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Anne of the Island

Written by: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Narrated by: Alan Munro
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Publisher's Summary

In the continuing story of Anne Shirley, Anne attends Redmond College in Kingsport, where she is studying for her BA.

Public Domain (P)2017 Trout Lake Media

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LOVE the Anne of Green Gables Series!

I truly love the Anne of Green Gables series and this book is no different! The only aspect I did not enjoy was the narration. The narrator continuously mispronounced Avonlea (Avon-lee-UH instead of Avon-lEE), so that was incredibly irritating. And I didn’t like the voices he did for Mrs Lynn and Davie. Aside from that, it was good. Plus it was only $2 so I really can’t complain.

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A favourite story, poor performance

This is my favourite of the Anne series of books. Since the price was so low, i thought I'd give version this a try.
The performance is very hard to listen to - odd pauses and emphasis, sometimes monotonous... like someone reading a list rather than a book.
I got an hour into the reading and gave up - can't stand to listen to it at all.

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  • Lolo
  • 2017-11-14

Is this narration done by a computer? It is terrible

The audiobook is unbearable to listen to. The first two books of the series have different narrators and are enjoyable. This one makes me want to smack the guy. The pauses are in the wrong places and the voice emphasizes the wrong words. It is bad.

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  • Allysa Wilson Beers
  • 2017-07-26

The reader was choppy

He didn't read sentences fluidly! He would pause at the wrong times. The reader can sometimes make our break a story.

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  • Ann Ono
  • 2017-07-15

Great Story, Horrible Reading

What did you love best about Anne of the Island?

I loved the story, I thought it was fun and a good continuation of Anne of Green Gables.This is Anne's college years and is a nice story about Anne growing up.

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Was the narrator a robot? I have been listening to LM Montgomery's Anne series and the constant mispronouncing of Avonlea drove me crazy. This was the cheapest version of the story, and it shows: the narrator does not do justice to the story. I would recommend listening to a different version.

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  • martha
  • 2018-02-24

Don't bother with this version

This is the WORST READ Audible book ever. I'm going to ask for my money back (of course it was only 95 cents, but still).

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  • Joe
  • 2018-05-30

Narration so awkward it spoils the story!

Not sure what language narrator was trying to speak- inflections were weird - does Avonlea really have 4 syllables? I want to know!

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  • Chel K
  • 2018-06-23

Terrible narration

I love the story and for the price was thinking I could deal with the narration. But I can't. Very choppy. I attempted to adjust the speed up and down. Nothing works.

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  • Hanlie
  • 2018-06-20

Narrator

Alan Munro has a beautiful voice but he sounds like an auto narrator with poor punctuation. Its a lovely story though, and you get used to him after a while.

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  • star11778
  • 2018-05-29

Great book! HORRID narration!!

The Anne of Green Gables books are wonderful and Anne of the Island is one of my favorites!! That being said, the narrator almost ruins these books! His strange speech patterns, awkward pauses and creepy voices he uses for different characters made me cringe through the entire book!!

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  • Sophia Rose
  • 2022-05-04

College, Love, and Life of Irrespressible Anne

Slowly, but surely, I've been picking up the Anne series and revisiting them in audio format. I've enjoyed seeing them stand the test of time and multiple reads. Anne's sparkling, imaginative personality, the lovely nostalgic historical settings, heartwarming story and cast of surrounding characters makes them superb reading and listening.

Anne of the Island is the third of the Anne of Green Gables books and carries on the story laid out in the previous two books. Anne is grown up and off to college where the important things she learned are not so much in the classroom. She has a bittersweet friendship with Gilbert now that he's 'ruined' things by declaring himself, she is feeling off center because it seems all her Avonlea friends are finding their life partners and have little time for rambles and old friends, and she, herself has made new deep friendships and finds herself in a dashing romance. But, when the four years are finished, is she still the same irrepressible Anne and has she figured out the difference between fairytales and true love and happiness?

Even as a child reading these, there was a point that I wanted to bop Anne on the head for being so obtuse and stubborn about her own heart and feelings. That did not change. However, I was struck by the fabulous way LM Montgomery laid out this story of a young woman coming of age and making so many quiet, significant discoveries about herself and life. I reveled and was cozy with the gentle life tales and events of Anne's broad connections at Green Gables, in Avonlea, and now further abroad. There is a wealth of incredible storytelling and one can err in thinking it prosy or simplistic when it draws one into the lovely bygone world so deeply.

As to the narration, Alan Munro has a distinct off-beat cadence to his work that distracted me so much. I could appreciate his various voices and changes in tone and pace to reflect the emotion of the scene. So, I adjusted somewhat in the end.

All in all, Anne of the Island brought a major part of Anne's story to a climax and finished out her young adult experience with her looking forward to a promising future. The classic is still golden and I think adults and young alike will appreciate these tales.

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  • Barbara
  • 2021-02-01

Worst narration ever

The narrator sounds more like a computer than a person. Inflection is in all the wrong places.