Hear more stories in the Anne of Green Gables series.
(P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks
While it is true that Lucy Maude Montgomery's first Anne book is charming and delightful and will produce any number of thrills and laughs, Susan O'Malley doesn't do the book justice.
I've been reading Anne every few years since I was myself not quite eleven. As such, I am conscious of a few words read wrong.
For just one example, in the affair of the Amethyst Brooch, the trees and fields vainly await Anne's "usual" greeting, but O'Malley misreads it as Anne's "unusual" greeting. Slip-ups like these may not bother the first-time listener, but I was sorely disappointed. I shall get my next Anne audiobook from a different reader for certain.
I would advise another author for this fine tale; Audible provides a wide range of Anne readings for you.
I was disappointed to hear such a dry narration of this fantasic book by L.M. MOntgomery. Anne of Green Gables is my all time favourite childhood story of an orphan girl with irrepressible imagination, spirit, and a nack for mishaps mixed with heroism. This books needs a bubbly, energetic, passionate narrator. Too bad the publishers of this audiobook chose a reader with a dry monotone voice. I would prefer to read the story to my daughter myself to recapture the true whimsy and delight of the red-headed Anne that this narrator has left behind.
My family (kids aged 11 and 9) listened to this book on a cross-country trip and enjoyed every minute of it. This is an excellent story, wonderfully written and read.
Anne is one of the most intelligent, earnest, funny, imaginative, poignant and wonderful little girls in literature, and I am so glad to have found her! The setting and era are very interesting, and this narrator is excellent and a joy to listen to. I highly recommend this book.
What is there to say about a book that helped me feel that my quirks and oddities weren't so odd? The lovely sweetness of that red-haired orphan has stayed with me ever since. This reading is a perfect look into a time that no longer exists but for which we long,
A wonderful book for a road trip with young girls.
This book is my daughters favorite - she just loves the story - how it is written and the narrator...who is fantastic. Its so great to have such a classic tale. It is listened to again and again
Very disappointed with this narrator. Many "verbal typos"! At one point, Anne even seems to refer to Matthew Cuthbert as "no good" when she actually said "so good". Just one of the many mistakes that made it impossible for me to finish listening!
I was so excited to share my favorite childhood tale with my children during our drives that I hurriedly bought this book. I should have listened first! I kept my negative first impressions of the narration to myself, but both of my children, 8 & 10 commented, "I don't like the voice" and "can you return it" and "can Natasha (from Storynory) read it"?
I will still give it a try, but in the end they made me feel better for possibly wasting the money buy saying, "Mommy, we would rather you read it!"
"Narrator is awful"
The woman who reads this book has a monotone, expressionless way of reading. My 11 year old daughter says she sounds like a robot. She puts no emphasis in sentences and makes it very hard to listen to. It speaks to the quality of the writing that my children are willing to persevere with this audio book. They are interested in the story and want to find out what happens to Anne, but they have to work hard to distinguish characters and follow the plot.
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