Author: L.M. Montgomery
Narrator: Colleen Winton
Length: 9 hours 5 minutes
Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press
Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book Two
Following Anne of Green Gables (1908), this book covers the second chapter in the life of Anne Shirley. We learn of Anne’s doings from the age of 16 to 18, during the two years that she teaches at Avonlea school. It includes many of the characters from Anne of Green Gables, as well as new ones: Mr. Harrison and his foul-mouthed parrot, Miss Lavendar Lewis, Paul Irving, and the twins Dora (sweet and well behaved) and Davy (mischievious and in constant trouble). Anne matures, slightly, but she gets into a number of her familiar pickles, as only Anne can: She accidentally sells her neighbor’s cow (having mistaken it for her own), gets stuck in a broken duck house roof while peeping into a pantry window, and more.
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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.
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.
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 the series. I enjoyed Anne of Green Gables and was able to start listening to Anne of Avonlea right away which makes it extra nice.
Anne of Avonlea is about Anne’s life after she gets out of school and instead of going to college she decides to stay at Green Gables with Marilla who needs her. She teaches school and is a very good teacher. But Anne is still Anne and she gets herself into situations on occasion. My favorite was when she climbed on top of an old duck house to see inside someone’s home and she fell through!
I love Anne’s personality. She still has daydreams but she has matured some and she has friends young and old. She’s a responsible and caring young lady and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens as she matures. Are she and Gilbert going to end up together?
Colleen did an impressive job of narrating both the children’s and adult’s voices. Some of the adults sounded pretty much the same like Marilla and Mr. Harrison, but since they were never engaged in a conversation, it didn’t matter.
Anyone young or old who hasn’t read Anne of Green Gables series yet, should take the time to read it. I’m looking forward to listening to Anne of Isle next.
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