Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

2 Aug

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Narrator: Colleen Winton

Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press

Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book One

Genre: Classics

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Anne, a young orphan from the fictional community of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia (based upon the real community of New London), is sent to Prince Edward Island after a childhood spent in strangers’ homes and orphanages. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their 50s and 60s, had decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew run their farm. They live at Green Gables, their Avonlea farmhouse on Prince Edward Island. Through a misunderstanding, the orphanage sends Anne Shirley. Anne is described as bright and quick, eager to please, talkative, and extremely imaginative. She has a pale face with freckles and usually braids her red hair. When asked her name, Anne tells Marilla to call her Cordelia, which Marilla refuses; Anne then insists that if she is to be called Anne, it must be spelled with an e, as that spelling is “so much more distinguished”. Marilla at first says the girl must return to the orphanage, but after a few days she decides to let her stay. Marilla feels that she could be a good influence on the girl and had also overheard that another disagreeable woman in town might take Anne in instead.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Post Hypnotic Press. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Somehow, I missed reading these classics when I was younger so I jumped at the chance to listen to Anne of Green Gables. I enjoyed it and wish I’d gotten the chance to read it when I was young.

Poor Anne Shirley is an orphan and is mistakenly sent to the Cuthbert siblings when they requested a male orphan to help Matthew Cuthbert with his work around the house. Even though his sister Marilla seems pretty gruff, her heart goes out to the girl and she agrees to keep her. Anne brings joy to the lives of the Cuthberts and even though she talks nonstop and she tends to get into trouble because of her mouth, they love her dearly and do a good job of raising her.

Colleen did an impressive job of narrating both the children’s and adult’s voices. Anne’s excitement was captured as well as the seriousness of the Cuthberts.

Anyone young or old who hasn’t read Anne of Green Gables yet, should take the time to read it. I’m looking forward to listening to Anne of Avonlea next.

 

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Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942) was a Canadian author best known Anne of Green Gables and the series of novels that book begins. The “Anne” of the books is Anne Shirley, an orphaned girl who comes to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on their farm, Green Gables. Published in 1908, the book was an immediate success in Canada, the United States and beyond. It has been adapted multiple times to screen, stage, radio, and TV.

Anne Shirley made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. Anne of Green Gables was ranked number 41 in “The Big Read,” a survey of the British public by BBC to determine the “nation’s best-loved novel” (not children’s novel!). And a survey conducted by School Library Journal (USA) in 2012 ranked Anne of Green Gables number nine among all-time children’s novels.
Anne of Green Gables was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery published 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays in her lifetime. Her work, diaries and letters have been read and studied by scholars and readers worldwide. Mostly set in Prince Edward Island and locations within Canada’s smallest province, the books made PEI a literary landmark and popular tourist site. Montgomery was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.
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Narrator Bio

Colleen is a Vancouver actor, singer, dancer, director and choreographer…and now a narrator. Her career has taken her all over the country and includes the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown Festivals, the original Canadian companies of CATS and Show Boat, extensive film/TV credits, and numerous directing/choreographing credits. Her stage work has been honoured with numerous nominations and a Jessie and Ovation award and she received a cultural award given by her local Chamber of Commerce. She was especially pleased to have recorded the works of L.M. Montgomery for Post Hypnotic Press just before she embarked on a production of the musical Anne of Green Gables at Theatre Calgary in which she plays Marilla Cuthbert.

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2 Responses to “Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery”

  1. fuonlyknew August 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

    I read this a long time ago and loved it. I wonder if I would now. Need to dig into my shelves and see if I still have it.

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    • sleepygirl2 August 2, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

      I bet you would still like it. I think I would have loved it when I was young.

      Like

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