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The third book of L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series finds its heroine, Anne Shirley, attending college and falling in love.

A loveable, headstrong orphan in the first book, Anne is a teacher in Avonlea, Nova Scotia, when she enrolls in Redmond College in Halifax. She’s followed by her lifelong friend Gilbert Blythe and Philippa, a charming girl from Anne’s hometown. It’s at college that Anne experiences the death of an old friend and the romantic attention of Roy Gardner. Anne’s ideas about love and friendship are tested and altered by these experiences.

Barbara Caruso’s inviting tone, well-paced narrative, and subtle characterizations make her performance in Anne of the Island stand out.

Publisher's Summary

Anne Shirley, the mischievous, carrot-topped waif of Anne of Green Gables, has grown into a lovely young woman who leaves the security of Prince Edward Island to enroll at Redmond College. There, she discovers a professor who believes education is wasted on women, ponders the security offered in marriage proposals, and a host of other questions of young adulthood.

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Public Domain (P)1996 Recorded Books

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Good

It was good, but the narrator was a bit annoying. Anne of green gables is my favorite book, but I like all the Anne spelled with an e books😀

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Grown Up, Off to College and Romance

Good storytelling is good storytelling whether complex or simple; Heidi or War and Peace. Montgomery's style is crisp, simple and enjoyable. Her stories were not in the style of War and Peace but on the hand, I don't think Leo Tolstoy could have written anything like Anne of Green Gables. In any case, Lucy Maud Montgomery is near the top of my favorite writers especially when I need something to enjoy without effort. I think I have read all of her dozens of books and many of her scores of short stories.

Anne is all grown up and off to the big college of Redmond. Montgomery seems to put into her stories the tales which have an oral tradition of the Maritime Provinces. I have no doubt that this is the source of many of Anne Shirley's adventures. There is a ring of truth to them. They actually happened to someone at some time. My favorites include the two old woman of Patty's Place; oh, yes and the cats! I know they were real. No one could make them up. To Anne's eternal vexation, the all grown up young lady received some of the best "worst" proposals of marriage ever. They stand alongside Mr. Collins' proposal to Elizabeth Bennet and even Mr. Darcy's first proposal to the same lady as awesomely horrible. I think Montgomery reports actual proposals. Oh, yes, she refused them all, including the rather nice expected (by the reader)one from Gilbert.

The death of Ruby Gillis, the beautiful social butterfly is one of Montgomery's best scenes. In addition, that moment when Anne thought Gilbert was dying and she has a flash of insight into her own heart is quite moving. One last thing, "playing gooseberry" or "going gooseberry" means to chaperon. I got that straight from the P.E.I. public relations department and the LM Montgomery Institute.

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The narrator’s voice doesn’t fit the character.

I found the narrator’s voice to be too deep for the character of Anne Shirley. Also, I didn’t hear much variation in the voice presentation of each character.

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Wonderful story. Mediocre narrator

I have loved Anne Shirley most of my life, have read and re-read the books, seem the wonderful Sullivan portrayals, and wanted to listen while driving. The story is as beloved as ever, but this telling will require some “imagination “. Though the voice is warm, too low of pitch is used for all of Davey, and some of Anne. Mrs Lind and Marilla sway in and out of a southern US drawl- which drove me crazy. Even Davey sometimes had a tinge of drawl- these were proper speaking Canadians- I was partly raised by one- an islander as well- there was no southern drawl! If you can overlook that, then listen- I would recommend choosing a different one.

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Such a great Book!!

I love this book and have read it at least 5 times! I Love it and will always love it! A definite read!

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Great story!

I was so pleased with this story and with the narrator. So much happened to Anne in this book. I enjoyed the story and the narrator way more than I did in the last Anne book (different narrator).

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Really enjoyed listening

The narrator did a wonderful job interpreting this story. I have love these books since I was a child and enjoyed listening to them recently.

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Loved it and it's so many Twists

Loved it so many Twists and turns in the book. I didn't know what to expect. Very well done. Also very well read!

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Wonderful and Sweet

My second favorite series ever and there can be no better narrator than Barbara Caruso!!! Delightfully enthralling and entertaining and endearing.

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Still a great story!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Anne of the Island?

That would give away an important part of the story.

What about Barbara Caruso’s performance did you like?

She has a kind voice, reads with a great deal of feeling, and does a good job doing different voices.

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  • Sharron
  • 02-10-17

I want to be Anne!

What made the experience of listening to Anne of the Island the most enjoyable?

Anne is honest, funny and likeable. Her stories are full of fun, wit and at times, tears.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anne is my favourite character because she never stops growing in personality.

Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favourite?

I think Barbar's portrayal of Phil was brilliant and just as I imagined her to sound.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think when Anne discovered the man of her dreams was someone close to home, I almost wept.

Any additional comments?

Read the series of books in order to see the characters develop as they grow up together from children to adults.