Narrator Barbara Caruso's engaging descriptions of Green Gables, a farm on Prince Edward Island, takes listeners there as they make the acquaintance of a special 11-year-old, Anne Shirley. Caruso also perfectly captures feisty Marilla Cuthbert and her shy brother, Matthew, who begins most of his sentences with a hesitant, old-fashioned "Well now . . ." Her best creation is Anne, who displays exuberance or the depths of despair, depending on the situation. The friends and neighbors Anne meets in her new home are realistic as they warm to her sweet nature. Listeners will enjoy meeting orphan Anne and her unlikely new family.
On Prince Edward Island, aging siblings Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a boy to help with chores around the farm. But when Mathew arrives at the train platform, the only living creature in sight, legs dangling from the piles of shingles where she sits, is a freckled, green-eyed, redheaded little girl. Mathew senses immediately that life at Green Gables is going to be very different. And how right he is. The independent and fiery girl, Anne, changes the Cuthberts' lives immeasurably, and for the better.
Originally published in 1908; (P)1989 Recorded Books, LLC
"The sweetest creation of child life yet written." (Mark Twain)
I love the book, as it is an old favorite, and I really like the reader! She really brings out the spirit of Anne and all the other characters! The reader truely understands what it means to be a kindred spirit! I really enjoyed this reading of Anne of Green Gables!
Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.
I grew up reading the Anne of Green Gables books. The older children had also read a few of them, but the younger ones had missed out. I was so happy to be able to get this book for a car trip. Barbara Caruso does a wonderful job of reading this book. Everybody enjoyed listening together. They couldn't wait until we could load up the second book in the series. This is a wonderful book for family bonding!
yes, and it was only because of how well the narrator captured the main characters personalities so well!
Of course ANNE, how can you not. But of course Mathew has a special place in my heart always.
She captured Anne PERFECTLY. She had the range to do the other supporting characters just as well.
"A story for all little girls, actual and at heart!"
I read this series as a girl and loved it. Anything that featured a bright, capable, brave girl as the main character thrilled me. And my name is Anne - with an "E," - and I had freckles as a girl, so I was even more bound to to this wonderful character. So when I bought this book to revisit this special little girl and her wonderful community, I was prepared to love it.
I didn't. And it was the narrator. Ms. Caruso had very little range for the various characters, but I rather got used to that. But her Anne was just too over the top. I understand the temptation to portray her precociousness and her excitement, but I simply could not get over mostly finding Anne annoying up until she was in her teens.
As Anne the girl spoke, all I could think was "annoying!" But Anne doesn't - or shouldn't *read* that way. It took me a while to figure out that the narrator's voice was too mature. Anne didn't sound like a girl. She was too "adult" in tone. The narrator couldn't seem to "youthify" the tone of her voice. I'm not sure that makes sense, but it's a bit like a male narrator who doesn't know how to give voice to a female character.
Anyway, I was disappointed.
Perhaps I needed to turn seventy to enjoy these delightful tales, somewhat over the top. Maybe they were simply joyous relief amidst reading novels re: the aftermath of wars. To be enjoyed.
Grateful for Audible. Love this company that provides hours of entertainment and helps me sleep at night.
I loved the story.... the different voices were hard to distinguish though. t'was written lovely!
I suffer from regular bouts of insomnia, and I purchased these audio books to listen to when I can't sleep. Anne of Green Gables was a perfect choice - it is entertaining, but gentle enough to allow me to fall asleep. It is well read, and the character voices are all very good.
"Feel good story"
I read this because a friend of mine has loved all the Anne books as her favourites since childhood. I thought I should see what all the fuss was about! This was a good read. I really loved the character of Marilla, perhaps because she reminded me a little of myself?! Anne I found quite annoying as she never shuts up, but she grew on me, and in the end I cared what happened to her. The story is beautifully written, and I even shed a tear near the end when one of the characters died. I immediately downloaded the next in the series, Anne of Avonlea.
A word to the English who are considering which narrator to chose - I find some American/Canadian narrators too American (sorry to sound racist), but Barbara Caruso was very easy on the ear, nice clear pronunciation and enough differentiation between characters without resorting to silly voices, two thumbs up.
"I loved it"
This is is such a classic feel-good book beautifully read. It made me smile and cry.
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