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Editorial Reviews

Beginning with Anne of Green Gables in 1908, author Lucy Maud Montgomery created a publishing enterprise as ambitious and successful as its heroine, the flame-haired and hot-tempered orphan, Anne Shirley. Performed in a mature, impeccable American English by Barbara Caruso, Anne of Avonlea is the second of six Anne novels. The present volume finds Anne at age 16, teaching school, studying with Gilbert, forming a social club, and getting into her usual trouble.

Along with the unforgettable heroine and great quirky side characters, the listener is treated to the small, peaceful Prince Edward Island in Northeastern Canada, beginning on "...an August afternoon with blue hazes scarfing the harvest slopes, little winds whispering elfishly in the poplars"...

Publisher's Summary

In this charming sequel to Anne of Green Gables, the unpredictable red-headed heroine returns for more wonderful adventures. When Anne Shirley first came to the beautiful Canadian town of Avonlea, she was a mischievous, talkative orphan who captured the hearts of everyone she met. Now, a few years later, Anne is a young woman with new dreams. She has become Avonlea's schoolteacher, and ends up, among other things, reuniting two long-lost lovers, raising two orphans, and falling in love for the first time.
Hear more stories in the Anne of Green Gables series.
(P)1996 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover Art ©1996 by Wes Lowe

Critic Reviews

"Barbara Caruso gives a delightful reading of an old-fashioned, reassuring classic. For all ages." (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)

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  • Dee
  • Aledo, TX, United States
  • 04-26-10

Barbara Caruso is excellent

The entire series is so wonderful, very engaging, nothing objectionable. And Barabara Caruso feels like a friend, her narration is the very best. I now judge all other narrators by her.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Beautifully narrated!

I have enjoyed listening to Barbara Caruso's reading of the Anne of Green Gables series. Her voice is delightful and it adds so much to the stories. Positively perfect in every way! ❤️

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This Narrator nails it!

If you could sum up Anne of Avonlea in three words, what would they be?

I have read this book probably 20 times and seen the movie as many times. The narrator makes all the difference in the world to a very familiar and loved story.

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

I love the Davey character. Even better as he was narrated. I find myself saying after recently listening to thi sbook again "Why (insert question here)...I wanna know."

Have you listened to any of Barbara Caruso’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

In Anne of green Gables...and she was the reason why I chose her narration on this second book. Some reviewers complained she was a bit over the top...I thought she captured Anne in all her essence...and the so important supporting characters. She had a wonderful range that made her believable as most of the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I ALWAYS CRY no matter how many times I read this book. SO TOUCHING.

Any additional comments?

A must read for all little girls..from young to old. I am almost 40 now and love the story just as much as I did when I was a little girl.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Childhood remembered

I bought this book for my wife, who loved "The Anne Books" while she was growing up. And my wife loved this audio version as well. The narration does an excellent job capturing the moods and voices of each character. Great audio quality, too.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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What took me so long

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I now know why this story and these characters have stood the test of time. What a timeless story of love, friendship, childhood, and of the incredible Anne Shirley.

What about Barbara Caruso’s performance did you like?

Wonderful, I can't wait to listen to her other books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Anne if Avonlea.

Barbra Caruso is one of the best readers I have listened to, she makes Anne live and breath. As for Anne she is a classic that I will never tire of. Sweet, innocent and Joyful. Who couldn't use more of that in life.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Classic with great narration

What did you like best about this story?

If you're listening to this one you're probably already a fan of Miss Montgomery---flights of fancy, humor, good people, good times.

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

Anne girl

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but you can also listen to it in small chunks successfully, which I find very important with audiobooks.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim L. West
  • Sandia Park, New Mexico United States
  • 12-16-16

Nourishment for the Imaginings of the Weary

I needed something light, whimsical, and yet deep and wholesome. This story brought back fond childhood memories, nourished my imagination, and gave me lenses to see a wearied life with new wonder.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Miriam
  • Mesa, AZ, USA
  • 05-05-06

Slow Talking Narrator

I enjoyed the book but the Narrator was slow in her reading and kept taking long pauses. She either ended a sentence or a paragraph I could never figure out. This book is not as good as the first but I would recommend getting the book, just pick a different narrator.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I love the story but the voice threw me off a bit

I do love this story. I could listen to it a hundred time. it's for girls, woman, older ladies. everyone!