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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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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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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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classic

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

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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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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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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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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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  • lsanderson65
  • 06-08-18

A must read, beautiful and life affirming

Never read this as Child so thought I’d have a go. Loved it so much I have read it again 6 months later . First time I laughed out loud a lot and this time as I finished last chapter in bed, my pillow was wet! So beautiful and moving. The first two books only £2.50 in one on Amazon so I have sent a few to friends as such a joyful read. This narration good. 2nd book Anne of Avon Lea by Barbara Cairo’s is very good. I only mention this as lots to choose from. There is a whole series of Anne books, 2 missing from Audiable so had to sit down and read actual book!! Worth it thought as windy willows is brill.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-16-18

Could not be better.

As close to a perfect audiobook as it gets. Rachel McAdams’ reading is perfect and I enjoyed the book more than ever before, despite it being an old childhood favourite.

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  • Anne
  • 08-08-18

Wonderfully splendid and romantical :)

I have loved Anne Shirley all my life, but only from seeing her in the 1980's tv series. Though I have had the books on my bookshelf for decades now I have never read them, even if I do quote them every day when I tell people my name is 'Anne, spelled with an e'. Then one day I had a credit extra on Audible and couldn't decide what to buy when I came across this, I listen to the sample and was not sure about the narrator, but bought it anyway, and I am so glad I did!!

The book is delightful, the writing is sublime, the words used and the descriptions and the ever positive tone is a joy to behold and I suspect will listen to it again and again with a smile on my face every time. I love Lucy Maud Montgomery's descriptions of everything from the landscape and buildings to the people and animals, this book is just wonderful and is the source of most of my favourite literary quotes and rules for life: "I went looking for my dreams outside of myself and discovered, it’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it" or: "Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet". Anne is so positive, takes joy in even the smallest things and can find something good in everybody and everything, even in dissapointment, I love that way of looking at the world and your life: "You mayn’t get the things themselves; but nothing can prevent you from having the fun of looking forward to them"

Also, Rachel McAdams has a wonderful voice, especially suited for the ever excited and romantic Anne, but I could have done with a bit more variation in the other people's voices, she is after all an actress so should be able to vary the voices, when the introduction said 'performed by Rachel McAdams' I expected a performance, but it was more like a regular reading of a novel, however Rachel McAdams does, as mentioned before, have a wonderful voice so it is indeed enjoyable!

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  • Annie
  • 07-30-18

Brilliant!

Having never read, or watched any Anne of Green Gables, this story was completely new to me and I loved it! Rachel McAdams read it so well, I feel she portrayed the character perfectly! I'd love to know if there were plans for her to read the rest in the series?! I'm addicted!

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  • Janice Cameron
  • 07-23-18

Loved it so that I had to listen twice!

Love this gorgeous old classic - Montgomery's words are beautifully brought to life by Rachel McAdams.

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  • isobel
  • 07-16-18

the best story read by the best narrator.

when I had finished I was so sad! So enjoyable I immediately contacted audible and asked them to get Rachel McAdams to read the rest of the series!

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  • Justina H.
  • 07-11-18

lovely narration

My daughter is new fan of Anne now! I hope Rachel McAdams will read the sequels

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-18

A wonderful and well- deserved classic

My children and I laughed and were spellbound by turn. What a wonderful story. Read well by Rachel McAdams

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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.