à la grimace. Elle nous donne à réfléchir mais ces surtout un baume inspirant. à lire absolument! J'espère juste que l'actrice vocal va enregistrer toute la collection car je serai bien triste de ne pas pouvoir poursuivre la série jusqu'à sa fin.