The second chapter in the life of Anne Shirley. This book follows Anne 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 like Mr. Harrison, Miss Lavendar Lewis, Paul Irving, and the twins Dora and Davy.
©1909 L.M. Montgomery (P)2013 Trout Lake Media
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The story just wasn't as good as the first book but Mary Sarah's narration is still wonderful. My primary complaint is that she has apparently not narrated any more of this series so I'll have to flip a coin to see which of the several different editions of the next books I'll be buying. But putting my annoyances aside, I'm still enjoying this series in spite of (or perhaps because of) it's archaic language and culture.
It's always too soon to write a fair review of a great book when they always keep you thinking. 4 & 5 stars are worth repeat listenings.
Love Mary Sarah narrating the Anne books. A pleasure listening to the happenings in Avonlea and so disappointed she hasn't read more of the books.
This is a wonderful continuation of the Anne of Green Gables book and Mary Sarah does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. I loved every minute of this book
I have long loved Anne and all her adventures, but this reader was impossible to listen to. She gave no emotion at all to the story. Poor Anne would have been heartbroken to hear this flat rendition of her life. Fortunately, LMMontgomery wrote such an endearing story that even bad narration cannot ruin the beauty of it. I'll stick to the written book on this one.
Nothing really happens in this book. there isn't one main story, but rather a sequence of small everyday stories. It's not a funny book, like the first in the series, but it just feels like a warm hug, or a cozy fire. I found it extremely relaxing and comforting. It was a pleasure to have this book for company while working.
If you're an Anne fan already, you may be able to endure this terrible narration. If you happen to be brand new to this series, please find another narrator! Only the knowledge of what a wonderful book this is enabled me to listen to it at all. Mispronounced words, misplaced pauses and a misunderstanding of the characters makes it almost painful. Thankfully, I've read the books enough to imagine (Anne would be so proud) what it should have been!
"Most annoying fictional child character... Ever!"
The sequel is set immediately after the events of Anne of Green Gables. Anne takes over as teacher in the village school and this book is an enjoyable look at her first few years. It introduces several new characters that Anne befriends and helps. Marilla Cuthbert is left looking after Davy and Dora when a relative dies and Davy serves to get up to the same high jinks as Anne did in the first book. But, he does it without the innocence and charm of Anne, he is the most annoying child in English Literature. A spoilt brat probably with ADHD. I felt like switching the book of when e ever he appeared. But, I persevered and was glad I did. I'm not sure if I need to know what happens to Anne Shirley next. A fine reading by Mary Sarah and well worth the 95p that I paid.
Amazing story, with all the innocence and attraction of Anne of Green Gables and still also able to give you that wonderful feel good factor. I loved every minute of it. It's an excellent pick me up. Mary Sarah's narration was very good, it was nice that she had also narrated Anne of Green Gables so it was quite easy to continue straight into this audio book. In a couple of places there was background noise, also a couple of times lines were repeated. But for what I paid for this I'm not complaining, it was of good quality and far better than the ones in the public domain. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
This book is so...I don't know how to describe it. Anne has such an imagination and I feel as if I have known her all my life and she is one of my greatest friends.
Thank you so much!!!
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