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Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, middle-aged siblings who live together in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, decide to adopt a boy from an orphan asylum to help on their farm. But owing to a series of mishaps, the child who is delivered to their care is not a boy at all but a precocious girl of 11 named Anne Shirley. Although, as Marilla dryly informs her, "you certainly have a genius for getting into trouble", with pluck, imagination, and optimism, Anne flourishes at Green Gables. And Matthew and Marilla find their lives transformed and their hearts opened to a deeper love than they ever knew possible.

Public Domain (P)2017 Laurel Schroeder

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Excellent Narration of a Delightful Classic

When siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a little orphan boy from the asylum, dreamy and talkative Anne Shirley arrives by mistake. Matthew is immediately smitten with the little redhaired orphan, and although she holds out longer, Marilla can't help loving her either. With her many mishaps, funny quaint speeches and her fierce loyalty, Anne will win her way into your heart as well.

LM Montgomery wrote that she was no good at writing a young girl romantic love story, but what she created with this alternative family unit is even more special. Gentle Matthew as a father figure, instantly and unconditionally loving Anne. Stern Marilla as a maternal figure, desperate to raise Anne as best she can, but scared by the depth of her love for the girl. And the whole neighborhood of Avonlea as a host of aunts and uncles, offering advice and censure for the little waif who never quite fit in.

Anne herself defies description. She's eternally optimistic, glossing over her own neglected background. She's loving and loyal, unconditionally giving of herself. She's imaginative, creating dream worlds she shares with her friends. Anne has her share of faults too, she's hotheaded and vain, which lead to some of her more memorable mishaps. It makes her infinitely human and lovable. I'm glad I read these books at such a young age, and I would recommend sharing these books with younger readers. There are so many lessons we can learn from Anne.

This was my first time listening to an audio version of this book, and it was a wonderful performance. Laurel Schroeder has a young sensitive voice, and she brought a touch of vulnerability at just the right places. She really captured the spirit of Anne. During conversations she changed her pitch slightly to easily convey who was speaking. She never overacted, her easy pace allows the listener to interpret the emotions portrayed. I received a copy of the audiobook and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I do hope that this narrator continues to bring the rest of the series to life.


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Classic story with Awesome Narration!

Years ago I had read this book and liked the story. I found that I really enjoyed this audiobook even more. This is such a classic story and I found the narrator added so much to it. The book is appropriate for all ages as it is a clean listen. The timeless appeal of this reminiscent listen is comforting. I found the narrator to be quite fitting for this book, and I thought she was able to fit the various ages of Anne in this book. Laurel Schroeder is a truly gifted performer! She adds so much emotion to the characters and is able give the listener such visuals to the story. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of the story and narration. I highly recommend this book. I was provided with this review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily written this review.

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Even better than I remembered it!

This performance reminded me why I loved these books as a young teen. At the end, when the sad things happened, I actually found myself tearing up! I discovered I already have a copy of this book, by a different narrator, but I won't be listening to that anytime soon because the voices as done by Laurel Schroeder were perfect. I hope she does more of the series because I'd love to have the entire set, especially if they're all done by this narrator.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Classic book by a narrator with Anne's imagination

I have listened to this enchanting book three times this month. I read the books and saw the movies before I listened to the audio version. Anne is a character who gives hope. She looks for the best in most any situation. The narrator brought all of the characters alive in a way that let me "see" each one as if in a movie. I loved this book!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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What a beautiful book!

This is one classic I had not read but now I think I will read and re-read again. Anne (with an E) was an orphan and taken to Matthew and Morilla who really wanted a boy. Quiet, shy Matthew enjoys this little talkative girl but it took Morilla a bit longer.

There is so much (good stuff) going on in the book. Anne is gifted with an incredible imagination and sees wonder wherever she is. But that also comes with dismal ideas about what might happen.

One of my favorites from Anne is when she is reprimanded for doing something wrong. She replied that she never repeats a mistakes and since she is making so many she will soon run out and surely never make mistakes again. Love it.

Laurel Schroeder is incredible. I can't imagine anyone else as Anne. What a joy to read. So glad I was provided this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

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Great!

Fantastic narration on this favorite literary classic. Highly recommend!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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Perfection

Couldn't have asked for a better narrator to bring our most precious Anne to life.

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A great classic and an even greater narrator...

I think the story of this entertaining classic is well known. I read it as a book many years ago and liked it a lot.

I had been looking for a good audiobook version of the Novell for a while - and here I found it. The way Laurel Schroeder narrates the story is - to me - just amazing. I cannot even say exactly why, but she keeps you listening with great pleasure from beginning to end. Highly recommended.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Annd of Green Gables

I thoroughly enjoyed listen to this version of Anne of Green Gables. It might surprise you that I have never read the books! But I have watched the movies and loved them. The movies were always a favorite of my daughter's. I think she still has the DVD's today.

Listening to this really brought back memories. What made this so great was - the reader! Laurel Schroeder did a fantastic job! She was equally as great as the voice for Anne as for Matthew and Marilla.

If you have read the books or watched the movies and want to add to your enjoyment - listen to this version! If you have never read or watched any of them - SHAME!!! Well now you really need to. No excuses - this one is fantastic!

A nice clean story that I recommend for any age really. Even younger girls (8 - 10) and on up would like this. It is sad in one place (so far) but she doesn't dwell on it so its OK for younger listeners. This would be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with the whole family.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving an Audible copy of this book from Audiobookworm Promotions ~ Thank You!

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A charming revisit to my childhood

Anne of Green Gables, written by L. M. Montgomery, has been an adored classic for many years. I remember this story from my childhood, and the nostalgia conjured up is priceless.

This is the first time hearing this story in audiobook form. I think it helps having the narration read aloud to me, due mainly to the long sentences and detailed descriptions authors used in the past. (The first sentence consists of almost 150 words!) Knowing that this was written in the late 1800s makes the wordiness much more acceptable.

The story centers on an eleven year old orphan, Anne Shirley. Her adoptive parents were surprised when the boy they expected to adopt as a helper on the farm turns out to be a girl. And what a handful! Though she has a positive nature and is quite mature for her age, her imagination manages to stir things up.

I love stories that take me back to simpler times. Not to say everything is simple and easy for Anne, but there is something dear about revisiting the past.


Audio Narration: Laurel Schroeder has an even, tender quality that is enjoyable to listen to. Her inflection is appropriate, and she doesn’t over-do it during dialogue. She switches character voices smoothly, without being distracting or disruptive.

Audio Production Quality: The production quality of this audio book is clear, with no distracting background music, static, or skips.

Overall opinion: Anne of Green is a charming, fun story that brings me back to childhood days. The writing is wordy, appropriate for the 1800s time period in which it was written, but is upbeat and filled with warmth and meaning.


**First Line: Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies’ eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde’s Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde’s door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Tim Dearing
  • 09-05-17

Great story very well read

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

What a wonderful story, I will be encouraging my children to read this (or at least listen to it)
The narrator was great, after a while you forget she is there which is a very good sign.

I would greatly recommend this Audiobook.