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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, November 2016 - I was an Anne of Green Gables groupie in the late '80s, after the original CBC miniseries came out. A young, bookish orphan with a fierce love of drama and endless spirit, Anne was the poster child for nerdy, slightly precocious girls everywhere and I WAS IN. I read all the books in the series, memorized Noyes' poem "The Highwayman", and let my best friend know that she was my "bosom friend" (for the record, she thought I was weird). So it was with the very best kind of nostalgia that I revisited my favorite childhood book with the Canadian Rachel McAdams providing the perfect happy, nuanced, and lovely voice for the tale. I know what my family will be listening to on our six-hour drive south for Thanksgiving. —Emily, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century. In this story of "kindred spirits", McAdams' touching and heartfelt narration proves she is just that - bonded on a deep level to this shimmering classic.

When aging brother and sister Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan boy to help with chores around their farm, Green Gables on Prince Edward Island, neither is prepared for the feisty and imaginative redheaded girl who is mistakenly brought to them instead. Nor are they prepared for the way in which she will change their lives. Through a series of hilarious misadventures, Anne's uncompromising spirit makes her a striking presence in the close-knit village, bringing new friendships, first crushes, and, for her foster parents, a love and openness unimaginable before her arrival.

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Critic Reviews

"Listeners will relish this production of L.M. Montgomery's classic.... As Anne, McAdams's delivery is light and breathy and ever so speedy, but clear and eloquent." ( AudioFile)

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Great Book! under impressed by the reader

Great Book! Ive read and listened to them all. This narrator however did NOT capture Anne.

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The story was great, McAdams not so much

I never actually read this book before but grew up on the movies and knew I would love it. The story is wonderful but I was very disappointed by Rachel McAdams' performance.

Firstly, I listen to audio books because I want to feel like I'm being told a story by a close friend, rather than simply being read to by a stranger. I didn't feel like she was very interested in the story she was telling.

Anne's was really the only voice that McAdams put any character into. Marilla didn't have enough bite in her character, McAdams barely changed her voice at all. Why choose a well known actor to play multiple characters of she's only capable of one or two voices?

I noticed multiple times when she would transition characters without changing the voice of the previous character and realize halfway through her sentence and change her tone. She often read parts like "she said" or "she replied" as if it were part of the speech of the character.

Her voice has a nice sound, if she had put more effort into it, it could've been great.

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Amazing. Listen to this book.

I am sitting on a bench outside my son's school, having just finished listening to Anne of Green Gables, and I am actually crying. The story was lovely, made even lovelier by Rachel McAdams' narration. If she doesn't do the next book in the series, I don't know what I will do with my life.

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classic

I got this when it was free on audible
Nice classic story and good narration.

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Childhood Revisited

This is a book I loved the first time I read it. I have since then read the others in the series and have seen the movie with Megan Follows. I may be an old lady Marilla's age now, but it still has the ability to take me to Green Gables.

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AMAZING!!

This was an indescribably lovely book because of the beauty of the descriptiveness of all the beauties of nature and many deep emotions felt by the main character, Anne which allowed the listener to feel as though present among it all. It marvelously told of how the main character, Anne, thrived despite many of the difficult and unfortunate circumstances of her past and present that she dealt with almost daily at times but got through. Lastly, it is an example of the extreme sacrifice Anne made to care for her ailing adoptive mother despite an opportunity afforded her of a much coveted scholarship to continue her education and put aside her tremendous drive to go further and pursue a future in which she would likely have lead her to do great things given her superior intellectual gifts as well as a big heart. Rachel McAdam's narration was superb and her pleasant voice easy to listen to via audio books. I highly recommend this book.

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Oh, That's what all the fuss is about!

I had never read this book, nor watched the TV series...but a friend suggested it to me so I tried it. what a sweet beautiful story! and what a glorious reading!

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Match made in Heaven

If you like this classic you will love this rendition. McAdams does an outstanding job. Hopefully she will narrate more books in the future.

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Destroyed by narration

Don't assume good actresses make good narrators. Reading varies from trying too hard to be sweet to just plain reading with misplaced inflections; set in PEI, Canada but no Canadian accent within hearing; and worst of all, Anne sounds like a late-teen or twenty something, not an 11 - 14 year old. Don't know if any other readers are any better so plan to finish with print.

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  • 05-19-17

fun for the whole family

narrator easy and clear to listen to especially compelling classic. mom and children entertained and couldn't wait for next chance to listen. car rides made the best!

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  • carolr
  • 12-15-17

Fantastic rendering of well-loved book

I think the narrator did a first-rate performance. All the characters are beautifully represented. Would recommend highly. Just sorry that the sequels are nit by same narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-21-17

Pure Joy

Rachel McAdams gives life to a magnificent book. Where you will find yourself laughing and crying and flying away transported with Anne into her world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-17

Just wonderful.

A beautifully narration of a fabulous story. I have enjoyed every minute of listening to this.

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  • WAP
  • 01-25-18

surprisingly lovely!

Rachel Adams's narration was delightful. I shall hunt out more work by her. I wish I had come across this much earlier. Lucy Montgomery beautifully sets the scene through the eyes of an orphaned teenager growing up on Prince Edward island. A gentle story, with touching scenes and a depth of human emotions.

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  • Marita Kenrick
  • 01-18-18

Pure unbridled delight

Narration as lovely as this beautiful, ambitious and joyful story. I love everything about it!

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  • Rachel Jane Baddeley
  • 10-25-17

Timeless Delight

An absolute favourite, full of exquisite prose. Timeless delight, poetry to the ears, no matter how many times I listen, read or see it, it's magic.

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  • Ivo
  • 10-19-17

Amazing!

I just loved it - finished it in one go - saw much of myself as a child in her, and was quite surprised I haven't had the pleasure of reading it back in the day

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  • Andrew
  • 09-04-17

perfect !

beautifully read and just as I remembered it as a child. A charming and delightful book.

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  • Natalie
  • 08-20-17

Excellent

One of my most favourite stories ever! Beautifully read by Rachel McAdams capturing the wonderful story written by LM Montgomery.

It was wonderful to be able to listen to the story whilst I did my own embroidery, and I was so glad to be able to take Anne everywhere I went!

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  • Anne Callender
  • 08-15-17

I it is one of the great classics

I loved it as it is a well written story that spans the test of time

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  • Laurel
  • 12-14-16

Absolutely divine

This is the most perfectly read version of Anne of Green Gables I could ever imagine. Rachel McAdams has the most perfect voice for Anne: light and humorous, with the necessary depth and sensitivity.
I laughed, and cried throughout the whole thing, despite knowing the story so very well.

If the powers that be ever read this: PLEASE have Ms McAdams read the rest of the series!

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  • Emma
  • 12-15-16

Rachel McAdams shines as narrator

Absolutely loved Rachel McAdams reading a beloved classic. My husband enjoyed it too and he doesn't even enjoy novels.

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  • AussieApples
  • 12-14-16

Magnificent Anne

This is my first audible story I have ever listened too and it was amazing Rachel mcadams was brilliant in her narration. I would highly recommend

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  • Kylie
  • 12-13-16

Took Me Back To My Childhood

when i was little i used to watch the 1985 mini series of this with my mum over and over. this is the first time ive read/listen to the book and it brought back so many lovely memories! couldn't stop listening to it!

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  • Emelyn
  • 12-14-16

Just beautiful...

Such a wonderful sweet story narrated beautifully by Rachel McAdams. I enjoyed every minute of it.

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  • Kristyn Woods
  • 04-11-18

Rachel McAdams creates pure magic in "Anne..."

I've never actually laughed AND cried when listening to an audio book. I was moved and absolutely charmed by this classic story. Rachel McAdams breathes life into every single character in Avonlea - she is an amazing talent. I loved this audible book and was definitely disappointed when it came to an end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-18

Dreamy & fitting of Anne!!

The story itself is one I know well from watching it many times on video (old school) and then DVD. However, I have never read it myself.
I am finding myself lost in Avonlea all in a different way. Hearing about the description of the setting and listening to the way Anne labels/names all the places and landmarks is just dreamily picturesque.
Love Anne of Green Gables.

Rachel McAdams was the perfect pick for narrating this story. She fits the part of Anne so well and expresses all her thoughts and mannerisms so well!! Not only does she encompass Anne, but Rachel is also able to inflect such minor nuances and changes in her voice to take on Matthew, Marilla and all the characters with such ease and personality.
So easy to listen to and envision.
Well done Rachel!!!

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  • Megan
  • 11-05-17

Simply Marvellous (As Anne would say)

Love, love, love! If you could not tell, I loved everything about this book, and Rachel McAdams as narrator was the perfect choice. Her tone, inflection, her voice in general, was so perfectly suited to the story and I hope that she plans to narrate the rest of the series.

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  • Corey
  • 10-23-17

A beautiful classic for all ages.

Loved it. Well narrated, wonderfully written. I recommend listening to this version while reading it.

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  • Lauren Lapsley
  • 08-10-17

Beautiful!

Such an amazing story performed by Rachel McAdams beautifully! i loved it & couldnt stop smiling!