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Lucy Maud Montgomery's stories always have the ring of truth about them. Somehow, one knows that something like this actually happened to someone, somewhere, sometime, maybe not all to the same person, but who wants to quibble? The red headed snippet's encounter with Mr. J.A. Harrison's parrot is my favorite story in this volume. There had to be such a parrot somewhere. There had to be a J.A. Harrison.
Shelly Frasier nails Montgomery's characters in her narration. There is quirkiness which define each one on which Frasier fastens. I was trying to find a way of expressing the attitude or theme of Montgomery's books. Finally, it came to me that the Marines' credo of duty and honor fits perfectly. I have read a couple of dozen of her books and their worldview is colored in refreshing tones of black and white, right and wrong instead of the modern shades of light grey.
This book, like all of LM Montgomery books, is funny and optimistic. I don't think Montgomery could write a boring line. It was not in her.
Lover of historical fiction. I have turned to audiobooks to supplement scare reading time, amidst a busy job and parenting.
My daughter tends to listen to audiobooks over and over. This is a great story, but I found this narrator to be exceptionally irritating - especially her imitation of children's voices. I did find her narration in the subsequent book, Anne of the Island much better - maybe because there were fewer kids voices.
I have three wonderful sons and three beautiful grand daughters.. I love to feed people specially the little people. I also like gardening..
Currently listening to Ann of the Island and enjoying it
She is great!!
No I like it to last for a long time so I become part of the story
I am saving this series for my little grand daughter when she is old enough to read/listen
Yes. Very wholesome relaxing uplifting read.
Writing it here would spoil it for you
When she makes a friend after the wrong turn
I laughed several times. It made me smile a lot.
I felt the need to review this because I almost didn't buy the Shelly Fraiser version after reading a couple of reviews here complaining about her voice, particularly with the children. Even with the seed planted I found nothing remotely irratating about her voices. Actually I thought they were quite good and allowed me to easily picture the child in my mind.
I rate this in my top 10 audio books
Mirella. Her overall strength and ability to work and change to events of her life keep both Ann(e) and the reader grounded.
There are several. I love the misadventure scenes with Davy. Perhaps my favorite is the one in which Anne and Gilbert come understand themselves as a unit
Enjoy the despairs and triumphs along with Ann(e) and friends as they face their lives out of the school room
This is a storu and writer that crosses through time
I used to love the "Anne" books by L.M. Montgomery as a child. Recently, I got the itch to reread them. Having thoroughly enjoyed "Anne of Green Gables [Radio Theatre]" by Focus on the Family publishing, I was interested in continuing with an audiobook reread. Out of the narrators for "Anne of Avonlea", based on the sample, I thought that Shelly Frasier had the most pleasant reading voice, most distinct character voices, and the clearest and cleanest recording. Would I try another book from Shelly Frasier? Maybe. I felt that the characters sounded very faux-Southern, which was initially amusing but grated towards the latter half of the book. I might try a different book by Shelly Frasier, but would hesitate with an Avonlea book.
Anne of Avonlea is a wonderful timelessly sweet story. It took me back to childhood memories of reading these books and dreaming about finding friends who are kindred spirits and a boy as wonderful as Gilbert. I would recommend this book for anyone that yearns for a simpler time and a heartwarming story.
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