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Editorial Reviews

Narrator Barbara Caruso's engaging descriptions of Green Gables, a farm on Prince Edward Island, takes listeners there as they make the acquaintance of a special 11-year-old, Anne Shirley. Caruso also perfectly captures feisty Marilla Cuthbert and her shy brother, Matthew, who begins most of his sentences with a hesitant, old-fashioned "Well now . . ." Her best creation is Anne, who displays exuberance or the depths of despair, depending on the situation. The friends and neighbors Anne meets in her new home are realistic as they warm to her sweet nature. Listeners will enjoy meeting orphan Anne and her unlikely new family.

Publisher's Summary

This endearing, heartwarming book has charmed generations of children and parents since it was first published in 1908. A true literary classic, Anne of Green Gables has given the world the spunky, irrepressible little girl who Mark Twain hailed as "the most moving and delightful child of fiction since the immortal Alice." To date, more than 50 million copies of the books in the series have been sold.

On Prince Edward Island, aging siblings Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a boy to help with chores around the farm. But when Mathew arrives at the train platform, the only living creature in sight, legs dangling from the piles of shingles where she sits, is a freckled, green-eyed, redheaded little girl. Mathew senses immediately that life at Green Gables is going to be very different. And how right he is. The independent and fiery girl, Anne, changes the Cuthberts' lives immeasurably, and for the better.

Originally published in 1908; (P)1989 Recorded Books, LLC

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"The sweetest creation of child life yet written." (Mark Twain)

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kindred spirit

I love the book, as it is an old favorite, and I really like the reader! She really brings out the spirit of Anne and all the other characters! The reader truely understands what it means to be a kindred spirit! I really enjoyed this reading of Anne of Green Gables!

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EVERY SUCEEDING THRILL WAS THRILLER THAN THE LAST

I'M I TALKING TOO MUCH?
Another great selection from the kids section. Anne, which should always be spelled with an E., is a very talkative, red headed eleven year old orphan. Anne thinks she is ugly and she has been told that to her face by adults, but she does not let that get her down, matter of fact, she is one of the most positive minded people you will ever meet. IF YOU CAN'T BE CHEERFUL, BE AS CHEERFUL AS YOU CAN.

YOUR BOTH QUEER ENOUGH, IF THAT'S WHAT YOU MEAN BY KINDERED SPIRTS.
Anne's adoptive mother, although she is always called by her first name, and never called mother, finds it necessary to bring the daydreaming overly dramatic Anne down to Earth. It is harder to tell who has a bigger influence on who though.

THERE IS NOTHING MORE AGGRAVATING THAN A MAN WHO WON'T TALK BACK, UNLESS IT IS A WOMAN WHO WON'T TALK BACK
The adopting father, who is also called by his first name and never dad, is the strong silent type. He is deafly scared of females, but easily falls for Anne. He was expecting a boy to help him on the farm, but Anne's honesty and wonderful outlook on life captures his soul. Without saying a word or putting down his foot, he lets his wife know, he wants Anne to stay.

I PUT MY HAND TO THE PLOW AND I AIN'T LOOKING BACK
I have had this in my library for a year and a half. I bought it in some sale. I was worried about it being a kid's book and it being so long in comparison to most kid books. Silly of me, as I always have better luck in liking the kid's books. I honestly think, a lot of them are better written, than adult books.

IT'S BEEN THE DREAM OF MY LIFE, WELL ATLEAST FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS
Caruso is excellent. I believe there are 62 different recordings of this book available. Some may be as good as this, but I can't see any of them being better.

92 of 106 people found this review helpful

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  • ML
  • 01-22-17

Great story, wonderful narrator

Anne of Green Gables tells an amusing and heart-warming story. Barbara Caruso's wonderful voice and reading style brings each character to life and portrays the narration with warmth and clarity.

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Loved Revisiting this Book of Childhood

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting this story from childhood. I now know I want to go on and listen to all of them. I had forgotten many of the stories about Anne except for the red wine and the dyeing of the hair. Chuckled so many times. Well worth the reread. Barbara Caruso narrated beautiful

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Great beginning!

This is such a good book! I felt like it started out a little slow but the older Anne gets the better the book is. Can't wait to listen to the rest of them. Also great narrative!

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 10-06-16

A Classic

Any additional comments?

This is a timeless gem of a novel. I loved the book when I was a young girl and I still love it now when I am 67. It makes smile, laugh and cry. The characters in the small community featured in this book become real due to the author's talent in creating and describing them. The book chronicles how Anne (spelled with an "e") comes by mistake to Avon Lea and the house known as Green Gables. Brother and sister (Matthew and Murila) own Green Gables and they needed a boy to come help aging Matthew with the farm work. They sent to the orphanage for a boy but the message was garbled and they got a girl. They planned to send her back, but things happened. Anne is a heap of trouble, but she is a bright and shinning joy. It is such a satisfying story. I will love it always. As an aside, there is a wonderful movie (I think it was a TV series) of this book. I have watched it and the sequels several times. The actors are fantastic and the movie follows the book perfectly.

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Lovely Story and Narrator

I'm so glad I thought to look this book up on Audible! It was nice to listen to on my early autumn commutes (the story doesn't specifically take place only in autumn, but it still felt appropriate!). I am very particular about narrators, and I thought from the beginning that Barbara Caruso did a wonderful job. I'm happy that I'll have this in my library for future listens!

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  • TT
  • 07-08-16

Back in Time

Wonderfully poetic and full of imagery ... Definitely stepping back to a different, simpler time. I suspect more enjoyable as a "good listen" than a "good read."

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The Brightness of Living

Perhaps I needed to turn seventy to enjoy these delightful tales, somewhat over the top. Maybe they were simply joyous relief amidst reading novels re: the aftermath of wars. To be enjoyed.

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  • Paul
  • Westlake, OH, United States
  • 08-01-12

The Joy of Introducing a Dear Friend to the Family

I grew up reading the Anne of Green Gables books. The older children had also read a few of them, but the younger ones had missed out. I was so happy to be able to get this book for a car trip. Barbara Caruso does a wonderful job of reading this book. Everybody enjoyed listening together. They couldn't wait until we could load up the second book in the series. This is a wonderful book for family bonding!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Holly
  • 10-09-08

Very comforting

I suffer from regular bouts of insomnia, and I purchased these audio books to listen to when I can't sleep. Anne of Green Gables was a perfect choice - it is entertaining, but gentle enough to allow me to fall asleep. It is well read, and the character voices are all very good.

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  • 01-31-15

Feel good story

I read this because a friend of mine has loved all the Anne books as her favourites since childhood. I thought I should see what all the fuss was about! This was a good read. I really loved the character of Marilla, perhaps because she reminded me a little of myself?! Anne I found quite annoying as she never shuts up, but she grew on me, and in the end I cared what happened to her. The story is beautifully written, and I even shed a tear near the end when one of the characters died. I immediately downloaded the next in the series, Anne of Avonlea.

A word to the English who are considering which narrator to chose - I find some American/Canadian narrators too American (sorry to sound racist), but Barbara Caruso was very easy on the ear, nice clear pronunciation and enough differentiation between characters without resorting to silly voices, two thumbs up.

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  • Jane
  • 02-13-08

I loved it

This is is such a classic feel-good book beautifully read. It made me smile and cry.

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  • MW27
  • 09-05-16

Great audio book

It was really good.I enjoyed many parts of this book.I think it was very good to make Anne of green gables

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