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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.
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.
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.
its a nice hearing for both children and adults, I enjoy lucy maud works, they are peacefull and calm and interesting as well, she is a good writer and has managed to creat good charachters
anne is my favorite
however the lady who read the story was not quite fit for the job
the one who read anne of green gables was better suited
Thou I like the story and the author, the audio quality was very poor. There were long pauses between chapters (making you feel like it was a book on tape and they were waiting for you to turn the page!) and it sounded like it was taped on a cassette tape versus digial quality. I am repurchasing the title by another narrator other than Shelly Fraser. Do not waste your credits.
Anne Shirley's adventures aren't quite as spectacular in this second book of the series, but I've always enjoyed watching Anne grow up. Listening to this again after having read it for the first time so long ago, brought back a lot of fun memories.
If you're in the mood for a novel whose characters are so sweet and caring it's sickening, then this is probably it. It's not deep, motivating, or moving. It's just simple and summery. If you have nothing else to do and you've been listening to too much Dostoevsky, this is the book to bring you back from the brink of darkness.
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